The Art of Reading…

Lately, I’ve been thinking that the reading of actual books has become something of a lost art. I remember sitting in coffee shops in the mid to late 90’s and seeing people reading actual books. Oh sure, the occasional person would have a laptop in front of them, but they would ironically be bloggers or writers. If you step into a coffee shop nowadays, you’re more likely to see something akin to the current trend; laptops, smart phones and tablets galore. And it’s hitting younger and younger ages. My son is only four years old and he has his own iPad and runs to it, first thing every morning when he wakes up. I swear, the theme song to Paw Patrol and PJ Masks is permanently burnt into my mind.

As a child, I remember having my father walk to my bedroom and scold me because I was reading books under the covers with a flashlight. I could never get to sleep without reading a few pages, and that instinct still exists today. Although some of my methods have modernized (e-readers and tablets), my wife and I still own and read several hundred physical books. My wife also holds an actual library membership, and takes full advantage of the selection, going through story after story within very short periods of time.

I believe that despite the advancement of the technological age, nothing quite compares to holding a physical book, feeling the pages turn in your fingers and breathing in the scent of aged paper. Over the decades, I’ve come to realize that although I tend to read certain genres more than others, I’ve had the pleasure of reading some of everything. Being a student of the martial arts and Buddhism, I tend to read a lot of books and manuscripts covering those subjects as well. Books allow a person to develop their sense of imagination (this is why people often say that the movie ruined the book for them). So, keep a few books handy! The art of reading isn’t dead yet!

The book shelves in our “Reading Room”
All the extra books that haven’t been fitted onto the shelves. Yet.

New Brunswick’s Flora…

Back in 2017, I travelled to New Brunswick with my wife and son to visit my parents. Many people who visit the beautiful Province of new Brunswick are able to marvel at the Appalachian Mountains, the open bays and rivers as well as the diverse tourist attractions and wonderful people. I took advantage of a quiet afternoon to photograph some of the flower life during the late summer at a local Provincial Park while my son was climbing on the nearby play structures. Most people focus on their surroundings and often overlook what’s at their feet. I’m far from considering myself a professional photographer, but I do love snapping a few photos when I’m out and about. Check them out..

Beauty is often found in nature, even if we tend to overlook it. Keep your eyes open to the life that surrounds you and be sure to enjoy every detail and colour it provides! ☯

Welcome to the journey…

Here’s my story: I’m a lifetime martial artists, philosopher and practitioner of the Buddhist faith. I’ve seen some wonderful and miraculous things in my four decades of life and I’m excited to share it with the world. Here’s the reality; it’s 2019! The internet is the main form of world-wide communication and allows for people to share their opinions and views with everyone.

I’m new at this, so I’m hoping that my blog will reach as many people as possible and allow for some back and forth communication relating to world events and any topic of discussion that may come to mind. Check out my email address on the main page and feel free to reach out. And as the title says, Welcome to the journey! ☯