Category Archives: Mick Dalla-Vee’s Blog

Mick Dalla-Vee’s Blog

Musings and musical news from Canadian musician Mick Dalla-Vee.

The Magic of ‘Johnny’s Place’

Around about 1996 – 1997, I had heard about this little restaurant called ‘Johnny’s Place’ in Port Moody (about a mile and half from my place up the road in Coquitlam) I had heard about it for good reason. Through the guitarist in Cease & Desist (Brent Howard Knudsen) I had met quite a few […]

My Wonderful Sister Lydia

My Wonderful Sister Lydia   This was my eulogy I read when we lost my wonderful sister Lydia Howell Dalla-Vicenza suddenly in a car accident.   Lydia – Memorial Service July 31st, 2019 At the risk of repeating many of my sister’s wonderful attributes that have been shared today, I will try to offer a […]

Understanding emotional intelligence and its effects on your life

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By Erin Gabriel, CNN Experts say emotional intelligence — the ability to read, understand and respond to emotions in ourselves and others — is crucial in predicting our health, happiness and success. It’s our emotional intelligence that gives us the ability to read our instinctive feelings and those of others. It also allows us to […]

Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism I am one of the least ‘religious’ people you will ever meet. I am acutely skeptical of most things and I’m not easily convinced of someone else’s ‘truth’. My belief system stems from agnostic to total atheist however I struggle with the word atheist. (Quote: “The Agnostic is an Atheist. The Atheist is […]

Definition of Trump from a Brit

Definition of Trump from a Brit   “Stolen from a friend of a friend. The best description of Trump I have ever read, from a Brit. Someone on Quora asked, “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote this magnificent response. A few things […]

10 Songs That Prove George Harrison’s Solo Years Were Better Than You Think

10 Songs That Prove George Harrison’s Solo Years Were Better Than You Think   The quiet Beatle spent his solo years writing some pretty impressive “Harrisongs”. There’s a lot of received wisdom floating around when it comes to the demise of The Beatles and their varying solo careers. When it comes to George, the story […]

Not Ready to Make Nice – Trump voters and the limits of compassion and empathy

By Tim Wise Aug 21 Much has been said about the need for liberals and progressives — or at least Democrats — to understand Trump voters. We are told we should learn to listen to their fears and insecurities. We are supposed to respect their deep sense of anxiety, born of job losses, dying small […]

How to prepare yourself for a good end of life

(An article by Katy Butler) My parents lived good lives and expected to die good deaths. They exercised daily, ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, and kept, in their well-organized files, boilerplate advance health directives. But when he was 79, my beloved and seemingly vigorous father came up from his basement study, put on the […]

Date a Musician? I Recommend Bass Players – By Starshine Roshell

Why the Bass Player Will Pluck Your Strings If there were a Pocket Field Guide to Dating Musicians, it would read like this: This species can best be viewed in its natural habitat, under the colored lights of nightclub stages — and in the drier months, anywhere there’s free beer. At the front stands the […]

25 Things You’ll Need to Know After High School

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25 Things You’ll Need to Know After High School   1. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember, most stuff is small. 2. The most boring word in any language is “I.” 3. Nobody is indispensable, especially you. 4. Life is full of surprises. Just say “never” and you’ll see. 5. People are more important […]