Melda Clark

THE DAY MY TOYOTA RAV4 CHASED A TIM HORTONS CUP

I am writing this on a rainy and windy Tuesday, May 14th and what a day it has been!  The weather is too nasty to go walking which means I will fall far short of my 10,000 steps today. It also means I won’t be able to honour “MY―BAG―of―TRASH―a―DAY―for―the―MONTH―of―MAY” ― or does it? The moment I asked that question an idea popped into my head. After all, you can’t frighten a determined woman with a little bit of bad weather…

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I HAVE BECOME A COLLECTOR…SORT OF

What do we need to exist? Food to eat, water to drink, shelter from the elements and clothes to wear. I must add another to the list — a project of some sort. Right now I have a new project on the go that will keep me busy for the next few months — collecting trash. No, I have not lost all my marbles…yet. As many of you know, I enjoy walking in the Lockeport area. One day, just for…

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JUST WAIT UNTIL YOUR FATHER GETS HOME

Dad was an inshore fisherman away from home most of the day. Like most women in the sixties, Mom stayed at home with four kids with an eleven year span between the youngest and oldest. Fortunately, the two oldest started working as soon as they could — such responsible young men. That left “Francis the Teaser” and “Melda the Tattler” at home. We were more than mischievous, we were just plain rotten. I have a theory that Mom and Dad…

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MEN AND WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP NEED TO COME CLEAN

Have you heard that pneumonia is caused by going outside without a coat, hat, mitts and boots? Did you know that putting butter on a burn will draw the heat out of it and make it heal faster? Were you told you would have a strong spine if you ate the crusts on your bread? I could go on and on. It makes no difference if you do or don’t believe these admonitions even though they are not true and…

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Feathers, Fur, and Scales  — OH MY!

Gasp! Snort! Sneeze! Sniff! Wheeze! Rattle!  Does it seem like every child has asthma or an allergy these days? The increase has led school boards to ban classroom pets that have scales, feathers and fur. However, this was not the case during my teaching career a hundred years ago. Pets added a new dimension, something different, another level of enjoyment for the child who didn’t like school. Over the years, I welcomed (sort of) an impressive selection of creatures to my…

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A STORY OF COMPASSION BORN AND BRED IN LOCKEPORT, NOVA SCOTIA

Glenn and I have been coming to the Iberostar Varadero resort since 2013. In that time we have grown acquainted with a number of staff members. They even remember us from year to year, especially “handsome Greg from Canada.” Apparently, Greg AKA Glenn, makes a lasting impression. Who knew? Let me introduce you to our hard-working friend Roberto (not his real name). He and his wife live in the nearby town of Cárdenas and have 2 beautiful children, a 3 year-old daughter…

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I FOUND MY SOULMATE ON LOCKEPORT BEACH

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, a favourite day of the year for Hallmark and Laura Secord. I am a shameless and devoted fan of love stories. That is why I can easily spend a rainy weekend in my cozy jammies, on the couch with a big ol’ bag of barbecue chips, two litres of Diet Coke and a family-size box of tissues watching Sleepless in Seattle, Pretty Woman, Father of the Bride and Overboard to name a few. I can watch…

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AGE BEFORE BEAUTY AND THE DIRT BEFORE THE BROOM

Volumes have been written about growing older.  Even more has been written about how to prevent looking older. Since the beginning of time, we have been searching for the elusive “fountain of youth.” And then there is the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, with her flawless skin. I cannot confirm this, but gossip claims Kate uses the bee venom mask in black and gold, which cleans and tightens skin and acts as a natural face-lift. I suspect her skin would look just…

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CROSS MY HEART, HOPE TO DIE, STICK A NEEDLE IN MY EYE

The great American, Benjamin Franklin, is supposed to have said, “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see.” I grew up believing that: As it turns out, Benjamin Franklin was right. Not a single one is true! Even so, I am not going to swallow gum, launch a new boat on Friday or taunt a bull with red cape..…just in case. Bulls, it seems, are attracted to the movement of the cape, not the colour,…

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CRAWL, WALK, RUN, FLY AS FAST AS YOU CAN

So, we went to church on Sunday. That’s nothing unusual because we go most Sundays. Believe me, I have sat through myriad church services in my 61 years, and they have elicited a variety of responses from me. There have been times, I have hung on to every word spoken because it seemed to be exactly what I needed to hear or it matched what I believe. Other times, I have doodled, whispered, and yawned convinced the service would never end.…

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