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Chef Tom’s Cowboy Soup and Story

Posted in Fiction, Food, life, music, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2020 by segarini

If I were on a Cooking Show the Story Title (daily prompt) would be my Secret Ingredient. The genre would be my choice for flavor profile.

Flavor Profile (Genre): Western

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Gary Pig Gold got his Kicks with JOE STRUMMER

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2020 by segarini

While the Clash were hardly the only band that ever mattered to me, I personally sure owe a tip-o-the ol’ snout to the one, the only Joe Strummer for most vividly helping me see The Light back in that dark, dank cultural wasteland known as the mid-Seventies:

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Peter Previews Upcoming Peter Posts

Posted in A Message, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2020 by segarini

We here at “Don’t Believe A Word I Say ” are taking a few weeks off (August 10th thru September 10th). This column will therefore be very much abbreviated.

In the future, I will continue to write about important issues such as gay rights, the right of everyone to have a decent living, access to education, universal health care and the right to have a dignified retirement after slaving their lives away selling their soul “to the man”.

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Pat Blythe – Celebrating music…..a little tongue in cheek……and music

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2020 by segarini

DBAWIS summer hiatus is upon us…..August 10 to September 10. This will be my last column until September 15. Because of the timing of my column (Wednesdays) I will have almost six weeks off!! Time to enjoy the rest of the summer and focus on one or hundred other projects I have on the go.

There will be no summer festivals to regale you with when I’m back…..Mariposa was supposed to be celebrating their 60th anniversary and Summerfolk turned 45. Live music is slowly leaking out on front porches, parks, driveways, street corners and back decks…..speaking of which…..I have the pleasure of hosting a few “concerts” myself. I typically host a summer BBQ, with about 35-40 people in attendance, the third weekend in July. Not this year. Instead, to give musicians a platform to play to real humans, I offered my back deck and The Back Deck Concert Series was born. Maximum audience size…..10.

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GRAN’S CANADA HIGHWAY – EPISODE 6: THUNDER BAY TO KENORA by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2020 by segarini


The pass between Pays Plat and Cavers at the top of Lake Superior is nearly 11 km long divided almost evenly between uphill and downhill escarpments with grades approaching 8% on many sections so those who are weak stomached or decide to skimp on new brakes for the car need to turn around and go back to Toronto.

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Chef Tom’s Food n’ Noir

Posted in Fiction, Food, music, Opinion, Recipe with tags , , , , on August 1, 2020 by segarini

Stories are back.

Reminder: these are from a writing program called Round Robin. Some RR’s are three weeks long and some are six. I have to write a short story every day based on a “prompt” I get from my teacher. The rule is to set the timer for twelve minutes and start writing, and stop when the timer goes off. I can do some research beforehand, and do some editing and polishing up afterwards, I just can’t make the story any longer.

I decided early on that I would treat the daily prompts like a “secret ingredient” on a cooking show. I have to come up with something tasty with whatever the teacher gives me. To come up with a “flavor profile” I choose a different literary genre. I love the variety, like trying out a new language. With some of the stories I really like the characters and the setting and the pace, so I’ll re-visit the storyline and keep it going.

Below is my attempt at Noir, or Hardboiled Detective. Four chapters so far. The titles are the daily prompts.

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Peter’s Politics

Posted in Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , on July 30, 2020 by segarini

As the most cursory examination of my Facebook timeline indicates, my political views lean to the left. In short, I am a Liberal/liberal. In the States I would be considered a Democrat. a) I feel very strongly that universal health care, well funded public education, universal human rights, affordable housing and decent wages would not spell the end of Civilization as we know it. In fact, if we devoted our energy, resources and attention to meeting these conditions, it would go a long way toward resolving many of the problems that we try to grapple with on a daily basis in society, in my opinion.

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Pat Blythe – For no particular reason…..Julian Taylor……and music

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2020 by segarini

I woke up today (Tuesday) morning, late, thinking of the future and what lies ahead. Of England, of leaving Canada, of all the friendships and relationships I’ve built over the past five years and the very special ones in particular, of all the people that have come into and passed through my life since Chris’s death. I woke up reminiscing for some strange reason, looking around my home and feeling totally amazed at how much my life has changed in such a short period of time. My sons are in a good place with wonderful women. They have both make brilliant choices. I think of Colleen, the daughter-of-my-heart, half- way around the world building a new, exciting and fantastic life. I think of my mom and all that she has seen and lived through during her 90 years on this earth. I also see many of my friends leaving the city for calmer pastures and my eyes scan my comfy home and reflect.

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Darrell Vickers – Your Package Has Arrived

Posted in life, Opinion, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 28, 2020 by segarini

When The Tonight Show was cantering through its year-long goodbye victory lap, Andrew Nicholls and I were far from coasting to the finish line, sipping jumbo daiquiris and hoovering astonishing powders out of topless starlets’ Miu Miu pumps. While Johnny was retiring to enjoy his riches, Malibu estate, yacht and the loving arms and legs of his young 4th wife, Andrew and I had accumulated families that required regular feedings.

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Peter VS the Pandemic Poltroons

Posted in COVID 19, Family, life, Opinion with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2020 by segarini

” I have a medical condition…!” Or, why are some people so f***ing stupid?

This week’s column is about a subject completely different from what I originally intended to write about. THAT subject will be addressed next week.

Anyone else notice that things have been a little different over the last few months? Anyone else have an uneasy feeling about their environment lately? Anyone else evaluating the respective responses of the various levels of government to ” the new normal ” ?

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