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Happiness Is … What Exactly?

Last Sunday Hubby and I were driving home after having visited my sister’s husband in the hospital. And Hubby just happened to mention that friends of ours were leaving for a big trip in a few weeks. This couple, who …

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Into The Woods… Of Winter, Logging, and Bologna Sandwiches

We’ve had snow again these last couple of days. Not a lot. But enough to cover up the ice on the trails. And definitely enough to go skiing. I love a sunny, crisp winter’s day. And being in the woods …

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When We Were Grown-Ups … or… Adulting Is Hard

Remember your first apartment? I remember mine clearly. My first taste of independence. I felt totally grown up. I was in university and I shared a dark basement apartment with two friends from childhood. All of my furniture had been …

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Paying It Forward, Or Back, Or Something … Five Favourite Blog Posts from 2015

I read a lot of blogs. Now. But, I was slow to catch onto the idea of blogging. I’d never even read a blog until 2012, when a few months before I was scheduled to retire from teaching, I saw …

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I Wish I Had A River to Skate On…

Picture this. The ten o-clock Friday morning sun is streaming through my kitchen window. I’m drinking tea, listening to CBC radio, and sitting in my favourite antique press back rocking chair which Hubby bought for me one Christmas. I hunted …

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Meanwhile… Back At The Ranch… Taking Stock

“Meanwhile, back at the ranch,” my mum used to say that often when we were kids. It was like she was saying, let’s change up the subject. Shift conversational gears. Get back to that other story.  So, meanwhile, back at …

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The Kids Are Alright

Yesterday I attended the Remembrance Day ceremonies at my old school. And I was reminded that teenagers today are a pretty cool bunch.  Remembrance Day is a big deal at John McCrae Secondary School; after all the school was named after …

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Of Art and Healing … and Friendship.

Last Friday evening I went along to the Red Poppy Gallery in Nepean to see this exhibit. “Haunted” is a retrospective of works by Kathryn Michaud, the sister of my friend, long-time colleague, and current walking and skating partner, Evelyn …

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Of Hallowe’en, Make-Overs, and Make-Unders

Hallowe’en. Let’s call it “Extreme Make-over Day” from now on, shall we? When people play around with their identity, mask their true selves and pretend to be someone, or something, they’re not. Like Katherine, pictured below. Her make-up is impressive, …

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Sometimes You Just Really, Really Need A Good Laugh.

So. Things have been pretty fraught around the old homestead lately. Pretty tense. I’d say we’re living in an atmosphere of anticipation and dread in equal proportions.  You see Hubby had a bad fall last spring playing hockey. He hurt …

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