Having only starting to embrace the stuttering community within the last year, meeting others I share this affliction with was somewhat new for me. The Canadian Stuttering Association held its annual Voices Rising conference a couple of weekends ago, but leading up to it, I was excited and reluctant at the same time. I wasn’t... Continue Reading →
It started with a Facebook message, of all things. Having written informal hockey articles on the platform’s then-Notes app, I received a message from someone I had never spoken to before. This individual -- let’s call him HPM -- had written to tell me about a startup sports social media company that he had helped... Continue Reading →
For years, it was a fixture in my daily life. While it was certainly advantageous, it became a crutch -- a drug, if you will -- and I convinced myself that I could stop any time I wanted to. But, I couldn’t. Not in the last number of attempts, at least, which spanned over the... Continue Reading →
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a very visual person. Yet, while there certainly isn’t anything wrong with that, it has provided me with one major setback. Due to my speech impediment, if I were speaking with someone in person, I would need their visual attention. So, if whoever I’m speaking to... Continue Reading →
At this particular juncture, I had been writing about the Los Angeles Kings for nearly five years. The club had just come off its second Stanley Cup victory in three years and, shortly prior to that, I had moved into my first condo. Things were definitely looking up but, at the same time, it took... Continue Reading →
In addition to my stutter and depression, I also have social anxiety. It wasn’t always easy, especially when I covered such events as the NHL’s Stanley Cup Final or Toronto’s Rogers Cup.
Since I was seven years old, I have had a stutter. I never know what to say what to say when curious minds asked how it started, though.