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5 months ago

Bad News For The White Bigots

Jim Murray · First of all, let me preface this piece by telling you that I am a white guy. But I am also a Canadian white guy and have honestly never really believed that there was any sort of difference between white guys and any other guys or girls anywhere. · I believe we are all humanoids ...

7 months ago

I Loved To Ride My Bicycle

Jim Murray · Most of you who know me will have figured out by now that I am in a wheelchair, the result of spinal surgery from an e-coli infection. · It’s not at all likely that I will ever regain the use of my legs without some sort of assistance, and it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion, ...

11 months ago

We Just Called It Winter

Jim Murray · For some reason, this view out my bathroom window, with long icicles hanging down over it, made me think about winters in Fort Erie when I was a kid. · It wasn't unusual to get a foot or two of snow at a time back then, · Or for it to be replenished regularly right up until the ...

11 months ago

The Best Christmas Of My Young Life

Jim Murray · Before the end of our innocence. Before JFK and RFK and MLK and their assassinations. Before the counterculture revolution and the Vietnam war and Reagan and the great divide that grew up like a jagged wall in society. Before the majority of people who are reading this were even ...

1 year ago

Volume 3: Watching Professional Sports. Much More Than Just Vegging Out In Front Of The TV.

Jim Murray · One of the biggest hardships for me in the post apocalyptic surreality we are all living through is the toll it has taken on my sports watching. · I have always been a big sports fan. Maybe that’s because I was a big sports player when I was a young warthog in Fort Erie. When you ...

1 year ago

A Long Ago Christmas In A Small Canadian Town

Jim Murray · Before the end of our innocence. Before JFK and RFK and their assassinations . Before the countercultural revolution and the Vietnam war and the great divide that grew up like a jagged wall in society. Before the majority of people who are reading this were even conceived of, the ...

2 years ago

The Other Lake I Grew Up On

Jim Murray · When you live in the northern part of the world, you tend to take real advantage of the measly 4 months of summer that you get in a good year and spent a lot of time plotting what to do with the other 8 months which are cool to cold to freeze your ass off cold, rainy and snowy, e ...

2 years ago

The Last Two Humans On The Planet

Jim Murray · Today, the wind came up around 1:00. Like it had arrived in some 18 cylinder high performance dragster. The trees bent and shimmied. The noise was unbelievably loud and menacing, like there were a lot of things that really wouldn't stand a chance in it. At the same time it was fa ...

2 years ago

Back To My Roots Part 1

Jim Murray · The other day I had this idea for a series of little essays that would help me wean myself off writing about all the stupidity I’m seeing in the world and focus on something more positive. So here goes. · When I was a kid in the fifties, I didn’t know much about the world. We nev ...

3 years ago

On America's Thanksgiving, I Give Thanks For My Dad

Jim Murray · American Thanksgiving will always bring with it a bit of sadness for me. · More than twen years ago now, US Thanksgiving day was the last day we spent with our dad…Pete. · Fort Erie · My dad was a kid in Fort Erie during the Great Depression. He learned how to scramble back the ...

3 years ago

Requiem For A Heavyweight Democracy? Maybe.

Jim Murray · I was born exactly 71 years ago in the small border town of Fort Erie Ontario. Fort Erie is one of the many towns that is connected to the US by bridges. · Ours was called the Peace Bridge and it connected us to Buffalo New York and the rest of America. · Growing up in Fort Erie, ...

3 years ago

My Sort-Of Vacation

Jim Murray · When you run a one man business, one of the things that is hardest to come by is vacation time. · Usually these vacations come in the form of long weekends, or an odd day in the middle of a week when you are in the eye of whatever cyclone you are working on. · But every so often ...

3 years ago

We Just Called It Winter

Jim Murray · For some reason, this view out my bathroom window made me think about winters in Fort Erie when I was a kid. · It wasn't unusual to get a foot or two of snow at a time. Or for it to be replenished regularly right up until the middle of March and sometimes beyond. · Today, when I ...

4 years ago

Bad News For The White Bigots

Jim Murray · First of all, let me preface this piece by telling you that I am a white guy. But I am also a Canadian white guy and have honestly never really believed that there was any sort of difference between white guys and any other guys or girls anywhere. · I believe we are all humanoids ...

4 years ago

Life On The Quiet Side Of The Lake

Jim Murray · It has been exactly two months since the first day I woke up in this house. The differences between then and now are, as I think about them, quite astonishing. · For most of my adult life I have been running. Expending energy at a substantial rate, pushing hard, moving fast, dodg ...

4 years ago

In Memory Of My Brother Bob

Jim Murray · My heart is heavy this morning. · At 4:15 am today my brother, Bob Twidle passed away after a long illness. · In actuality he was my brother-in-law. He married my sister who is 20 years his junior about 30 years ago and our families merged. · Bob was a medical officer in the Brit ...

4 years ago

The Marvellous Box

Jim Murray · One of the reasons I never became a novelist was that I never really thought much about my distant past, meaning my childhood. · Oh sure, like everybody I get glimpses of it, but nothing even remotely resembling a vivid recall. · But over the past few months that’s been changing. ...

5 years ago

My Special Relationship With American Thanksgiving

Jim Murray · American Thanksgiving will always bring with it a bit of sadness for me. · Nine years ago, US Thanksgiving day was the last day we spent with our dad…Pete. · Fort Erie · My dad was a kid in Fort Erie during the great depression. He learned how to scramble back then, and basically ...

5 years ago

A Quiet Little Essay On Solitude

Jim Murray · When I started using this blog, and the column that came before it, as a way to chronicle my life and times and share whatever bits of communications wisdom I had accumulated, I never realized what it would actually reveal about me. · One of the things that has become most obviou ...

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