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    “When you love someone, all your saved up wishes start coming out.”

    Elizabeth Bowen

    I was changing Fig’s diaper after she’d had a fairly emotional morning. There was no apparent reason for her angst, she just seemed to be having one of those teary days when nothing satisfied her. As I […]


    Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

    Sicilian Proverb

    You know you’ve hit the jackpot when you enjoy your work and your colleagues become some of your dearest friends. Before I moved back to Vancouver Island six years ago, I was teaching at a school […]

    Bad Luck

    “Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.”

    Astrid Alauda

    We borrowed a fascinating ‘lift-the-flap’ book about sea creatures from the public library. One page illustrated how some predatory fish use light […]

    Ramblings of a Melancholy Mama

    “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.”

    Joni Mitchell

    My six-year-old niece overheard me telling her mom that I was feeling a bit melancholy. “Well, Auntie Karen, we don’t have any melons in our garden, but we are growing cauliflower. You could have […]