Jack Frost Gets a Warm Welcome

When I was 9 years old we had a cold snap. I wrote a song about the images I saw in the frost on my window and took it to school where the teacher made the whole class learn it. The frost on an upstairs window tonight made me think of it. It was the very first...

Because You're So Sporty

Liz gave me a new athletic bag for my birthday.  “Because you’re so sporty,” she said. I looked at her like she was from Mars. When I was in high school I decided to cram five years of classes into four.  Searching for a grade 13 class that...
Thoughtless on a Pink Granite Shore

Thoughtless on a Pink Granite Shore

I set the alarm for 4 a.m. and jumped out of bed when it rang, pulled on the clothes I’d set out the night before, brushed my teeth, stuffed my toiletries into the top of my dry bag and loaded the car.  My cell went off; my prompt to get on the road.  At 4:45 I...
The Summer Office

The Summer Office

Last night I indulged in habits that satisfied me in the moment and left me tired and dehydrated this morning. When the alarm went off I pressed pause and pause again until 9:08 when I had to call Charmaine to say either “our walk is off” or...
Things I Want to Do

Things I Want to Do

I’m just back from four days of floating in the refreshingly cool waters of Georgian Bay and one twelve hour sleep in my own lovely bed.  So this morning I’m bouncing like the star of a Follow the Bouncing Ball Sing Along.  I bounced out of bed, down the...