Get Off My Lawn

I can't tell if he's laughing or crying.


John Callaghan
Edmonton Alberta Canada

Bio: Welcome to my blog. I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I've lived in and traveled to most areas of this massive, beautiful country but have settled here in Edmonton for the past couple of decades. I have a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta and I still live near the campus. I think reading and studying literature have, to a certain extent, given my existence meaning and context. I have recently discovered the joys of genre fiction and will discuss that, as well as a wide range of topics from mixed martial arts, to movies, to cable television, to current events, and whatever else catches my fancy (whoa, that's a weird expression). I will also feature some of my creative non-fiction and fiction writing. If you are here and reading this, I thank you for stopping by. Enjoy (I hope).

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  1. Sounds great. Looking forward to reading more.

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  2. I’m excited to follow your blog. I follow very few. You are an intriguing writer and I love the whole “don’t know whether to laugh or cry”. I feel that way soooo often and decided to make my blog mostly humorous and leave the cry part to myself in bed and not on my blog. But it’s certainly part of life so I love that you are integrating it.

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  3. Thank you so much for the blog follow. I hope you continue to enjoy what you read – I look forward to exploring your blog!


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  4. Hello John! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #2! Feel free to come visit me when you can at, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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  5. Why aren’t you posting? You are one of few I follow because I like your style. But you haven’t posted since the little girl survived the plane crash. What’s going on in your life, John?!

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  6. i really liked your comments about the Simpsons and the trampoline at Behind the White Coat and decided to pop along and am enjoying your blog. I am often on the other side of the white coat as a patient. While trampolines can be dangerous, I broke my foot walking on grass despite going skiing last year and not falling over once. Sometimes you can only laugh at life xx Rowena

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  7. Hi John, I’m so glad to have met through Colette at writerinsoul. I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

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  8. Your life sounds more interesting than mine, but I did have a cousin who was an axe murderer. She got all the attention in the family.

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  9. Okay…you had me “Get Off My Lawn” . NIce to meet you. ☺ Van

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  10. John,

    You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award! Go check out my post here:

    If you want to play along (and I suggest you do… it’s fun, and it’ll drive readers to your blog) then just follow the simple instructions! I nominated your blog because I truly enjoy reading what you write. I’m glad to have you as part of my blogging community!

    ~ Shanan

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  11. To add to our Mutual Admiration Society, lol, I have just nominated you for an award 😆

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  12. Just been introduced to your blog via ‘Behind the White Coat’ Victo Dolore. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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  13. Hello John! Nice to meet you. Canada is a nice country. I visited 34 years ago and loved it. Have a great day.

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  14. Hey John, hope all is well! I am not blogging at the present and totally meant to sign up to get a few blogs sent to my email and life just got in the way. I followed you by email today so I hope to do some catching up on your humor!! I’ve missed it! Shoot me an email anytime at in the meantime. I have zero time to keep up on my blog. I was not fully prepared for the shit storm of work that a second class would mean for me, not to mention I spend every evening at some sporting event or another. Yesterday we had twelve straight hours of sports. Junior high girls volleyball tournament and peewee football game on the evening for the 6th grader. Just saying that makes me thirsty, time for a beer!!

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  15. I know you’ll never take me up on this, but I so admire your blog, and I nominated you to participate in a quotation challenge. Even if you don’t participate, here’s the link to my post explaining it:

    And here’s what I said about your blog (in case you don’t want to go to mine to read it!):

    John Callaghan of Get Off My Lawn–He claims that studying literature has given his “existence meaning and context.” Oh yeah, John? Prove it. Show us some quotations. (Sorry for the familiarity, sir. I didn’t mean to metaphorically tromp across your grass.)

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  16. Happy New Year, John! I hope you opened my report all the way….you were my #2 commenter. Paul beat you out by a small margin. Ha

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  17. Just FYI, I referred to a comment that you made on my page when I was replying to another person’s comment on my latest post “Where do Dreams Go?” So I gave you a shout-out and linked to your blog. 🙂

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  18. Thank you for following my invitation to come by. That’s what I call a follow. I met you on Carrie Rubin’s page and she’s a delightfully good friend of mine. I can’t imagine her friends not being the best. It’s a pleasure to meet you, John.

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  19. You are missed. I am just saying.



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