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Have You Ever?

Have You Ever?

If you’re on Facebook, you’ll have seen all the many interactive surveys and questionnaires designed to entertain, amuse, and get you and your friends talking. If you’re not familiar with it, hang tight, all will be revealed. I don’t respond to these posts online, as...

Nerves of Steel (mush)

Nerves of Steel (mush)

I come from a family who sings. When my brother and I were young, Dad would play the guitar and he and Mom would teach us folk songs and hymns. Then, when I was 12, I received a guitar for Christmas which prompted my own musical journey, beginning with a halted, messy...

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Girl

Sometimes It Pays to Be a Girl

A wild wind howls through the trees outside my window tonight as I tap out this tale. We just went through quite a storm here on the prairies. Before dawn this morning, I rumbled out of the yard in my school bus, flipping on the windshield wipers to deal with a few...

A Constant Need of Improvement

A Constant Need of Improvement

As 2021 arrives, the entire world looks ahead with sincere hopes for better things to come. Amid it all, are we still worrying about New Year’s Resolutions? Roughly 45% of people make resolutions of one sort or another but only about 8% are successful in achieving...

A COVID Little Christmas

A COVID Little Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land, Hot water was running as people washed hands. Each facemask was hung on the top of a chair, With hopes it would dry in the warm evening air. “It’s Christmas,” folks chortled. “Yippee!” they declared. Yet...

Back in the Dark Ages

Back in the Dark Ages

Buying a new appliance is an important investment. Especially since there are so many choices these days. When I was a kid, back in the Dark Ages, we scrubbed clothes on a rock by the creek and stored our food in a subterranean pit—well, that’s a gross exaggeration,...

Missing In Action

Missing In Action

Foxtail billowed around my feet as I closed the metal gate once Dad drove through. He was checking the livestock, and though I should have been home writing, I’d gladly joined him. We crossed the field and came to a shuddering halt in some badger brush where the...

All Decked Out

All Decked Out

A chill is stealing through the poplars outside my window. It won’t be long before their leaves turn to shades of yellow and drop sadly to the ground. In truth, I suppose it’s me that’s sad they’re dropping, not the leaves. (I knew it was one of us.) Summer is quickly...

Smoked Salmon?

Smoked Salmon?

Pictures thanks to Unsplash “I can’t be late for my first day back to work!” I agonized last week, dragging a jacket over my shoulders and grabbing shoes as I dashed through the kitchen. I ripped open the fridge door and scanned the contents. What to take for lunch?...

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