Oh hi there! How’s it going? Would you like some tea? Earl Grey? It’s okay, it’s decaf. It won’t keep you up. I know you have a big day tomorrow.
So what would you like to know? (Sugar? Milk? No? Excellent…!) About this blog? It’s funny. Next question? Do I bare my soul like it’s an all-you-can-spill therapy spree? No, I’m a white man from Nova Scotia with a Presbyterian Scottish background so I keep my feelings where they belong — deeply, deeply repressed.
About the name of this blog? “Drinking Tips for Teens” is to me just the perfect title of a piece I
will someday write finally wrote. It’s a necessary piece because young people are going about underage drinking all wrong! I have some good experience and advice to offer. Someday…
About me? I live on the Canada-U.S. border in Stanstead, Quebec. You might see my kids up on the banner. Adorable, right? Or maybe it’s a cat. Stupid cat! My weekly humour column appears in The Sherbrooke Record, for which I was awarded Best Columnist by the Quebec Community Newspapers Association for 2008, 2013, 2016 and 2017. I also contributed a bi-weekly radio piece for “Breakaway” on CBC’s Quebec Community Network for eight years. A collection of my columns, You’re Not Going to Eat That, Are You?, was published by Townships Publications Canton in 2010, with a second, Don’t Everyone Jump at Once, published in 2013 by Blue Ice Books. I self-published my debut novel, A Hole in the Ground, in the fall 2016 and my latest collection, A Jerk in Progress in 2019. Also in 2019, I directed my original play, All Together Now, at the Haskell Opera House, which sits on the Vermont/Quebec border. My work has also appeared on McSweeneys, Errant Parent, The Yellow Ham and The Big Jewel and CBC’s WireTap.
It’s a good life. It’s a good blog. Enjoy.
I hope that my not wearing pants hasn’t made you uncomfortable.