Life Lessons from my Gramps


Never let the tank get below half To this day I feel as though half a tank is basically empty, and when I was driving across Saskatchewan I stopped at every gas station I saw because who knew when there would be another one. Milkshakes should be thick enough that the straw stands up in […]

March 12, 2018

John Perry Goddard, 1920-2018


When Joe proposed to me, the moment was made all the more special when he told me he had gone to my grandfather and asked for his blessing. The act showed that Joe understood me perfectly. My grandfather helped to raise me and we had a special bond. He taught me to ride my bike, […]

March 11, 2018

Brain dump

Health, Personal

I logged in to my blog and I don’t know why. I can’t remember thinking of something I needed to write, I just know that I re-opened my browser just now and came to this page and logged it. It could be that there is so much going on right now that instinct took over […]

March 11, 2018

The Ernie to my Bert


I never planned on getting married. My parents split up when I was 3 and as I aged I watched more and more friends experience the same thing. It didn’t seem worth it. And as I got older it didn’t seem likely I would find someone who even wanted to marry me. But as with […]

March 7, 2018

Side Effects

Health, Personal

While waiting in the emergency room the other day I posted on Instagram. I got messages from people, kind messages asking me if everything was okay, letting me know in the days since that they hope I’m feeling better. My family has checked in – How are you feeling? And honestly I have no idea. […]

March 5, 2018

For Laurie

Ottawa, Personal

Before this year I had read one Agatha Christie mystery in my life. I read And Then There Were None when I was a kid. My friend Laurie challenged herself last year to read as many Christie’s as she could. When Laurie died earlier this year the Facebook group that she created drafted a bingo […]

March 3, 2018

March 1, 2018

Health, Personal

I had been feeling a little bit nauseous all day, so I decided to have a small snack to see if not eating was part of the problem. Within half an hour I was feeling super nauseous and lightheaded, with pain radiating across my shoulder blades. I felt horrible and I felt scared. I was […]

March 2, 2018

Beyond Reproach


It has been quite something, watching these young people fight back after seeing their peers shot down in front of them by a young man armed with a gun that should never have been available to him. I’m not American. I don’t like guns. I have never had any desire to own one, touch one, […]

February 23, 2018

A letter


Dear Dad, As the French would say, you have been missing from me lately. I’m sick. I’ve been exhausted this week and the hard things seem to be mounting. I haven’t been able to get to the gym, I haven’t been doing anything for myself, really. Yesterday I felt happy. I woke up in the […]

February 16, 2018