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A Fork in the Road/Drawer

A Fork in the Road/Drawer

Do you have certain items that bring you happiness and contentment? They could be anything. A favourite sweater that envelopes you with warmth and love when you pull it on, a cozy chair, some worn-in slippers, a blanket, or maybe comfort food. Alternatively, you could...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

           I’ve been reading up on the reasons behind a few of the better-known New Year’s Eve traditions, and several I’ve never heard of before. So hang on to your shiny paper hat because now you’re going to hear ‘em...

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

This time of year brings out the best in folks. We feel compassion and love for all mankind, causing us to extend benevolence and charity above what we might have shown otherwise. I see it amongst the small-fry at my school too. For example, when the thoughtful mother...

Travelling Takeaways

Travelling Takeaways

Sleeping in a tent, at least for me, is over for another year. I’m not really the wilderness explorer type anyway. In fact, this summer when we took my grandson Kayden on a brief trip to the Rocky Mountains, we stayed in a motel. It wasn’t a luxurious place by any...

A Good Cup of Java

A Good Cup of Java

Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what constitutes a perfect cup for you? For some folks, like my dad, a few freeze-dried crystals of instant stirred into boiling water was enough, for others, there can be quite a science to brewing the ideal mug. Here are a few tips...

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Although it’s my job to spend each day in school listening to some darn fine lessons being taught, I know all education can’t be learned in a classroom. With that in mind, may I present two small pearls of wisdom you may wish to add to your own repertoire? While on a...

Have You Ever…?

Have You Ever…?

Last week I was put in the unlikely position of defending a sumo wrestler. Surprised? Me too. Let’s imagine this scene of mayhem. Lunging in front of the massive warrior as protector, I, a great, hulking woman with bulging muscles and an ugly sneer, assume a wide,...

Scary Stuff

Scary Stuff

“What are you gonna be for Halloween?” came the eager question from several seats back on my school bus. It’s an exciting time of year for kids. Regalia is discussed at length, with a few children always trying to outdo their friends. “Yours is okay, but mine’s...

The New-Found Art of Preserving

The New-Found Art of Preserving

The image of a harried, country housewife in an apron, blowing stray hairs out of her eyes as she bends to stir a pot on a scorching hot stove, is a vision that might leap to mind when some people think of canning. It may be a scene from a 1950’s kitchen but certainly...

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