Brian B

Brian B
Thunder Bay, Canada
November 14
Devil's Advocate
The Sort of Company your mother warned you about
A Work in Progress. When not doing the devil's work, I'm the single parent of two great young men, living playing and working in beautiful Thunder Bay Ontario. That's at the western end of Lake Superior - the North end of Highway 61. from here, you can just drive all the way to New Orleans, though I have yet to do it.


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I posted a list of twenty reasons I am thankful last month on Canadian Thanksgiving, so I won't go all sentimental here.

 Let me say though that I'm impressed how a one day holiday gets stretched into a five day weekend. American ingenuity at work!

Some days I feel a lot… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2010 8:38AM

GNS: Passionate Kisses

Because on a Good News Sunday, everybody should have all of this:

Because its NOT going overboard to want that touch So shout it out to the night "Give me what I deserve, 'cause it's my right"

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NOVEMBER 19, 2010 8:52AM

Friday Groovin'

and I do mean groovin'... got this one on the car radio as I drove to work...still bouncing in my seat an hour later.


Don't look in the mirror... there's no where to hide... but it's friday ...enjoy

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NOVEMBER 13, 2010 6:44AM

When I Fall in Love...

For two separate (but overlapping?) groups of fanboys and fangirls.

I found Linda Ronstadt's version of When I Fall in Love a lovely start to my morning (even better than free online sports), but could not find a youtube of her performing it. 

 I did however find one of her singing… Read full post »

In case you've forgotten what time it is, it is not the end of the world as we know it, merely the end of daylight savings time for 2010. At 2 am Sunday, wake up and turn your clocks back an hour.

And when you wake up, it will be… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 5, 2010 6:16AM

Friday Grooves

and in my case, actual grooves, as in vinyl. Groovy, eh?

 I read (in Time I think) that Elvis Costello  has released his new record on vinyl, as well as other formats. He says that the vinyl is the "real album" - the songs not only in the order in which… Read full post »



Something to watch while waiting for the free online sports to load:

Happy Halloween!

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OCTOBER 29, 2010 6:30PM

Get your friday groove on

I've had one of those days where 100 little things go wrong. You know, the sort that make you wonder how many paper cuts it takes to bleed to death.


But any day I get out of alive is a good day, so now I'm relaxing, getting my groove… Read full post »

Boston Celtics had just beaten the Miami Heat 88 to 8-0, when TNT's Craig sager asked Boston's Rajon Rondo : :" Is Miami the team to beat in the east?"

 Rondo: "No. We are."

 Well played, Rajon! Sager was insulting the defending conference champs after their season opening victory by… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2010 4:46PM

Have you watched Pirate Radio?

From Richard Curtis, writer director of Love, Actually...

 ...something completely different. A rollicking rock and roll comedy, which stars Bill Nighy and all your favourite Brit character actors, plus Gemma Arterton AND January Jones.

 Nighy in particular sparkles. His ability to say the… Read full post »

Jack London reportedly said “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”*

 So true. 

Though 'twood be better to use the club on the Spam:… Read full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2010 8:09AM

Friday Groovin: You Got It

Just because I heard this song this rainy Friday as I drove to work in the dark.


Just because rain is better than snow this time of year.


Just because Roy Orbison has got "it". 


just because everybody should get it.


Anything at all.

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OCTOBER 19, 2010 7:15AM

Brian B's Bodacious Boring Beef Stew

Beef stew is boring, right?

Not Chez B, where I make it differently every time. Usually, I toss in an exotic spice, like a curry or cumin, or my own version of a Moroccan spice mix, for zest. 

A couple of weekends ago, we had our first taste of Fall, which… Read full post »

If you haven't read Linda's blog Whispers of Silent Messages in Bottles, please do so. It is immensely moving, and more articulate than any words I have with which to play today.

 She accompanies her text and photos with a video of the late great Jim Croce singing Time in… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2010 7:35AM

Quickie to Break up the Spam Flow

NOOOO...not sex...get your mind out of the gutter.


But I'm headed out to get my beard trimmed, limited time to post, Linda Ronstadt on the turntable, I just find myself wondering whther when warren Zevon wrote this tune in 1976 , and Linda recorded it about 1978, if they had… Read full post »

1.You have an alter ego “Emileeeeeee Mcpheeeeee”. Is there anything she will do that you won't?

I adopted Emileeeeee a couple of years ago after something tragic in my life happened. I needed a third voice to tell my tales, as if I told them myself, no one would… Read full post »

I posted last year on Canadian Thanksgiving, and included this list of Ten Things I am thankful for:

  1. My sons - regular readers will not be surprised by this one.
  2. Good health- and the Canadian health care system - not perfect, but there when I

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OCTOBER 10, 2010 10:14AM

GNS: A Perfect 10

Today is 10/10/10... the only such day in this year, and the only perfect 10 in this century.

For most modern humans, who operate on a decimal based system, "10" is in fact an ideal number. Ten fingers, ten toes, ten commandments.

 Readers as old as me will certainly recall Bo… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2010 7:49AM

"Nothin's Gonna Change My world"

So John Lennon sang in "Across the Universe".

 Yet, John DID change the world, with his music, his spirit, his kharma, his "Imagine", before, sadly, death  changed his world.

 I love that the silly, frothy funfiled fantastical movie made "Across the Universe" less obscure.  John… Read full post »


 Cindy Capitani posted an Open Call for more OS Interviews, where we answer each other's most burning questions. Ocularnervosa volunteered, even after he read my interview of Cindy. What a fool. "Oc" as I call him, is an artist, a poet, a political pundit, and a thinker. It's amazing he… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2010 7:41PM

Cilantro Almond Pesto a la Giada

On Saturday, I had the fresh cilantro I wished I had when I made quinoa. so I made a simple, easy supper of pasta, chicken, and salad.

 The salad was my basic simple salad, with fresh strawberries diced up as the magic ingredient. None survived to be photographed, but the cool… Read full post »

Cindy Capitani has launched an open call request for more OS interviews. Members of long standing might recall a series done last year. Cindy interviewed me. So turn about is fair play.

 Cindy is not the most prolific OS poster - real life tends to get in the way -… Read full post »

OCTOBER 3, 2010 2:21PM

GNS: "It's A Boy!"

 Do you remember Rock Operas?

My Good News this Sunday is just s itting here playing the vinyl LP sountrack of Tommy: The Movie and yes, I know... the original 1969 Who LP would be a more appropriate choice, but alas, I was 12 at the time, and my parents… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2010 6:24AM

We interrupt this feed of spam...

For the month of October.

Canadian Thanksgiving. (next weekend). Garden to put to bed before winter's chilly breath. 

Falling leaves. Raked into big piles. will kids no longer children still jump and play in them, rediscover joy? Might I? 

Arising in the dark, enjoying the dawn, but dasta… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 2:03PM

Finding a path through time

The leaves, all gone now

The sun is setting early

'Tis the eve of day, of summer

Yet life twists perilous onward

Finding a path through time

As certain and even as the seasons

Yet still  unsure, moving roughly

Indian summer brings false hope

Of warmth to come, undelivered

September's chill,… Read full post »