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Category: The Last Word

And then . . .

Writing the weekly editorials used to be easy. And then, over time, things became less black and white. Behind the municipal decisions I saw humans who were unsure of their own decisions, or who had to move forward even when they were uncertain–or there was not enough time to reflect–or there was too much pressure […]

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What we choose to believe

Experience is a word that holds a lot of meaning. Our expectations are managed by our past experiences. We eat a less-than-enjoyable meal at a restaurant and we will not return, or if we do, we do so with the expectation of another bad experience. When you think about it, why would anyone return to […]

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The meaning of ‘useful’

This week, someone mentioned that perhaps we have crested the pinnacle of yard sale frenzy and are now sliding down the other side of a giant pile of useless detritus left over from our collective lifetime of consumerism. Nowhere is our surfeit of stuff more evident that when it is time for our town-wide yard […]

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It’s just a suggestion. Or is it?

I don’t know about you, but I can always tell when a suggestion isn’t really a suggestion, but more of a recommendation from someone who is pretty certain they know more than you do. I must say: being in this business for 30 years made me feel like something of an expert. I know how […]

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Why radios are a turn on

By the flicker of my coal oil lamp, I yearned for my Juliette transistor radio. I yearned for it to have a working battery in it, too. During emergencies and power outages, such as happened last weekend, we know that radio stations keep on broadcasting over the airwaves. All one needs is some type of […]

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Help is always close at hand

By Louise Sproule [email protected] Good help is hard to find. But when you find it, what a difference it can make in your day. Or your life. I had to acknowledge that it lightened my workload considerably by hiring a like-minded gardener to help me get my front, side and back yard into shape. Until […]

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Finding freedom in the fields

I must go down to the fields again. That phrase may trigger the memory of John Masefield’s poem, called Sea Fever. It begins thus: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” That was a poem that we studied in elementary school; the cadence and words were simple, […]

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A bird’s-eye view

I  was upstairs, cleaning, when I heard a sound behind me. A kind of rustling. I turned to look and there, looking out at me from behind the glass door of my airtight wood stove, was a bird. An unhappy bird. Perhaps as unhappy as me upon finding a beady-eyed bird staring out at me. […]

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When I go home again

We all have a place we call home. Some of us still go home to visit our parents, where everything from the street to our room and the food we are served is oh, so familiar. But the pages of the book of life turn. Sometimes family homes are sold and people move on. Then, […]

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When realities collide

Nothing irks me more than when someone prefaces a statement with: ‘The reality is . . .’ Under my breath, I am thinking, ‘Yes, your reality . . . .’ Each of us thinks that we see through to the heart of an issue. Our view is that we have looked at something, assessed it […]

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Life. Can I bring anything?

There are times when doing the most simple thing can bring back a memory. I hang up my coat and from the depths of my mind, I hear my mother asking me to hang up my coat. I can recall coming in from school and leaving my coat on a chair. That didn’t last long. […]

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