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.
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. […]