Monthly Archives: August 2012

University residence in middle age is not for the faint of heart

It’s easy to tell that Labour Day Weekend is upon us and that it’s time for young people to head back to universities and colleges.  Not because of the weather, which remains incredibly summery.  But in college towns such as ours … Continue reading

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Weddings and family stories

Two weeks after celebrating a 50th anniversary in our extended family, we delighted in celebrating a new marriage.  This past Saturday our older son tied the knot, presenting us with a lovely new daughter-in-law.  This particular son has taken a … Continue reading

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Unexpected benefits of derailed training plans

Seven weeks until the Chicago Marathon.  OMG.  There is no way I am going to get the heralded three 20-mile runs completed, or even three 20-mile walks.  Yesterday I went for an 18 miler and pretty well walked the second … Continue reading

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Rats and Alberta: a haiku

Be warned: the subject of this post is not suitable for all audiences.  I don’t know about you, but I have an instinctive aversion to rats.  Not the cute little white rats you find in labs and pet stores, but … Continue reading

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If this is your family, where are your stories?

As my husband and I drove through the flat, expansive prairie farmland of Saskatchewan this past weekend, under an enormous blue sky dotted with puffy white clouds, I thought of a book my son gave me a few years ago … Continue reading

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Every day is a learning day

Little kids are always on the lookout for treasures.  Pretty well every small object they find is of interest to them.  And they have the patience and natural curiosity to explore endlessly in the grass and dirt, plus the enviable … Continue reading

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The fable of the cabbage moth and the desperate cabbages

As everyone knows who has ever grown cabbage or any other member of the cabbage family, cabbage worms will find you.  How do they do that??  There were no cabbages there before we planted them; there are no cabbages anywhere to be … Continue reading

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