New Feature: Is This The Most Popular Destination of 2017…?

Hiking above the valley of Pjófadalir…

This distant northern country might be the most popular tourist destination of 2017.

It’s a place where the wind gusts so strong it will literally tear the door off your car.

It’s a place where the landscape morphs and changes before your eyes such that you can see geological time.

Printing Off Stacks of Words

An afternoon visit to my neighbourhood copy shop…

It’s been pretty quiet on the blog this year, but I’ve got two good reasons for that.

One: I just haven’t been traveling very much. A visit to Japan, a short trip down to Sardinia, and a long overdue visit to Canada — my first trip back home in over 3 years. And that was about it for 2017.

Life in Berlin

Berlin is such a liveable city…

It’s been ages since I’ve published a blog. I think I’ve only written 3 this year.

But I haven’t forgotten you, or vanished in a desert somewhere.

It’s just that I haven’t been traveling at all. We moved to Berlin at the start of January, and I haven’t left the city since.

Art, Man and Technology

Evening views over Pariser Platz from the Akademie der Künste exhibit...

Evening views over Pariser Platz from the Akademie der Künste exhibit…

Okay, I swiped that title from Steve Kilbey. It’s the name of a really cool box set containing a CD of spoken word tracks that accompany a series of postcards printed from his paintings. I highly recommend checking it out — my favourite prose poetry pieces on there are The Visitor and The Lonely City.

Don’t Forget to Remember

The war graves section of the Pershore cemetery — 41 of these men were Canadians

The war graves section of the Pershore cemetery — 41 of these men were Canadians

Yesterday was Remembrance Day — November 11th, the day we pause to think about all those who lost their lives in the two World Wars, and in Korea and all the conflicts that have happened since.

My Dad Died 10 Years Ago Today

I still remember the moment I knew — really knew — that my dad was dying.

I was in a cheap hotel in Bangkok, lying there awake trying to sleep. I’d received an email that day which said my dad had been ill, and they were sending him for some tests. One of the last lines read, “You should probably come home.”

It’s Banned Books Week — Let’s Stop and Remember

It’s Banned Books Week.

I’m sure the majority of people aren’t aware of this. And even avid readers may have missed the news.

But this is the special time each year when we pause to think about censorship, and to remember all the great literature that has been banned, suppressed or otherwise made purposefully unavailable in an effort to control what we read and think.

Bringing Dreams to Physical Reality — The Magic of Print

I got a sneak peak inside a crucial part of the publishing industry last week when I was given the opportunity to tour Lowe-Martin’s Ottawa St. Laurent facility — where Outpost and other fine magazines are printed.

Okay, Yeah — The New Book

A lot of people replied by email to my last cryptic “Where’s Waldo” blog…

Well, the correct answer is “Ottawa”.

I’ve locked myself away in semi-seclusion for a month to get a solid start on a new book. And I’m pleased to report that it’s going well.

Where’s Ryan — Can You Guess?

It’s time for a little game of “Where’s Waldo”…

Except… well… I’m Waldo. And I’m not wearing a striped sweater or a funny hat.

I’m on the road again. And I’m currently locked in semi-seclusion making a start on a new book.

Here’s a late-day view from my balcony: