Teaching music to a tone deaf kid…

One aspect of many a child’s formative years is learning to play an instrument or getting involved in music in some way. Generally speaking, I think it’s a great idea to get kids involved in music as a way to exercise different parts of their brain and develop some culture. From about age 6 or 7 to about age 10…

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Bracelets, shirts, flyers, cows & groceries

Ever since I was young I had an entrepreneurial side. I liked to figure out how to make a few dollars doing something…anything…as long as it was legal. 🙂 Jonny the bracelet maker In elementary school, it was friendship bracelets. During that time, everyone else was making braided friendship bracelets out of plastic cord and I thought I could get involved…

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I might have been a Mama’s boy…

TODAY is my Mom’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!  I started writing this a while ago and as Mom’s Birthday approached, I thought it would be fitting to post it right on the day. It’s always interesting to look back on your life because you see things that you didn’t see before. For me, one of the things I’m starting to…

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“It’s just up there, around the corner…”

A few weeks ago we were meeting with old friends, Melissa and Al. You will remember Melissa from the “Are you Jonny?” post I did a while back. Just to clarify – our friendship is old, they’re not old. 🙂 Melissa reminded me of our little “hike” up in Tobermory back in about 2004 or 2005 so I thought I…

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“My grace is sufficient for you…”

I’ll be honest…the past year or so hasn’t been the best in terms of my health. With that said – I’m not dying or anything like that so don’t worry too much. Technically speaking we’re all dying…but that’s a conversation for another time. Anyway… A bit of history: Things were dicey from the time I was born until I was…

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The Sieve

One of the wonderful things about going to a small church with an active youth group was that there was ALWAYS something going on, on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Something I remember with fond memories was pond hockey at the Brown’s farm during the winter months. It wasn’t sophisticated. Out behind the barn, there was a pond. It was…

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“Does he need a menu?”

It seems like an honest question, posed by a waitress when we were somewhere in the Southern U.S. about 10 years ago. We walked into the restaurant and waited to be seated. The waitress came over, greeted Joy (she was standing in front of me) and then asked: “Does HE need a menu?” Apparently, I’m HE…!?!? I’m sure the young…

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Where are people with disabilities hiding?

From the time I was born until the time I turned 18 or 19 years old, I was involved with 2 organizations that helped me and my parents deal with the issues that having Spina Bifida brings. The first was the Thames Valley Children’s Centre in London, Ontario and the other was the Rotary Children’s Place in Sarnia – which…

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