Imagine, hypothetically, that you are charged with receiving and processing donations to a charitable recycling store. Imagine also that you are short-staffed and overburdened. Donations are piled higher than you can reach, and you can no longer see the floor in the receiving bay. You make an executive […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
For now. Just until I’m sure. Give me time to think, please. At the store where I have been volunteering, you can put an item “on hold.” You think you want it, but you have doubts. It may not be quite right, might not fit, might be the […]
As you know, a to-do is an item on a list. Usually it’s a chore, a renovation, a repair, or an errand. Back in the day, though, a to-do was a public fuss or argument. I can remember my mother saying “Oh, she caused such a to-do!” to […]
In 1985 the Canadian Minister of Justice, John Crosbie, told a female liberal minister to “just quiet down, baby.” Sheila Copps’ response has become legendary. She said simply, “I’m nobody’s baby.” That smart and incisive retort came at a pivotal point in my life. I had been in […]
There’s no getting around it. Coffee is bitter. It wakes me up and gets my day started, but on its own it is hard to drink. That’s why I like vanilla creamer. It’s the sweet in bittersweet. Every once in a while, I come across someone who has […]
Last night a tremendous storm, complete with hail, thunder, and lightning, came through my garden. I like my garden. When I’m away from home, I look forward to seeing my plants again. I even enjoy weeding. It’s very satisfying to spend an hour or two rooting out the […]
Sometimes, a summer rain shower is exactly what you need.