Category Archives: LIFE AS IT HAPPENS

The routines, the surprises, and the small wonders.

CONFESSIONS OF A WHISTLEBLOWER

Last evening, when I emerged from the fog bank, I almost ran down the road worker holding the stop sign. Soon after I had left Thunder Bay in late afternoon, driving north, I encountered stretches of fog which sometimes reduced … Continue reading

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AXL, PLATYPUS, AND APPLE TURNOVERS

He was unshaven, ungroomed, and most unlikely unwashed, so I pulled over, cracked the window, and asked him how long he had been hitching. Since yesterday, he said. He had stopped thumbing at 5:00 o’clock, and resumed at 9:00 this … Continue reading

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WALKING THE RIGHT WAY

“Always walk facing traffic.” That’s something I learned at my mother’s knee. When walking down a road, always face the traffic  ̶  that is, walk on the left-hand shoulder. So when I encountered two walkers on Monday who were walking … Continue reading

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A STROKE OF LUCK (6 Chapters)

1 ̶ The Incident I am now officially a senior. I knew I was getting older, but in my mind, I was never there yet. Until recently, I could read a blue streak, write a decent paragraph, solve a mess … Continue reading

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THE LAST RIDE

Two days ago, I took Miko for his last ride. Our little Shih Tzu mixed loves a car ride. Usually, when Olga and I leave home for a quick trip to town, we leave Miko in a baby pen. We … Continue reading

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HOW TO STOP A NOSEBLEED

It’s been a week now, and I’m monitoring my nostrils very closely. Last Saturday, a week ago, I had a spontaneous nosebleed, the first in my life. One that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My left nostril … Continue reading

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COLLINGWOOD CAPERS (Chapter 2 of 3)

2 ̶ BLUES FESTIVAL & ART CRAWL After I arrived at my sister’s place on Sunday, September 18, Grace suggested we attend the last evening of the Wasaga Beach Blues Festival. I leapt at the chance. First she gave me … Continue reading

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NO BLOODY GOOD ANYMORE

As I was getting bloodwork done in the lab today, I thought, Why not? I have been carrying this card around in my wallet for half a century now. It is the worse for wear. So, why not get it … Continue reading

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NEVER SAY NEVER

Just the other day, I did two things I had sworn I would never do. And I did them on the same day. First, I threw away a book. And second, I bought a Starbucks product. Both on the same … Continue reading

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AH-H-H WINNIPEG!

I do love Winnipeg.  I am winding up a week in Winnipeg.  Winnipeg has world-class shopping, entertainments, cultural experiences, museums and archives, neighbourhoods, people . . . However. Just on general principle, I hate cities.  I hate cities because of … Continue reading

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