I turned sixty this year and have taught high school for thirty-two years. I still teach (full-time) English and Guitar at Evan Hardy collegiate, and I plan to retire in the next one to five years, even though my financial plan is “freedom 105”!
For the past several years, I have been a single father of three sons: Garth, Toby and Isaac (my daughter Anna, lives in Winnipeg). On May 1st of this year my youngest son, Issac, decided to move out and live on his own, leaving me and Teto (Toby’s cat: now my cat) alone to ramble around a 2 ½ storey house.
My youth was characterized by a search for music, art and the spiritual. My father was a lay minister in the Anglican church. For me, the highlight of being an Anglican was playing and singing the Folk Mass. Since the age of 19, I have been a member of the Bahá’í community and I still play and sing whenever I can. I have played guitar since high school and have always been a fan of acoustic, “unplugged” music. In addition to traditional folk music, my musical roots were formed from artists such as: Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, Crosby Stills and Nash, and James Taylor.
I have always been interested in dancing and the visual arts. When my arms and legs were young I took Afro-jazz and ballet lessons; in my more “mature” years I briefly dabbled in ballroom dancing and sort of learned how to jive. During my university days, I took as many studio art classes as I could: painting, drawing, printmaking and pottery. In my retirement, I will once again dabble in the visual arts, particularly drawing.
In addition to being a grandfather, I also love Shakespeare, old houses, cats (and some dogs), walking, conversation, solitude, bold paint colours, poetry, wooden furniture, words (particularly puns), sparseness, simplicity and everything about the prairies.