Canada 150 Mosaic Project Comes to Town

Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations are taking place throughout the country this year. Communities from coast to coast are commemorating this milestone, called a “sesquicentennial”, by many unique and varied events in unique and varied locations. One event that captured my attention is the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. Painting tiles to form a mosaic sounded intriguing,…

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Hooked on Rug Hooking

Never one to remain idle for long, my friend Laura Harris embraced early retirement with gusto. Volunteering in our community took precedence, as did baking and hosting meals for friends and family. Then I learned that she’d taken up rug hooking. First of all, what exactly did she mean by rug hooking? My only experience…

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Where Did the Time Go?

How is it possible? Where did the time go? Hubby reminded me this week that it’s already been a YEAR since we journeyed to Europe! Those two weeks, filled with amazing memories and experiences, are still so vivid in our minds, that it doesn’t seem possible that a year has gone by. Reminiscing, we reflected…

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Der Spring is Sprung

Spring is my absolute, most favourite, longed-for season. Unfortunately, it has been elusive this year. For some reason, winter has stretched and lingered and seemed interminable. Though temperatures began to creep up haltingly in the last weeks, grey days and rain showers have been the norm. On occasion, the sun ventures to shine, and my…

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Having a Bad Day? Good News / Bad News Story

A road trip gone bad can result in a no good, very bad day. A routine trip which we’ve traversed dozens of times over the years turned into a journey of epic proportions a couple of weeks ago. Our truck’s recent repairs (new transmission, radiator and sundry other mechanical parts) should have given us a…

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Decluttering Challenge: 40 Bags in 40 Days

Decluttering seems to be on everyone’s radar these days. One couple that I happen to know quite well — my daughter Laura and her husband Aaron — joined the “40 Bags in 40 Days” decluttering challenge they’d read about on social media. Of course I was curious to hear the details, now that the 40 days…

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Decluttering: Laws and Theories

Begin a journey, and you can be sure of these things: there will be some victories and setbacks along the way. Should you too be embarking on a decluttering journey, I offer the following ‘laws’ for your education and amusement. Newton’s First Law of Motion According to Newton, every object wants to keep doing what it’s…

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Healing Power of Art: Interview with Ken Ballantyne

Back in the 1970’s, art wasn’t part of Ken Ballantyne’s life. An aspiring teacher, Ken was a student at the University of Victoria, B.C., cycling around town on a regular basis. While riding his bicycle to a movie one fateful day, he collided with a vehicle. Back in the 1970’s helmets for cyclists were uncommon….

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When is Enough, Enough? One Word Theme

When the snow covered our town last week, yet again, the cry went up: Enough already! We want flowers and sunshine and birds. Yet this seems to be the winter that goes on and on, my friend. Funny how the same people who danced with joy when the first snowflakes fell five months ago, are…

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