Tag: Life

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 […]

There’s Something About the Rain

There’s something about the rain. It’s melancholy and soothing; it’s happy and sad all at the same time, and in the most pleasant way. It’s both romantic and lonely. Sleep comes so easy and deep when the rain falls. My dreams are filled with its soft pitter, patter, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]