This morning was a bit milder than it’s been lately, which makes for a slightly more pleasant wander around the block. Bouncing from one edge of the sidewalk to another doesn’t fit the description of a proper walk. Charlie sticking his nose into the snow banks every couple of feet makes a walk a lot longer. A proper walk is supposed to be purposeful. A walk is all about the destination and getting there as quickly and directly as you can. A wander, on the other hand, is all about the journey and the smells that can be found along the way. It doesn’t evenRead More →

When Charlie wants to go for a walk he sits close by and does a whiny sort of a noise. It’s not a bark, but he knows what he wants and he wants it twice a day. Just after breakfast, and just before supper. It also happens to be when all his friends are out for a walk as well. It happened again this afternoon. I was sitting at the computer, tapping away when he sat down beside me. “Okay,” I said. “In a minute. I just have to finish this thought.” About three thoughts later, he became more persistent. He started scratching my leg,Read More →

The mind of a dog is a mystery, and that’s not a bad thing. Mysteries contain nuggets of knowledge, and all you need is a key to unlock them. Puzzle over one for a while, and you’ll find the truth that lies below. That’s what makes a walk with Charlie such an adventure. You never know where you’ll go while you go around the block. We hadn’t gone very far last Sunday when I mentioned that it was the 26th anniversary of the day on which a man went into an engineering school in Montreal and killed 14 women. “Why did he do that?” CharlieRead More →

I am Alan Pickersgill. I retired from the regularly paid workforce in July 2015. Before then, I worked as a community coordinator for two housing co-ops in Guelph, but not both at the same time. From 1995 to 2014 I wrote a weekly opinion column for the Guelph Tribune. As I rebuild my web site, I will bring links to these columns and other things I have written. I have also worked as a communications director, a workplace health and safety training developer, and a maintenance mechanic millwright. For most of my working life I belonged to a union. In various jobs I’ve been in the United ElectricalRead More →