Monday Morning Musings

Posted on September 16, 2019 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

 

“And death shall have no dominion.” Dylan Thomas

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who sent messages of condolences on the death of my brother, Tom. I want you to know that I read every e-mail, text, private message, Week45 comment, telephone message and Facebook post. There were simply too many to respond to individually. Just about every one of you reading this will likely have experienced death up close and personal. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the outpouring of support, if that makes any sense. I think that the mind and heart only have a limited capacity to absorb all this when they are in grief mode.

Death is so complex. There’s not a day goes by when we don’t hear about someone’s loss and while we try and comfort the best we can, grieving is very personal. We scan through the obituaries daily and then casually move on to the sports page. It is only when it hits close to home that you realize that every death notice carries with it suffering and pain.

We will miss our brother terribly, as you miss your loved ones. We’re all in this together.

I did the Cabot Trail again this past weekend. What? Have you completely gone bonkers? I joyfully drove the Cabot Trail with two dear friends on Saturday. My friends wanted a guided tour of the Trail which also gave me the opportunity to stop by and thank several people along the way who helped me on my walk for Simone a few weeks back. It was a beautiful sunny day. We saw many moose and one whale which is a pretty decent tally if you ask me. However, the moose were all affixed to road signs and the whale was painted on a mural at the lookout on Mackenzie Mountain overlooking Pleasant Bay! We had a lot of laughs, had some great food and shared some stories. It was the perfect tonic for me after spending the day after Tom’s death huddled up at home. Thanks, Kathy and Linda from the bottom of my heart.

By the way, I am a measly $115 short of the $8,000 mark. I will close the account later today but will graciously receive a last minute donation! You can e-transfer me at lenpdmacdonald@gmail.com

I have completed my Camino book and it is now on sale through Amazon. The title is “Eat, Sleep and Walk: Stories from the Camino”. Hard copies are being shipped to me this week so they should go on sale locally next week at the 5 to $1.00 store or you can track me down to buy one. I’ll let you know when they arrive. Each chapter of the book contains four distinct segments: the first part is a brief description of where I walked on any particular day along with a smattering of the history of that part of Spain; the second part is a blow by blow description of what I experienced each day; the third part contains an interview of people I met along the trail; and the fourth part contains “Camino Tips”. These tips might be useful for someone contemplating doing the Camino.

In my estimation, the interviews form the core of the book. I interviewed people from all over the world during my Camino walk. When we had all completed our walk, I asked each of them some follow up questions about their personal journey. I asked five questions: 1) who are you. 2) Where are you from? 3) What do you do or what did you do for a living? 4) Why did you come to walk the Camino? 5) What are your observations or key takeaways from doing the Camino? I think you will find these stories quite compelling.

The inspiration for the book came from my brother, Tom, who did the Camino in 2018. He had a chance to read the book before he passed.

I hope you enjoy the book.

Have a great day.

 

 

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted on September 9, 2019 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

The aftermath of Dorian

 

Mea Culpa.

I want to start off with an apology, something for which Canadians are famous. Mostly we apologize for trivial things but every once in a while, a full blown, heartfelt apology is warranted. I mentioned in this column last week that I was a flawed human being. It didn’t take me any time to prove this once again as recently as yesterday.

Hurricane Dorian caused massive destruction and claimed countless lives, especially in the Bahamas. Occasionally our Maritime humour gets in the way of common sense and good judgment. I cannot take credit for this but someone re-arranged the letters of Dorian and came up with donair and referred to the storm as Hurricane Donair. I thought this was funny and did a post on Facebook showing the picture of a donair. It didn’t take long for a few people to call me out on my insensitivity mentioning the devastation and loss of life. There is nothing trivial about a hurricane. I immediately took the post down and apologized to the people I offended.

Two of my siblings have cottages. Yesterday, my brother and I decided to spend the night down by the ocean. We packed up some supplies and went down in advance of the storm to batten down the hatches. When we arrived late afternoon, the hurricane was starting to make its presence felt. The surf was up, trees were down and the power was off.

Miraculously, the power came on just at the start of the U.S. Open women’s final. We munched on storm snacks and watched Bianca Andreescu battle legendary tennis figure, Serena Williams. We were able to watch for about an hour and were not surprised when the power went out again, this time for good.

My brother was able to get the game on radio. Have you ever listened to a tennis game on radio? Neither have I. It is not quite as gripping as Danny Gallivan or Foster Hewitt calling a hockey game on a Sunday night back in the 60s. Correction. It was very gripping and intense. Especially in candlelight. One of the beauties of radio is that you are forced to use your imagination which is not such a bad thing from time to time. The monotony of the sound of a tennis ball bouncing from one side of the court to the other was interrupted by frequent roars. With a pro-American crowd, you always knew when Serena won a point.

Bianca prevailed and in true Canadian fashion, apologised for winning! “I know you guys wanted Serena to win, so I’m sorry.”

I’m in the final throes of having my fifth book published. There was a glitch with the cover forcing me and my team to go back to the drawing board. I hope to have a new prototype in my hands by the end of the week and if all goes well, I should have hard copies available later in the month or on line through Amazon. The book is called: “Eat, Sleep and Walk: Stories From the Camino”.

One of the more astonishing things that happened during the hurricane was receiving an e-transfer for Simone. I had my cell phone charged up and could still communicate with the outside world. This latest donation brings the total to over $7,600. I am extremely grateful to all of you and I know Simone and her family are humbled by your generosity.

Have a great week.

 

 

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Monday Morning Musings

Posted on September 2, 2019 under Monday Morning Musings with one comment

Bras D’Or Lakes at sunset

Hi Folks.

Today is the final day of my Cabot Trail walk. I didn’t have decent internet connection all day yesterday . I won’t be posting anything today.

Full disclosure on Thursday.

Len

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