Category Archives: General

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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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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The importance and impact of sound

Over the years I have come to understand that noises around me strongly impact my moods and temperament, seemingly moreso as I age. That is why I have begun wearing headphones when I’m working – to block out my husband’s constant news feeds on his computer and on the TV. … [read]

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Let’s get this party started

I’ve been non-blogging lately – not because I have nothing to write about. I have had some adventures and a family reunion or two, but I’ve been very busy with volunteer work and life and… stuff. But now I want to come back to my little blog and start nurturing … [read]

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Vintage film of Alkali Lake in 1946

I’ve written about Alkali Lake a few times. It is where Herman Otto Bowe settled and where the wild football game great uncle Sam wrote about took place. So, imagine my surprise and joy when cousin Bernice posted this amazing video on Facebook. Many of these people could be family … [read]

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Convoluted family links

The more research I do, the more confused I get about our family history. For instance, I am trying to make the leap “across the pond” from our American Kirkpatrick immigrants to specific families in Scotland. Not going so well. The Alexanders and the Georges and the Jameses I am … [read]

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A new year, a new life

I am so lucky that Tom and I can work from home. It gives me a lot of extra time to figure out other things! One of the “other things” I am working on is charting an education course for myself. This education will be free (or really cheap) and … [read]

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Airport body scanner controversy

I haven’t really been paying attention to this whole body scanner thing. You know, the one that takes transparent, real-life looking images of your personal body parts, allegedly to spot any contraband you may be carrying. After all, I haven’t flown much lately. But I just found this article and … [read]

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No, not cloning. Croning! I wrote this three years ago on an old blog. It still holds true for me today. Before the word crone became a derogatory one, being a crone was actually an honor. The word comes from the same word as “crown” and the crone was afforded … [read]

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Nature Girl

I was riding home on the train today and I realized, “I’m a Nature Girl still.” You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl. I noticed that my eyes still automatically drift to the clouds. The trees. The birds. … [read]

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