Listening to Lori

Here’s something most Americans probably don’t know about us Canadians, not that there’re any Americans listening to this: We Canadians love buying alcohol from your drugstores and grocery stores. It’s both thrilling and convenient. It feels a bit forbidden because in Canada, it is.


Listening to Lori – Episode 1 – Another One Like the Other Ones

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Over the years, I’ve found that expressing my opinion loudly is the best way to convince others of my point of view. It feels great to scream out what I believe into the faces of those who previously held a contrary belief. It’s delightful to see their faces light up with understanding as I bellow my truth.

Listening to Lori – Episode 2 – My Opinion of Opinions

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I often tell the story of being 10 years old in August of 1977. I was in the sprawling backseat of my parents’ Chrysler when the news came on the radio, “The King is dead! Long live the King!” Elvis Presley had died at 42. In the front seat, Mom cried like I cry for Tom Petty.


Listening to Lori – Episode 3 – Tom Petty and the Heartbroken

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From the perspective of the stars, my problems are tiny and short-lived; my life, a breath; my existence, neither here nor there, but just maybe, in a way, everywhere.



Listening to Lori – Episode 4 – The Stars and the Moon to Gain

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But how do we greet change? It’s a pretty tall order to look change in the eye and open the door, inviting it right into our lives. When change knocks, our most natural instinct is to bar the door and draw the blinds. Nobody’s home, change. Come back later.


Listening to Lori – Episode 5 – Everything Changes

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Going into the game, I had only briefly met some of my team members. I didn’t know most of them very well at all. Upon coming out of the game, though, they were my buddies, the ones I could count on. This group of detectives had my back and I knew it.



Listening to Lori – Episode 6 – The Great Escape Room


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There’s so much we can’t choose, so many decisions we’re not allowed to make. The chance to make decisions is a golden opportunity in a universe that decides much for us, from our place of birth to our genetic code. These are huge factors in determining how life will go, and we have no control over either of them.


Listening to Lori – Episode 7 – Decisions, Decisions

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I had a great aunt who worked hard all her life at a mundane job that she disliked. She kept working and promised herself that when she retired, she’d finally travel and enjoy life. I loved and admired this woman. When she became ill and died before she got to travel, I paid attention.


Listening to Lori – Episode 8 – Don’t Come To My Funeral

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It was the kind of relationship I’d never had before and not had since because, usually, I’m not bat-crap crazy.



Listening to Lori – Episode 9 – Never Again

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I’m relaxed and I’m happy. It’s hard to know if I’m content because I’m sending cards and baking, or if I’m sending cards and baking because I’m happy. Perhaps it’s the eggnog. Who knows? It doesn’t matter why.



Listening to Lori – Episode 10 – Nothing Better

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This house isn’t large. It’s only about 900 hundred square feet, but in those days, you could cram a lot of overnight and supper guests into it. We weren’t as worried about impressing, but instead the emphasis was on being together all in one place and under one roof, this roof.


Listening to Lori – Episode 11 – The Gift of Home

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The birds were looking at each other with an intense expression that I mistook for mutual admiration. Then, quick as feathered lightning, the sparrows lunged at each other and, horrified, I realized that I was watching a territorial seed dispute.



Listening to Lori – Episode 12 – Squabbling Over a Seed

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This Christmas, my wish for you is that you remember and share your stories. This season, I hope you’ll make new ones to tell again and again down through the years because, in the end, the stories are all we’ve got.



Listening to Lori – Episode 13 – Stories

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Sometimes I think I might be a social media addict! Here’s a classic post from a couple years ago that talks about how virtual life can’t replace real life.




Listening to Lori – Episode 14 – Online Living

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I apologize in advance to anyone offended by lined skin and a stooped skeleton. You’ll just have to shop elsewhere for your eye candy. I sat on that shelf long enough. I’m tired of it.



Listening to Lori – Episode 15 – On Turning Fifty

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Life should be forced to mirror our own grieving hearts. When we’re aching from loss, no birds should be allowed to sing and the sun should be banned from the sky. Happy songs should be muted and laughing children, shushed. Flower petals should crumple and playful kittens should lie down and sleep. It’s how we feel when a loved one dies.

Listening to Lori – Episode 16 – It Goes On

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It’s been great to have those opportunities, but in accomplishing goals I’ve learned that accomplishments aren’t what fill me up. Like salty potato chips, accomplishments leave me wanting more. The satisfaction is short lived.



Listening to Lori – Episode 17 – This New Year’s Eve

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The disillusioned and disappointed are familiar to me. Those who vowed to lose ten pounds and gained five, those who use our exercise equipment as a place to hang and dry laundry, those who stopped drinking after midnight on January first and got back on that old alcohol horse around seven p.m. on January third. These are the people I understand.


Listening to Lori – Episode 18 – Resolve If You Want To

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I take a mug down from the cupboard, barely able to feel the handle through the fog of weariness. I set the cup on the counter and slowly, deliberately fill it with hot coffee. Black as Satan’s soul, strong as lighter fluid, essential as mother’s milk. Rocket fuel. That’s the stuff.



Listening to Lori – Episode 19 – Fuel for Life

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Come on! Really, buddy? Was the question mark at the end of that statement really necessary? Well, that shattered any illusions I’d held about my youthful appearance. In a moment of terrifying clarity, I saw myself as the young pharmacist must have seen me: a very confused middle-aged woman trying to avoid magically or miraculously becoming pregnant. Not a sleek, hungry cat, after all. More like a crazy cat lady.

Listening to Lori – Episode 20 – Surprisingly Enjoyable

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Listening to Lori – Episode 21 – Sorting Out Life

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Listening to Lori – Episode 22 – A Change in Routine, A Change in Perspective

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Cleaning up this disaster was a dream come true, both heartbreaking and healing. Buying and saving Grandma’s house is one of the most meaningful things I’ve done with my life.




Listening to Lori – Episode 23 – Heartbreaking and Healing

Listening to Lori – Episode 24 – On the Nazareth Tour Bus

Years ago when I was quite a bit younger and quite a bit more rock-and-rolly, I owned a pair of black shiny pants. Very possibly, those pants are the reason I ended up on the Nazareth tour bus.

Listening to Lori – Episode 25 – Compassion for a Magpie

This classic post is about the time I felt compassion for a magpie. If you know magpies then you’ll understand why this is unusual.

Listening to Lori – Episode 26 – Quiet, Please

Listening to Lori – Episode 27 – Ownership

Listening to Lori – Episode 28 – You Were Gone?

Listening to Lori – Episode 29 – Canadian Government Health Survey

Listening to Lori – Episode 30 – Stalled

Listening to Lori – Episode 31 – What’s Wrong with Linoleum?

Listening to Lori – Episode 32 – Goodbye, Old Friend

Listening to Lori – Episode 33 – Chalky White and Whining

Listening to Lori – Episode 34 – A Kind Of Resurrection Story