Life Archive

  • He was known as “The Man of a Thousands Songs,” but the legacy of Ron Hynes is the countless people who sang his songs and the songwriters he inspired to create.  Born in Ferryland, NL in 1950, Ron escaped his outport life to set off for the bright lights of […]

    Ron Hynes Leaves the Stage

    He was known as “The Man of a Thousands Songs,” but the legacy of Ron Hynes is the countless people who sang his songs and the songwriters he inspired to create.  Born in Ferryland, NL in 1950, Ron escaped his outport life to set off for the bright lights of […]

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  • For a time, a Ron Hynes gig in downtown St. John’s was as regular an occurrence as crowded street parking.  Take any Friday night – the month, the day or year doesn’t matter – take any Friday night at the Rose and Thistle, the Water Street hole-in-the-wall with holes in […]

    And Ron Hynes Came On

    For a time, a Ron Hynes gig in downtown St. John’s was as regular an occurrence as crowded street parking.  Take any Friday night – the month, the day or year doesn’t matter – take any Friday night at the Rose and Thistle, the Water Street hole-in-the-wall with holes in […]

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  •   This is my recurring book preview, “First Line-Last Line” for Monday, April 22, 2013. The high-impact preview for low-impact people.   Today’s book: 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi   In this memoir, broadcaster and music impressario, Jian Ghomeshi, reflects on his youth from some 30 years previous.  Utilizing first hand accounts and lists, […]

    First Line-Last Line Book Preview #5

      This is my recurring book preview, “First Line-Last Line” for Monday, April 22, 2013. The high-impact preview for low-impact people.   Today’s book: 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi   In this memoir, broadcaster and music impressario, Jian Ghomeshi, reflects on his youth from some 30 years previous.  Utilizing first hand accounts and lists, […]

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  • Hi!   This is my recurring book preview, “First Line-Last Line” for Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The high-impact preview for low-impact people.   Today’s book: In Into the Abyss, journalist Carol Shaben provides a rivetting account of a deadly plane crash in Northern Alberta. Her father was one of the […]

    First Line-Last Line Book Preview #3

    Hi!   This is my recurring book preview, “First Line-Last Line” for Wednesday, February 13, 2013. The high-impact preview for low-impact people.   Today’s book: In Into the Abyss, journalist Carol Shaben provides a rivetting account of a deadly plane crash in Northern Alberta. Her father was one of the […]

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  • I’m often enchanted by the simple act of walking and the wonderful gift it becomes when appropriately intertwined with the act of sight. In saying this, I don’t want imply the ability to see where one is ambling, nor the surrounding visions the mind ingests from a personal vicinity.  The […]

    Down the Bunny Hole

    I’m often enchanted by the simple act of walking and the wonderful gift it becomes when appropriately intertwined with the act of sight. In saying this, I don’t want imply the ability to see where one is ambling, nor the surrounding visions the mind ingests from a personal vicinity.  The […]

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  • Satoshi: I hear myself. Is that normal? Russell: You’re getting a little bit of feedback? Yes, it would seem Satoshi Kanazawa has gotten some feedback of late. In December 2008, I sat down with the author of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War […]

    I hear myself. Is that normal?

    Satoshi: I hear myself. Is that normal? Russell: You’re getting a little bit of feedback? Yes, it would seem Satoshi Kanazawa has gotten some feedback of late. In December 2008, I sat down with the author of Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War […]

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  • On Friday, March 30, 2012, I was aaked to moderate an All-Candidates Forum on the issue of Arts Funding in Alberta. The event was organized by ArtsVote Calgary and held at the Central Branch of the Calgary Public Library.  Citizens of the province will go to the pools to elect […]

    ArtsVote Speech

    On Friday, March 30, 2012, I was aaked to moderate an All-Candidates Forum on the issue of Arts Funding in Alberta. The event was organized by ArtsVote Calgary and held at the Central Branch of the Calgary Public Library.  Citizens of the province will go to the pools to elect […]

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  • This is not my quote and I’m not at liberty to mention who wrote this. I have adjusted it slightly while retaining the meaning. It’s about art, business, relationships, Canada’s Got Talent – anything you care to make applicable. “There is particular variety of pathos, that you witness frequently in […]

    Assessment

    This is not my quote and I’m not at liberty to mention who wrote this. I have adjusted it slightly while retaining the meaning. It’s about art, business, relationships, Canada’s Got Talent – anything you care to make applicable. “There is particular variety of pathos, that you witness frequently in […]

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  •   One year ago, February 3, 2011, the journey of Daisy Elizabeth Bowers came to a close.  She lived 78 and half years coping with life and the challenges it handed her, even before she was born. As some of you know, due to what I shall charitably  call travel […]

    The Missed Tribute

      One year ago, February 3, 2011, the journey of Daisy Elizabeth Bowers came to a close.  She lived 78 and half years coping with life and the challenges it handed her, even before she was born. As some of you know, due to what I shall charitably  call travel […]

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  • Last month, I launched my new Music Column on VoiceOfRuss and for February’s edition, I decided to combine my thoughts on music with another article I wrote in December of 2011.  Here goes…   So, it’s nearly been two months since I took a vow of celibacy.  Inspired by the “Manbattical” […]

    Back-Catalogue Shopping #2: So How’s That Celibacy Coming?

    Last month, I launched my new Music Column on VoiceOfRuss and for February’s edition, I decided to combine my thoughts on music with another article I wrote in December of 2011.  Here goes…   So, it’s nearly been two months since I took a vow of celibacy.  Inspired by the “Manbattical” […]

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