Friday, April 27, 2012


Picked up WINB for the first time a couple weeks ago. Seems like a pretty interesting station.

The other day my computer speakers picked up a schoolbus driver talking on his radio as the bus was going by.

Cleaned the dust out of my record player/radio combo last night so I can DX the AM band on there again.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

When chemists die, they barium.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.

How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.

This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Type-O.

PMS jokes aren't funny; period.

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.:-)

We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz.

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.:-!

Broken pencils are pointless.

I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.=-O

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on.:-[

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

Velcro — what a rip off!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

The earthquake in Washington obviously was the government's fault.

Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings too

Sunday, April 22, 2012


In the March 26 issue of the online Matilda Ziegler Magazine for the Blind, Lynn Tatum writes about her neighbourhood in New York City. I found this article heartwarming.

In the same issue, there is an article about warm Easters of yore. I remember an Easter as a kid where it was so hot all my sister's and my chocolate melted in the car on the way home from my aunt and uncle's.

In the February 6 issue of Maclean's there is an article about the trend of black wedding dresses. Really shows how Chinese ways are finding their way into our culture.

Saturday, April 21, 2012


“Trouble in mind

I’m blue....

But I won’t be blue always

‘Cause the sun’s gonna shine

Into my back door


“Trouble in Mind” Richard M. Jones

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And the sun’s a gonna shine at the Amazing Coffee this Sunday afternoon!

I’ll be there and looking to see you there too. There’s always a place for you and your songs in our weekly acoustic jam at the Amazing Coffee in Madoc. It’s a good bunch of people coming out to play all kinds of music together. Starts at 2 o’clock this Sunday (and every Sunday) afternoon.

Come and join us! Bring your instruments, your voices and your songs. We'll be starting up the tunes around 2 in the afternoon and running until 4 pm or after.'The Coffee' is on the corner of Russel St. and Prince Albert just a couple of blocks south of Hwy 7. Highway 62 (Russel St.) runs right past the door!

It's all unplugged and it's all good! We've had guitars and basses and harmonicas and banjos and mandolins and ukuleles and fiddles and accordions and flutes and saxophones and a dobro 2012_03040011and a harpist with a reallynice celtic harp. (Check out the pictures.) There's a piano over in the corner that's fairly much in tune and a drummer sometimes turns up playing a snare with soft nylon brushes (not too loud, sounds just right...) Some people sing to their own instrumental accompaniment, some singers bring an accompanist with them and there is one absolutely fabulous vocalist (yes, that’s you Carol....) who sings a cappella with heart, passion and soul so rich and vibrant that the even the coffee grinder behind the bar falls silent!

Could be only 4 or 5 of us; might be a whole room full of musicians. This group has a place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike. Musicians range from people in their teens all the way through proto-geezers and even an incipient-geriat or two....


The music is just terrific; good tunes you may have heard before and a songwriter or two (or three, or four or more) who keep on amazing us all with their talent. Never know who will be there but it's always worth coming out and joining in.

2012_03040008The Amazing Coffee serves tea, coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino, chocolate – you name it – and the food at ‘The Coffee’ is quite excellent too.

Thanks to everyone who comes out to play music together, "bringing it all back home". Thanks to Tony Long, the proprietor at the Amazing Coffee for giving us this space to play our tunes every week. And thanks to Sarah, the fabulous lady behind the bar!

Welcome new faces, familiar ones and small faces too. And welcome to all the people whose pleasure it is to stop by 'the Coffee' on Sunday afternoons and listen to the music while they sip their coffees, enjoy their sandwiches and pastries, use the high-speed internet...

Share a song or two, or several...

Come on out this Sunday aft and "get yer lovin' spoonful". Help us make just a spoonful of Amazing Coffee worth 2 or 3 cups of that other stuff from up the road.

James Reid

Friday, April 20, 2012


Any manmade government that needs to use force to keep itself in power isn't worth a second look.

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Hi all,

Just a quick note to remind you all, Alan Rhody, a wonderful country musician based in Nashville, Tennessee, will be teaching a 3-hour song writing workshop this evening 7-10 pm (Thursday, April 19th) at Amazing Coffee in Madoc.

Alan has been making his living with his music in Nashville for many years. He has a lot to share about writing songs, selling, publishing and protecting copyright. And, of course, he knows the ins and outs of the recording business with a particular emphasis on Country Music, the biggest market for music in North America.

Cost for the evening workshopis $30. Location is at Amazing Coffee in Madoc. Everyone invited to bring a CD with one of their songs and typed accompanying lyrics.

Contact person is Patty Timms. Her email address is:

I took a workshop with Alan a few years ago when he was in Madoc. It was definitely time well spent.


James Reid

Monday, April 16, 2012


Glad to hear Karen Conti is still on WGN.

It appeas "Let's Talk Native" on WWKB has been extended to two hours.

"Miracle Prayer Time" is no longer on WWCR Sunday nights.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Harold Camping's old messages are running on Family Radio again. Of all the gall.

Noticed the I Sing feed has been replaced by the main Radio 211 feed on WBCQ 7490.

"Into The Blue" is back on WWCR 12160 Saturday afternoons.

A little while ago my computer speakers were picking up China Radio International.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Starboard Communications and another company have partnered to start a radio station in Uxbridge, Ontario. Starboard can't properly run the two stations it has now; why are they starting another one.

Larry Silver does mornings at K-fun in Kitchener now. Good to hear he's still on the air.

Ross Mitchell is leaving "Coast To Coast." I will miss his deep, classic announcer voice.


The weather band on my shortwave radio was actually picking up the forecast last week.

Bill Mauler is doing a good job filling in for Milt Rosenberg.

Phil Flagler died recently. Through material he wrote for the radio broadcasting program at Loyalist College, he taught me a lot about writing copy.