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Finding the words to remember

I didn’t understand what I was supposed to remember. In school, in the early grades, we would stand up at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and be silent. I read Flanders Fields in front of the school one year. The solemnity of the occasion is still clear in my […]

Aging parents? Let’s talk turkey

It was the kind of week that’s been building up for months. The kind of week where little decisions made along the way suddenly come together. The kind of week that reminds you that, no matter how much you plan, life’s going to take you by surprise. This week reminded me that I’m still very […]

Playing with dolls, at 75

“Don’t sit on the children!” my mother-in-law yelled, in some distress. My husband leaped up from the sofa. He hadn’t noticed that the cushions were propped up pertly, with doilies lovingly wrapped around them as if to keep them warm. It was the first real sign we had that dementia had taken hold. After that, […]


Sandwich generation

Middle age. The middle ground. Sandwich generation. Mid-career. No matter which part of my life I look at, I can signpost it with a “mid-way there.” Mid-way’s not so bad – while it means you’ve passed some stuff you probably won’t get to again, it also means you’ve still got a whole lot left.  

I’ve added a link here to an article I wrote about having older parents and a small child … being part of the “sandwich generation.” It’ll give you an idea of how I’ll approach this whole midway thing – with humour, exasperation, and a whole lot of life.

Thanks for reading.



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