Archive for February, 2018

2nd Annual Mind’s Eye Writers Retreat

February 25, 2018


Photo: Workshop leaders Rob Ritchie and John Brownlow with the Mind’s Eye Writers’ Retreat participants.

I just returned from a weekend of learning, fun, writing, creativity, scotch and great food with old friends and new. When my friend Lori and I reached Purple Valley, we were greeted by the McIvor House hosts, Jeremy and Tonya Miller. I had my first taste of scotch from a quaich, very cool!

The sessions presented by Rob Ritchie and John Brownlow were detailed and enlightening. Both are very knowledgeable about the writing industry and their own genres. We learned a lot,

it was rewarding to spend time with other writers. The goodwill, humour, shared interests and support from everyone made the weekend fun and invigorating, I left the retreat rested, restored, reflective and ready to write, I seemed to have contracted a mild case of alliteration.

Hosts Jeremy and Tonya Miller of McIvor House outdid themselves. Wonderful meals all day! The food will be remembered and raved about forever. Tutterbarts for everyone!

Let us gather the last weekend of February next year and do it all again. Keep February 22-24 open for the 3rd annual Mind’s Eye Writers’ Retreat.

MotW – Death at a Funeral

February 17, 2018


Tagline: From director Frank Oz comes the story of a family that puts the F U in funeral.

Death at a Funeral is a favourite film in our family. It is a wonderful farce. There is a 2010 American remake but we prefer the original 2007 British verion. The humour is dry, rude and hillarious. The whole cast is brilliant, but Alan Tudyk’s Simon is exceptionally funny.

We have a family joke because we have tended to tell others about it and given a disclaimer that the movie is a great family movie, extremely funny, but there is lots of profanity, bathroom humour, drugs, nudity and gay midget sex. We highly recommend it.

Here is the IMDb entry. If you haven’t seen Death at a Funeral, set aside ninety minutes. The time is well worth it.



San Cristobal de las Casas

February 12, 2018


At the end of the month, I will be heading to Mexico for two weeks. I am looking forward to the adventure, though as always, I am a tad nervous. I will be staying with my friends Bill and Miki in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas Mexico.

If you are curious,óbal_de_las_Casas is the wikipedia entry for San Cristobal. is a list of fifteen things to do in San Cristobal. Many are possibilities for me. I will, of course, be trying Pox. The word Pox comes from the Mayan language Tzotzil and means medicine.

I plan to spend the time soaking up the sun, the culture and the good times with friends. I am looking forward to reading, writing and studying magic. It promises to be a fun filled two weeks.


A Musical Countdown

February 7, 2018

Rolling Stone

My brother and his son are doing a countdown of the 500 greatest albums according to Rolling Stone. It sounded like a cool project so I jumped aboard. It will take me a bit to catch up, but soon we’ll synchronize our listening so that we can talk about the albums. Most of the music can be found on Tidal.

When I am on my holidays at the end of the month, I am going to try to listen to one album every other day, starting at number 500, Aquemini by Outkast. It will be a musical education as some of the picks are unfamiliar to me.

The link to the Rolling Stone article and top 500 list of albums can be found at Feel free to share your music ratings in the comments as we go along.

MOTW – Groundhog Day

February 2, 2018

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?

Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.


Since today is February 2nd and I am a few “Movie of the Week” posts behind, I decided that it was a good time to write about Groundhog Day. The IMDb entry is at

Groundhog Day is one of the two movies starring Bill Murray that I picked as my MOTW selections. I have seen this movie many times and I highly recommend it. I am always left feeling positive and contemplative after watching it. Groundhog Day is a movie that challenges me to be a better person, to understand the meaning making of my own life, and to work to improve myself and the lives of others.

Here’s the original trailer If you have never seen the movie, skip the trailer because it gives too much of the story away. Go get the DVD and watch it. We have a copy at the library.

For more Groundhog Day articles, you could read the Roger Ebert review at and this one from the Guardian



I randomized the list of 50 remaining movies with Watch for a few more posts until I catch up.