Melda Clark

A DAY TO REMEMBER…TWO YEARS LATER

About two years ago, something truly remarkable happened to me. The day began exactly as hundreds before — I got up and headed to Shakers’ Diner in Bobcaygeon, ON to have coffee with my kindred spirit and friend Frances. Returning home, a little voice whispered, “Melda, you seem to be feeling better. I think you have enough energy to go for a walk today.” “Who, me?” I thought The last time I had that feeling was more than ten years…

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MY CAT SIGMUND WOULD BE PROUD OF ME AND MY BIG MOUTH

All of us have heard conversations that cause us to consider if we should add our two cents worth. Will it make a difference if I speak up or should I keep my opinion to myself? If I say nothing, am I sending the message that I agree with it? That, gentle readers, happened to me today and I decided to speak up. The conversation began with a person I will call MYRTLE passing judgement on a relative who had…

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SO I THOUGHT I WANTED A JOB

I love to peruse job sites like the Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Job Bank, Indeed, Career Beacon and Southwest Employment Centre. Not long ago, I stumbled upon a posting for a Mental Health Peer Support Coordinator. On a whim, I applied and almost fell over when I was contacted for an interview. The job was at the Yarmouth Hospital, about 120 km from home. That would mean driving three hours each day in good weather. And then there would…

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I HAVE SQUIRRELS…AND THEY’RE DRUNK

Let’s face it; mothers have a lot on their plate. They are juggling children, husbands, careers, bosses, grocery shopping, homes, children in all manner of lessons and sports, doctors’ appointments, parent-teacher relationships, school and sports’ fundraisers and much, much more. Everyone is trying to project the image that they have it all together, but does anyone truly have it all together? I remember my life as a wife with a loving, supportive husband, two well-behaved children and a teacher, an…

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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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