Category Archives: the nieces and nephews

Return to Sender

I thought it was the window cat bed. Which I ordered. Because it was $17 on Amazon and maybe it would keep the cat off the chair. Nash likes sitting there because he can watch the birds. I came home … Continue reading

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A Cup of Kindness, yet.

I polished the silver salt and pepper shakers until they shone. Carefully washed the kindness cup.¬†Pulled out the good notepaper and a wrote a note. I explained that the salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandmother, they had seen … Continue reading

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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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