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Thank you for Serving

Thank you for Serving

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. – Laurence Binyon As I watch the Remembrance Day coverage on television, the distant...
He Taught You?

He Taught You?

I recently worked as a Poll Clerk for the Canadian federal election.  If you voted last week, you were likely served at your polling station by two people.  The first handed you the ballot.  The other probably had their head down, pen and ruler in hand, frantically...
Stronger Than She Knew

Stronger Than She Knew

I looked down at my phone as it rang.  My heart sank as I saw my cousin’s name. His mother, my Godmother, was in intensive care.  She had developed an infection during her cancer treatment and its cause was still a mystery. I had texted to let her know I was thinking...
Seven Years Ago Today

Seven Years Ago Today

We lost Dad seven years ago today. He passed in the morning of September 26, 2012, after an all-night vigil and was surrounded by those who loved him most. I received a phone call the previous afternoon from his girlfriend. “He said he couldn’t do it anymore and told...
I Can’t Remember

I Can’t Remember

I am sitting at the table staring through the window.  As the dry birch leaves fall, I will myself to think back ten years.  I am trying to remember a family meeting my dad, my sister and I had with my mom.  She was in hospice at that point, and it was something to do...
September Milestones

September Milestones

As my paddle dips into the calm surface of the lake, I think about how the same day, week, or month can hold different meaning for different people.  September marks the anniversary of many milestones in my life – both happy and less so.  I know it does for others...
Making a Change

Making a Change

Fifteen months ago, my husband submitted his application for a new job opportunity.  He has been working in the same office for the last nineteen years – he enjoys his job (and is good at what he does) but we decided we were game for a change. I remember how I felt as...
Because It’s Hard

Because It’s Hard

“I am writing a book about my mom’s journey with ALS and how it changed my life. Thinking about that time, putting myself back in touch with the emotions is harder than I expected it to be.  After weeks of work with Tammy Plunkett of Big Sky Author Services,...
For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs

Late last week, my mother in law said goodbye to her dog Henry. It was almost two years to the day that his litter mate Jasmine died in her arms.  Though it was not unexpected, it was a very difficult day for her. Five days later, friends of ours had to make the...
The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

The Cemetery, a Beautiful Place

Many years ago, I was part of the horticulture crew at a beautiful old cemetery.  Our small team was responsible for the planting and care of acres of ornamental flower beds. We worked from April until the ground froze or the budget ran out.  I loved the work. Weekly...