Category Archives: the nieces and nephews

Magic

She sat on the chair in her grad student apartment and she told me about the lecture on Marx and laws she was going to give. I took a picture, although she doesn’t realize it. I was struck by magic … Continue reading

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Taller than I

I took my niece to the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage at the Alberta legislature, and as I stood behind her, with my hands on her shoulders, I joked that I needed to weigh her down. By this time next … Continue reading

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On the Whole of It

There were a number of things that irritated me about this election. Mostly it was how “unCanadian” I perceived it to be. Calling it early and campaigning forever and ever*, it seemed nasty and mean spirited and an attempted triumph … Continue reading

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Spreadsheets

Time and growing up, you may say, are incremental. They cannot be so easily measured. Save these moments – when the universe adds a summation line to the spreadsheet of a life and calls for a total. That sum is … Continue reading

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And Then

Four years ago I got a call that my first great nephew was coming, early, rough, skidding into this world. And for a long night I prayed. For days and then weeks pictures would arrive of a red, scrawny, angry … Continue reading

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Another Person

My days have been spent feeding small children smarties¬† Riding around in the beds of pick up trucks, looking at views like this.       Cuddling brand new kittens.   Trying to nap with little boys that kick you … Continue reading

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Monday Miscellany

By the time you read this, I will have been driving for something like 15 hours. I am in the middle of nowhere Montana this week. I will have virtually no access to the internet and absolutely no access to … Continue reading

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Molly Weasley

Almost a year ago David, who is Nephew Travis’ boyfriend, texted me to tell me that the kids were watching the Harry Potter movies and they decided I was Molly Weasley. He has, I am fairly certain, been regretting that … Continue reading

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14.5

14.5 hours. That is exactly how long I had in Edmonton last night. My flight landed at the airport in Edmonton at 4:30 yesterday afternoon. The next flight took off at 7 am this morning. 14.5 hours, if your were … Continue reading

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Reflecting Back at Me

My nephew’s boyfriend was in a car accident on Friday night. He’s OK. The car is . . .¬† Well, I am afraid the car is not OK, but David is OK and that’s really what matters. We picked him … Continue reading

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