Life

Making Do…

Making Do…

I was talking ‘car stuff’ with a guy I’ve gotten to know, Ralph. He’s operated his own auto specialty shop for many years. A midsize gent with bedraggled white hair, wise eyes and rough hands – that swallows your handshake – he’s a testimony to a lifetime of physical work… and, the consummate professional. You…

Grow Old With Me
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Grow Old With Me

Fred Figures – Sept 2010 “Congratulations! You look like a very happy couple.” That’s what a man called out to us before driving away from a stop sign as we walked arm in arm together one evening. We were both surprised and appreciative of his comments – expressed as they were with genuine sincerity. It…

How to Find Your Voice

How to Find Your Voice

For years, I thought my voice was what came out of other people’s mouths. Which was fine – they were speaking their truth – it just wasn’t mine. I hadn’t the experience of life to find out for myself. Eventually – with decades of life to draw upon – I saw there were commonalities between…

Some Call It Grace

Some Call It Grace

Everyone knows of “Sesame Street” – with Big Bird and the smaller Muppets – but, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighbourhood” was a children’s TV first: kids talking about their feelings and dealing with them. Not your typical “pie-in-the-face”, Bozo-the-clown-type kid’s show… Mr. Rogers respected his young viewers too much, saying, “You made it a special day for…

Seeing Something Special

Seeing Something Special

The last time I tried a ‘play-to-win’ contest, it was after we’d euthanized our old black Lab. At that time, as now, the message was similar: ”Please try again”… which I interpreted as meaning try again at the game of life. Despite the hurts, the loss, and disappointments, it’s still a beautiful world – although…

A Heart and Soul Christmas

A Heart and Soul Christmas

“When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, Give crowns and pounds and guineas, But not your heart away. Keep your fancy free… But, I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.”  When I Was One-and-Twenty, poem by A. E. Housman Have you ever met someone who’s commonly called a “Scrooge” –…

The Power of One
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The Power of One

I don’t know how many have considered the power of one – person, place or thing – to influence, or in my case, totally salvage my life. It’s not something that you can easily point to and say, “Yes, that’s where it happened!” But, you often can remember the people involved. Looking back, I remember…

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