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Snowbird of Paradise

An Albertan who spends winters in California.

Signature Brands

Signature Brand

Signatures used to be very important. When I was a secretary, letters would sit on my boss’s desk waiting for his signature. They could not go out of the office without it. The signature meant the document was official, approved, vouched for. Companies with a wide range of […]

Interstate 80

Mind the Road

It is tiring, challenging, boring, isolating, and sometimes terrifying to drive from central Alberta to central California. Mostly, though, it’s satisfyingly meditative. I imagine that this is what some people pay for when they go on spiritual retreats. It’s an opportunity to be alone with your thoughts, without […]

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Let’s All Say “Merry Christmas”

A friend recently posted on Facebook a Peanuts cartoon image by Charles Schulz together with the words “It’s really strange. America is the largest Christian Nation in The world, and we can’t say “MERRY CHRISTMAS”!!“ *  Unfortunately, this statement suffers from a number of inaccuracies. The United States does, indeed, […]

Photographic Trash

Culling Photographs

I’m coming to terms with my slightly obsessive collections of things, and have been forced to make hard choices about what to keep since I moved from a four-bedroom house to a two-bedroom apartment. Right now, the focus is on my collection of photographs. From the early 1970’s […]

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I Can Do This

You would think that in times of stress our superpowers would kick in and we would be able to temporarily function brilliantly, wouldn’t you? Instead, our minds are like children watching the tense part of a movie. They want to not hear or see anything for a while. […]

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