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Remembering Pop

It is a week of remembrances, in a month of loss, in a year of change and fear. Pop left us 10 years ago today, and like most of the recent past, it seems like both a lifetime ago and just yesterday. In a book I read recently, the main character and his friends have … Continue reading

Book report #28 (2020)

Permanent Record, by Edward Snowden. Pub 2019 This was the last of the vacation reads – a gift from my sister at Christmas last year, and long overdue to read. I’ve stayed up late a few nights this week with this one. Edward Snowden needs no introduction as the whistleblower of the US NSA mass … Continue reading

Book report #19 (2020)

Nocturne, by Helen Humphreys. Pub 2013 I have loved (or at least really liked) every book I’ve read by Helen Humphreys. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a few years now, and stayed away from it I think because it was likely to be very sad. I can now confirm that it was … Continue reading

Book report #20 (2019)

Dunbar, by Edward St. Aubyn. Pub 2017 My third foray into the Hogarth Shakespeare. While not as good either of the previous reads, this was a good (if not great) read, perhaps helped by the fact that I was not familiar with the play that it is based on. St. Aubyn updates King Lear into … Continue reading

Crashing coffee cups

April 27th is Tell-a-Story Day. It is also what would have been my Pop’s 72nd birthday. So it seems highly appropriate to tell a story about him. A short one this year, inspired by a comment by a friend. She was describing how she frequently, in her haste to get going in the morning, will leave her coffee cup … Continue reading

Item #22 – Green canvas shirt

This article about an article of clothing reminded me of this item of mine. This green canvas shirt by LL Bean was given to me by my Pop nearly 25 years ago, and has become a treasured item and an example of clothing that lasts. Pop gave it to me for Christmas in 1993 (I … Continue reading

Book Reports #2-6 (2018)

Being on vacation is a great way to catch up on reading: Book report #2: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande. Pub 2014 A very thoughtful gift from a dear friend, this book was full of meaning for me. As I crest middle-age and look forward, considerations of aging – from where and how to live, and … Continue reading

Item #21 – Wrapping Paper

I wouldn’t normally count a consumable item like this as an object, but I have had this one for at least 15 years, so like my old highlighter pen, this item has become an object. This roll of wrapping paper was originally purchased in the early ‘naughts, for the purpose of wrapping a very large … Continue reading

Driving lessons

April 27th is Tell-a-Story Day. It is also what would have been my Pop’s 70th birthday. Time for another story with him. This year will be about driving lessons. I’m visiting family back in Manitoba next month, and we’ll be spending a few days “at the lake”, which is local lingo for staying in a cottage or … Continue reading

Item #3: Jumping Dog

You’ve probably seen one of these before: a plush, mechanical dog that walks a few steps, slowly sits down and then – WOOSH – does a backflip, lands on it’s feet and starts again (occasionally, it lands on its side or head, and then just flails its legs about until you rescue it). In earlier … Continue reading