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Meaningful Work


Music and guitar stand built by my father. Picture of my father and mother in the bookcase.

Every thing I’ve strived to do professionally has tried to solve a question that I ask myself internally – will this help someone? I approach my projects and tasks with that question in mind. Sometimes it’s clear, sometimes not right away.

In 2016 my dear friend Alex connected me with Century Estate Services, whose business is to find meaningful homes for people’s belongings. It answered that question wtih a resounding yes. And, in turn, the work helped me. I didn’t clue in at the time that this may be the work that I need to do to come to terms with so much of what’s happened in my life since 2013.

Belongings. Possessions. Earthly remains. Funny how a word that just means stuff can have so many connotations to it.

They all somehow convey that you are gone but they stay here. Just like the people you leave behind.

At least there are people who provide stewardship for your possessions when you do go. Family. Friends. Executors. Estate trustees. Auction houses. The latter may be more formal, but they are still made of people who, in some shape or form, want to help.

I’ve been writing for Urbanicity magazine since August 2016. I’ve written about small businesses, social media etiquette, and stories about Hamilton’s revival. This month’s article is more dear to my heart than all of them.

I hope you enjoy Shedding Possessions.


I warned you about that younger woman, didn’t I?

In my ongoing quest to provide young males ages 19-25 with some advice on how to keep the ladies they love in their laps, I wrote another piece for the Brolog. If you believe their homepage, it’s the third most popular blog post on the website today, so why not check it out: “4 reasons you should be cautious of that younger girl“.

Yes, there are more reasons, but I had a word count to worry about and a limit to how many euphemisms I could use to describe jailbait.

A sample:

There’s nothing wrong with dating younger women, but if you’re thinking of dating a really young chick, think twice. Sure, she can wrap her legs around your head, but there are a host of problems that come with that parlour trick.

Women mature faster than men do. Remember the tallest girl in grade school? Not only do our boobs and hips pop out sooner than your chest and facial hair, so too do our hormones kick into overdrive at a young age.

Plus, it doesn’t take much to impress us. If you have a car or a sweet fixie, you’re halfway to being jailbait heaven.

Your new girlfriend is young, nubile and easily impressionable? Here’s why this might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

You can read the rest at the Brolog.