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89

Dear Dad, You would be 89 today. You should be. I was sure you would live into your 90s. I was sure we would have more time. You’re missing this whole Covid thing – a worldwide pandemic with massive communication failures. You must be devastated, there is so much you could study. So much time …

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Meditations

There is something very pleasing about sitting in a room as the sun slowly sets and everything gets slowly dimmer. Something about sitting on the deck when there’s a chill in the air and coffee in my cup. Getting to a point in a book when you just want to find out how it all …

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Family tree building

When I was born my Granny (dad’s mother) was 82. When she died I was 11. By the time I was old enough to remember her she wasn’t remembering much any more, she had Alzheimer’s. Most of the visits to her house involved my Dad telling her the same things over and over again, answering …

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September 30

Today was Canada’s first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Growing up I was vaguely aware of the Indian Act, the history of the country and how it was colonized. I was aware of the First Nations, but I honestly don’t remember meeting any actual Indigenous peoples until I went away to college when …

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Rants: a collection

The election is over, but I had a series of thoughts to keep for posterity: 1/ On September 25, The Globe and Mail published an oped by Shachi Kurl, the moderator for the English debate. In it she defends herself, which is absolutely a fair thing to want to do. But she says she wasn’t …

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Come September

The Governor of Florida is threatening to withhold pay from school superintendents who defy his ban on mask mandates. Meanwhile, 6,000 children in Louisiana have Covid, cases have doubled in just four days. Alberta is being called Canada’s Florida because it is the only place in the Western world that has removed all safeguards. “Learning …

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Valley girl

Ever since we moved to our new little town I have felt this need to justify myself as a local. Yes, I grew up right in the middle of the city, but this was always a place of mine. I’m not just some city person trying to get away from the hectic life. The fact …

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No more shared walls

Tonight is our last night in this house. We moved here in 2018 thinking we’d be here for longer than this, but factors became factors and the housing market moved in our favour. A lot of things happened after we moved into this house and I started to blame the house for it all. Disrupting …

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Quirk Quark Quack

I’m doing this creating challenge through January to encourage myself to get my hands dirty a little more often, and today’s prompt was “What does belonging mean to you?” So while I was doing my morning pages – another habit I’m trying to get in to – I started thinking about that. What does it …

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Idle hands

I have been trying to dive into my creativity. I need it – it’s an anti-depressant for me. When I get into it I can lose myself, lose time. I want to say that I was very creative as a kid – I remember trips to Wallack’s, painting, sketching, lots of writing – but at …

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