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 […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
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.
It began innocently enough. I bought a rain barrel, recycled from its former life holding some undefined foodstuffs, so that I could support a charitable event. My city is celebrating its centennial with a series of water-themed events. This was to climax in a River of Light during […]
I’ve read every article I have found on this topic, and I’ve heard every cure imaginable, but I still have insomnia. Most nights I sleep in two four-hour shifts, with two hours in between when I can chat with Australians online. If the planets align, and if I […]
It’s weird to go to community pancake breakfasts and barbeques alone. It’s not so much fun as going with someone else. I could easily find someone to go with me. All I have to do is pick up the phone and call a friend, but I’m not doing that. […]