Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May

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“You can’t change the weather,” says one of my aunts, “so why bother complaining about it?” Yet I really feel like raging about all the thunder and lightning and rain that Calgary’s been treated to this spring and summer. I usually enjoy storms. Being cozy and safe inside while the elements boom, thrash and splash outside. But enough is enough. … Read More

Missing Silver Lake

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There’s not much heat to escape in Calgary this summer…unlike the rest of Canada. It seems as if Alberta is stuck in a hole of terrible weather with a few nice days thrown into the pit now and again. Today I’m yearning for the warm summers of Sackville, N.B. I worked at Mount Allison University for a few years starting … Read More

Memoir as poem

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Memoirs aren’t strictly a written record of events. You can use poetry instead of prose. Both are expressions of creativity but poetry gives the writer, and reader, licence to use words in different ways. Robert Frost, a renowned U.S. poet, used verse to remember certain moments in his life. His work, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, is one … Read More

Summer, summertime

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It’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime! ~Kenny Chesney Memoirs don’t always have to be short stories or masterpieces. They can be a simple list of things you jot down in a notebook or compile on a blog.  Here are my top 10 memories of summer. What are yours? 1. Butterflies in the … Read More

Happy Canada Day

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I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all humankind. ~John G. Diefenbaker