Byron Hamel is a screenwriter and filmmaker in Winnipeg Canada. He wrote and produced the series How to Get Beat Up, the film A Cycle Broken, and the short film If I Go Missing. He is the founder of the not-for-profit blog Trauma Dad.
What It Smells Like When Whales Blow
Dear God, While we do appreciate the magnificence of the whale in nature, and have for centuries benefited from the splendor of its many varied resources, not the least of which is ambergris, the miraculous and naturally sourced rare product of sperm whale turd used in perfumes, which has a higher value than gold by weight, we do have one primary complaint about these majestic creatures.
12 Things You Didn't Know About 12-Step Groups
Twelve-step recovery groups such as AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) are programs which attempt to help people who have problems controlling and balancing certain activities in their lives.
When Your Dad Tries to Kill You
First, I’m going to make it very clear that my biological father, who lives in Canada, is NOT my abuser. My mother, who was very abusive and neglectful, left my biological father sometime before I turned two. I want there to be no confusion. I have met my biological father, and he’s not the “hitting kids” type.
When I was 5 or 6, before my mother became abusive, she had a boyfriend who lived with us named KB. KB took us to a drive-in movie one night.
The street below is as empty as it always is in the warehouse district at-- What time is it? Matthias Stone pushes up the sleeve of his simple black suit jacket. His silver watch reads 7:15, but he thinks maybe the hour hand approaching 8, and the minute hand being over the 3, means it is 8:03. He’s not sure why he even wears the thing, since he can’t read the time. One of these days he’ll invest in a digital watch, or get one of those phone things.