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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...

Mistakes, we all make ’em.

Mistakes, we all make ’em.

Do you ever make mistakes? That’s a silly question because of course, we all do. Here are a few common types. Yesterday, my youngest daughter took several highly unflattering headshots of herself on my cell phone in order to prove a point. She’d scowled into the...

Plausible Endings

Plausible Endings

Because we haven’t been able to travel for so long, I’ve been sighing a lot, peering at old travel photos, and reading news from other countries. In doing so, I’ve found some pretty interesting/bizarre stuff to share. My first story details the daring rescue of a...

A Treat for Justin

A Treat for Justin

The Canadian celebration of Heritage Day, for me, always meant a day spent with my dad. He’d put on his best boots and cowboy hat and we’d drive to Weaver Park in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, where we’d spend the afternoon looking at exhibits from bygone times....

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