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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2017

Posted by on Dec 23, 2017 in Blog, Family, Food for Thought, Memories | 2 comments

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – 2017

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Godbwye —“God be with ye”

Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Blog, Family, Memories, Quotes | 8 comments

Godbwye —“God be with ye”

On Saturday, October 22, the autumn sun peeked in and out of the clouds. The wind oscillated from gentle and accommodating to cold and brisk. The leaves radiated their brilliant fall colours. And my family said godbwye—goodbye—to my sister for the last time. Mary did not want any fuss, so family and friends stood at the edge of the Scattering Garden in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in London, Ontario as her ashes were scattered beneath her picture. And I sobbed. Saying a final goodbye is...

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Change

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Blog, Family, Food for Thought | 1 comment

Change

…and I’m not talking about the change you find in the bottom or your purse or in the pocket of an old pair of jeans, or what you keep in your car for parking metres or grocery carts. I’m not talking about a change of clothes after a sweaty workout or the refreshing change in the weather after a hot spell. I’m talking about the change that comes from choice. Having said that, allow me to digress for just a moment and speak to the change that comes when there has been no choice. In...

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My Father’s Garden

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Blog, Family, Memories | 3 comments

My Father’s Garden

Father’s Day is a special time to honour our dads. My father is in heaven and I’m left with only memories…like his garden.   When spring arrived each year, my father would head for the backyard, rake and shovel in hand ready to unearth the “sleeping beauties,” as he would call his roses. As a young teenager on the threshold of discovering boys, I had no interest in his prickly flowers, wanting only to avoid the bees that rested on their petals to drink their nectar. I...

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Mothering: the Pleasing Punishment that Women Bear

Posted by on May 11, 2013 in Blog, Family, Memories | 0 comments

Mothering: the Pleasing Punishment that Women Bear

Several years ago—back in the mid 70s!—I borrowed a book from our local library in London, Ontario entitled, Most of Us are Mainly Mothers by Carol Bartholomew (1965)…a pleasantly semi-serious book on parenting. From cover to cover, the author offered tantalizing ideas “for other mothers in the hope that they will be less frazzled and frantic.” A few suggestions were completely off the wall, but most of them made sense. For example: When packing a lunch, be sure to include something...

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It Starts With “L” Ends With “E”…

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Blog, Family, Food for Thought, Memories | 4 comments

It Starts With “L” Ends With “E”…

…and in between are “O” and “V.” It’s the time of year when hearts and cupids are prevalent, chick flicks and love songs fill the airwaves and we are surrounded by—perhaps inundated with—“Hallmark’s Season of Love.” And it got me thinking… How does one define love? We use the word in our daily conversation with little thought to the depth of its meaning. We write a letter and casually sign it, Love. Often out of habit, we use love to express our feelings, like...

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