The Power of Community

The Power of Community

My reaction is unexpected. Maybe it’s the wheelchair, or the marbles-in-the-mouth sound of his voice, but it all comes back. My throat tightens and the tears threaten. I’m at a local bookstore in support of the ALS community. A man named Norman MacIsaac has written a...
Three Special Moms

Three Special Moms

Gene. Mom to my sister and I; Mamu to her three grandchildren. Gina. Mom to Sharon, Karen, Laura, Kathryn and Wendy; Maw to her ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Judy. Mum to Laurie and Tracy, Dana to her granddaughter. These women put others first. They...
First Home, Full Circle

First Home, Full Circle

Our house sold in five days. It will be the first home for the young couple who bought it, as it was ours. During the summer of 1995, my husband (then boyfriend) Shane and I decided that we were finished with paying rent.  Vacancy rates were less than one percent in...
Making our Home a House

Making our Home a House

Our house is officially for sale.  We have spent the last two and a half weeks clearing, purging and cleaning.  Recycling, shredding and donating.  Collecting, sorting and giving away.  Patching, repainting and rearranging. It’s now cleaner, feels bigger and repairs...
Letting Go (of Things)

Letting Go (of Things)

Four weeks tomorrow my husband starts his new job. Quebec City, here we come!  We have spent the last two weeks preparing the house for sale. Twenty-four years of life and living under one roof and the “stuff” to go with it. We’ve been clearing out closets, downsizing...