Erin's Journals

September 19, 2018

Well hello! It's funny how this "reWirement" thing has been working out: months after I'd decided to call it a wrap on my radio career, a publisher comes to me out of the blue with an idea that I should write a book.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 18, 2018

Oh, the irony: I'm in a time zone where shows like the Emmy Awards begin at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and are done by 8, and I have no alarm set for 3:30 am to get up and talk about them! Ah well. Hope you enjoyed last night's show, if you even remembered to watch. With so many non-network offerings out there, it's not surprising that TV awards shows are seeing their ratings slide. It's likely a direct correlation with viewership of regular network shows.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 17, 2018

Welcome to a brand new week! Not often this year have I felt a twinge of envy about the weather in the place I used to call home, but hearing about temperatures in the upper 20s made me a little wistful. While we were treated to two days of on and off rain (mostly on), I still couldn't complain: Alberta had snow last week and it's still summer! And, of course, one needs only turn on the news to see how a few days of intermittent rain is nothing like what's happening in other parts of the world. I love a tweet from former CBS news anchor Dan Rather yesterday:
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 14, 2018

Well, it's Friday. And how are you spending your weekend? Perhaps taking part in one of the many Terry Fox runs that are happening across Canada and around the world? If you are, I wish you sunny skies, comfortable shoes and good luck.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 13, 2018

Well, here we are at Thursday. I know this week's journals have been a bit on the heavy side with the emotions that accompanied Lauren's bench installation and then yesterday's letter from Barbara about her friend's medically assisted death. I was astounded to see that every email, Facebook post and Tweet was in support of MAID.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 12, 2018

Unless you've been extremely fortunate, you have loved someone who has died by suicide; in my own family, a close relative has attempted to take his own life at least twice in the past few years. The struggle to save him, to make him want to live, continues.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 11, 2018
 Sidney, BC
 

So many memories of this day 17 years ago. We have an understanding of loss now that we could not have imagined when terror hit US soil on 9/11 and our hearts are with those whose grief knows no end.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 10, 2018

Well, hello there! Hope you had a restful weekend, as the process of "getting back to" continues in so very many lives. It's as if, with the flip of a calendar, the weather also flipped a switch: from slathering on sunscreen to layering with windbreakers and vests in about a day. We follow Toronto weather, of course, and couldn't help noticing pleas for school air conditioning amidst record-breaking September temperatures one day, and lamentation about the onset of sweater weather just a few days later.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 7, 2018

How can a short week feel so full, so busy? I guess as everyone settles into the "new normal" that the first week after Labour Day brings, I'll tie up a few loose ends here today, too. How's that sound?
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 6, 2018

Do you remember where you were 30 years ago today? How about 13? In both cases, I can tell you exactly where I was: shaking like a leaf, starting at CHFI. First in 1988 and then again in 2005. This date is a very special one in our lives.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 5, 2018

It's Wednesday already! And, oh, I love your notes and emails. Yesterday, after the journal that I freestyled about the first day "back to" everything, I got the most wonderful private Facebook note. It comes from a woman named Karen and this story should go viral, it's so beautiful. But I'm just fine that it stays among us!
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
September 4, 2018

"Welcome back, welcome back, welcome ba-a-a-ack...." How many years did we start an hour or a show with that refrain of the theme from TV's Welcome Back Kotter? More than I can count. But it still resonates today. It's a day of butterflies and excitement, seeing your crush again after a long - too long - summer apart and finding out who grew a shadow of a moustache (likely me) or if your bestie was going to be in your class. 
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 30, 2018

Thursday thoughts today include a mix of melancholy and anticipation. We're just about to begin a new school year and, with that in mind, whatever your stage in life, whether the parent of a child or simply an adult remembering your years as one, you can surely identify with the massive nerves, the dread and, yes, anticipation and excitement. And the tears...ours, theirs; parents' and children's.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 29, 2018

In a world of instant information, how are we supposed to avoid spoilers? A couple of cases that I thought you might find interesting. 
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 28, 2018

I'm going to share with you a blog that my dear friend Lisa posted yesterday at her site voiceoflisabrandt.com. When I read the first few lines, I thought she and I had written the same thoughts on the same day; the theme of mine yesterday was "use the good dishes."
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 27, 2018

Just when you hoped a weekend might clear your mind from awful news.... John McCain passes away. A mass shooting at a gaming tournament in Florida. A great American playwright, Neil Simon, steps off life's stage at 91. One was expected, the second, another gun-related tragedy and the third, the end of a full and fruitful life.
 
The randomness of life itself drives home the reason behind something I've started doing since dismantling our comfortable existence in Ontario and inventing a new one here on beautiful Vancouver Island: use the good dishes!
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 24, 2018

Well, I was thinking of wrapping up the week, as I have the past few, with a recipe, but the little voice in my head asks, is that what people come here for? So I'll listen to that voice and just post a link to the most fantastic summery salad - three ingredients and a super easy dressing - that I had great success with this week. If asparagus, tomatoes and avocados sound good to you (in a light Dijon/olive oil dressing) - this is your go-to! The link is below.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 23, 2018

As someone who hasn't been the parent of a toddler for more years than I care to count, being around little people reminds me of just how exhausting raising them can be. I'll give you an example: the sound machine. Not Miami Sound Machine, a child's precious sound machine, like this....
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 22, 2018

After an incredible 12+ hours of news, let's switch lanes to the highly entertaining and blessedly diverting summer movie offering.
 
A few years back, I was asked if I'd read Kevin Kwan's best selling book Crazy Rich Asians. First off, I was taken aback by what seemed to me to be the questionable taste or inherent racism of the title. Yes, I'm super careful about stuff like that after a lifetime of having a platform on which I could make a mistake, very easily and very publicly.
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast
August 21, 2018

I have some lovely news to share with you and I know that, given the post I put here a few months back, it won't come as a giant surprise: Phil and Brooke have gotten married! (Here's the picture I posted when they announced their engagement).
 

Erin Davis Journal Link to Podcast

                Start feeling better in 14 days or less with SierraSil