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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...
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...
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...
Nobody Sees the Weeds

Nobody Sees the Weeds

I am helping a friend’s parents with their garden this summer.  The large heritage property, built circa 1865, is framed with many flower beds. Two of my favorite things – plants and an old building! There are three of us helping the owners to maintain the grounds. ...