A bridge to the past and the future

As a memoir writer, I’m usually the one asking questions and writing the stories. Recently though, the tables were turned when I was interviewed by University of Alberta (U of A) student Taylor Peckford. Taylor asked for my story as part of the U of A’s Community Services-Learning project.  Community Service-Learning (CSL) connects U of A students with experiences outside the …

Her story – anonymous, until a few days ago

I didn’t want to buy any furniture when I moved to Vernon B.C. because I knew I wasn’t going to stay there long. I didn’t like it. However, my parents said they were going to visit me, so I had to get a table and chairs. I also bought an interesting piece of artwork, which remained pretty, but anonymous, until …

Entrepreneurial spirit – with beer

Cling, clank, smash – the noise at Edmonton’s Strathcona bottle depot is deafening. The small building is stuffed with noise, bottles and people. My husband and I have picked the worst time to bring back our recyclables: right when students are cleaning out their homes. Twenty-five years ago, I was doing the same thing. The line-up today, a rainy Saturday, …