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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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Unforgiving. Is that what we are?

There are days when being a newspaper-owning, thought-leader, idea-generating, digital-transformation-leading expert in hyphens and punctuation seems as if it is only a thin veneer. People say things that hurt. If things go right most of the time, we have to accept that sometimes, things go wrong. Our cutesy winner ribbons on our winning baby photos […]

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