Six: To Be Or Not To Be

Whether I knew who to be or who not to be, sure as I know my left arm, I am definitely an actor, and that will never change. It is fitting to write this post today because tomorrow, I return to “Greece” for my third production of “Mamma Mia!” This time, it is at the Grand Theatre in London, Ontario, where I will be playing Sam for the second time, and I am too excited to keep writing so

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Five: A Whim Away

Numerology, astrology, tea leaves, Tarot, religion… all means of helping people find purpose, to assign meaning to tragedy, to offer answers where there are questions, to provide direction when there is none.

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Four: Birds, Brains, and Bods

The absolute truth is that some of the reasons I give for having gotten ink done are a little disingenuous. They are arguments for getting them which I sometimes devise after the fact, while the prevailing reason was (is?) something I am loath to admit openly, or even to myself.

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Three: Angels and Demons

…and while most of me didn’t care and relished the idea, I felt part of me also died that day. It was the first time I felt a tinge of regret about the permanence of tattoos, that this was symbolic of a modicum of innocence that I would never get back, having committed to a tattoo that size.

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Two: Living the “Hi” Life

How could I have known that pretending to be a straight Jewish man wasn’t such a good idea? I was raised about the importance of appearances, about not ‘rocking the boat.’ I had many great times at CBB, but I also spent a lot of time alone in a kayak on the Ottawa River paddling away from the grounds, upstream toward Quyon. I wasn’t running away, but I was escaping a lot.

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One: I Am Canadian.

This is not a blog about depression per se, but the more I look back, the more I realize I had problems I didn’t understand. I do think it is vital to our mental health to be aware of things we went through in our past, to find the demons lurking back there so we can understand what might make us do the things we do today. The things that make us feel like things are falling apart, and possibly compel us to do things that are a little against the grain. For me, tattered times often resulted in tattoos. With that, I give you my Life in Tat(ter)s.

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