THE REASON WOMEN WAIT 37 YEARS TO REPORT ABUSE

A courageous woman, similar in age to me, emailed her story to me following one of my mental health presentations. I wept as I read the words. I wanted to reach through my screen, scoop her in my arms, tell her I believed her, that she was safe, and let her repeat her story as many times as she needed. Life can be cruel as it was in this woman’s life. The behaviour of her family members is inexcusable. As…

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OUR CAT, SIGMUND, THE ORIGINAL SCAREDY-CAT

At the grand old age of forty, my sweetheart, Glenn, left his secure job at General Electric Canada and went off to Humber College with students half his age to follow his lifetime dream to become a funeral director. The moment I was certain Glenn was beyond the city limits, a friend and I went directly to the Humane Society where I adopted a strawberry blond kitten believed to be about eight weeks old. Little did we know, he would be…

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SOMETHING’S ROTTEN AT 281 WEST HEAD ROAD

Ain’t never a dull moment at 281 West Head Road. Last week our biggest challenge was water, or lack thereof. By week’s end, we had a new drilled well 160 feet deep with 3 gallons a minute. The well required a particular type of perforating casing to prevent loose rock from collapsing on the pump but they had run out of them. They had to return to the Annapolis Valley to get more, but would return on Monday. Hey, hey!…

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NO DOCTOR, NO WATER, NO PROBLEM

Dare I ask about your week? Can you rate it on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the best? Hopefully, it fell somewhere between 5 and 10. Did you pass a difficult exam? Did you welcome a new grandchild into your family? Did you get a raise sooner than anticipated? Did an old friend surprise you with a visit? Some weeks rate a 1, 2 or 3 which is typical of the human experience. Did you have flat tire…

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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE DAY

Most of my days begin and end the same way. Follow me around for a day, not just any day, but today, Thursday, September 06, 2018. I am not an early riser because I like to stay up midnight or later. There are a couple of TV shows I like to listen to. Did you notice I said “listen” instead of “watch?” That’s because I am usually working on a project on my computer at the same time. Inspiration often strikes at the…

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I WILL PERSIST, PERSEVERE AND PUSH ON

For as long as I can remember, I have had a complicated relationship with food, exacerbated by depression. Some people eat to live while others live to eat.  I clearly fall into the latter category. It boggles my mind when someone says, “I forgot to eat lunch.” That has never happened to me. I need to eat every two or three hours to maintain blood sugar levels and to keep ravenous hunger at bay. A DAY TO REMEMBER…FOREVER About one…

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Three Handsome Dudes at the Highland Games

My granddaughter Maddie  with “cozy blankie” in hand climbed in Nanny’s big bed. We snuggled and read stories from Scotland including “Peppa Pig Goes to Scotland” and “Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.” TAKE ME OUT TO THE (BALL) HIGHLAND GAMES That reminded me it was high time to share another blog about my July trip to Scotland. The better part of a day spent at the Highland Games was definitely a highlight. I found it amusing that a public event an ocean…

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TWO PEOPLE WHO LIVED WELL, LAUGHED OFTEN AND LOVED MUCH

Even though I knew better, I went to bed with gum in my mouth, on Monday night. Predictably, on Tuesday morning, I woke up with gum on my pillowcase, on my sheets but, worst of all, in my hair, my LONG hair. I consulted Dr. Google for a quick solution and found many. Several involved creamy, not crunchy, peanut butter. Other suggestions included: ice, Vaseline, WD-40, Coca Cola, vinegar (Is there anything vinegar cannot do?). EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) became my method of…

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A WEE INTRODUCTION TO THE FAIR ISLE OF SCOTLAND

It seemed like ages ago that my Bobcaygeon kindred spirit and friend, Frances McGregor mentioned she would like to attend the gathering of the Clan Gregor in Loch Awe, Scotland from July 15-22, 2018. In typical Glenn Clark fashion, he piped up with, “You should go with her, Melda.” And an adventure was born. By the time July rolled around, I had moved to Nova Scotia and Frances was roasting in Ontario’s sweltering heat. In theory, Frances should have flown from…

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DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOUR?

One of my favourite children’s books, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, begins with, “I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there’s gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.”…

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