Melda Clark

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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WHEN WE KNOW BETTER, WE CAN DO BETTER

You and I are never too smart or too old to learn something new and did I ever learn something! I can’t wait to share it with you. Over the years, I have observed that I can go from 0 to 200 in a split second when something upsets me. This is nothing new. My whole life has been like this. I believe it is called catastrophic thinking. Below is a conversation  I had with a neighbour years ago. She…

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Melda Roache Clark Reinvented, Rebranded, Recycled…Whatever

A couple of years ago I started a small business for my storytelling and mental health speaking events. At the time, it seemed the smart thing to do. That way, I could claim a portion of my taxes, electricity and telephone expenses. On top of that, I could recover my HST at year’s end. I was confident that I would be rolling in money in a matter of a few years. BAHAHAHAHAHAHA! As it turned out, the money rolled out…

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WILL SANTA CLAUS BE COMING TO HER HOME?

Last week, I wrote about a family I worked with many years ago. This family faced overwhelming challenges and the odds that the children will rise above their circumstances are slim. Please allow me to add a few more details about the mother in this family; let’s call her Jenny (not her real name). Jenny grew up in a home cursed with the scourge of domestic violence. She did not complete high school and had not attended college. I know…

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POOR CHILDREN BECOME POOR ADULTS

In the early 2000s, I worked as a childhood development worker/early interventionist for an agency that served families of special needs’ children from birth to six years of age. I remember each family, but one in particular, stands out in my memory — a single mother and her six children living in extreme conditions. The fathers of the children contributed nothing, financially or otherwise. The only source of income was the Canada Child Tax Benefit. They lived in a constant…

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