Saying goodbye to my childhood home

Posted Aug 9 2019 in , , ,

I’m writing this post from my hometown in the Canadian province of Manitoba, a place I left when I was in my early twenties and, apart from brief visits, I built my adult life elsewhere. Now, though, I’m doing the final clear-out of my late parents’ home in preparation for selling it—those four walls and […]

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What I learned on my summer vacation: Author life meets real life

Posted Jul 26 2019 in , , , , , ,

When I was at school, the first writing assignment after the long summer holiday was usually about what I learned on vacation.  While I never enjoyed that exercise—the dullness of distilling those magical eight weeks on a sole sheet of lined paper to a prescribed structure—I thought of it again recently thanks to the two […]

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Hello summer and time to refill my creative well

Posted Jun 28 2019 in , , , , , ,

English Rose wrote her last exam this week so is now off school until September. My weekly ballet class and choir practice are on hiatus for the summer, and my neighbor’s peonies are blooming in pink profusion. And ever so slightly, my family’s usual routine has shifted into a slower, summertime mode. For me, summer […]

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Remembering my dad…on Father’s Day and always

Posted Jun 14 2019 in , , , ,

I’m about to mark my tenth Father’s Day without my dad. Although time has lessened the raw grief of his death, his absence is still and always will be a “hole” in my life familiar to all “orphaned children” no matter how old. I thought of Dad especially during the recent D-Day commemorations. Although he […]

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Advice to my younger self

Posted May 31 2019 in , , ,

 On social media and elsewhere recently, many people are giving advice to their younger selves. Some posts are short and pithy (no major accomplishment without significant “butt hurt” is an especially topical one for writers!), but others are longer and thoughtful reflections about the meaning of life. Long or short, they’ve made me think about what […]

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Fantasy to reality: No ‘rules’ for an engagement

Posted May 17 2019 in , , ,

This week, Tech Guy and I marked the twenty-fourth anniversary of our engagement. In some ways, that special day seems like yesterday. In others, it’s a lifetime ago and that young(er) couple are like people we used to know, almost strangers to who we’ve since become. Tech Guy’s proposal was romantic and his words heartfelt. […]

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“Death and taxes”

Posted May 3 2019 in , , ,

Here in Canada, taxes were due on April 30 this year. As such, the phrase “death and taxes” (usually attributed to a 1789 letter by Benjamin Franklin in which he said they were the only two things certain in life), has been much on my mind.  Multiple currencies and tax years As someone who both […]

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Counting my blessings

Posted Apr 19 2019 in , , ,

The past month or so has been filled with what one of my grandmothers would have called “things sent to try us.”  A viral infection for the entire family topped off with strep throat for English Rose.  A broken tooth for me and multiple dental appointments for necessary repairs—including three weeks and counting when I’ve […]

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Lost and found…

Posted Apr 5 2019 in , ,

One of my dominant memories of English Rose’s primary (elementary) school years is of a constant search for lost items.  At that time, she wore a dark-green school uniform, and I spent many minutes before and after my then day job sorting through an almost entirely green pile in her school’s lost property (lost and […]

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Sightseeing, shopping snacking and more: Celebrating a mini vacation

Posted Mar 22 2019 in , , ,

English Rose had a school holiday earlier this month so we spent a long weekend in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, forty-five minutes by car from where we live.  Although we visit Ottawa every few months, it’s usually for medical appointments, brunch with family, or to visit a specific store. And then we go home again, […]

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