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 […]

The Mur-RANT: patient patients

Last week I spent over four hours in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital ER with my son – and finally left without ever having seen a doctor. But we weren’t alone. There were eight patients waiting to see a doctor when I arrived at 7:30pm that evening. During my 4.5 hour wait, only two patients […]

Murrant’s Rant: Are You Kidding Me?

If you ever wondered why Nova Scotians are among the highest taxed people in the WORLD, look no further. The Nova Scotia government spent $73-million to make back $16.5-million – a net loss of more than $56-million. Over four years our government will have spent $73-million in hard-earned, taxpayer dollars to keep the passenger ferry running between […]