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CPR Strawberries (AKA Prunes)
Thursday, November 12, 2020      10 comments

Stewed prunes made with lemon juice and peel were a mainstay of our winter diet when I was a kid. Fresh fruit was not readily available and much of our produce came by rail (CPR- Canadian Pacific Railway). Turns out my mom was onto a good thin... Read more
Straightening Nails
Monday, November 09, 2020      12 comments

I grew up on a small family farm in central Alberta. My parents were married during the Great Depression and lived with rationing during WWII, they learned the hard way about how to be thrifty and were early recyclers and re-users. I was an "o... Read more
Saturday, October 31, 2020      9 comments

We are all ( I hope) very aware of COVID protocols and many of us have questions about the safety of going out to shop. CBC's Marketplace did some "digging" into the cleanliness of grocery stores here in Canada and revealed what the dirtiest sp... Read more
Comfortable in Our Own Skin, Part 2
Friday, October 30, 2020      10 comments

On August 21 I shared the story of the Nova Scotia woman who had bilateral mastectomies and decided against reconstructive surgery. Her story and her determination has spread worldwide since and today I share a sequel to the the story of her jo... Read more
Train Wreck
Monday, October 26, 2020      12 comments

I am not referring to an actual event but rather to the overall state of our health and fitness. An article I read last week in Popular Science stated that fully 1/2 of Americans (count most of the western world in that statistic as well) suffe... Read more
Charlie Chaplin
Saturday, October 24, 2020      13 comments

Wise words, especially in these times. Charlie Chaplin lived 88 years. He left us 4 statements: (1) Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems. (2) I love walking in the rain because no one can see my tears. (3) The mos... Read more
My Thanksgiving Gift To You
Saturday, October 10, 2020      12 comments

We celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend in Canada, so much for all of us to be thankful for this year. One of our many wonderful singers is Lenny Gallant from Prince Edward Island and he has just released an album about Travels. This particular... Read more
Ugh, Why Do People Do That?
Wednesday, October 07, 2020      18 comments

I am an asthmatic, normally well controlled but of course one can't always control triggers that might end in a coughing fit. And so it begins.... I went grocery shopping this morning, fully masked pushing my sanitized cart and keeping my dis... Read more
Healing Through Silence
Saturday, September 26, 2020      10 comments

We live in a world of noise, some of it pleasant like birdsong and water lapping along a shoreline or some beautiful music but especially now we are bombarded by loud overpowering messages or constant reminders to follow COVID protocols. The in... Read more
Your Brain Is A Pig
Monday, September 21, 2020      12 comments

Another interesting article from CBC, this time it's about the historical and evolutionary reasons for what we eat.
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There are Good People in This World
Saturday, September 19, 2020      12 comments

A week ago the world marked the anniversary of 9/11, yesterday the world lost another champion, Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Today I share this story and as a Canadian I wish to say thank you to the wonderful people on that plane who started an amazing... Read more
Prep Time
Friday, September 18, 2020      6 comments

It's just over a year ago that Nova Scotia was slammed by Hurricane Dorian. I was living in a rural area and was without power for 9 days due to the massive number of trees blown not power lines. Now we are under another hurricane watch, Teddy... Read more
Interesting Observations
Tuesday, September 15, 2020      8 comments

I am an avid listener of radio, specifically CBC radio and often a real gem is presented. Fortunately this one has been condensed into this printed version; it offers insight into the world of obesity, its causes, ramifications and thoughts on... Read more
Good News
Friday, September 11, 2020      6 comments

I shared these two music videos with one of my Spark teams but now I throw them out to all Sparkers on this 11th day of September, a day that has many different significances for people around the world. Sit back, reflect, remember and keep mov... Read more
Monday, September 07, 2020      8 comments

I don't know if this expression is unique to the Canadian maritimes or not but it is often heard as encouragement for folks in hard times or at sporting events. We could also say "get it done" or "do your best" or "look on the bright side". Wh... Read more

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