Spinning Tales-The Written Word

“It’s not what you remember, it’s how you remember it!”

The last spin for Quadzilla Spins3! I get it, you need a break from spinning and listening to awesome music. Welcome to Spinning Tales. Here you will find a collection of (look for new additions as the muse moves me) personal stories, book/movie reviews, musings, rants, and even some comedy; well, I think they’re funny. Sit back, put your jammies on, and enjoy. For your convenience, each entry has a letter in brackets next to its title to indicate the type of writing: (H) – Humor; (E) – Essay; (S) – Story; (F) – Fiction; (R) – Review

Almost Famous…Not Really! (S)

Many of you will remember Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical 2000 film, “Almost Famous,” starring Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, and Frances McDormand, among others. The film tells the tale of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the early 1970s. It is a wonderful coming of age story using, as a backdrop, the rock…

“Pop Goes The Weasel” (E)

How many of you were trying to remember the tune or the words? Well, as it turns out there are many different variations of this little “ditty” from England, where it originated, and when it crossed the pond to the U.S., several more iterations were soon floating around. It was the early 1850s when the…

Labor-Saving Thing-A-Mabobs (E)

If you detect just a smidgeon of, I don’t know, irony, sarcasm, absurd cuteness, or, dare I say, humor in the title for this piece, well, you may be right! The following “diatribe” is the direct result of a text from a friend that I received a few days ago: “Just saw a delivery drone…

I Do!(S)

In the fall of 1988, I was starting the last year of my B.A. at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, B.C.). My major was in English, and by that year I had added a minor in Communications, which is where I met two professors, Martin L and Richard G, who later became my advisors for my…

What’s In A Name? (S)

I have been thinking a great deal about names lately. One of the reasons is that my stepson and his wife are expecting their first child (a girl) in the new year. And despite my wife’s many attempts to pry the chosen name out of them, it appears that the information is in an envelope…

The Language Barrier(S)

I was very fortunate when I was a young boy to be introduced to the sport of skiing at a very young age. I was five or six the first time my dad took me to the local “mountain” in Montreal: Lac Aux Castors (Beaver Lake to us Anglos), a quintessentially Canadian name if there…

For What It’s Worth(E)

If the title of this piece sounds familiar it is because you remember the 1966 Buffalo Springfield song, written by Stephen Stills, “For What It’s Worth.” The first verse goes like this: There’s something happening here. But what it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got…

“Information! Get Your Red-Hot Information Here”(E)

The following is a quote from a recent (October 3, 2022) “daily journal” article for The Atlantic Magazine titled, “The Widening Gyre,” by Tom Nichols: But we are not helpless. The center can hold-because we are the center. We are citizens of a democracy who can refuse to accept the threats of mob bosses, whether…

So, you think you’re a fan. . .?(S)

For most people, the music of one’s teen years has a definite impact on our musical tastes, or preferences if you will. This should not come as a surprise because those are the years of many “firsts” as we tentatively move towards adulthood. The backdrop for my teen years were the sixties (1963-1969 to be…

hair. . .Not the musical!(s)

It would be easy say that the picture above represents the mother of all bad hair days, but that would be a bit too simplistic. There is obviously a “statement” being made here, and I will leave it to you to figure out what that is exactly! It is, I believe, safe to say that…

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