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I have started a toy focused Instagram account called Ode to Toy.

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In 2015, I entered all the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) literary prize contests as part of my effort to get writing back into my life. I didn’t win anything, but that’s OK. The competition was immense for both quality and quantity. This is my entry for the Short Story contest (link to winners), which is now over and I can share my entry. It’s my first ever science-fiction story. I hope you’ll enjoy it. :)

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Brady vs Manning XVII was a classic! In what might be their last duel, and possibly Peyton’s last game if the Broncos had lost, Tom Brady showed his class with a near end of the game tribute.

Trailing by 2 with 18 points on the board and 12 seconds to go in the game, the Patriots QB missed the 2 point conversion pass to seal the deal for the Broncos, leaving his and Manning’s numbers on the scoreboard for a few more minutes for all to see – 12 and 18.

Go Broncos! :)

I had an idea today that I am very excited about trying. Just 11 days into this year, every single day has had at least one thing rather memorable for me. I’m not going to be able to remember it all, or at least all at once, in the long run, so I thought I’d do a journal where I decide on a Memory of the Day or MOD for each day.

With it, I’ll also record “candidates” vying for each day’s title, meaning other things memorable, no matter how big or small. A candidate today that won’t win is my coming across coconut bread on sale while impromptu grocery shopping with time to spare between events. I had never eaten coconut bread before so I figured a $2 risk was worth taking to try it. It’s quite good! Small life changer there that if I ever come across it again, I’ll definitely buy it!

News of David Bowie’s passing will probably take the title today, though. The memories don’t always have to be good, though news of his passing led to a lot of happy times recollection about his music, character and influence in my world today. Bad memories might not seem pleasant to document, but for me, if there are enough of them in a row, I’m going to work that much harder to make sure the next MOD ain’t gonna be one of those bad memories. That’s just who I am as a person.

I realize not everyone can document a lot of bad moments in their lives with positive impact, so this idea isn’t for everyone. However, I think there’s enough merit in it for everyone to at least try to know. It certainly has never been easier with apps rather than something like a word processing document that is cumbersome to handle some nice, but rather limited, formatting you might want in a journal.

Now all I need to decide is which app to use for this that is iOS, Android and Web compatible. I have an iPhone with an Android tablet for reasons forced on to me by life, and I like the idea of a Web backup like GoogleDrive. Flava and Penzu seem to be my choices, with links provided being to one set of reviews, but neither seem ideal. Penzu requires paying for some features I want, whereas Flava seems to have taken off their Chrome extension. Their own website’s link to the Chrome store is broken and I can’t find it in there. It’s quite nice otherwise. As a result, I’m also going to try Journey and see if their quirks like only one photo per page and no videos have been eliminated.

I get the feeling my MOD 2016 book is going to be quite a read by the end of the year! Or at least I’m gonna do my darnest to make it so!

Good luck if you try it yourself!

Let’s face it. Shredded Wheat is a pretty dull cereal.

I eat it because it doesn’t have a whole whack of processed sugar in it that I can’t taste much of in other cereals. This is especially true of the organic stuff that for some reason, tend to carry a ton of sugar in it, when you don’t even get to enjoy it in the healthy taste!

There’s no salt in Shredded Wheat, either. Even its shape ain’t interesting. It’s just the antithesis of cereal today in many ways.

So what did I do tonight to make my Shredded Wheat pre-bedtime snack more interesting?

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