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Born in 1957 in the prairie city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, I only spent the first 12 or 13 years of my life living there on a full-time basis. I never was one for extremes in my life, and that went for the weather as well as everything else. Even if you could convince me that -40 C. or F. was livable, I would just point out that that was without any wind, or for that matter, movement of any kind, and Winnipeg truly deserved its reputation for being a windy city. So as soon as I was able, and due to some really boring stuff that I won’t take up your time with, I set out on my own, and actually was hired on by a travelling carnival that first season when I was still only twelve years old. I got back to Winnipeg a few times after that of course, for longer periods or shorter, but my path had basically been set, and when all was said and done, I was pretty much making my own decisions by that time.

I traveled seasonally with that carnival for 13 years or so, and then I started with the regular work force from that point on. That, however, was when I was working, and not just kicking around the country getting into various kinds of adventures and troubles, none of which were so serious as to get me locked up for any more than a few days here and a few days there, but serious enough to mess up any chance at really making anything too significant out of my life. To be fair though, it wasn’t all just bad choices on my part that led to the kind of lifestyle that I was leading, I had some pretty serious issues that contributed to my early departure from the city of my birth, and they continued to stay with me no matter how far I roamed, or how busy I tried to keep myself.

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An old photo of myself at the gym, modified in an art program I was testing.

Even with all the usual bad choices that people in my situation tend to make, however, I was still able to lead a pretty decent life, hopefully not leaving too many folks behind with any real grievances against me, though I doubt some of them shed too many tears when I decided it was time once again to move on. Over the years I worked a lot of different jobs, traveled to a lot of different places on this continent, and even managed to get in 2 years of university at the University of Saskatchewan (not bad for a guy who never finished grade 10). I was also married twice, and one of those precious ladies managed to stay with me for 12-13 years, a major accomplishment if you ask me. I also have a daughter out there who I’m very sad to say I never got to know, and that’s the one thing in this life that I’m still planning on changing.

But anyway, before we get all maudlin here and I short-circuit my keyboard with my salty tears or something, I think we’ll just wrap this up by saying that whether it sounds like it or not, this life has been very interesting, and it occurred to me a while back that even a guy like me has something to say, and maybe, just maybe, there might even be someone out there who will find it interesting enough to read. So I started trying out a few ideas for a blog, and this one is the latest. If you are here reading it, and you have gotten this far, then thank-you, and I hope I haven’t bored you. If I have, I’m sorry. If I haven’t, and you are planning on checking back in some day, then thank-you again, and until that time… 

111 thoughts on “About Your Host

    1. No Ava, all I’ve really done is change the theme of the page to one that allows me more space for writing when I do these longer articles. The writing area is wider, and I have a lot more freedom as to what I include on the page. Actually, I’m still getting used to it myself, but so far it’s working out much better. The new theme is called “Harmony” and I think the young lady who designed it did a great job. As I get to know it even better, you will probably see even more changes. As for starting from scratch, that depends more on my readers than it does on me. I’m still writing, now we have to see who’s reading? Thanks for noticing though.

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    1. Actually, Jen’s article has been getting a fair amount of attention lately, which I’m always happy to see. Jen is a really great lady, and she works very hard helping a lot of people, so the more people that read about her work, the better.

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      1. I think I missed this message when it first arrived, but no matter, because I found it just now while I was looking for the address to the Jukebox. Now I have them both. I’m on my way.

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  1. You didn’t bore me in the slightest — I don’t think you need to worry about boring anyone. 🙂 you’ve lived an interesting life! I can relate to what you said about no matter how busy you tried to stay your issues kept up (I know you already know that based on comments you left me); no matter how hard or fast, I’ve never been able to outrun them either. I think you’re really interesting, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know you/reading your posts. Hugs, Lauren

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    1. Thank-you for the kind words, and for the encouragement. They’re always very welcome. I’ll be keeping up with your page, so even as I let you go now, you can know for certain that I’ll be reading you later. Thanks again.

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    1. I don’t know that I’d recommend it for just anyone, but I guess the important thing is that I survived it, and now it at least gives me something to write about from time to time. Take care and I’ll read you soon.

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  2. Thanks for visiting my site and the comments you left. I think I hear a man who has grown in wisdom over the years. I’ve always been adventurous too. Spent some years as a truck driver and also in youth ministry. Also 4 years in the Army. But I have stayed married to the same woman for 37 years now, and were happy. We raised 5 great kids. Sounds like you’re single now? You have a daughter. Knowing what you know now, could any of your marriages been saved? If I’m getting to personal, just ignore me. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Well, that’s pretty hard to say. My second marriage lasted almost 14 years, and that’s a long time for someone to stay with a guy like me who was fighting with untreated PTSD at the time. It can make you act pretty badly at times, so I’m just glad that after everything we’re still pretty good friends and we even talk from time to time. But you stay healthy, and keep everyone safe and enjoy the Holiday season. I’ll read you later.

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      1. La Panzona {Pahn.So.Nuh} says:

        My grandfather was a marine and had PTSD…thank God he turned his life around otherwise the drink would’ve killed him. I’m also pretty sure he was undiagnosed bipolar, as well as my father…I have a diagnosis tacked onto my forehead which is a good thing. Bell Canada “Let’s Talk” was yesterday so I felt like sharing in order to “normalize” mental illness. Very nice to meet you.

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      2. Very nice to meet you also, and I’m glad you felt comfortable enough to share all that. When the basis for a new friendship is trust, it can only grow strong. IMHO. 🙂

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      1. That’s because I’m dealing with some nerve damage that combined with some common arthritis is affecting the use of my hands enough that using a razor to shave my head has become too difficult lately, so just the other day I picked up and electric shaver, and also an electric hair trimmer that cuts my hair automatically to a very short length. So once again the long hair and scruffy beard is gone, and now I’ll to get around to updating my various pictures. Thanks for noticing though.

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    1. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be getting down to your page just as soon as I get in tonight (I’m hing some lunch right now, and then a few other tasks to finish). We’ll see you then. Thanks for the visit.

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  3. Soraya Rosaria says:

    Hello… Thank you for visiting my blog. Im glad you found something that blessed you. I will be sharing more soon on hearing the voice of God. You also keep up this great work! 🙂 have a great night!

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  4. Soraya Rosaria says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Always nice to make new friends. Vancouver, eh? Some day!! Been to Toronto! Thats it. I am glad you found articles that blessed you. I will be sharing more soon. Just blogged tonight. Blessings and keep up this good work!!

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  5. Hi
    You are what I call a “jack of all trades” and it’s always so refreshing when I run into blogs not run by kid 25 years younger than me that have already lived in 40 countries despite having no real skills, career or money except of course “online income”. My bucket list would be forcing them to read more stories from people like you that didn’t live an online life since birth although I suspect hardly anyone would identify with you.

    But I like it and plan on reading some more. Although our lives have been much more mundane we hope to change that with early retirement and hope you’ll follow our adventures at http://www.experimentalexpats.com

    BTW- We love Vancouver and would live there if it didn’t mean using up all our house proceeds in a few years due to cost of livin. Diane has relatives in Surrey so we visit sometimes

    Cheers
    RoDi

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    1. Thank-you for the very nice comments, and I certainly will be following your new Blog (I already hit the follow button) and will be checking it out a little more as soon as I get back in later this morning after an appointment I have. As for Vancouver’s cost of living, I know exactly what you mean, but living here is actually an acquired art. Once you get used to it, it’s not so bad. So I hope the rest of your week-end is a good one (it’s bright and sunny here, but -8 C.) and I’ll read you later. Thanks again, and God bless.

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      1. We do get it from time to time, but it never lasts too long. Quite refreshing really. I was at your page this morning. It was astounding, I loved it and I’ll be checking out Day Three as it unfolds. Thanks very much. I guess it’s quite a bit warmer as close to the equator as you are. Hope you continue to enjoy yourself. God bless.

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  6. Hey my blogging friend,

    I was wondering if you would participate in this A Tour Through BlogLand or also known as the Virtual Blog tour Award? It is a single post that you would write on Monday the 29th of December?? The rules are such…
    1.Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
    2.Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do:
    •What am I working on at the moment?
    •How does my work differ to others in my genre?
    •Why do I write/create what I do?
    •How does my writing/creative process work?

    1. Compose a one-time post which is posted on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator) (maybe after answering your questions, in the same post?)

    Mine will be up on the August 15th.

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    1. I’m not sure I’m up to the standards you might be looking for, but I always like a good challenge, so I would be honored to accept your request to participate. I do, however, have at least one question for you. When I select my 4 Bloggers to whom I pass this onto, do each of their publication dates have to fall on different days?, or can they be on the same Monday? If you can answer that question for me, I think I will have all that I need to begin this very interesting-appearing quest. I am looking forward to reading your submission, but did you make a typo when you said August the 15th, or have you actually published it several months ago, in which case I will look for it in your archives. I’ll read you later.

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      1. Yes, that was a mistake, I meant mine will be up on December15th… And I guess it doesn’t matter for what date you ask the other bloggers for, as long as it is on a Monday.

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    1. Actually, I am taking steps, but it is slow going. It’s not something I can rush, but thanks for noticing. Have a nice Christmas sir, and I’ll read you later.

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    1. I thank you for your kind consideration, it truly is appreciated, but as these awards have piled up this month, I ‘ve had to turn down the last three nominations (yours is the second for this particular award), I hope you won’t be upset if I humbly decline your lovely offer. But truly, thanks again, and I’ll read you later. Have a wonderful day.

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  7. Akrity Paudel says:

    I just hope you meet your daughter one day. Father plays a vital role in a daughter’s life. Mother is always out there for caring and loving their daughters but for building a strong character and for believing in the world, father’s support and guidance is very essential. A daughter can’t be confident enough if her father is not with her to motivate her and say her that she is the best. I hope she is not thinking that it was your fault that you are not with her at present. Hatred can be an ugly thing to live with. I don’t know if I was able to say what I meant to say.

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    1. I think you said it just fine Akrity, and I am touched by your concern and your deep feelings about these things. I too hope that I can rectify this situation yet, but there are a number of circumstances that need to be overcome, and it will still most likely take some time. Lord willing,everything will still work out.

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      1. I have a lot of faith that everything is working out just as the Lord intended. Not everyone could have the easiest life, and when I look around the world today, I certainly have nothing to complain about. But I do thank you for being so caring Akrity, that’s what makes you so special.

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    1. I’ve been trying to get in touch with you to express my horror at the events surrounding the earthquake and to send my deepest prayers and wishes for the safety of both yourself and all your loved ones. I certainly don’t know what to say in the face of such tragedy and devastation, but to continue praying for you and everyone touched by this terrible event. I truly hope you are safe.

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      1. AP says:

        I was lucky enough to survive and find all my loved ones safe! It was indeed a terrifying event…a national tragic….may god bless all those people who lost their homes and loved ones! Also, the people who lost their life, may their soul rest in peace.

        Thank you so much for your concern!

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      2. Praise the Lord that you and your loved ones are safe. I truly was concerned and hearing from you is a great relief. My heart goes out to all those who were lost, and who suffered losses, and I pray that the rebuilding of your wonderful nation goes quickly and smoothly. Please continue to stay safe and know you have my best wishes.

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      3. AP says:

        Thank you so much for wishes. I hope that the rebuilding of Nepal goes quick and smooth. I hope to see that beautiful Nepal once again, very soon 🙂

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    1. I really do appreciate the honor, but for now I find I have to turn down all award nominations as my own writing is starting to lag due to a busy personal schedule. This is actually the fourth nomination I’ve turned down, so I really hope you won’t be offended. I don’t want to declare my site a no-award site, because hopefully, once I catch up on things, if anyone still cares to nominate me at that time, I’ll be able to accept a nomination in the future. I hope you understand my decision, and thanks again for thinking of me.

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  8. Brian, I’m meeting you through Linda (Nutstrok). Her email introduced your Tour Through Blogland. I’ve read some of your posts and already know you are at the “no expansion of readership” to free up time for writing! Writing has to come first for me too! I’m being selective who I continue to genuinely follow (reading & commenting, not just look, like & leave). I’d like to follow you as I’m in tune with your thoughts on blogging & writing. Also, your life has been an incredible adventure. I invite you to visit my blog site, Before Sundown remember what made you smile. http://cerobinsonauthor.com if only to view the Welcome Page and the Sunset Gallery (I’ve collected sunsets from world-wide followers). It’s a peaceful page and you might need to sit down and rest your mind sometime! Happy New Year and here’s to another amazing year of writing (and blogging). Christine

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    1. Well to quote an overused cliche, “Any friend of Linda’s…”. I will certainly check out your site, and you are more than welcome to visit my page any time you feel like doing so. Since Linda was kind enough to suggest a dictation program for me, I’m beginning to find that my time constraints aren’t quite as serious as I thought they were. I’m still a little backed up, but things are getting better. I shall be checking out your site as soon as I can, and in the meantime, I also wish you a very Happy New Year.

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    1. Well thank you very much Aakansha, and even though I’ve been running my blog as award-free lately (having turned down the last five or six nominations now), since this one doesn’t involve any writing on my part other than notifying the nominees I think I’m just going to have to say yes. I can’t guarantee I can come up with 15 nominations, but I will certainly give it my best. Thank you again.

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    1. Now far be it from me to argue with a young lady, but…though I was mainly having some fun with my fellow blogger, except for what I now know (after a bit of refreshing of the old memory -it has been almost 30 years since I was in university, which is when the info I referred to was current) to be an error in what I thought, but not what I said, my information was accurate. You see, I was thinking of Texas when I spoke, but I never actually gave any precise location other than the South. It turns out the event I was referring to, “The Annual Worm Bake-Off” was sponsored by “North American Bait Farms”, in Ontario, California (which in my encyclopedia is in the southern United States), and in 1977, the “First Annual Worm Bake-Off”, as reported in “Mother Jones Magazine”, was won by Patricia Howell of West St. Paul, Minnesota. Now I accept that Patricia is a Yankee, but surely the judges must have tasted the winning pie before awarding her the $500.00 prize, which was a considerable amount of money in 1977. Complete details, and the winning recipe 🙂 can be found “here“. But please, all joking aside, I never intended to offend anyone with the article. I fully realize that as a food source, the world hopefully still has enough options left, that worms, at least for now, will remain a last resort. (I also didn’t find any current reports of contests of this nature, so maybe they have had their day in the sun.)

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      1. I thank you very much for taking it in the spirit it was intended, and now that I realize once again that it was California where the idea originated, I guess the joke is just as much on me and the rest of my fellow West Coasters. 😉

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  9. Greetings to Vancouver! I want to thank you for stopping by at cookiecrumbstoliveby and for wanting to follow along on my life’s little journey. Yes, I have visited your wonderful city—my husband and I were there two summer’s ago as a starting point on a vacation around BC—we throughly enjoyed out time in your beautiful city.
    I look forward to reading and seeing more of Vancouver through your writings and photos—again thank you and many blessings—Julie

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    1. I am very glad to hear that you have visited my little town, and I just wanted to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit (and those that have followed) to your wonderful site, and am even now looking forward to many, many more as I continue to follow along with you and your husband on your own life’s journey. Hopefully we will share many writings and photos in the days to come, as each of us are blessed by the joys and knowledge of the other.

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  10. Thank you for visiting my blog and I am not following yours. Your journey intrigues me as until recently I stuck to the straight and narrow and the thought of running off to join the circus seems very exciting. I guess with joining the circus there probably is just as much a running from as a running to and it’s no coincidence that the clown with the painted on smile, also has a tear. xx Rowena

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    1. Oh, you certainly don’t need to follow my blog for me to follow yours, that was just my mistake I guess. I thought that was what the e-mail said. Sorry about that. I’m always surprised when anyone follows my blog 🙂 But anyway, I found your blog interesting enough to follow, no strings attached. Once again, my apologies for the misunderstanding.

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    1. I truly do thank you for the honor that you have bestowed upon my humble page, but (and now you’re gonna hate me) I really don’t do awards. I try not to put up an awards-free notice because I find them a little bit pretentious for my kind of site, and the fact is I have been talked into 3 other awards, while managing to stay firm in turning down 6 or 7. But I really do thank you for thinking of me, not many people would. If you ever get to town, I would be more than happy to show you around. 🙂

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  11. Your life has been anything but boring. I look forward to reading more. You leave more unsaid than said in this short bio, and I look forward to learning more about you and your life. You write amazingly well for someone who left school and “home?” for the carnival. Of course, that is based on preconceptions (and misconceptions) you no doubt can dispel in the telling of your story. Love your photos, too. Great eye and a great writer’s “voice.”

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    1. Writing always came naturally to me, I started doing it regularly in grade 3, which for me (due to skipped grades) was at the age of 6 I believe, and reading right along with it. Plenty of both seems to have been a fair substitute for a lot of the formal education that I missed. I thank you for the reading you’ve done here, and hope you will find more yet to keep you interested. I shall also be seeing you on your page. Until then, take care, and thanks again.

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      1. I’m not even guessing when I say that you are far too kind, and genius is a very relative term considering I accidentally gave the Turkish defenders of the city of Acre bows and arrows instead of rifles and cannons in a poem I was writing a while back. 😦 We all have our good and our bad days I think. 🙂

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  12. Hi Brian, I have nominated you for The Creative Blogger Award ! I bet you are quivering in excitement… or perhaps you might be hitting your head against a wall repeating the phrase “Not another award, not another award!” You don’t have to accept this award, but I would love for you to pop over to my blog and come celebrate! There will be imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! What more could one want? Hehe.

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    1. First, I thank you for the gracious nomination, and promise there will be no head-banging or muttering of negative phrases. I will, however, be turning down your lovely offer just because it doesn’t fit very well with my present schedule (I never know from one day to the next if I will even be seeing my blog). On the other hand, who could resist checking out imaginary champagne, disco balls and a drumming cat! This, I will find time for if it kills me. After all, it was my imagination that enabled me to survive into adulthood, and one must never sleight their imagination. So thanks again for the nomination and I’ll be the imaginary wall-flower at the party.

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  13. Not bored at all and lovely to read your open ‘about me’ page. What a varied and interesting life! Not always easy I’m sure but you have seen so much and accomplished a lot. I’m definitely coming back to read more.

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      1. I know what you mean. I have received so much inspiration from others here on WordPress that the comments have given me the boost to continue writing and I am now almost completed with my first novel – something I only thought was a day-dream before. Lovely to meet you.😀

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      2. As they say in all the finest establishments, “Likewise, ahm shore.” Seriously though, thanks again, and if you should remember, please let me know when you finish that book.

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