Not In The Past

Looking forward from 30


I’m Ben.  Hi there.

I’m 30 years old, and just relocated to Halifax, NS.  I got my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Mount Allison University in 2006.  I have been blogging continuously since 2001, and as I have gotten older, I’ve wanted a blog that was more a reflection of who I was as opposed to a mask I hid behind.  I opened blog after blog in an attempt to find my voice, but ultimately decided I needed to dispense with the cute nicknames and specializations.

I operate a separate weblog on pop culture called Existentialist Weightlifting.  I take an almost scholarly interest in the history of Saturday Night Live, but I enjoy a lot of television in general.  Not so much reality shows, but there are so many shows I’ve gotten into over the years, particularly ones with good ensemble casts.  I like that television allows the relationships between the characters to draw out.  I’m also a voracious listener of music, and have spent a lot of money over the years in search of the right lyric or bit of musical arrangement to astound me.  I enjoy film and the written word as well, but still need to make a bigger dent in the piles of unread books and unwatched DVDs I have.  Music’s easier to digest.

I write and take photographs.  I love to travel; part of this may be because I’ve lived in so many different places when growing up.  If I stay in the same location for a few years without a chance to travel far, I get restless.  I’ve been as far east as Cape Breton and as far west as Saskatchewan, and hope to get to Newfoundland, Alberta, B.C., and the territories.  I’ve been through a few of the States some time ago but need to get my passport before I go again.  I really would love to make it to Europe someday.

I grew up in the Presbyterian Church but do not consider myself particularly religious, and am often critical of fundamentalist religion influencing government.  I believe in defending the arts and human rights.  It should also be noted that any opinions I may post on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of my employers past, present or future..

Feel free to contact me directly through e-mail at bjdwsm [at] gmail [dot] com.  I love getting e-mail and usually try to send a reply quickly.  If it takes a while it’s usually because I want to make sure my reply lives up to your e-mail (yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist).


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