22 September 2015

60 – Same Difference, Pt. 3

This is the third and final in a three-part series of essays. If you haven’t already, have a go at #58 and #59 first. If you already have, then put your ears on and buckle up. Turn the volume that way too. This essay’s about music.

6 September 2015

59 – Same Difference, Pt. 2

This is the second in a three-part series of essays. So look at #58 first. And know that I choose my words carefully. If you’ve already looked at #58 then carry on like you’re normal.

This essay’s inspired by a work buddy, my younger sister, and Tony Horton. So grab a towel and a bottle of water. We got work to do.


31 August 2015

58 – Same Difference, Pt. 1

This is the first of a three-part series of essays.

It’d been a single essay until the final stages of editing. But editing requires thinking. And thinking about the subject led me into doing what I’m writing about: finding variety in the same things.

13 August 2015

57 - Find Your Soundtrack

In #41 I wrote that finding yourself is the most important job you’ll ever do. That’s because it’s the job that lasts a lifetime. End of story.

But finding your soundtrack is important too. So this essay’s about that.



15 July 2015

56 – Be A Kid Again

We all did the same assignment in school. Probably more than once. And it always got framed as a simple question:

30 June 2015

55 – Lessons and Links From Year Two

It only struck me the other day that I’m now two years deep into The House Newf. I like it. Newfing is fun. Especially in a house.

22 June 2015

54 – Good Friends Lead The Way

I just moved out of a friend's basement after living there for five years. Another friend, who I haven't seen in five years, is in town visiting this weekend. And that got me to thinking about how my epic friends Clay and Double M helped me become The House Newf. So this essay's about that. And them.


1 February 2015

51 – There Is No ‘Happily Ever After’

I have interesting chats with my supervisor every weekday morning before starting the day’s trade. And one of those chats inspired this essay.

22 January 2015

50 – Make ‘Your’ Own Rules

This essay is inspired by a spelling mistake.

Fifteen years ago my epic friend, Small Paul, wrote a note to a girl who amazed him. And shortly before I started writing this essay a new friend thanked me for helping her. And in both cases they spelled the same word wrong. 

14 January 2015

49 – Lifestyles, Little Things, and ‘One of These Days’

2015 arrived two weeks ago. And that got me to thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. And then myself and a couple of work buddies had a chat about the problems with New Year’s Resolutions (hereafter known as NYRs), and how to do change right. So I decided to write about that.

What's a House Newf?

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The House Newf is from a rugged and beautiful island on the eastern edge of Canada called Newfoundland. He was first identified by a potter with a naturalist's flair, and he does in fact live in a house under the watchful eye of a cat that seems bewildered by the universe at large. That house is in Halifax, Nova Scotia and that's where the House Newf writes fiction and essays on things that add value to his life that may add some value to yours. You can contact him at bobharding80@gmail.com, follow him on Twitter @theHouseNewf, on Instagram @thehousenewf, and like him on Facebook. The House Newf is a unique specimen. Every home should have one.