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A great debate

Tonight I watched The Great Canadian Flag Debate on TV. I remember the debate well – it engaged my family, the country and the national government for most of 1964-1965. (Interesting to note that our national medicare system was established in 1966 without much debate, at least that was memorable to me as a teenager.…

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Canadian pilgrimage

As a Vancouver resident I have an obligation to make a pilgrimage at least once each winter to some other location where I can affirm my Canadian citizenship (“We are winter!) Now in mid-March, I thought that opportunity had been lost. But no! A business trip to Toronto works. After the meeting the parking lot…

Anne’s Story – The end

On January 12, I wrote a post about the tedium and demands of care giving to a dying mother, and how I went out for three brisk 30-minute walks that day (to get fresh air and exercise but not leave her for longer periods), and how I did stretching exercises while waiting for her to…

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Fitness for the elderly and the almost-elderly

Taking care of an ailing 91-year-old is not a lot of fun. (There – I’ve said it! Call me a lousy ungrateful daughter.) It is an invitation to sleeplessness, depression, overeating, overdrinking, and general couchpotatoeing. Everyone says “take care of yourself” so I have come up with some ideas that I’ve put into practice today,…

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Anne’s Story – It all comes down to this

ALERT: Not an entertaining post. Don’t read if you are looking for an uplifting Christmas story. My 91-year-old mother has been declining. I don’t intend to post daily depressing accounts but I need to acknowledge this period, in all seriousness. When my extended family gathers (likely before too long) I will welcome our raging black…

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Movie reviews: Lunarcy and more

So many fab movies (many documentaries) are available on that much-maligned medium – the airplane movie screen. Many of you would think it is lunarcy to watch them in that setting. Lunarcy looks at several individuals (all male) who are compelled to strive to go to the moon. Here’s the trailer from the 2012 Toronto…

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Walking Home, by Simon Armitage

As I was saying when the first draft of this post was so rudely and prematurely published, I am learning to use my wonderful technology…   Sub-titled “A poet’s journey,” Walking Home appealed to me as a walker with a bit of interest in England’s long distance paths. As it was written in prose, I was…

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The Loved One, by Evelyn Waugh

I haven’t been posting much recently, due to spending a lot of time helping my mother, who is not well. I’ve been sorting and cleaning at her place and happened upon a little novel by Evelyn Waugh that caught my eye. This book is roughly the same age as I am, but it is in…