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Red Coat Reminiscing

Who knew that our wardrobes have the power to mark the passage of time as it sails by? I suppose it’s not that surprising as fashion is so fleeting. Shoulder pads, big hair, and blue eye shadow in still photographs and in older YouTube videos tell the story of time’s steady forward march.     […]

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Growing Resentment

This is a piece I wrote while I was still teaching full time. It feels familiar today because I’m back teaching from now until the end of June. It’s nice to be back in the classroom, but I’m really glad I didn’t put in a big garden. I just put in four shorts rows of […]

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Love in May

No wonder I first fell in love in May! Walking down a village sidewalk yesterday, I breathed in deeply the sweet air and remembered falling in love that first time. The sky was a cloudless blue above me and against this background huge purple lilac flowers bloomed, apple trees blossomed, and so did mountain ash […]

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Words in a China Shop

My mom had a saying: Don’t be a bull in a china shop. Nowadays there are not so many china shops around, but you get the picture. She was advising against going into tight, delicate situations and moving through them clumsily and aggressively. Also, sometimes when we were in the glass-wear aisle of a nice […]

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Wrinkle Perspective

“Do I look wrinkly?” I asked my husband the other morning while preparing for work. “A little,” he answered. I was referring to my un-pressed cotton shirt. He was referring to my skin. I frowned and then we laughed.     Listen to me read this classic post: It’s true now that every morning the […]

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Confessions of a People-pleasing Perfectionist

All right, fellow perfectionists and people pleasers, this one’s for us. On my last editing course, I got 70%. It’s a passing grade, but it’s not the high score and dripping praise I’m used to. In fact, it’s downright embarrassing. So why am I telling you? I’m sharing this because although the mark was disappointing, […]

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A Kind Of Resurrection Story

My grandma didn’t like living on the farm. Well, not most of the time. I don’t know exactly why this was. It might have had to do with her glamourous sisters and one sister in particular. My great aunt Esther trained to be a nurse in Edmonton and then moved to California. Once there, and […]

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Chalky White and Whining

Have you ever started a project, got far enough into that there was no turning back, and thought, “What the hell was I thinking?” Have you ever wanted to turn back time? Change your mind? Reverse your direction? Have you ever considered, “For the sake of all that’s good in the world, next time just […]

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Goodbye, Old Friend

  A while ago now on a trip to Mexico, I lost my camera. It wasn’t an expensive camera. We bought it using accumulated Airmiles points. In this sense, it was almost free. Its focus capabilities were lousy. It was a point-and-shoot, but I had to point and shoot very patiently as this little gadget […]

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Daylight Saving Time: An Opportunity for Learning

Daylight Saving Time provides me with unique experiences I wouldn’t otherwise have. For example, I get to explore whether or not the Polident tablet I usually drop into my night guard container will fizz in the same way when plopped into my cup of morning coffee. Also – and related – I get to sample […]

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