Author Archives: Dawn-Ann

Dawn-Ann

About Dawn-Ann

Born and home-grown British Columbian, I currently spend my time between Calgary and the Greater Vancouver Area. Nature lover, thinker and far-seer. Devoted gramma to adorable twin grandchildren.

This scares me a little

I have known my Aunt Fern’s phone number since I was a girl. My mom used to call her sister regularly and I remember clearly how she would dial ‘0’ to contact the operator. Then she would say, “I’d like to make a long-distance call to area code 403, 249…” … [read]

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Working remotely: why you need a virtual private network (VPN)

The find-an-apartment and move date will be in July. By then I will have finished up most other commitments and will have much more time and freedom. In the meantime, I am scheming and preparing, including gathering things together we’ll need. It’s fun buying towels and things for a new … [read]

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Dastardly Kirkpatricks

Most of the Kirkpatricks I have researched so far were respected, hard-working, family-oriented people who had a sense of humor and a sense of adventure. They were explorers and trail blazers. They were pillars of their communities. I haven’t heard of too many “bad” Kirkpatricks, but there is the occasional … [read]

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The evolution of a plan

I am having a lot of fun hanging out with my children and grandchildren down in the Greater Vancouver Area of BC. We had a fantastic birthday party yesterday and today I am catching up on a few things. Plans have evolved a bit since my previous posts. My husband … [read]

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I’m not the only one

One of the things I hope to achieve with this journal is to share stories about other far-seeing women who prefer to travel alone. A dear friend who knows me very well sent me a link to this article: Holidays for one: why I love to hit the road alone … [read]

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Inspiring people

While I’m on the road, here’s a little something to inspire you. I have started a folder of bookmarks called “Inspire.” It is full of people doing incredible things, often against all odds, many of them older than I am. For instance, there is the 83-year-old supermodel Carmen Dell’Orefice, still … [read]

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On the road again!

Today I am heading out early for a long drive from Calgary to the BC coast. Going to spend some quality time with my offspring and the grandbabies. Good times will be had. This is Part 1 of my new lifestyle as a mobile mama, living part-time in one place … [read]

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Buying stuff to define ourselves

I read somewhere recently that we will often start buying “things” after or during a major life change. For instance, if we start college or get a divorce or lose a loved one, we will start making what seem to be random purchases for no good reason. A friend of … [read]

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Making myself over (or not)

Hitting my fifties, gaining more independence, and a recent health scare have started the wheels of change in motion for me. Before this point, I had always taken care of others. From the time I was six years old, helping to toilet train my baby sister, through raising my own … [read]

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New me, new language

I am trying to think of new adjectives to describe myself these days. I used to use younger-sounding ones like “nerd girl” and “explorer chick,” or maternal-sounding ones like “da mama.” But in this time of redefining myself I realize I need to come up with updated words to define … [read]

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