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, […]
Snowbird of Paradise
An Albertan who spends winters in California.
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 […]
There is an owl in the courtyard of the building where I live in California. I’ve never seen it, but I have often heard it. It goes “Hoooo” in a deliciously deep baritone voice. I love the sound, but it bothers me because it only hoots once. Owls […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]