What’s the word for memories, family, Christmas, nostalgia?

After travelling home for the holidays, I realized there is a word missing from the dictionary. That word should encompass the feelings of being surrounded by family, memories, making new memories, realizing shifts and changes, and being in an area that, year after year and in any season, is still magical and can cast a spell over me. Since there …

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, …

Chipping inn

A Facebook meme went around last week asking people what restaurants they remember from childhood and if the joints are still around. I remember the usual because they were unusual in many Nova Scotia towns in the 80s. (There was no McDonald’s in New Minas in the Annapolis Valley until the mid-eighties.) The other night, another restaurant popped into my …

Reptile recall

Did you ever go through a phase as a young teenager, then look back, and ask, “Why did I do that?” Well, my snake jewelry is a product of one of those times. Why did I like reptile rings so much? I don’t know. I must have had a reason when I was 13 but it has slithered away now. …

Firsts and forgets

I love seeing people’s “first day of school” photos (especially those of my niece and nephew). While I was home in Nova Scotia last week, Acadia University students were moving into residence, some for the first time. It has been more than 20 years since I was a student at Acadia, set on changing the world. I was going to …