Category Family

Keeping Warm

I remember the patched holes in the celing, one in each room. I didn’t think much about them. It was the house my grandmother lived in, the one where my father was born. I spent a lot of my childhood visiting. Small-town Ontario was a different world for an urban dweller. The holes, I realized, […]

The Powdered Stuff

We’re into the home stretch of my trip abroad. I’m definitely at the point where I just want it to be over with, to get home to routine. Still a few more days to go though, so a few more of my favorite posts from the past to share. This one is from 2017. Sometimes […]

Simple Logic

Our re-runs continue, but I thought we should take a break from travel for a couple of days. I wrote this one in 2015. I’m not sure if my mother ever read it – she didn’t make it online until 2017, when she was 88. She read the daily posts here, but she never mentioned […]

Mother’s Day Reflections

Today is Mother’s Day in Canada and the USA. Probably elsewhere too. It is going to feel a bit strange.  COVID-19 was raging the past two Mother’s Days. People might call Mom, but they didn’t go see her. This year, I think, a lot of people will risk an in-person visit. But not me. This […]

Gotta Have Choices

Family members like different toppings, so I made two pizzas. The truth is, I don’t like veggies on my pizza. No-one else in the family has problems with them. They would eat my all-meat version, but they prefer some variety. Both tasted delicious according to those who sampled them. What are your favorite pizza toppings? […]

Remembering A Role Model

Today would have been my father’s 96th birthday. It is also the 11th anniversary of his death. Somehow he managed to begin and end his life on April 10. Like all of us, he was a complicated man. I have many unanswered questions about choices he made back when I was a child, and even […]

The Phone Call

I didn’t recognize the voice when I picked up the phone and heard “Hey grandpa!”  Having just become a grandparent, I figured it was one of my friends calling to congratulate me. But I wasn’t sure which one. So I continued to talk, hoping i would be able to figure it out without the embarassment of […]

2021 In Review: An Ordinary Hero

The only post from 2021 to make the top ten list for last year was today’s offering, written on the tenth aniversary of my father’s death, and in third place on our list. I’m not sure if this was the post I was most emotional about last year when I wrote it – there was […]

Baby’s First Christmas

How do you feel about social media? About people living their lives, more or less, online? We can connect in so many ways that were science fiction not that many years ago. And with those connections has come a number of ethical issues that previous generations didn’t have to deal with. Much of what we […]

You Never Know…

Sometimes you are struck by just how small the world can be. I’ve had this photo sitting on my desk for about three months now. I found it when I was going through a box of old paperwork. None of the people in the photo looked familiar. Except me of course. I’m the one with […]