Gifts of Love

Sannie and Jacob (Kuba) (2017)

I never expected to receive a Christmas gift this year, but I did.  I got two presents, and both came as a complete surprise.  They were the first gifts that I’ve received at Christmas, in a very long time and at first, I hesitated about opening them. But I’ll get back to the gifts of… Continue reading Gifts of Love

Not a creature was stirring…

Santa in the Chemo Room Dec 24 2012

Originally published on December 24, 2012 It was the morning of Christmas Eve, and once again, it didn’t feel like Christmas. It had been years since I last celebrated Christmas – but I remember it well. It was in 1983 at my parents’ place in Midland, Ontario. My family always got together to celebrate Christmas… Continue reading Not a creature was stirring…

On the Nickel

The mystical Nickel (5 Cents) CANADA 1962 - I found on the Promenade in White Rock, BC

A few weeks ago, I found a nickel during my morning walk at the Promenade in White Rock. However, I didn’t realize the significance of that five-cent coin until today. That nickel awakened a quiet voice from within – which had been silent for many months. It’s not that I’ve been sulking or feeling sorry… Continue reading On the Nickel

Moonshine in the Maritimes – The Final Chapter

Danny & Ruth during her September 2015 visit to Vancouver.

Readers of this blog will remember my original Moonshine in the Maritimes story from November 8, 2016 –  a blog that was both painful to write and impossible for me to complete the final chapter. But all of that changed this morning. And now my heart is racing, and my legs are shaking in excitement. The… Continue reading Moonshine in the Maritimes – The Final Chapter

The Last Trick or Treat

It was October 31, 1959, and my friend Doug Bidgood and I had almost finished filling our shopping bags with tricks and treats and were excited about getting home to sort through all of our goodies. On previous Halloween’s we had dressed up as scary as we could manage – but couldn’t remember ever scaring… Continue reading The Last Trick or Treat

Warts and Witches

My Kichen Witch - still hanging after all these years!

Several weeks ago, I noticed that I had a ‘wart’ on one of my fingers.  It was tiny – about the size of a pinhead – and certainly nothing to worry about.  It wasn’t painful or itchy, and I’m sure that nobody would ever notice it, but the fact that I had another wart bothered… Continue reading Warts and Witches

Chips or French Fries?

Originally published May 31, 2012 Recently, I received an email, with a picture of a sign – of a famous fast food chain – which read: “Saying your kids are fat because of us….. is like saying it’s HOOTERS fault your husband likes big boobs!” Now I don’t want to upset you if you are… Continue reading Chips or French Fries?

New Clothes

Originally published February 28, 2012  I don’t know why, but I still get a thrill buying a new shirt and then wearing it for the first time.  Actually, I get that feeling after buying any new clothes.  As a matter of fact, I still get that feeling with almost everything that I buy.  But the first… Continue reading New Clothes

My Best Newspaper Job

Originally published January 29, 2013 I remember my first newspaper job but I’m not sure how old I was – I’m guessing I was probably 9 years old.  Actually, it wasn’t called a job in those days – it was called a “paper route”.  Everyday a truck would deliver a bundle of Oshawa Times newspapers… Continue reading My Best Newspaper Job

Mr. Blair the Milkman

When milk was delivered to your milk box

Originally published January 20, 2013 Recently, I was chatting with someone who was complaining that the days were too short. You know, during the winter months – when it’s dark when you get up in the morning, it’s dark on your way to school/work, and it’s dark on your way home after school/work. And as… Continue reading Mr. Blair the Milkman