In the autumn of my life

It’s the perfect time of year for sweaters, boots and jeans. (Some of my favourite wardrobe choices.) Morning coffee can still be enjoyed on the back deck while taking in the lovely sights and smells that the season brings. It seems as if Mother Nature is giving us one last glorious display before winter arrives. … Continue reading In the autumn of my life

What’s happened to reasonable debate?

These days I find it difficult to read some of the comments offered on Facebook or Twitter. But like a moth drawn to a flame, I sometimes can’t stop myself. When I do, I usually come away upset and shaking my head in disbelief at the name-calling and gutter-sniping that seems to be a regular … Continue reading What’s happened to reasonable debate?

Canada-land of diversity and strength

There is much to celebrate when it comes to Canada’s 150th birthday as a nation. Travel this great land and you soon come to realize that one of the most significant aspects of our country is its rich and diversified geography. It is remarkable that a land so divided by its varied terrain has remained … Continue reading Canada-land of diversity and strength

You never know where you’ll end up

  June has always been one of those bittersweet months for me. As a former educator, I looked forward to my summer break, but as a high school teacher I was sad to say good-bye to another class of grade 12 students. The school where I taught was a small rural facility. That meant that … Continue reading You never know where you’ll end up

In some remote corner…

We just bought a new television after finally getting rid of the monstrosity that has dominated one entire corner of our living room for the past two decades (the thing just wouldn’t quit). Now we have an awesome, flat-screen, 60” device that takes up far less space, promises all kinds of up-to-date features, and doesn’t … Continue reading In some remote corner…

The Mystery of the Scraggly Beard

We have been watching the Stanley Cup playoffs these past couple of weeks and one of the ritual for players is the playoff beard. It’s understandable that athletes don’t want to change anything that seems to be working in their favour and one of those practices is allowing one’s facial hair to be left untouched … Continue reading The Mystery of the Scraggly Beard

Canada enters adulthood

  All of us have defining moments in our lives that mark our entrance into adulthood. So it was for our country. Although we may be celebrating the 150th birthday of our nation, it was a century ago that Canada came of age by coming out of the shadow of Great Britain and establishing its … Continue reading Canada enters adulthood

Be the change you want to see

  When it comes to cleaning up after yourself, some people, most notably my children and my former students, might accuse me of being rather dictatorial in nature. That’s probably because that was non-negotiable in my books. However, as some tyrants might do, I didn’t just made the rules, I tried my best to live … Continue reading Be the change you want to see

Small Annoyances Can Become Lasting Endearments

My husband and I went out for dinner the other night. At the end of the meal, when the waitress came to pick up his empty plate, I knew what was coming next and the scenario that would next play out. I knew what was about to transpire because I had been witness to it … Continue reading Small Annoyances Can Become Lasting Endearments

The Slippery Slope of Women’s Rights

The Women’s March on January 21, 2017, in reaction to Donald Trump’s inauguration, certainly caught my attention. Millions of women around the world marched in the interests of protecting human rights, which included women’s rights. Politics aside, I couldn’t believe that in this day and age, women are still having to organize and participate in … Continue reading The Slippery Slope of Women’s Rights