Kiddo: Tilt Cove, Newfoundland Population?

Sitting in the Jeep with one of my kiddos, waiting on the Mrs. and our other kiddo to finish up in the Dr.’s office (for some non-crisis stuff) … I did not know I was on the verge of getting a dose of “Fun Facts” to know & learn from my daughter.  She had one of these kids’ magazines, and started reading out loud one joke after another.  Then she gets to the “Fun Facts”.

“Hey, Dad, do you want to hear some fun facts?”
“What color is the house of the President in Argentina?
“Don’t know, Babe.”
“Its pink.”
“Yeah! … Here is another one.  Do you know what the population is for Tilt Cove, in Newfoundland, Canada?”
“No, I do not.  What is the population for Tilt Cove, in Newfoundland, Canada?”
“Its five.”
“Are you serious?”
“Yeah, I’m serious.”
“No, you’re not.  You’re just pulling my leg.”
“No, Dad, I’m serious.  The population for Tilt Cove in Newfoundland, Canada is five.  No joke.”

Tilt Cove, Newfoundland caught my attention.  Here are some pictures of Tilt Cove, Newfoundland, Canada.

The Williams House in Tilt Cove, ca. 1910

The Home of Francis Williams, Tilt Cove / 1910. 

This next picture of the Williams House is different, due to an avalanche that hit the house in 1912, March 11th (photo credit: The Rooms Provincial Archives: Smith Family Collection: A 24-98 …

Tilt Cove is a town located southeast of Baie Verte on Notre Dame Bay. The post or Way office was established in 1869. The population was 1,370 in 1901 and 57 by 1956. It has a population of 5 as of 2011 according to Statistics Canada, but another source gives the population as 7.”  (I always find good information on Wikipedia:  I hope you enjoy a little reminder, from time to time, of places beyond our little world.  It is good to get a different perspective.  Maybe I can get to Tilt Cove one day.  Maybe not: there are some other places that would come first.



Men of 2014: Hold On To Your Hat!

I am hoping for a better year:


Of course I am hoping for a better year; and, of course … you are hoping for a better year, right?  Tell me I’m right.  Tell me you are hoping for a better year.  That’s what we do, right?  We hope.  ‘Cannot stop hoping.  If we don’t hope, we die … mainly inside.  If we quit hoping, it may be obvious on the outside; but death is really happening on the inside, even though it is a gradual process.

And …

of course we are hoping for a better year.  If it is obvious, then WHY am I mentioning it?  I bring this up because I am a firm believer in reminding each other of what is true, what is important, what is dynamic.  I believe we need to talk to each other,  face-to-face, phone calls, EMAILs, and … blogging, of course.  There is that word again, “course”: a reminder to …

S t a y   O n   C o u r s e

Man Your Post

And, Hold On To Your Hat


Gentlemen, all of “this” is not just about us.  This is about the people we love, the people we care about, the people who we will impact.  The women in our lives; the sons, the daughters, our co-mentors, those we mentor, and those folks we will meet in 2014.

You Got A Dream

I appreciate this blog from The Better Man’s Project. A reminder to go for it.

The Better Man Project ™


If you are going to change the world, you must first change yourself. Almost everyone has heard this. I’ve thought about it for who knows how long because I do want to change the world – and I always add “and I think I am crazy enough to do it.”

When I started this project, I had no intention of changing the world. In fact, the only thing I wanted to do was change myself into something better. But there’s the answer. The answer to changing the world is changing yourself. A great deal of the time, the thing we are capable of creating eludes us until we take a look inside and start working on the broken parts. The gears only start turning when you line up the teeth.

We change the world by being the best possible versions of ourselves. That moment, and it comes every day, when you…

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Winter Camp

Trapper Gale’s paintings are beautiful, rugged, handsome, and detailed. His words that go with his art are good words. Enjoy. T


The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
— Henry David Thoreau

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Man Feels Weak: Let Him Speak …

Man, do you feel weak?  Speak.  You won’t be redirected, no solutions expected.
Wisdom released,
Men seeking peace,
“Find your voice!”
Yet, be cautious with your choice.”
‘Makes sense, “Negativity … nonsense.”
Positive: the way to go,  let your success show …
Show the world, show your friends … you are the one that shines and wins.
“So, please dear brother, keep your melancholy;
We are the winners, the strong and the jolly.”

Davis, T

FYI:  Usually I don’t mind poems that rhyme, as long as it’s not my poem.  But some things happen, beyond my control.

One definition of ambivalence, because it makes the word logical and digestible:

“Ambivalence . . . the existence of two mutually exclusive (any combination of) ideas, emotions, thoughts, realities.”

STEELY DAN lyrics, from the piece entitled “Deacon Blues”, come to mind:

“They got a name for the winners in the world
I want a name when I lose
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues”

I am a firm believer in adages like:

  • “Don’t let people pull you down …”;
  • “Think negative things?  You will experience negative things …”
  • “You are responsible for your thoughts, your emotions, your actions …”

‘Got the picture?

Someone comes into your space, with heaviness, pain, anger, sadness.  It is your responsibility to set up and maintain your boundaries.  Reality: you may experience some tension:

  1. Compassion;
  2. Desire to empower;
  3. A murky mix of wanting to help, and unhealthy guilt for this person’s pain / obligation to “rescue”;
  4. Someone once said (I don’t know who) “It is what it is.”  It is of profound importance to find the “what” that “it” … “is”.

More about the tension that you may, or may not, feel.  St. John of the Cross wrote a piece

St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church.

(sixteenth century) entitled “Dark Night of the Soul“.  A great writer (passed away in 1997) named Dr. Gerald May

The Dark Night of the Soul

wrote a book based on the work by St. John of the Cross, Dark Night of the SoulTerrence Real wrote a book entitled I Don’t Want to Talk About It (one of the best books on male depression I have ever read).

Cover of "I Don't Want to Talk About It: ...