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A Fly on the Wall

A Fly on the Wall

This time of year often makes me think of the old saying: “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar". I think of it because there are so very many of the buzzing insects on my warm, sunny deck, all trying desperately to get inside. This adage doesn’t offer a...

Just Dreamin’

Just Dreamin’

“You mean, I have to kiss their butts?” These were the loud and incredulous words my grandson hollered out in his sleep on our recent family getaway. You can believe his grandfather and I asked him to explain this bizarre statement next morning. Photo thanks to...

Tying the Knot

Tying the Knot

“People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness compatible with ours, we team up and call it love." - Dr. Seuss. In Canada, while December is when most couples get engaged, August is always the most popular to be married, with 23 per cent of weddings taking...

Mistakes, we all make ’em.

Mistakes, we all make ’em.

Do you ever make mistakes? That’s a silly question because of course, we all do. Here are a few common types. Yesterday, my youngest daughter took several highly unflattering headshots of herself on my cell phone in order to prove a point. She’d scowled into the...

Plausible Endings

Plausible Endings

Because we haven’t been able to travel for so long, I’ve been sighing a lot, peering at old travel photos, and reading news from other countries. In doing so, I’ve found some pretty interesting/bizarre stuff to share. My first story details the daring rescue of a...

A Treat for Justin

A Treat for Justin

The Canadian celebration of Heritage Day, for me, always meant a day spent with my dad. He’d put on his best boots and cowboy hat and we’d drive to Weaver Park in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, where we’d spend the afternoon looking at exhibits from bygone times....

How Much Wood…

How Much Wood…

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Under my breath I recited this old children’s tongue-twister as I rumbled along a dusty dirt road this week. I drove my Uncle Don’s old half ton with a heavy load of timber. Now that he’s passed...

Small Irritations

Small Irritations

There are always irritants in life. Some may come in the form of flying insects such as a mosquito whining in your ear at bedtime, while others may be larger and involve government policies, potholes or perhaps the absence of a clean spoon in the cutlery drawer. We...

Remember When We Used to Travel?

Remember When We Used to Travel?

Where would you be going this summer if not for COVID-19? I was headed to Europe. I’ve been quite a few times actually, and while I’m certainly no expert, I find that with each trip I learn to be a better traveller and have successfully taken many others along for the...

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