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Snowbird of Paradise

An Albertan who spends winters in California.

Moving Money Is Expensive

Until COVID-19, I had a system for moving money from Canada to the USA based on my expectations of income and expenditures in each place each month. Then the pandemic hit and I suddenly found that my plans and expectations were dust in the wind. Now I have […]

An Environmental Analogy

Yesterday I walked along a street in which the trees have been pruned to clear the way for the power lines. As time has gone by, the trees have grown bigger and the trees’ branches have spread further apart. It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the […]

Unfinished Jessica

In my neighbourhood, there is a house with images painted on one of the side walls. All of the images are derived from popular culture and all have been carefully drawn and painted. At the top is Mary Poppins flying away with her umbrella. At the bottom is […]

Views from Ada Boulevard

Ada Boulevard in Edmonton’s Highlands neighbourhood is a popular place for walking and jogging. The area was developed over a hundred years ago and has beautiful houses all along the north side of the road. It is also the location of Concordia University, the McGrath Mansion, and the […]

Dim Bulbs

“The corridors of power are very dimly lit.” Peaky Blinders The longer we self-isolate and read or watch the news, the more we realize that we have elected some really dim bulbs. It doesn’t matter what country you live in, we are all finding out that we have […]

There Is A Story Here

A house that had previously escaped my notice called to me today. I was actually looking for interesting doors to add to the Thursday Doors collection of Norm 2.0. When I saw this one, though, I wasn’t sure if it would be appropriate for that setting because it isn’t […]