Spring in a Box

It was a cold, dark, gloomy November day. I stood in line at the grocery checkout idly scanning my surroundings. It was then that I spotted a towering display featuring Spring in a Box. More accurately, the promise of Spring cleverly disguised within boxes boasting beautiful photographs of blooming flowers. I could already see it:…

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3 Ingredient Recipe Challenge

Simplified recipes, in particular 3 ingredient recipes, seem to be extremely popular right now. After seeing a number of these recipes appear on social media, I wondered, could they truly be simple? Could they even be tasty? Only one way to find out: just do it. My personal challenge was to prepare an entire meal…

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Journaling Through the Valley of S.A.D.

It’s February and it’s another grey, cloudy day. I wake up feeling mildly ‘down’ and sad, but not S.A.D, not this winter, not today. S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a condition characterized by depression, lethargy and a lack of energy. As soon as winter arrived with its constant cloud cover and grey days, I…

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Grey Paint and the Domino Effect Part II

Rectangle tiles of black and white, lined up all in a row. One little nudge and down they go, tapping each in line until they’ve all fallen down. (Almost a nursery rhyme in the making). What do dominoes have to do with grey paint? Only in the sense that as one domino falls down it affects…

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“Turn Around” and Dress-up Heels

When my toddler granddaughters’ birthday gifts included dress-up heels, I was caught emotionally off guard. I alternated between: “They’re still babies!” and, “They’re growing up!!” As I looked at this photo after all the festivities were over, of my daughter holding her daughter’s hand as she took some tentative steps in her dress-up heels, I…

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To-Do Lists

I think there are two kinds of people. Those who make lists, and those who don’t. I belong to the category of List Maker, with capitals. I have so many to-do’s to keep track of, I need to get them out of my head and down onto a list, or else I feel disoriented and…

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Double Take – A Second Look

Have you ever gone about your day, attending to life’s usual routines, when you encounter something quite out of the ordinary in an otherwise ordinary setting? Does it cause you to pause, and even do a double take? This happened to me recently while at a conference at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada….

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Knit Socks

Have you ever noticed that children are in perpetual motion? They just don’t stop, do they? That can be a challenge for this photo-loving grandma. On this day, the little guy was wearing the beautiful hand knit socks he’d received for Christmas from his great-grandma. That gave me an idea. “How would you like to…

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DeLIGHTed by Light Festival

What is worth: – driving for hours in the December darkness along busy highways and then along windy back roads? – inching along a muddy track to a field to park the vehicle? – stuffing the little ones into winter gear so they can’t even move, and then having to carry them? – standing in a long…

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