February one. It is the first day of the second month of 2021 and so also the start of my second month of daily blogging here on castironguy.ca. I thought about writing of the challenge of finding time, space, and focus to write here every day for a whole month, and while those words may describe the experience, they don’t explain it all. Sunday afternoon I went for a neighbourhood walk with my wife. Along the way we chatted, and one of the topics was mental health. And I know; if you’ve been anywhere online or reading the news lately, all anyone talks about is mental health. It’s important, yes. We should talk about it, of course. It has been…

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One of my favourite winter words is apricity. a-PRIS-uh-tee Simply, it means the warmth of the sun in the winter. It is a poetic word, in a way. The word apricity has an ineffable quality in that it is difficult to articulate what it means to someone who has never gone for a long winter walk under a brisk blue sky and felt the radiant heat of the sun on your cheeks contrasting with the frozen air. Apricity is the tangible tingling that pat your on the shoulders when you break from the shadows of snow-covered trees and step out into a ray of sunlight. The feeling of the sun crawling over the horizon late in the morning of a…

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I’ve been using the name Bardo as a username for a few years, and it turns out that this is a word that I inadvertently borrowed from Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. I write “borrowed” because in real life my name is Brad. Brad becomes Bard becomes Bardo just so easily. Yet, having used it for a while and then thinking about it a lot since, there is a significant degree of existential overlap between what I intend to write about on this site, and what the metaphorical expression of the original term loosely means. Used loosely, “bardo” is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibetan tradition, after death and before one’s next birth, when one’s…

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This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! Ok. It’s the first day of 2021. New Year. New hope. New blog. I went looking for something fun and positive to add to my daily reading list and wow are we ever dropping the ball guys! You’ve all been feeding your socials and mining the gold for twitter and facebook, it seems. Gah! I present this as your alternative. This is my new daily blog. Nothing complex. Nothing deep. Nothing newsworthy. Just words about a good life, well lived, and enjoyed aloud. You may want to bookmark it.

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