Category Archive for "General"

blue-grey couch with a brown/cream cushion on it and a cream throw

A Blue-Grey Christmas

Have you ever heard of the poem, When I’m An Old Woman, I’ll Shall Wear Purple? It was an award-winner when it came out in 2001 and started conversations about aging. It’s about throwing away convention and refusing to fade... Continue reading
Santa Claus in a relaxing moment

My Christmas Wish

…is for writers to stop putting an e on the end of Claus as in Santa.   Continue reading

Instant Pot-sibilities

We didn’t go shopping on Black Friday but Derek did pop out last Saturday to pick up one of the hottest sale items: the Instant Pot.  Continue reading
Stage shot of The McCartney Years logo on the bass drum and two guitars on their stands, taken before the show started

Ten Years After

When I returned to London, my first radio gig was midday host at Greatest Hits 1039fm. You think greatest hits, you think Beatles, of course.  Continue reading
a shot of random coloured christmas lights

Here Comes the Judge

Every year it happens and I brace for it. The predictable outrage about when Christmas decorations go up. No one can do anything about when they appear in stores, so they crab about peoples’ personal preferences. Can’t someone wear a... Continue reading
derek cutting up a downed tree on our front lawn

Throwback Thursday – Timber!

Plenty of discussion is underway about what London’s Bus Rapid Transit plans will do to properties along the proposed routes. It seems that several homeowners, especially along Richmond St. North, were unaware that the city owns a part of their... Continue reading
Destin Sandlin holding and looking at a white cat as they get ready to learn

Smarter Every Day

You can learn something every day if you’re doing life right. My brother introduced me to the YouTube channel, Smarter Every Day. Host Destin Sandlin delves into all sorts of fascinating scientific experiments that are understandable by non-science types like... Continue reading
Headline of the Montreal Gazette reads Germany Surrenders, dated May 8, 1945

Throwback Thursday – War is Over

On Remembrance Day, Derek found some personal connections to the second world war. He found a photo album dedicated to his Dad’s experience in WWII, put together by his Aunt Barb, his Dad’s sister. What a treasure trove.  Continue reading
skinny white man with a ponytail and navy bathing suit standing on the sand, looking into the distance

#Vaguebooking

What is vaguebooking? It’s being vague on Facebook. And it’s super annoying.  Continue reading
Huge red letters spelling LOVE on a city street

Language Barriers Broken

I arrived late to this party and in case you did too, let me tell you about The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. You don’t have to buy the 1995 book to learn the lessons.  Continue reading