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Snowbird of Paradise

An Albertan who spends winters in California.

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Genius Mixes

iTunes does something that radio hosts used to do better; it creates a collection of music for you to listen to. They call it a genius mix, but their genius has a one-track mind. It’s fine if you like only one kind of music, but I like variety. […]

Make this make sense to me

Yesterday, I crossed the US-Canada border at Aldergrove. Me  [Smiling and handing over my passport with my Nexus card inside]: Hi She [Not smiling, hand outstretched]: Hi      Nexus card falls out as she opens the passport. She [Visibly irritated]: Don’t hand them both to me at […]

Americans impress me

Someone asked me today what was my impression of Americans. Half a dozen possible answers flashed through my mind, but what I said, more or less, was: “The Americans I have met have been very open and friendly. They are hard-working, sociable, and kind. They like things like […]

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Old Photos

Recently I was sorting through a box of miscellany and discovered a collection of a complete stranger’s family photos going back to about 1945. I volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity Restore, and we receive all sorts of things as donations. Although the focus is on reusable appliances, […]

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I need a teenager

I honestly never thought I would say this, but I think I need a teenager. Actually, I would like to have him or her permanently on hand to solve my technical problems. The rest of the time they would be conveniently absent. A few days ago I was […]

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Inspiration

Breathing in, deeply, makes me feel good. I just came from an exercise class and after the aerobics, the hand weights, and the floor exercises, we breathe deeply.  To be honest, the part of the class I like best is the very end when about twenty-five people over […]