The Canadian Reading Challenge: Recap

My Canadian Reading Challenge started in January 2016, when I challenged myself to read a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. Since I typically read 40 or more books a year, it seemed like something I could accomplish and still leave plenty of reading time…

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Shades of Summer

Unlike many people, summer isn’t my favourite time of year. I don’t do well in the heat and humidity, I don’t have a garden, and I miss my sister, who is usually away for most of the summer. This summer, however, has been great, and I’m amazed that we’re already nearly halfway through August. So what’s different this year? A few…

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The Time Management Trap

I was reading some articles I’d saved to Pocket when I spotted a notification that my sister had shared an article with me several months earlier. I either overlooked it at the time, or noticed it but decided to leave it for later because it was very long (it actually says “The long read” right at the top). One of the points…

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The Big Six Oh

Earlier this year, I celebrated my 60th birthday. I use the word “celebrated” loosely, because I really didn’t feel much like celebrating. After all, once you hit 60, you’re getting up there! You’re not even “middle aged” anymore. It was certainly different than my last milestone birthday! Having realized when I turned 40 that age is just a number and you’re always the same…

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The Canadian Reading Challenge: Northwest Territories

After a running start at the beginning of the year, I’ve realized that I’m probably not going to reach my goal of reading a book that takes place in or was written by an author from each of the 13 Provinces and Territories within a year. However, I’d rather it take longer than planned than just give up, so I’m jumping back…

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How I’m spending my dash

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the passage of time and our perception of it. The older I get, the more I fear a day when I’ll look back and wish I’d done things differently. I don’t want to be like the character in one of the novels I read this summer: “He found himself infused with an almost overwhelming sense…

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Forever Friends

Today is my friend Chris’ birthday, but I’m not going to call and wish him a good one. I’m not even going to send him a lousy e-card. I’m not mad at him or anything. Or maybe I am. You see, Chris died on December 30. Since we met in 1999, he referred to me as his co-worker, his “sort…

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Summer Vacation

When I was growing up, we spent two weeks at Orr Lake every summer. I have lots of great memories, but one of my earliest is of evening walks to the store for the daily newspaper for my Dad and treats for us kids. Here’s a photo of my mother and me from around that time: As an adult, going…

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