I was chatting yesterday with someone who is intrigued by my English heritage, and as we worked together at the Habitat for Humanity Restore he was encouraging me to say the English names for things—spanners instead of wrenches, lifts instead of elevators, and so on. The conversation then […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
My father was always able to get a practical job done in the least expensive way. It wasn’t always pretty, but it usually involved hard work and making do with whatever tools were at hand. One of the many things he did in the garden of our family […]
I have often wondered why Canada seems to ship its trees, oil, and minerals elsewhere to be made into usable products. It has never made sense to me. Nevertheless, Canadians would like to pipe Alberta oil to refineries in Texas. The potential impact of the pipeline on the […]
I have a favourite turquoise shirt that had lost two of its buttons, and I had, of course, lost the little plastic bag of spare buttons that came with the shirt when it was new. I looked for them in the junk drawer where I keep little plastic […]
I like Facebook. I like Facebook in spite of it selling my information to the highest bidder. I even like Facebook in spite of it making me change my privacy settings three times in the last couple of months. I like it because it keeps me in touch […]
I was awoken this morning at 5:30 by two men talking outside my window. I don’t know what they were talking about, but the sound was amplified in the courtyard and was loud enough to wake me. It made me think of the stage direction “Noises off” which […]