Looking on the bright side

I had a chat today with a colleague and friend. We’re about the same age, and have been working for about the same number of years (30+ for me, close to the same for her plus school and family). She said, “When does all this hard work start to pay off?” We talked about it... Continue Reading →

Book of Treasures: Grade 4

Grade 4: 1975, Van Bellingham Elementary School, Winnipeg, MB Teacher – Mrs. Delaquis Both Mrs. Delaquis and I graduated to Grade 4, and with many of the same kids in my class again. The “room” was open-area again, right next door to the previous year’s room. With the same school, teacher, room and classmates, I was... Continue Reading →

Item #4: Highlighter

Alternate title: the purloined pen. I've had this highlighter since 1991. I keep it now for sentimental reasons, but also out of astonishment - it still works. The highlighter comes from the lab where I worked. Back in those days, highlighters were a standard tool for project chemists, reviewing data outputs and identifying key results... Continue Reading →

Morning person

I never used to be a morning person. Early morning rising used to be something reserved for special or dreaded occasions: early starts for trips or vacations, field trips, exams, new jobs. Saturday and Sunday mornings were cherished sleep-in times, almost inviolable rituals of indolence. The past few years have brought change in preference, perspective... Continue Reading →

The Insider

A recent newspaper article (no longer available) (as well as coverage earlier in July on CBC) troubled me greatly, and not for the reasons that either journalist intended, I'm sure. I am troubled by the narrow perspective on the facts in both instances, as well as the potential damage these articles could do to the important... Continue Reading →

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