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Paul Grant

Paul Grant was born and raised in Vancouver, and after traveling extensively, spent 30 years as a host and producer with CBC Radio in Charlottetown, Regina and back home in Vancouver.  Now retired, he likes to cycle, canoe and, when nobody’s around, play the ukulele.

The Zen of ironing

There’s no point in denying it. My family has known for some time, so you might as well too. I love to iron. The smell of crisp clean cotton under steam. The challenges of placquets, darts, tucks...

Golden Gate a bit tarnished

I left a little piece of my heart in San Francisco more than 40 years ago. This month I went back to claim it.

The Good Old Hockey Game

Two minutes to catch your breath, old timer! Geezers relive their glory days on the ice.

Oh, that magic feeling, nowhere to go

Retirement makes some people feel like a zero. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Age like your dog

With any luck we’ll all get old and maybe even wise. And we could take a few tips from our canine pals.

Street Corner Thug

Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be, as Simone Signoret once pointed out. But sometimes the memories and memorabilia do match up.

The promise and peril of a road trip

Geezers hit the road. Sometimes the road hits back.


Like rust, sarcopenia never sleeps. But it's never too late to fight back.

Say What?

No love for pigeons from this old geezer

Don’t be fooled by their soft cooing and iridescent necks, pigeons aren’t so much birds as they are a multi-platform disease dispensing system.