Springtime in Ontario

It’s taken its sweet time, but it seems like spring has finally arrived. It’s a good thing too, because summer’s just around the corner! I feel like I’ve been neglecting this poor little blog, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been spending so much time away from my desk that I haven’t had […]

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Six words

In my early days of blogging, I was challenged to take part in a meme where you summarized your memoirs in only six words. Here’s what I came up with: Her mother’s daughter; her own woman. I was very excited when someone from SMITH Magazine, who have since published a series of Six Word Memoir books, asked […]

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Cancer touches all of us

The daffodil is one of my favourite flowers. Its resemblance to the sun and its appearance in the early spring bring hope after a long dreary winter. Perhaps that’s why it was chosen to symbolize strength and courage in the fight against cancer. Speaking of cancer, I don’t think I need to explain what a terrible […]

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You can’t always control what life throws at you, but you can control your response.

Julie Morgenstern, SHED Your Stuff, Change Your Life

Going back in time

I was planning to go out of sequence on the Reading Challenge, jumping right to “a book that was originally written in a different language” with Nana by Émile Zola. I’d read Germinal and L’Assommoir when I was studying French in university, and enjoyed them thoroughly, and having read that Nana is the most popular of the series, I […]

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An attitude of gratitude

The power of positive thinking isn’t a new concept by any means. Clearly if you focus on the good stuff that happens, you’ll notice it more. Conversely, if you focus on the negative, you’ll see more of that. A couple of years ago I noticed that a lot of my Facebook friends had a gratitude […]

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This city I call home

I’ve been living in Hamilton for over 25 years now. That’s less than half my life, but longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. In fact, I’ve lived in my current home longer than any of my previous residences! When I first moved here, Scott used to quiz me by naming places and having me tell him […]

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A tribute to June Barclay

One year ago today, one of the sweetest people who ever lived breathed her last breath. In her memory, I’m re-posting something I wrote about her back in 2002. She had a framed copy of it on her wall when she passed away. A Very Special Lady They got married just before he went overseas […]

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Venturing into unknown territory

The third category listed in the 2015 Reading Challenge is “a book in a genre you don’t typically read.” Since I’ve broadened my reading horizons so much in the last few years, I knew that choosing a book would be a challenge in itself. After all, if there’s a genre I don’t read, I’m probably just not interested in […]

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