I’ve been listening to only Valley of the Giants for the past two days. Their album is absolutely astounding. “Westworld” and “Bala Bay Inn” are definitely my initial favourites because of Deidre’s vocals. If you haven’t already, please read my review of Valley of the Giants’ self-titled album.

Andy Vial, the drummer and pianist for The Squarewaves dropped by my website tonight and let me know that the band now has a website up. Other than a bunch of nice photos there isn’t much up yet, but Andy said there will be news, show into and more pics up soon, so be sure to check out their site. I’m really looking forward to hearing their music and seeing them live if they play in Halifax.

A blizzard is supposed to hit here in Nova Scotia (and also in P.E.I.) tonight. I have candles and matches at the ready so that if the power goes out I’ll be able to see. Half a meter of snow is expected to fall over the next 24 hours. I doubt anything major will happen, but it’s always good to be prepared. I didn’t spend a few years in scouting for nothing. I don’t recall being told in Scouts or Cubs to keep candles on hand, though. I think some major issues must have been overlooked.

Recently in Canadian politics there has been a huge scandal for the ruling Liberal party. Members of the federal government funneled a quarter of a billion dollars to friends of the party through various government institutions, including the R.C.M.P. (the national police force). This alone is very disconcerting and is a huge betrayal to the Canadian people. What is far more worrying to me is that the conservative party of Canada has jumped to 50% support in some polls. As much as I hate to see government corruption, I would hate to see conservatives running our country far more. My only hope is that the N.D.P. will be able to take a leading role and gain power in the election that will come in the coming year.

In much happier news, my good friend Mandy has become my newest disciple. She has taken up the title of Wistful Disciple. Mandy joins the inspired, dreaming, sily, creative, enforcing and perfect ranks, and I’m very glad to welcome her. I have no doubt she’ll fit in with the other wonderful people who have been disciples of mine for varying lengths of time. If you like, you may read her introduction to the other disciples.

Wistful Disciple

Hello to those of you that don’t know me. I’m Mandy.

My real name is Maria Santiago. My pen name is Maria Patenaude. My friends just call me Mandy.

From this day forward I will also be known as the Wistful Disciple.

I’ve known Apollo since about May of last year. We met as Psychos on the Poe board and our friendship has grown since, particularly since he invited me to join LJ because through our journal entries we have had greater insights into each other’s personality.

I live in Puerto Rico, but I was born in Massachusetts. Many of my ancestors on my mother’s side are from Upper Musquidoboit, Nova Scotia, which means I’m probably related to Apollo’s old neighbors. (If you know anybody named Cox or Patenaude, they’re probably family, so say hi for me.)

My dream is to leave some sort of a legacy; make a positive impact on someone in some way. I don’t know if I will accomplish this through my music, my writing, teaching, or just being someone’s friend. You never know.

Anyway, I’m glad to be here.



PS: Extra large hug for Apollo.

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