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Learning something new can be hard, but the lessons learned are worth every tear shed

Learning something new can be hard, but the lessons learned are worth every tear shed.  It was the third week of the Page Layout and Design class. We met on Mondays and Wednesdays from ten to twelve. The teacher, Ronald Dorfman, asked how we were doing on the assignment, an eight-page brochure. He stood behind […]

Remembering my father, death, and remembering to live

My father is dead. He has been dead seventeen years, ten months and six days. Yesterday was his birthday. He was sixty-nine when he died — the same age as David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Remembering my father I went in the basement to look for photographs of my father. Evidence of his life. On the […]

You are more than the chicken soup you make


No one in my family likes to eat my chicken soup. I made a fresh batch of soup today. It is simmering on the stove right now. No one ate it except for me.   When I cook for my family, the food is like a gift. A present. And when no one wants to eat my […]

Is your glass half empty or half full?

Is your glass half empty or half full? My glass has water in it. It is half full. You have a glass too. There is water in your glass. Is your glass half empty or half full? What are you looking at? The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at […]

God didn’t answer my prayer – so I stopped praying

I don’t know where my Bible is. I stopped reading it about a year ago. I stopped reading it about the same time I stopped praying. God didn’t answer my prayer, so I stopped praying. One day I will tell you what I prayed, but not today. I still believe in Jesus and God, but […]

Did you already break your New Years Resolution?

Did you already break your New Year’s Resolution? Do you think you have to wait until January first, 2017 to try again?   Every day, or any day, has the potential to be the day we act differently. The day we finally stop eating potato chips and bacon because our total cholesterol is 239 mg/dL, border […]

Don’t just pick a word for the New Year — Listen to Derek Sivers and find a problem to solve

I went on Facebook today, and there are several threads where people asked, “What is your word for the New Year? What is the one word that symbolizes your focus and your dream on how you want to live for the next 365 days?” These are the some of the words that people chose for this year: […]

When is it okay to ignore the dog hair on the staircase?

When is it okay to ignore the dog hair on the staircase?  Is it possible for a woman to not clean every day, and still be considered a woman? Should we feel shame if there is dog hair on the carpet?   What do you think? I am in the middle of drawing forty cats for a […]

When was the last time you saw magic? Day 2 #toycember

This morning when I woke up, I went looking for magic. What did the toys do last night? They come alive at midnight every day in December. Where were they? I went to the last place I saw them, hanging from Christmas Tree lights on the deer head my Grandfather shot in southern Saskatchewan long before […]

The toys came alive and strung up lights on the deerhead! December 1st, 2015


Last night when I went to bed the toys were still in the storage container. I wasn’t sure if they would come alive again this year. You never can tell what toys are thinking. This morning I woke up at 4:30! I was so excited to see if the toys came alive again this year. […]