A MAN, A PIGLET and SOME RUSH HOUR FUN

It wasn’t anything like rush hour in Halifax or Toronto. It wasn’t anything like rush hour in Peterborough or Truro. It was Lockeport’s version of the noon rush hour. Because Lockeport is an island, cars enter and exit the town by a single causeway. The majority of residents worked at the National Sea Products Fish Plant. At lunch time, many of them hurried home to West Head, Green Harbour, Brighton, Lydgate, and Allendale for lunch. Rush hour had no place in Dad’s world. Nope,…

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Happy Birthday to My Little Brudder and Partner in Crime

Partners in crime of the worst ilk, that’s what my little brother Francis and I were. We were the youngest children in a family of four. Each of us inherited the super genes for “bad ideas” and “how to drive your parents crazy in 60 seconds or less.” Miraculously, we were not banished to “Reform School.” Just exactly what did we do? I have forgotten most of it, but here are a few of our adventures. Francis used to hide and throw rocks…

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From Couch Potato to 10,000 Steps in 3 Days

It is no secret that I suffer from major depressive disorder which is controlled fairly well with medication. Depression zaps most of my energy. Doing anything physical is a chore. Many of the medications I take slow metabolism and ramp up my appetite. The combination of age, sedentary life style, low energy, slow metabolism and insatiable appetite, leads directly to unwanted weight gain. It works out to 10 pounds a year. I admit I am a first class couch potato. If it were…

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Another Pair of New Glasses — An Agonizing Experience with a Serving of Anxiety

Blind as a bat, that’s me.  In Grade 5, I told my mother I needed glasses and she promptly refused to believe me. (Had I lied to her before????) Not a single teacher noticed I squinted all the time and I wrote with my nose an inch from my page. In fact, one teacher grabbed a clump of hair on the crown of my head and yanked my head up while remarking, “You’re not that blind.” But she was wrong…

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M is for Mould, Mush, Mildew, Maggots…

CPAP machine? Yep. Prescriptions? Yep. Sunglasses? Yep. Phone chargers? Yep. Rubber boots? Yep. Winter coat? Yep. Got everything? Yep. Glenn turned off as many breakers as possible in the electrical panel to save 10 cents worth of hydro. He did not turn off breakers for the TV/PVR, the fridge and the air conditioner and believed everything was hunky dory. And with that, we jumped in our loaded down RAV4 and struck out for our house in West Head (Lockeport), Nova Scotia for…

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Farewell to Nova Scotia

How is it possible we have been at our Nova Scotia homestead for more than two months? The time has come to clean up the house…again, pack up and leave bright and early Monday morning. I think I will sleep in my clothes, because I will nod off as soon as I stumble into the car, and wake up five hours later near the New Brunswick border.

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IT NEVER WAS ABOUT ME

Here it is Thursday and I am just beginning my post. No, I haven’t been goofing off. If you are looking for me, I will be parked in my purple chair for the day. I have spent the whole week working on my mental health speaking opportunity that I am looking forward to this Sunday night. If you are in the area, drop in. Come as you are — no need to get all gussied up. Pajamas are clothes too. Just…

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A BITTERSWEET MORNING…

Shortly after arriving in West Head in early May, I fired off emails to the principals of Shelburne County Elementary Schools. I introduced myself as a retired teacher/ storyteller and offered to visit their school to share my funny story  “ARE WE THERE YET” with their students. I remember how it feels to be a weary teacher in June. Students are restless and eager for summer holidays. I volunteered to visit each class for one whole hour with music, story and games —…

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A CLASSIC CASE OF BUYER’S REMORSE

Have you ever looked around your house and wondered why you spent good money on certain gadgets and small appliances? I have concluded that many purchases of the “greatest-gadgets-of-all-time” ilk are nothing more than a waste of hard-earned money. Who loves homemade bread, but doesn’t want to spend all day baking? Apparently, a significant number of people, including ME. A Japanese company, Matsushita Electric Industrial Company, which is now Panasonic, created the first bread maker that could make one loaf of…

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Dad Bought the Lawnmower, Mom Cut the Grass

The tiny Nova Scotia community of West Head should have “Rock” in its name. The spit of land is made of millions of rocks, from the tiniest pebbles to boulders, covered by a thin layer of acidic soil here and there. Like icebergs, rocks that peek through the surface could be be as big as a house.

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