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Jim Murray · Judging from the number of cars that showed up in my neighbourhood yesterday, it’s obvious that a lot of people have their Thanksgiving get togethers on Sunday. This gives everyone a day (today) to recuperate from too much turkey or ham and too much pumpkin pie etc.  · I was thin ...

3 months ago

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Jim Murray · Inch de Jour · As part of my ‘getting back to normal whatever that is’ routine. I like to teach myself a new trick whenever possible. Today I made up my mind to go through my swimming routine totally single handed. This included a number of steps that Heather would usually help m ...

3 months ago

The Day Off, Yeah, Right

Jim Murray · It’s a Thursday. I am beat from a rather grueling valuation day yesterday at Shaver where I’m doing my rehab and I’m only halfway through. We finish up there on Friday and won’t be able to go back for 6 months. · So we have both joined the gym at Brock, and will go there a couple ...

3 months ago

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Jim Murray · Heather finally found a home for the Queen. We call it Buckingham Tree Stump.

3 months ago

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Jim Murray · Tomorrow, Heather and I will have been married for 50 years. We had our ups and downs and craziness, most of which was mine. But we managed to hang in there. Through raising two kids, having maybe a dozen different jobs between us, Living in about 10 different places and going th ...

5 months ago

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Jim Murray · Pic de Jour · Making a little album of Heather's garden building. This is part of the front yard. ·  

9 months ago

Do You Believe In Magic?

Jim Murray · I believe in magic. I have no real proof to substantiate this belief, just the feeling that it exists, and it exists all over the place. · I’m not talking about the magic that illusionists perform, although I certainly believe in the cleverness with which that magic is performed ...

10 months ago

Life During Wartime 2021

Jim Murray · There’s a great Talking Heads song called Life During Wartime that keeps ringing in my head. · I think about this song because in a strange sort of way, this is what we are all living in. We are enmeshed in a kind of war, only the enemy is invisible and could easily be lurking i ...

1 year ago

Thanksgiving 2020. The Lows & The Highs Are Both Off The Chart.

Jim Murray · This year, maybe more than any year in my life, I have a ton of stuff to be thankful for. · 1. My life. About 4 months ago I had some pretty serious spinal surgery, and it was a lot more life threatening than I cared to imagine. But I got through it all in one piece, thanks to an ...

1 year ago

My 2020 New Year’s Resolution …And One For You Too.

Jim Murray · I have no idea what day it is. All holidays feel like Sunday to me. So let’s call it Sunday. It must be Sunday because there’s lots of football on today. But wait. This is not the pros, it’s a the kids. Forget what I said about Sunday. · What I know for sure it’s that it’s New Ye ...

1 year ago

Happy Holidays To You All

Jim Murray · It’s Christmas Eve. The air is cold and the west wind is blowing, but there is no snow is the forecast. The presents are all wrapped up in their re-usable cloth bags under the pencil thin Christmas tree in the dining room. · A good part of the day will be spent making stuff to br ...

2 years ago

The Highlights Of My Trump Free Weekend

Jim Murray · As part of my ongoing effort to lessen the frequency of my anti-Trump posts I declared for myself a Trump-Free weekend. · This was a kind of voyage in the Way-Back machine to a time before Trump was everywhere all the time. · Before the time when he monopolized the desperate and ...

3 years ago

Thanksgiving In The City

Jim Murray · From the perspective of where we live now, anything on the other side of the Burlington Skyway is called The City. I don’t go into The City too much, mainly because, other than for family stuff, I don’t r really have to. But on Monday, that’s exactly where we did go. · My son ...

3 years ago

Happy Birthday, Heather Murray

Jim Murray · It’s a rainy day, The kind of rainy day that you would rather observe from the inside with a cup of coffee and maybe some toast. · This particular rainy day is also my wife Heather’s birthday. It’s not a big deal so much these days. But it is a deal of sorts. · We have been marri ...

3 years ago

Reflections On My First Year On The Quiet Side Of The Lake

Jim Murray · Since I will be cutting back my op/ed blogging frequency here, I decided to go with a consistent name, as you can see from the graphic above. I’ll try and put together one post a week. If you want to read more of my stuff, you can find it at: https://www.bulletproofconsulting.ca/ ...

4 years ago

The Last Hurrah For The Big Oak Plank

Jim Murray · This shelf, that I put up yesterday in the basement, is made from a piece of wood that was part of a long bench that has been with us since Heather and I were first married. · The original bench was about 8 feet long and was comprised of two thick planks of beautifully beat ...

4 years ago

Freaky Friday Wall To Wall Stuff To Do.

Jim Murray · Normally I post a regular Friday Files here. And I guess this is it. But it won't be anything special because we got up headed out at 9:30 this morning and just got back a few minutes ago.  · So here's what we did: · • Went to visit our new MD Management financial advisor, Jeff ...

4 years ago

The Writer's Muse & Where It Lives

Jim Murray · Writers and artists talk often about their muse. The person or thing that buoys their spirit and allows them to take their work to new levels and all that good stuff. · My wife Heather started off being my muse. She would read my work and tell me how exceptional I was, and it wou ...

4 years ago

Goodbye Toronto, Sorta Kinda

Jim Murray · Today is the last day we will spend in the house we moved into 14 years ago. · Over those years we completed refurbished this house and made it really comfortable for us. But to tell you the truth, I'm really looking forward to living in a smaller place. I have grown a bit weary ...

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