The Day the Music Died

Strange, it is, how we become attached to things. We assign personalities to lifeless objects. I don’t have to explain, you know you do it too. Many years ago I rescued a piano. It’s owners had sold their home and were moving into a smaller condominium – no room for an old upright piano in […]

6. Woke up in Haiku

Anton found it difficult to move, barely able to open his eyes. The room was a distorted blur. Electronic beeping noises emanated from somewhere in the room, but even the sounds seemed out of focus. As the effects of the yellow pill gradually wore off he became curiously aware that there were far more wires […]

4. Dressed all in Black

It rained the entire day of the service. Old men feeling older stood with bent backs beneath black umbrellas, listening to the priest read passages from the dog-eared pages of a brown, leather-bound bible. Each of their faces was as different as all their days past, yet made same by their patient stoicism; the suit […]

1. The Brink of Violence

The blackness gave way to a momentary amber glow. Light slid fluidly through the interior of the car for only a few seconds, then evaporated back into the void. Wave after yellow wave poured in from the sodium streetlights passing overhead. Occasionally the glare of headlamps from an oncoming vehicle interrupted the seemingly unending ebb […]

Murrant’s Rant: DST (Dog Standard Time)

Originally Published on November 5, 2015 http://southshorebreaker.ca/2015/11/10/murrants-rant-dst-dogs-standard-time/ http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/11/05/murrants-rant-dst-dogs-standard-time/   What do Arizona, Hawaii and my dog all have in common? Give up? None of them observe Daylight Saving Time. I think they’re onto something. For them, it’s business as usual year round. In fact, four-fifths of the Earth’s humans, and five-fifths of the non-humans, don’t […]

Murrant’s Rant: Realification

Originally Published on January 27, 2016 http://dartmouthtribune.ca/2016/02/02/murrants-rant-realification/ http://halifaxcitizen.ca/2016/01/27/murrants-rant-realification/ http://capebretonstar.ca/2016/01/27/murrants-rant-realification/   I didn’t think it was really a word. I thought I had stumbled upon one of those rare, original ideas. I called it “Walmartification.” It was the only word I could think of to sum up my feelings about the mass availability of consumer goods, the […]

Murrant’s Rant: The Bay of Absurdity

Originally Published on September 10, 2015 The Cape Breton Star – http://capebretonstar.ca/2015/09/09/the-bay-of-absurdity/    I’m not an economist.  I guess that’s why the logic behind the Nova Star Ferry eludes me.  As you may have read recently in the news, we (taxpayers) are well on our way to spending $13-million this year to keep the Nova Star […]