Saturday, February 14, 2015

ONE OF MY LATEST BOOK RELEASES





Norman Miller wants to commit suicide, and Harold Watson wants to help. Confined to a wheelchair and at the end of his life, Norman Miller sets out to find the perfect method to take his own life, and with help from his daughter-in-law’s father, Harold Watson, the two men discover just how difficult the business of dying can be. But something happens to these two men, something that will change their lives forever. An event takes place that will take them from the ghoulish business of suicide to a cross-country adventure to Las Vegas.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A MAN AND HIS MUSIC?

Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.
 
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless  man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.
  
 As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.
  
I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
  
 I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
  
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
  
And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.
  
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
  
Apparently, I'm still lost....it's a man thing.