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Frosty

Yesterday evening the snow began, gently falling, falling, falling all night long. At length I turned on the Christmas lights even though I’d not planned to do so until Friday. Sometimes you just go with what you see before you. … Continue reading

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Raking the Shaggin’ Leaves

Doesn’t seem that long ago the tree was strong and leaves were green. But with each day,  more bare spots appeared where leaves were once to be seen. Now in these short November days they’ve gone from green, to rust, … Continue reading

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A Lament for Lost Outport Libraries

Half the libraries to close—our rural places take another hit. I considered it all, just struck in disbelief. Just another in a slew of bad decisions and I’m torn; should I be angry or feel grief? First the financial disaster … Continue reading

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And Then it Got Worse

The first strains of the story: the lone female firefighter and member of the municipal council in a nearby small town alleged a long history of discrimination against her. My first response: disbelief. In my defense, it’s a learned response, … Continue reading

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New Brush Strokes on a Painted Canvas

An artist friend once told me that when it comes to paint and canvas there really are no mistakes. An unwanted detail can be altered or removed. A smudge, created through a moment of inattention, can simply be blended in … Continue reading

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Outport Harmony on Boxing Day

There was once a time when the light through the windows would have been sufficient for the tasks at hand. These days, though it was supplemented by a single bare bulb, hanging there right next to where he’d hung the … Continue reading

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Christmas and What We Leave Behind

How it is that such seemingly small events can take root and blossom at precisely the right moments! What seems so offhand, so casual can, in the end, lead you so far along the path you need to travel! Some … Continue reading

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Just Another Day for Nan and Pop

The couple were in a compact car just in front of my van, waiting at a four-way stop, trying to make a left turn onto the main drag that leads to Costco. They were probably both in their early eighties; … Continue reading

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Cuts, Forks in the Road and Forgiveness

“He’s not happy until he’s not happy.” Some people fit that description, it seems. Glass half-empty, miserable creature or maybe just plain a misanthrope—there are numerous terms that can be used. Whatever the case, it seems that there will always … Continue reading

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Lives that Matter: Fighting For, not Against

I keep seeing visions of a young man, cut off—his choice—from the Canadian mainstream. Maybe he’d been bullied as a child but it was just as likely he had not. After all, this tendency to avoid contact with others was … Continue reading

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