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Column: Were the 'good old days' really so great?

Column: Were the 'good old days' really so great?

Erna de Burger-Fex recalls the days before indoor plumbing
Here's a reminder of spring on this snowy day

Here's a reminder of spring on this snowy day

Are there flowers more welcome than tulips in spring? These glorious flowers are filled with the hope and promise of wonderful things to come. That alone is why I love them.
Column: The challenges of a 1951 immigrant in Canada

Column: The challenges of a 1951 immigrant in Canada

Once again, I could hear my mother crying in the night. I jammed the pillow over my head to drown out that awful sound. My own tears kept falling as well.
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.