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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...

A Fly on the Wall

A Fly on the Wall

This time of year often makes me think of the old saying: “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar". I think of it because there are so very many of the buzzing insects on my warm, sunny deck, all trying desperately to get inside. This adage doesn’t offer a...

Just Dreamin’

Just Dreamin’

“You mean, I have to kiss their butts?” These were the loud and incredulous words my grandson hollered out in his sleep on our recent family getaway. You can believe his grandfather and I asked him to explain this bizarre statement next morning. Photo thanks to...

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot

“People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness compatible with ours, we team up and call it love." - Dr. Seuss. In Canada, while December is when most couples get engaged, August is always the most popular to be married, with 23 per cent of weddings taking...

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