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...
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...
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...