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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 /
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today is the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, established to honour survivors of the residential school system, their families and communities. “The residential school system is a national tragedy borne by colonialism and propelled by systematic racism… Today is a day for commemoration and a day for Canadians to hope for a better…

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On Growing Old and Facing the End of Life

August 19, 2021 /
seniors contemplating end of life

I’m often struck by unexpected similarities between the books I choose to read. One year I read several novels and a magazine article that were all involved mining. It wasn’t as though I went looking for that theme – it just happened. More recently it happened with a different theme altogether. The Book I Didn’t…

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Break Time: 2020 Reading Challenge

November 15, 2020 /
2020 reading

If you follow me on Goodreads, you’ve probably seen at least a few of my book reviews, and you may even know that I’m several books ahead of schedule on my 2020 Reading Challenge. I’ve been reading so much that even with a few weeks to go, I’ve already completed Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2020 Reading…

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My Photography Life in 2019 and Plans for 2020

January 1, 2020 /

I haven’t blogged about my photography hobby since the end of 2017, so I’ll start by bringing you up to date. I participated in 52Frames throughout 2018, but skipped a couple of weeks when my husband was in the hospital, so I missed out becoming a “Weekly Warrior” (what they call someone who has posted…

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My Reading Life in 2019 and Plans for 2020

December 31, 2019 /
reading 2019

One of my favorite year-end activities is looking back at the books I’ve read over the past 12 months, and Goodreads makes this pretty easy. I wanted to tell you which title was my favorite, but it’s too hard, so here are my top five, in no particular order: For more details, I invite you…

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Set Your Compass to Reach Your Goals for the New Year

December 12, 2019 /

With the new year less than three weeks away, it’s time to reflect on your successes and failures from 2019 and set new goals for 2020! A couple of years ago I learned about YearCompass, a fabulous free resource to facilitate this process. Before that I found the whole process of figuring out how I…

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Photography + Productivity = Perfection

September 19, 2019 /

If we’re connected on social media, you’ve probably noticed that I’m an avid photographer. A big part of digital photography takes place in the editing process, after the image has been captured, and I enjoy trying out different apps to see how they can make a ho-hum photo into a good one, or a good…

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Are you living your passion? Am I?

August 1, 2019 /
Janet Barclay

People become self-employed for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s by choice, because they want a more flexible schedule, for example. Sometimes it’s out of necessity, because they’re out of work and unable to land a job. Sometimes it’s because they’re truly passionate about something. The types of businesses they start are even more varied. They…

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Now and Then

February 17, 2019 /
Selfie with camera

My sister recently wrote a blog post with the title “25 Random Things About Me.” It began: A friend recently sent me a “Memory” of hers that popped up on Facebook. It was something I’d tagged her with ten years ago. What’s still the same? she asked me. What has changed? Here’s my answer. In…

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