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The Future in Retrospect

It’s happens sometimes when you’re sitting alone at 2 am watching the last embers of a dying fire – your life passing you by. Being the observer, it’s still you, only it looks different in retrospect. Instead of years, it’s measured in feelings and faces and opportunities won and lost. With the past being so…

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All Our Children

“Silently closing her bedroom door/ Leaving a note that she hoped would say more”         – Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ (ibid., 2,3,4,5,6,7) I suppose, in many ways, this is one of those stories that every parent dreads … a child felt unloved. “Picks up the letter that’s lying there/ Standing alone at the top of the…

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Christmas Songs – Remembering My Favourite Things

Each year you probably become inundated with Christmas songs. I understand completely. Yet, with the unavoidable on its way, I got reminiscing recently and it seemed like someone or something was opening up my heart– like opening up the front of my upright piano and plucking the strings inside. This was from a far away…

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Rondeau Reflections

Looking back of my memories growing up on Rondeau Bay, I can honestly say that it’s the place where I learned some of my best lessons in life. It happened so long ago, yet through the fog of time, I can still see examples of what life was like – shining out, like a lighthouse…

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‘Oinkers’ Goes to Town and other such tales

“Fred”, my wife called out, “that pig’s heading for town”! Sure enough, as I scanned the fallowed farm field, there she was … head down and going as fast as her stubby feet would carry her lumbering body. Well over 100 kilograms worth of determination! ‘Oinkers’, as our kids nicked named her, started life as…

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