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Taking Dad for Granted

In Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, author J.D. Vance recounts his older sister’s remorse on the death of their grandfather. She regretted having taken advantage of the Papaw who stepped in to raise them … Continue reading

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The Medal She Deserves

I’m often asked what gave me the idea for my new novel, Lifelines. My answer inevitably reveals that one of the characters, Anna Fawcett, is largely modelled after my mother. Yes, she really is that wonderful! Some years ago, Chatelaine, … Continue reading

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Angry!

For such an affectionate, good-natured little boy he can sure get a mad on! http://www.indigopixies.com/ Ā (not my grandson) My two-year-old grandson’s eyebrows slammed down onto eyes narrowed to mean slits. Face darkened with rage, his usually-smiling mouth tightened. He struggled … Continue reading

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Life in the Before

We’ve chuckled at times, Monsieur and I, pondering what our town friends might think of our current living conditions. With the desire to beĀ mortgage-free, we’re living in the “Before”. HGTV and shelter magazines and blogs make the renovation process sound … Continue reading

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“Ugly Couch Contest” …

… that’s what the ad said. To enter, we were to send a photo of our torn, stained and dilapidated couch and the ugliest couch would win a set of new slipcovers for its owners. I had to laugh, thinking … Continue reading

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On Dying Like a Dog

I started this blog before I knew there was such a thing. I conceived it as a light-hearted look at the joys and frustrations of living amidst the rubble and renewal of an on-going renovation. I figured I’d salt it … Continue reading

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Contentment Kindergarten

An old pastor in Africa’s poorest country was asked by a visiting missionary, “What is the most problematic sin your people face?” All of this man’s congregation were living in subsistence poverty, so the missionary was surprised by the answer … Continue reading

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