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Remembering my brother Willy, taken too soon

Remembering my brother Willy, taken too soon

The war was nearly over, especially in the southern province of Zeeland, in Holland where we lived. Hospital beds had been reserved for wounded soldiers until now.
The time Lions knocked on our door on a dark December night

The time Lions knocked on our door on a dark December night

On a dark December night in 1952, there was a knock on our door. Since we lived literally two miles from our nearest neighbor, we were all somewhat apprehensive. My father answered the door and there stood Father Regan and two other men.
John McCrae's famous poem 100 years old this year

John McCrae's famous poem 100 years old this year

Having been born in a country liberated by Canadian and Polish soldiers, my love and respect for veterans has always been an essential part of me. I was very young, so I remember little of the war waged in the area where I lived.
Hands up if you too hate today’s hair styles

Hands up if you too hate today’s hair styles

A bad hair day? Don’t despair – just get yourself to your trusted hair stylist. She will give you numerous choices of solutions. I promise! Hair, whether it drives you crazy or you love it, you have to deal with it every day.
Despite popular opinion, teaching a hard job

Despite popular opinion, teaching a hard job

I have heard so many people express the opinion that teaching is an easy job, given all the holidays. Sharing some memories of my teaching career may give you a different perspective.
Column: I'll die with the blackfly a-picking my bones

Column: I'll die with the blackfly a-picking my bones

Oh, how we longed for summer during the relentless cold winter we have endured. Statistically, February was the coldest February on record. Stats don’t lie. So now summer is here. Hurray! Well, maybe not ...
I’m celebrating the wonderful maple leaf

I’m celebrating the wonderful maple leaf

We celebrate the maple leaf flag’s 50th birthday this year. When he led the country, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson advocated strongly for a flag of our own to replace the Union Jack.
51 years later our marriage still works (so far anyway)

51 years later our marriage still works (so far anyway)

I know this will surprise many, but when we got married in December 1963, the theme of our wedding was – are you ready? — the wedding! We, Alex and I, were the stars of the show. Yes, it’s true, that was our only theme.
Column: Golden girl looks for old age's silver lining

Column: Golden girl looks for old age's silver lining

As if I needed more proof that old age has me in its clutches, now I have to use a cane. It has already invaded my life. But no ordinary metal cane will do for this old gal.
Canadian Christmas made better by Lion's Telethon

Canadian Christmas made better by Lion's Telethon

Who were these “angels” bringing toys, turkey, ham, oranges and fruitcake to our family? It was only our second Christmas in Canada and money was scarce. We older children knew that and realized that Christmas presents would be few.