Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Hallowe’en Memory

Culled from my late, lamented blog where I tried to flex some old writing skills, long rusty from lack of use. It already has a caption. During a quick Hallowe’en dinner — gourmet pizza from Salvatore’s — Kristina distilled this memory to its essence, while telling my sister and her husband about our day. She […]

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Pumpkin Warriors

We simply haven’t had much time to enjoy the Hallowe’en season, but Kristina managed to carve a few pumpkins in the traditional style.

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Prince Charming

She called me Prince Charming. Who really understands why kids think the way they do? Kristina had just landed a job as a governess for a precocious two-and-a-half year old, and she had locked herself out of the family’s home. She needed to borrow my car but, since it held no car seat, her new […]

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Gray Anatomy

Sometimes a few tears can wring the sadness from a soul. The times when I’ve been able to cry for myself are rare, but I can still be touched by beauty and the pain that others must bear, so I sought out this song by a favorite artist. And as I listened and the tears […]

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Within My Pounding Heart

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Rat Race

We spent three years in Lunenburg licking our wounds after my mother passed away. It’s a lovely seafaring town that is home to 2,400 souls, even when soaking wet. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a subtle choice at that. Filled with Victorian homes of uncommon charm, each streetscape seems plucked from a […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Grandfather, Look at our brokenness. We know that in all creation Only the human family Has strayed from the Sacred Way. We know that we are the ones Who are divided. And we are the ones Who must come back together To walk in the Sacred Way. Grandfather, Sacred One Teach us love, compassion and […]

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Steve Jobs – A Legacy of Storytelling

Artists are our storytellers. Since our ancestors’ earliest days, we’ve told stories about our dreams, our heroes and villains, our struggles. About how we live and how we die. If we are to find peace and understand our commonalities, we must have stories. Over the last 25 years, creation has been reborn and democratized by […]

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Author Chris Benjamin Answers 25 Questions

Even though he’s much younger, I want to be like Chris Benjamin when I grow up. He’s the respected Sustainable City columnist at The Coast, Halifax’s progressive weekly, and I delight in watching him skewer the ecologically inept even as he finds the heart of the matter in issues that are pressing for the planet and […]

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I know that none of us will get out of here alive. We will all be beaten and battered by a callous world filled with unthinking, unfeeling people who care little for our suffering, except as it affects their own. I used to think that I was singular, that my suffering was particularly intense and […]

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