Welcome to The Club Spring 2021

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other! Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.

A Magazine for 55+ Like No Other!
Welcome to The Club features timeless articles and anecdotes including many from the archives of Daytripping Magazine. It's online at www.welcometotheclub.ca and is also distributed free in Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario.


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<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

THE<br />

CLUB<br />

...which is better<br />

than being<br />

under it!<br />



Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

A ‘’New’ Magazine for PEOPLE who aren’t<br />

Cover Pho<strong>to</strong>: “Pearl the Squirrel” by Ronny D’Haene, Sarnia<br />

From the crea<strong>to</strong>rs of...<br />

welcome<strong>to</strong>theclub.ca<br />

VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 2 SPRING <strong>2021</strong>

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

THE <strong>Club</strong><br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> Back, your dreams were your ticket out.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

SPRING <strong>2021</strong><br />

2020 Meals on Wheels Team<br />

Volunteer Opportunities<br />

Transportation • Home Maintenance<br />

Meals on Wheels • <strong>The</strong> Peer Program<br />

Friendly Visiting • Fitness Classes<br />

Diners <strong>Club</strong> • Bingo<br />

Due <strong>to</strong> COVID-19, volunteer<br />

opportunities are limited. For<br />

Volunteer Inquiries – please email<br />

volunteer@leohelps.ca<br />

Become a Volunteer<br />

March <strong>2021</strong> marked the one-year miles<strong>to</strong>ne for COVID 19. Throughout this past<br />

year, there have been countless learning opportunities that many of our agencies<br />

have encountered, which in the end, will learn from and be better for. An<br />

important recognition is how much of an impact our volunteer services have on<br />

the successful operations of our services here at LEO. Our volunteers are the<br />

heartbeat of our agencies. <strong>The</strong>y arrive, without hesitation <strong>to</strong> support the critical<br />

services that many of our older aged clients require <strong>to</strong> safely remain at home.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y recognize the gift of giving and many of them share their s<strong>to</strong>ries of how<br />

important their work is for them as well as the individuals they are meeting with.<br />

As the restrictions grew, our ability <strong>to</strong> fully engage with our volunteers was<br />

reduced, and we know that it has had an affect on many of our clients, especially<br />

those who are shut in and have benefited from programs such as “Friendly<br />

Visiting.” We are grateful <strong>to</strong> be engaged in the vaccination roll out in Sarnia<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, and hope that soon, through these efforts, our volunteer program will<br />

return <strong>to</strong> a viable and fully functioning team who once again will complement the<br />

efforts of our LEO staff.<br />

Paula Reaume-Zimmer, CEO<br />

2019 Volunteer Banquet<br />

Volunteer Appreciation<br />

How We Can<br />

Help You Live<br />

at Home<br />

Transportation<br />

Non-Urgent Stretcher Van<br />

Meals on Wheels<br />

Home Maintenance<br />

Personal Care<br />

Home Help<br />

Care Giver Respite Support<br />

Crisis Intervention<br />

Housing Support<br />

<strong>The</strong> Peer Program<br />

Friendly Visiting<br />

Diners <strong>Club</strong><br />

LEO Scored 98% Exemplary Standing<br />

for providing Quality Services<br />

Funded in part by the United Way of Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

and Jackpot City, Sarnia<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Elderly Outreach • 1-800-265-0203 • www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nelderlyoutreach.org<br />

P A G E<br />

2<br />

<strong>The</strong> bot<strong>to</strong>m borders in this issue contain MOM & DAD quotes & proverbs.

<strong>Welcome</strong> Back, <strong>to</strong> that same old place that you laughed about.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

THE <strong>Club</strong><br />

101 Indian Rd. S., Sarnia • 519-464-4000 • www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nford.com<br />

Its not just a Ford it’s a<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Ford !!!<br />

SPRING <strong>2021</strong> “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is <strong>to</strong> be a mother.” (Lin Yutang)<br />

P A G E 3

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

Pat Smits<br />

Financial Advisor<br />

12 Mac Donald Street<br />

Forest, ON N0N 1J0<br />

519-786-4924<br />

THE <strong>Club</strong><br />

Open the door <strong>to</strong> your<br />

financial well-being.<br />

www.edwardjones.ca<br />

Well, the names have all changed, Since you hung around.<br />

Deer Tick Warning<br />

I hate it when people give you<br />

bogus warnings...<br />

but this one is real,<br />

and it’s important.<br />

So please inform everyone<br />

you know:<br />

If someone comes <strong>to</strong> your front<br />

door saying they are conducting<br />

a survey on deer ticks and asks<br />

you <strong>to</strong> take your clothes off and<br />

dance around with your arms up,<br />

DO NOT DO IT!!<br />

IT IS A SCAM;<br />

they only want <strong>to</strong> see you naked.<br />

I wish I’d gotten this yesterday.<br />

I feel so stupid now.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ... SPRING <strong>2021</strong><br />

Unique Gifts & Greeting Cards<br />

Home & Garden Decor<br />

Sun & Skin Care Products<br />

Purses, Scarves & Jewellery<br />

*Free Delivery in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores<br />

* Some restrictions apply<br />

View our flyer at<br />

pharmasave.com<br />

Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5<br />

Sun & Holidays 10-2<br />

19 King St. W, Forest • 519-786-5161<br />

• Safety Braces & Support<br />

• Mobility Aids<br />

• Wheelchairs, Walkers & Canes<br />

• Compression S<strong>to</strong>ckings<br />

• Herbal Products & Supplements<br />


Seniors Save *15% Every Wednesday<br />

Certified S<strong>to</strong>cking Fitter<br />

Digital<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>finishing Kiosk<br />

Wednesday-Saturday 10-2<br />

29 King St. W, Forest • 226-520-0054<br />

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign<br />

On a Mechanic's<br />

Wall...<br />

LABOUR $55/hr<br />

$65/hr if you watch<br />

$75/hr if you worked on it first<br />

Affection:<br />

Appreciation<br />

of Others:<br />

Family:<br />

Potty<br />

Time:<br />

• I know it hurts, but I will not kiss your butt.<br />

• Of course it stung you; wasps don't like <strong>to</strong> be petted.<br />

• Please s<strong>to</strong>p kissing the worms.<br />

• I know you love all of the rocks, but we can only take one<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the s<strong>to</strong>re <strong>to</strong>day.<br />

• Even if someone hugs it out of you, you should say,<br />

"Excuse me" after passing gas.<br />

• No honey, her face is not melting. Those are called wrinkles.<br />

• Yes, that is a nice drawing on her shoulder.<br />

• Sometimes your breath stinks, <strong>to</strong>o.<br />

• People can see even if they have blue eyes.<br />

• No, he doesn't have a baby in his tummy.<br />

• Don't hit your brother when he is sleeping.<br />

• Please get your feet off of your grandmother's head.<br />

• You can't marry Daddy; I got him first.<br />

• Take that funnel out of your sister's ear.<br />

• Put Grandpa's teeth back where you found them.<br />

• You can't pee in just anybody's yard.<br />

• Yes, it makes me very happy when you make poop.<br />

• Only boys stand up when they potty.<br />

• If you wipe your bot<strong>to</strong>m, it won't be itchy.<br />

An Old Fashioned Country S<strong>to</strong>re with a Modern Twist!<br />

• Collecbles & Giware • Kids secon<br />

• Fudge • Maple Buer Tarts & Baking<br />

• Williamson Farms Beef & Local Pork, Cider,<br />

Cheese & Maple Syrup • Gi Baskets<br />

Wednesday is<br />


Numerous Savings for 55 & over<br />

Shop Online www.williamsonfarmsmarket.com<br />

Curbside Pickup is always available • Ask us about delivery!<br />

14 King St. W., FOREST • 226-520-0144<br />

Tues <strong>to</strong> Fri 9am-5pm • Sat 10-4<br />

P A G E<br />

4<br />

“Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my Dad.” (unknown)

But those dreams have remained and they’ve turned around.<br />

<strong>The</strong> learning curve!<br />

By Mark Moran, Publisher<br />

Thanks <strong>to</strong> readers like yourself and a<br />

great collection of local businesses, our<br />

first issue, released earlier this year, was<br />

a huge success.<br />

Now we all start <strong>to</strong> ask ourselves,<br />

and you, where we should be going next<br />

as far as the style of this magazine. We<br />

don’t wish <strong>to</strong> dive in<strong>to</strong> politics or get<br />

tangled up in controversial issues, but<br />

I do wonder if <strong>Welcome</strong> To <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong><br />

can advocate for older people in Sarnia<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, inform you of changes that<br />

may affect your every day life, or just<br />

celebrate who we are and where we live.<br />

We were thrilled <strong>to</strong> see a number<br />

of readers take us up on our offer <strong>to</strong><br />

contribute <strong>to</strong> this new magazine with<br />

articles, recipes, constructive comments<br />

and many replies <strong>to</strong> a questionnaire that<br />

was published in the first issue. Your<br />

thoughts are always welcome. I’m a<br />

phone call away and I answer the phone<br />

when I’m in the office.<br />

We’re hoping <strong>to</strong> cross paths with<br />

people in our community who are<br />

acutely aware of issues facing the older<br />

generations, have their finger on the<br />

pulse of what is important <strong>to</strong> them and<br />

the desire <strong>to</strong> use this magazine <strong>to</strong> get<br />

that message across. Quite frankly, I’ve<br />

started a senior’s magazine but don’t<br />

know a whole lot about what it is <strong>to</strong> be<br />

a senior. I’m 55 and will get there, God<br />

willing, but your advice is needed and is<br />

welcome. We are in the mood <strong>to</strong> learn<br />

from your experience.<br />

Seniors is a strange term. It’s a little<br />

<strong>to</strong>o all-encompassing and has been the<br />

hardest part for us <strong>to</strong> wrap our heads<br />

around while publishing “<strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>,”<br />

which is officially for those 55 and up,<br />

all the way up. That’s a big age group<br />

<strong>to</strong> define with one word. As you well<br />

know, there are young old people, and<br />

some old young people <strong>to</strong>o. <strong>The</strong>y’re not<br />

all seniors and most sure don’t want <strong>to</strong><br />

be called that (Unless it comes with a<br />

discount, right?). Please keep us on our<br />

<strong>to</strong>es in this regard.<br />

Having published Daytripping<br />

Magazine for 26 years I am quite sure<br />

"We are safely open and ready <strong>to</strong> help your health”<br />

Book your Appointment t 519-339-8999 ext. 2<br />

or Shop Online at www.tywc.ca<br />

Plan your Foot Cleanse,<br />

Aqua Massage, HRV Scan,<br />

Biofeedback, X’Tract Cleanse,<br />

or Low Level Light <strong>The</strong>rapy<br />

We are Excited<br />

<strong>to</strong> Serve You!<br />

141 Mit<strong>to</strong>n St. South, Sarnia<br />

that “<strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>” will find a home in<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n communities and a way in<strong>to</strong><br />

your hearts. Like the “Daytripper” this<br />

magazine offers an honest, feel good<br />

read, a bit of fun, and is something<br />

you’ll hopefully keep hanging around<br />

your house for a few weeks or even a few<br />

months. Hopefully you’ll pass it on <strong>to</strong> a<br />

friend instead of throwing it away. Many<br />

of the articles are from the Daytripping<br />

archives and we make a donation <strong>to</strong><br />

charity for every one we reprint.<br />

Another thing that struck me while<br />

working on this is the bounty of<br />

incredibly talented pho<strong>to</strong>graphers that<br />

we have locally. <strong>The</strong>re are a few Facebook<br />

sites like “You Gotta Love Sarnia” and<br />

“Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County Pho<strong>to</strong>graphy” where<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>graphers are showcasing their<br />

latest works and showing a lot of love<br />

and support for each other. We’re looking<br />

forward <strong>to</strong> having some of their striking<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>s on the covers of the magazine<br />

but might also incorporate more inside<br />

the paper. It’s a shame <strong>to</strong> have only four<br />

covers in a given year and <strong>to</strong> only show<br />

four out of the thousands of terrific pics.<br />

Check out the Miles<strong>to</strong>nes and<br />

Memories on page 32. This is a way<br />

for you, for free, <strong>to</strong> send us a picture of<br />

someone over 55 who has celebrated<br />

a miles<strong>to</strong>ne birthday or anniversary<br />

(ones that end in a 5 or a 0), a recent<br />

retirement, a significant award or some<br />

other achievement. Don’t be shy! Our<br />

next issue will come out at the start of<br />

July so we’ll need <strong>to</strong> have pho<strong>to</strong>s in by<br />

June 10th please.<br />

Lastly, please consider supporting<br />

our local advertisers and take note of<br />

their presence in this magazine — it<br />

wouldn’t exist without their advertising<br />

dollars and their confidence in us. If you<br />

know of a business that offers something<br />

<strong>to</strong>, or does a great job for those 55+<br />

please mention “<strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>” <strong>to</strong> them, as<br />

they may want <strong>to</strong> advertise. If you own<br />

a business that fits that description, our<br />

number is on this page.<br />

Thanks and take care,<br />

Mark Moran<br />

All COVID Guidelines are in place<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

THE<br />

THE <strong>Club</strong><br />

CLUB<br />

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2 • SPRING <strong>2021</strong><br />

You’ll find<br />

current and<br />

nostalgic<br />

articles<br />

throughout<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>.<br />

Miles<strong>to</strong>nes & Memories 32<br />

Postcards from the Past 15<br />

Trivia 27<br />

Word Search 29<br />

Recipes 13<br />

Other Stuff 1-36<br />

“Pearl the Squirrel” by Ronny D’Haene<br />

Ronny D’Haene, e, Cathy Dobson, o Lee Michaels, John<br />

Gardiner, A. C. S<strong>to</strong>ne, Doris M. Johns<strong>to</strong>n, Lyn<br />

Tremblay, Barb Day, Corrina Austin, Alice Gibb,<br />

Agnes Burroughs, Wendy Nienhuis, Chris Treftlin,<br />

John Carroll, Jeanette Paddon, Marion Clouse,<br />

Helen Lammers-Helps, Janet Collier, Henriette<br />

Trautman, Barbara Bryant, Sipkens Nurseries, and<br />

all the Recipe and Miles<strong>to</strong>nes &<br />

Memories submissions.<br />

Mark Moran - Publisher, Ad Sales & Design<br />

Carla MacGregor r - Advertising in<br />

Sales<br />

Carrie Ann Timm - Office fice<br />

Manager ager<br />

& Design<br />

From the publishers<br />

of Daytripping Magazine<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong> Features<br />

<strong>The</strong> questionnaire winners from our first issue are:<br />

Shelley Waller & Carol Guerette get $50. Thank <strong>to</strong> all who replied.<br />

On the COVER of the CLUB<br />



P.O. Box 430 • Brights Grove, ON • N0N 1C0<br />

519-491-1676 • info@welcome<strong>to</strong>theclub.ca<br />

www.welcome<strong>to</strong>theclub.ca<br />

A Magazineg<br />

for 55+<br />

like no other!<br />

SPRING <strong>2021</strong> “Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers.” (Harriet Beecher S<strong>to</strong>we)<br />

P A G E 5

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ...<br />

THE <strong>Club</strong><br />

Who’d have thought they’d lead you, Back here where we need you?<br />

Gardeners Try Harder<br />

Retail S<strong>to</strong>re on the Farm<br />

Produce Fresh From Our Fields<br />

4622 London Line, Reeces Corners • 519-845-3482<br />

www.zekveldgardenmarket.ca<br />

(C through D)<br />

Canada: 51 weeks of winter, one week hockeyless summer.<br />

Cauterize: Made eye contact with a woman.<br />

Charm: Getting a "yes", without having asked any clear question.<br />

Cheap: Much less expensive than ones selling for up <strong>to</strong> twice as much.<br />

Chirpes: A canarial disease, no tweetment.<br />

Choconiverous: Biting off the head of the chocolate Easter bunny first.<br />

Cinemuck: Popcorn and candy that covers the floors of movie theatres.<br />

Conservative: A liberal who has just been mugged.<br />

Constipation: Teeth marks on the <strong>to</strong>ilet seat. Diplomacy:<br />

Counterfeiter: Kitchen cabinet installer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> art of<br />

Deliberation: Examining one's bread <strong>to</strong> determine letting someone<br />

which side it is buttered on.<br />

else have<br />

Drug: A substance that, when injected in<strong>to</strong> a rat, your way.<br />

produces a scientific paper.<br />

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care <strong>to</strong> order dessert.<br />


• Strawberries • Apples<br />

• Pears • Pumpkins<br />

(in season)<br />

Open<br />

Monday-Saturday<br />

(hours vary)<br />

Closed on Sundays<br />

Children <strong>Welcome</strong><br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> ... By Agnes Burroughs, Dorchester From Daytripping May-June 2014<br />

It never fails. A plant or shrub, lovely<br />

<strong>to</strong> look at, fully in bloom and just perfect<br />

for the right spot, is going home with a<br />

gardener who really does not have room<br />

for any more plants in this particular<br />

area. <strong>The</strong>re is no room. Something must<br />

go before this shrub can fit in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

right spot and go on <strong>to</strong> lead a long life<br />

of beauty and renewal. <strong>The</strong> very worst<br />

question a cus<strong>to</strong>mer can ask is, “Can’t I<br />

just trim it <strong>to</strong> keep it small?”<br />

Well of course you can trim it, but the<br />

plant will never reach it’s full potential<br />

of beautiful and arching branches when<br />

trimmed down each and every spring<br />

or fall. When pruned of course, the plant<br />

actually becomes adapt at sending out even<br />

more branches from the pruned areas, and<br />

becomes more dense and compact with<br />

even more branches <strong>to</strong> prune.<br />

If you love the plant as much as we<br />

do, dig a new flower bed so the plant will<br />

have lots of room <strong>to</strong> grow and flourish<br />

as nature intended. You will be even<br />

prouder when you see the plants overall<br />

elegance and it will be a real credit <strong>to</strong><br />

your garden. Since you have now made<br />

another flowerbed, why not add just a<br />

couple more plants <strong>to</strong> keep the first one<br />

company? Be sure <strong>to</strong> choose plants that<br />

are compatible as far as sunlight needs,<br />

or shade, or water. If it needs a lot of<br />

water, don’t put it in the bed farthest<br />

away from the tap, or you will be hauling<br />

water three times a week<br />

in the heat of summer. If<br />

it needs a lot of<br />

sunshine don’t<br />

plant it on the<br />

north side of the<br />

house—that’s the place<br />

for hostas, astilbes and<br />

most hydrangeas, who love<br />

the dark side.<br />

<strong>The</strong> little tags that come<br />

with plants are invaluable. If<br />

the tag is bright<br />

yellow, with<br />

is planted in<br />

a big bright<br />

the conditions<br />

sunshine<br />

available.<br />

SPRING <strong>2021</strong><br />

symbol that means the plant does best<br />

in full sun. If the tag is orange with half<br />

the sun blocked out, that means partial<br />

shade and some sun. If the tag is purple<br />

with the sun symbol filled in dark, this<br />

means the plant does best in full shade,<br />

and would suffer in the sun. Some<br />

brilliant scholar once said, “Grow where<br />

you are planted.” I’m sure he meant<br />

people, because a plant in the wrong<br />

spot—no matter how much you love it<br />

there—does not necessarily want <strong>to</strong> be<br />

there, and will do poorly.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tags will also give you the overall<br />

size that the plant could potentially<br />

achieve in it’s lifetime. If it says 10 feet<br />

high by 10 feet wide—that’s not the first<br />

year or the second—in ten years you<br />

could have this huge and lovely plant <strong>to</strong><br />

enjoy. Sit back and enjoy the show that<br />

Mother Nature has planned for you and<br />

this plant. If you have planted the shrub<br />

in the spot indicated on the tag and<br />

given it reasonable care, water, fertilizer<br />

etc. and it still doesn’t look happy just<br />

give it a little time <strong>to</strong> adjust <strong>to</strong> it’s new<br />

surroundings. Don’t go yanking it out<br />

and moving it again. If after the third<br />

year it still is not living up <strong>to</strong> it’s potential<br />

then perhaps it was a dud and you should<br />

look for a new plant.<br />

Nothing kills a plants potential like<br />

amending the little hole you have dug<br />

with wonderful fertilizer, water etc. It’s<br />

like feeding a teenager on the couch—<br />

they will never leave home if you continue<br />

<strong>to</strong> do so. <strong>The</strong> hole for a shrub should<br />

be 3 times as wide, and only<br />

the same depth as<br />

the original pot, so<br />

that the roots can go<br />

outwards and keep<br />

it strong and upright. Use<br />

the original soil with some<br />

amendments, but the<br />

tree must learn <strong>to</strong><br />

grow where it<br />

Green County Ebikes<br />

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Mobility Scooters<br />

New • Used<br />

Parts • Sales • Service<br />

Ebike &<br />

Mobility Scooter<br />

Batteries<br />

638 Broadway Street, Wyoming • 519.333.8313 • www.greencountyebikes.com<br />

TUES. TO SAT.<br />

9AM - 5PM<br />

P A G E<br />

6<br />

Fathers should remember that his son will follow his example, not his advice. (unknown)

Yeah, we tease him a lot ‘Cause we got him on the spot. <strong>Welcome</strong> back!<br />

Goodbye 2020:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Year of the Breakdown<br />

Coping with a pandemic for the past<br />

year has been a lesson in patience by<br />

itself, but because of breakdowns, it’s<br />

really been put <strong>to</strong> the test in the Michaels<br />

household. <strong>The</strong>y haven’t been of the<br />

mental variety, although the resulting<br />

expenditures may drive me in<strong>to</strong> the the<br />

looney bin.<br />

We had <strong>to</strong> purchase a new vacuum<br />

cleaner, choosing <strong>to</strong> do so from a small<br />

locally run business on Mit<strong>to</strong>n Street in<br />

Sarnia. <strong>The</strong> reason? I could get down on<br />

my hands and knees and probably suck<br />

up more with my mouth than the old, oft<br />

repaired one could. Decided <strong>to</strong> go with a<br />

<strong>to</strong>p rated Miele. How can one go wrong<br />

when the only thing a company makes is<br />

vacuum cleaners? Paid more for it than I<br />

did my first car. (A 1976 Vauxhall that I<br />

had <strong>to</strong> crawl in<strong>to</strong> through the passenger<br />

side because the driver’s door wouldn’t<br />

open. <strong>The</strong> rubber mat hid the pavement,<br />

you could see through the holes in the<br />

floor and my then boyfriend had <strong>to</strong><br />

attach a wooden block <strong>to</strong> the brake<br />

and the gas pedal because the seat was<br />

welded in one position and I couldn’t<br />

reach the pedals).<br />

Next up: a new blender because the old<br />

one started <strong>to</strong> smell like the mo<strong>to</strong>r was<br />

burning every time we used it. Bought<br />

a new Kuradori from a nearby small,<br />

locally owned hardware s<strong>to</strong>re. Who knew<br />

blenders now cost close <strong>to</strong> $100? It’s so<br />

big you could bathe a newborn in it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n we decided <strong>to</strong> finally cave in<br />

and buy a new s<strong>to</strong>ve because the broiler<br />

element on the 15-year-old Kenmore no<br />

longer worked and a new part, if I could<br />

find it, would cost over $100 plus labour.<br />

Didn’t feel comfortable having a repair<br />

guy in. Used <strong>to</strong> be the low rider, buttcrack<br />

revealing jeans were the deterrent.<br />

Now it’s the human air exchange I worry<br />

about. Ordered a new s<strong>to</strong>ve from another<br />

great small<br />

locally-owned<br />

and operated<br />

appliance shop<br />

on Cathcart Blvd.<br />

Had <strong>to</strong> wait eight<br />

weeks because<br />

simple ranges (not<br />

the type you have<br />

<strong>to</strong> have a PhD<br />

in S<strong>to</strong>ve-ology <strong>to</strong> operate) were in very<br />

short supply, as are all major appliances<br />

over the past 12 months. (Friends<br />

ordered one of those new-fangled fridges<br />

that lets you see what’s inside from the<br />

outside. <strong>The</strong>y waited FOUR MONTHS <strong>to</strong><br />

get it. Never did figure out why people<br />

pay so much <strong>to</strong> see what’s inside their<br />

fridge when all you have <strong>to</strong> do is open<br />

the door.) But I digress. <strong>The</strong>re’s no<br />

glass <strong>to</strong>p <strong>to</strong> break on our new s<strong>to</strong>ve, no<br />

fancy schmancy push-but<strong>to</strong>n computer<br />

keyboard, but it still burned up $1,000<br />

from the banking account. Now my<br />

baking, previously burnt on the bot<strong>to</strong>m,<br />

raw in the middle because of uneven<br />

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cooking temperatures, no longer goes up<br />

in smoke.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n the seven-year-old Amana<br />

washing machine spun its last cycle.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was something wrong with the<br />

“lid lock” but<strong>to</strong>n. It would flash during<br />

the rinse cycle, indicating the lid was<br />

not locked, when in reality, it was. End<br />

result: the mo<strong>to</strong>r runs, but the agita<strong>to</strong>r<br />

does not. Why does a washing machine<br />

always fail when you have a heavy load<br />

of <strong>to</strong>wels or flannelette sheets inside and<br />

you have <strong>to</strong> wring the soaking wet, ice<br />

cold mass out by hand? Hung them out<br />

on the clothesline in the dead of winter.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were so heavy they were <strong>to</strong>uching<br />

the ground. <strong>The</strong>y froze in<strong>to</strong> a solid mass<br />

and I had <strong>to</strong> drape them over every chair<br />

and table in the house <strong>to</strong> dry them off. All<br />

I needed was the cobwebs and my house<br />

would have matched the Munsters. I wish<br />

I would have kept the previous 32-yearold<br />

Kenmore. <strong>The</strong> only reason we had<br />

<strong>to</strong> get rid of the old warhorse is because<br />

the hose <strong>to</strong> the washtub was more duct<br />

tape than rubber following leaks and<br />

splits and they didn’t make that type of<br />

hose any more. Now they build washing<br />

machines <strong>to</strong> last seven years, or <strong>to</strong> two<br />

days beyond your warranty expiration<br />

date, whichever comes first. Another<br />

grand down the wash pipes. <strong>The</strong> washing<br />

machine eventually arrived on the same<br />

day as the s<strong>to</strong>ve. Asked if I could get a<br />

2-for-1 delivery rate (free). I’ll let you<br />

guess the answer <strong>to</strong> that one.<br />

Oh yeah, and then I decided <strong>to</strong> buy a<br />

battery operated hedge clipper. <strong>The</strong> old<br />

electric one weighed 18 pounds and is<br />

getting <strong>to</strong>o heavy for this old broad <strong>to</strong><br />

trim 150 feet of shoulder-high hedge.<br />

<strong>The</strong> new one, a Dewalt guaranteed <strong>to</strong> cut<br />

through branches 5/8ths of an inch thick,<br />

didn’t live up <strong>to</strong> the hype. I could more<br />

easily trim the hedge with nail clippers<br />

because the $185<br />

non-working<br />

breed didn’t cut<br />

squat and had<br />

about a ten minute<br />

battery life. <strong>The</strong><br />

good news? Home<br />

Depot staff didn’t<br />

bat an eyelash<br />

when I returned<br />

it and gave me a refund without issue.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bad news? I have <strong>to</strong> start the entire<br />

process again this year, because the old<br />

one, which ran like a charm, fell over<br />

on<strong>to</strong> the cement, cracked its handle and<br />

discombobulated the spring mechanism<br />

which works in tandem with the hand<br />

press. Dead in the water.<br />

<strong>The</strong> saving grace was that no longer<br />

wintering in Cuba resulted in a breakdown<br />

replacement fund <strong>to</strong> pay for<br />

everything. Hopefully the fridge and<br />

dryer will last until the money tree I<br />

planted in the backyard starts <strong>to</strong> bloom.<br />

If 2020 was a cocktail, methinks it<br />

would be a colonoscopy prep.<br />

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in this neighbourhood have given<br />

sanctuary <strong>to</strong> those homeless souls in<br />

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diminished, in fact, almost gone entirely<br />

in recent years.<br />

So, when on a freezing Oc<strong>to</strong>ber<br />

day, a beautiful, tiny, black kitten<br />

with four white paws and a white<br />

throat, mysteriously turned up in our<br />

neighbour’s driveway, needless <strong>to</strong> say, it<br />

was love at first sight.<br />

Posters were put up, but no one<br />

claimed the tiny fellow.<br />

He was given the name Elvis by the<br />

family that found him and became an<br />

instant favourite in the neighbourhood.<br />

His distinctive looks and his adventurous<br />

nature kept us all entertained. He was<br />

often found in pho<strong>to</strong>s not directed<br />

at him. He loved <strong>to</strong> follow us around,<br />

curious about all his surroundings and<br />

poking his nose in<strong>to</strong> everything.<br />

He claimed his own rocking chair<br />

on our front porch and would sit there<br />

often with one of us watching his<br />

surroundings or just snoozing. He loved<br />

<strong>to</strong> lay on the warm rocks surrounding<br />

the pond, dipping his paw and watching<br />

the fish, and his own handsome<br />

reflection. Having fallen in a time or two<br />

didn’t deter him.<br />

Bird watching, another of his<br />

favourite pastimes was done<br />

with much fascination. I’m<br />

pretty sure he never caught<br />

or even attempted <strong>to</strong> catch<br />

either fish or fowl.<br />

He remained an<br />

outdoor cat, often found<br />

sleeping under a bush<br />

in the garden on a warm,<br />

sunny, summer day, but he<br />

always returned home <strong>to</strong> his<br />

family for his supper.<br />

When one evening he didn’t<br />

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everyone who knew him became<br />

worried and sad, including his many<br />

animal friends at home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> word and pho<strong>to</strong>s went out on<br />

social media that Elvis was missing.<br />

Many friends offered suggestions and<br />

gratefully, shared the post.<br />

Seven days passed since anyone had<br />

seen Elvis and we had begun <strong>to</strong> accept<br />

the fact that we might never see him<br />

again.<br />

Strangely, a call from the Sarnia<br />

Humane Society informed Elvis’s family<br />

that he could be there. Two of their<br />

employees had seen the pho<strong>to</strong> on social<br />

media and thought a cat that was in<br />

their care and scheduled <strong>to</strong> be put up<br />

for adoption in three days time could be<br />

Elvis.<br />

Excited, and hoping it was Elvis but<br />

wondering how he could have possibly<br />

gotten all the way <strong>to</strong> Sarnia, his family<br />

went immediately <strong>to</strong> check out the<br />

kitten.<br />

Sure enough, it was our dear Elvis.<br />

He was found in Sarnia in the Sherwood<br />

Village area and taken <strong>to</strong> the Humane<br />

Society.<br />

How Elvis got <strong>to</strong> Sarnia will likely<br />

forever remain a mystery. Some feel<br />

he may have been taken by someone<br />

wanting <strong>to</strong> keep him and with all<br />

the social media posts they became<br />

frightened and <strong>to</strong>ok him <strong>to</strong> Sarnia and<br />

dropped him off.<br />

I like <strong>to</strong> think that a very social cat<br />

climbed in<strong>to</strong> a warm car, unnoticed<br />

by its driver and when the<br />

car reached its destination he<br />

climbed out still unbeknownst<br />

<strong>to</strong> its driver.<br />

So ends the tale of our twice<br />

deserted Elvis, microchipped<br />

and home safely, reunited<br />

with his family. His<br />

adventurous spirit is<br />

finding being an indoor<br />

cat a little tedious but<br />

perhaps love and security<br />

will eventually prove <strong>to</strong><br />

be worth his confinement.<br />

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Most of the articles in here have been written by people like you.<br />

With Every Good-Bye<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a New Hello<br />

You can collect a lot of memories<br />

in forty-five years and we had over<br />

collected. Every thing was going <strong>to</strong> be<br />

used “someday” but that day hadn’t<br />

come and now I (no longer we) had <strong>to</strong><br />

be ruthless. It was time <strong>to</strong> give up the<br />

past and its treasures and get on with<br />

the present.<br />

Like all new widows I tried <strong>to</strong> fill up<br />

the lonely hours. I did some decorating,<br />

but it wasn’t very satisfying when there<br />

was no one <strong>to</strong> share it with. I joined a<br />

senior’s group and participated in their<br />

many activities, but found that if I left a<br />

spare hour, I was just rattling around in<br />

what seemed <strong>to</strong> be heart-empty rooms.<br />

I loved this place we used <strong>to</strong> call our<br />

“happy house,” but now it didn’t feel<br />

like home. It was time <strong>to</strong> move on.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day the FOR SALE sign went up, I<br />

armed myself with a green garbage bag,<br />

a duster, and some car<strong>to</strong>ns and went <strong>to</strong><br />

the basement <strong>to</strong> see what I should pack<br />

and what I should throw away.<br />

Suddenly I thought back <strong>to</strong> the day<br />

we had moved in. I could still see the<br />

huge piles of earth filling the back yard.<br />

Our house had been moved from across<br />

<strong>to</strong>wn and set on a new foundation.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re had even been a picture of it in<br />

the local paper, with the men on the<br />

roof, ready <strong>to</strong> lift any over hanging<br />

wires that might be in the way.<br />

That night we s<strong>to</strong>od<br />

at the back door<br />

watching the moon<br />

rise over the trees<br />

and bushes at the<br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m of the yard.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y looked<br />

mysterious<br />

and the earth<br />

hills resembled<br />

pyramids. I<br />

envisioned what<br />

we could do with<br />

such a jungle and<br />

had gone <strong>to</strong> bed<br />

tired and content.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first winter<br />

came and snow covered the hills. Our<br />

children—six, three and two years old—<br />

had enjoyed <strong>to</strong>bogganing on their very<br />

own mountain.<br />

In the spring we had the earth<br />

removed, then we cleared the bushes,<br />

levelled the ground and planted grass<br />

seed. Our neighbours on either side<br />

(dear kindly souls) rejoiced with us that<br />

the mountain, which had become a<br />

weed-infested eyesore, had gone. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

had never complained, and instead<br />

had brought gifts of roses and other<br />

perennials for my new garden.<br />

<strong>The</strong> children thrived. Our garden was<br />

big enough <strong>to</strong> accommodate twenty<br />

or more of them and from the noise<br />

generated there, probably did, quite<br />

often.<br />

Two more children joined the family.<br />

by Doris M. Johns<strong>to</strong>n, London<br />

From Daytrippig Magazine May-June 2001<br />

<strong>The</strong> walls must have stretched <strong>to</strong> fit<br />

them in, for no one ever grumbled that<br />

the house was <strong>to</strong>o small.<br />

As the girls grew, they frequently<br />

had a friend or two sleep over. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was no spare room so they all crowded<br />

in<strong>to</strong> the double bed and talked and<br />

laughed the night away until finally the<br />

bed collapsed. We replaced it with our<br />

first and last king-sized bed. <strong>The</strong> boys,<br />

less conventional and more noisy, used<br />

sleeping bags when they entertained<br />

their friends overnight.<br />

I s<strong>to</strong>pped reminiscing and picked up<br />

an old coffee pot. How could I throw<br />

away the past? We’d used that pot in<br />

our first home. Now it was dented and<br />

brown with age. Why had I saved it? Or<br />

the car bed that our oldest child had<br />

slept in so comfortably on our short<br />

trips; it would never be used again, not<br />

safe by <strong>to</strong>day’s standards.<br />

My treasures wouldn’t be treasures<br />

<strong>to</strong> anyone else but me. Even my own<br />

children didn’t want their piles of faded<br />

drawings from kindergarten and up.<br />

“Just junk, <strong>to</strong>ss them,” was their advice<br />

<strong>to</strong> me. <strong>The</strong>n I came <strong>to</strong> the saucers, at<br />

least two dozen. <strong>The</strong> first one I picked<br />

up belonged <strong>to</strong> a four cup tea service.<br />

<strong>The</strong> boys had broken all four cups the<br />

day they played basketball in the<br />

kitchen. <strong>The</strong>y had saved<br />

their allowances for weeks<br />

<strong>to</strong> replace them. I<br />

dropped them one by<br />

one in<strong>to</strong> the bag. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

broke, reminding me<br />

of what my son said<br />

the day he broke<br />

the neighbour’s<br />

window. “Oh<br />

mum, it made<br />

such a good<br />

smashing sound.<br />

But I was sorry.”<br />

Now I was sorry.<br />

How could I<br />

leave these memories<br />

behind? Our first patio, surrounded<br />

by flowers; my husband loved it. <strong>The</strong><br />

wood s<strong>to</strong>ve in the family room, so<br />

cosy <strong>to</strong> sit by while we ate popcorn<br />

and played scrabble. <strong>The</strong> skylight—will<br />

I ever find another house with such a<br />

beautiful view of the clouds?<br />

My recollections of those years in the<br />

“happy house” won’t fade away and I<br />

don’t want them <strong>to</strong>. But now I am in a<br />

new house and I know it’s going <strong>to</strong> be<br />

just as happy. Different, yes, but happy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> flowers are blooming in profusion<br />

and the perfume of the roses is just as<br />

sweet. <strong>The</strong> cats have made themselves<br />

at home on their leashes under the big<br />

maple, just as if they had always lived<br />

here. <strong>The</strong>y feel at home and so do I.<br />

Here I’ll enjoy the present, dream of<br />

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A father carries pictures where his money used <strong>to</strong> be. (unknown)<br />

<strong>The</strong> following is an excerpt from the soon-<strong>to</strong>-be-released memoir, My Ordinary Life, by<br />

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Money was always a problem for<br />

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parents were working stiffs and most of<br />

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kids could figure out how <strong>to</strong> scrape up on<br />

their own. I was immensely lucky when<br />

I was a kid because my Dad managed<br />

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boy. I earned 2 ½ cents for every paper<br />

I delivered, and the Star wasn’t the most<br />

popular paper in <strong>to</strong>wn, so I had a modest<br />

route of about 25 dailies. Saturdays were<br />

a whole lot busier because the Star had a<br />

great magazine called the Star Weekly<br />

and lots of people liked it because<br />

of the TV Guide and comics<br />

and the extended sports<br />

coverage. So I had over 50<br />

Saturday Onlys and it was a<br />

busy time.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, the newspaper had<br />

a big contest <strong>to</strong> increase<br />

circulation. <strong>The</strong>y <strong>to</strong>ok all<br />

of the newspaper boys and<br />

partnered us up with an<br />

older high school kid. And<br />

the high school kid <strong>to</strong>ok us<br />

around and tried <strong>to</strong> sell<br />

subscriptions. And the<br />

team of high school kid and<br />

newspaper boy that got the<br />

most new subscriptions,<br />

won fabulous prizes, like<br />

the newspaper boy could<br />

win an English racing bike<br />

and I think the high school kid<br />

got some money for college or<br />

whatever. Anyway, my particular<br />

high school kid was what you would call<br />

a real go-getter. He was supposed <strong>to</strong> stick<br />

<strong>to</strong> the area where my route was already<br />

located, but instead he saw the whole<br />

<strong>to</strong>wn as his oyster…and he set out <strong>to</strong> win<br />

the contest.<br />

And I must say that he did. When the<br />

contest ended, I had over 60 dailies and<br />

about 155 Saturday papers. It was like –<br />

Wow – what could I say. I won an English<br />

racing bike and the high school kid won<br />

the money. And then they forgot about<br />

me. And I had <strong>to</strong> deliver and collect for<br />

155 Saturday papers every weekend. In<br />

the good weather, I used my bike and<br />

newspaper carrier and with about four<br />

trips out from home could do it by maybe<br />

eight at night. In the winter, when I was<br />

hauling the <strong>to</strong>boggan, it would take me<br />

until ten or eleven at night <strong>to</strong> get the job<br />

done….Holy crap, did I work like a dog<br />

for a while. I darned near killed myself for<br />

2 ½ cents a paper. But, man, was I rich.<br />

And I must admit that the newspaper<br />

boy s<strong>to</strong>ry leads directly <strong>to</strong> the donut s<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

and another valuable lesson I learned<br />

in life as a boy. Even at 2 ½ cents per<br />

paper, the money started <strong>to</strong> pile up.<br />

Before I knew it, my Dad was telling<br />

me that I’d built up about $300 in the<br />

Guarantee Trust. And I was well on my<br />

way <strong>to</strong> gathering up my first million and I<br />

was barely ten-years-old….One winter’s<br />

night, though, it was particularly s<strong>to</strong>rmy<br />

and snowy and I was out collecting for<br />

the paper and I’d missed my supper and<br />

I ended up walking past Schultz’s Bakery<br />

at about the time I was feeling particularly<br />

hungry and tired and worn out. And the<br />

big front windows of the bakery were all<br />

steamed up and a woman came out the<br />

front door as I passed, and it was like out<br />

came this amazing aroma with her and it<br />

s<strong>to</strong>pped me in my tracks.<br />

Now, technically, I had no actual<br />

money even though the change purse I<br />

was carrying was full of the stuff. That’s<br />

because the money in the change purse<br />

sort of belonged <strong>to</strong> the Toron<strong>to</strong> Star<br />

and only a small cut of it<br />

was mine. My money was<br />

in the Guarantee Trust.<br />

All the same, I was drawn<br />

in through the front door<br />

of Schultz’s and was soon<br />

standing in front of a huge<br />

rack of honey dipped donuts<br />

and a vast array of other<br />

baked delicacies. A lady in<br />

a white apron approached<br />

on the other side of the counter<br />

and asked me what I’d like. I was<br />

nervous and blurted out the first<br />

thing that came <strong>to</strong> mind…..”Honey<br />

dipped donuts”……when she asked how<br />

many I wanted, I immediately replied “A<br />

dozen,” because that’s how many donuts<br />

people always got. And soon, I was back<br />

outside in the cold and s<strong>to</strong>rmy winter,<br />

but I was holding a whole box of donuts<br />

that were all mine…..Not like back at<br />

home where these donuts would be<br />

spread around among six people – these<br />

were mine.<br />

So, as I walked the rest of my route,<br />

I gorged myself on the donuts. I ate the<br />

whole dozen and <strong>to</strong>tally and completely<br />

enjoyed myself while doing it. <strong>The</strong>y were<br />

likely the best donuts I’ve eaten <strong>to</strong> this<br />

day – and I’ve eaten a lot of donuts over<br />

the years. And when I finished, I got rid<br />

of the evidence – the empty box – and<br />

made my way home. And I had learned<br />

my lesson. Saving was fun but spending<br />

was even more fun. And once I got in<strong>to</strong><br />

the spirit of it, there was no s<strong>to</strong>pping me.<br />

I started buying things at a feverish pace<br />

and soon I was pretty well broke. And I’ve<br />

stayed broke pretty well right <strong>to</strong> this day<br />

but have somehow been able <strong>to</strong> avoid<br />

living in the street or under a bridge….<br />

and that’s mostly because people have<br />

been kind <strong>to</strong> me and because of my<br />

loveable and charming personality.

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Jogging<br />

<strong>The</strong> article in the<br />

magazine I<br />

picked up in the<br />

doc<strong>to</strong>r’s office<br />

claimed that age<br />

should not be a<br />

barrier <strong>to</strong> a regular exercise program.<br />

<strong>The</strong> author cited examples of people in<br />

their forties, fifties and even sixties who<br />

dramatically improved their physical<br />

condition by adopting a regular routine<br />

of weight lifting, calisthenics or jogging.<br />

<strong>The</strong> article was so convincing that when<br />

the doc<strong>to</strong>r finally called me in I asked<br />

if he thought my old body could still<br />

handle the rigors of physical exertion.<br />

After thirty years of doing little more<br />

than exercising my options, I wondered<br />

if it could handle a little jogging.<br />

He liked the idea. “Exercise will<br />

do you a world of good,” he said. “Of<br />

course you’ll have <strong>to</strong> take it easy at first,<br />

but there is absolutely no reason why<br />

you shouldn’t exercise, and every reason<br />

why you should.”<br />

I went back <strong>to</strong> the waiting room, reread<br />

the article, and decided <strong>to</strong> give it a<br />

shot. At the very least, if I timed it right,<br />

it would get me out of helping with the<br />

dishes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first night was a disaster. About<br />

half a mile from home my leg muscles<br />

decided they’d had enough, wound<br />

themselves in<strong>to</strong> tight, little balls and<br />

quit functioning. I had <strong>to</strong> pay a kid with<br />

a wagon <strong>to</strong> haul me home. It would<br />

have been less humiliating <strong>to</strong> call an<br />

ambulance.<br />

In three days the muscles had relaxed<br />

By A.C. S<strong>to</strong>ne, Windsor<br />

From Daytripping Magazine March-April 2002<br />

a little and with effort, I could walk<br />

almost normally. I decided <strong>to</strong> try again.<br />

This time I waited for dark. I’ll admit I<br />

walked further than I ran, but at least I<br />

completed the eight block course I’d laid<br />

out for myself. <strong>The</strong> only problem was<br />

fighting off the dogs which objected <strong>to</strong><br />

me invading their terri<strong>to</strong>ry.<br />

Within a week I had become a real<br />

pro. When a car slowed down <strong>to</strong> marvel<br />

at my progress I just ignored it. I found I<br />

could take a healthy kick at any dog that<br />

got close enough without even missing a<br />

stride. And I discovered an advantage <strong>to</strong><br />

jogging at night.<br />

Once a week most people put out<br />

their garbage. Now I don’t believe in<br />

collecting somebody else’s junk, but<br />

you’d be surprised at how much really<br />

good stuff people throw away. Getting<br />

around there at night not only gave me<br />

first crack at it, but in the dark, who’s <strong>to</strong><br />

know? That’s how I got the radio.<br />

I’d finished the first lap of the trip and<br />

was heading back home again when<br />

I spotted it; an old table model radio<br />

about eighteen inches long and a foot<br />

high. All it needed, I <strong>to</strong>ld myself, was a<br />

battery and it was just the thing for my<br />

work bench in the garage. I’d never have<br />

<strong>to</strong> miss another ball game. Since I was<br />

on my way home anyway, it wasn’t all<br />

that far <strong>to</strong> carry it so I put it under my<br />

arm and kept on jogging.<br />

When the car passed me I was<br />

running under a street light so I wasn’t<br />

really surprised when it slowed down. In<br />

fact, I didn’t even look up until it s<strong>to</strong>pped<br />

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biggest cops I’ve ever seen uncoiled from<br />

the front seat and blocked my route.<br />

“Now, just what is it we have here?”<br />

“Hi officers. Just getting a little<br />

exercise.”<br />

“I can see that, but if you want music<br />

while you run you should buy yourself a<br />

Walkman.”<br />

”Oh, the radio? Just a piece of junk<br />

that I picked up off the street back there.<br />

Somebody had thrown it out.”<br />

“I’ll bet you have a lot of luck that<br />

way. You often find things before they<br />

get lost?”<br />

“Aw, come on fellows. All I’m doing is<br />

a little jogging.”<br />

“Oh, you’re a jogger, are you? Does he<br />

look like a jogger <strong>to</strong> you, Bill?”<br />

“Hey, I don’t know...but if he’s a<br />

jogger shouldn’t he be wearing one of<br />

those suits of baggy underwear and have<br />

running shoes with stripes on them?”<br />

“That’s what all the joggers I’ve ever<br />

seen looked like.”<br />

“Maybe you’d like <strong>to</strong> jog down <strong>to</strong><br />

the station and explain <strong>to</strong> the sergeant<br />

why you’re running around a nice<br />

neighbourhood, in the middle of the<br />

night, carrying a radio under your arm.<br />

I’m sure he’d be interested.”<br />

And so I got a free ride <strong>to</strong> Police<br />

Headquarters. Naturally, when my wife<br />

arrived <strong>to</strong> explain that I always jogged<br />

in regular street clothes and the radio<br />

refused <strong>to</strong> pick up even the local stations,<br />

I was released with an apology.<br />

“With all the break-ins in your area<br />

lately, we can’t be <strong>to</strong>o careful, you know.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> next day I switched <strong>to</strong> calisthenics.<br />

At least if I exercise in the house all I have<br />

<strong>to</strong> put up with is my wife’s comments...<br />

and now I can drown them out by<br />

turning up my radio.<br />

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<strong>The</strong><br />

An elderly couple was<br />

attending church services.<br />

About halfway through she<br />

leans over and says<br />

<strong>to</strong> her husband,<br />

“I just let out a silent fart,<br />

what do you think<br />

I should do?”<br />

He replies,<br />

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As we wave goodbye <strong>to</strong> our younger years we must also<br />

wave goodbye <strong>to</strong> some of the fads we loved.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following combinations DO NO T go <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

and should be avoided...<br />

1) A nose ring and bifocals<br />

2) Spiked hair and bald spots<br />

3) A pierced <strong>to</strong>ngue and dentures<br />

4) Mini skirts and support hose<br />

5) Ankle bracelets and corn pads<br />

6) Speedo’s and cellulite<br />

7) A belly but<strong>to</strong>n ring<br />

and a gallbladder surgery scar<br />

8) Unbut<strong>to</strong>ned disco shirts<br />

and a heart moni<strong>to</strong>r<br />

9) Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge<br />

10) Bikinis and liver spots<br />

11) Short shorts and varicose veins<br />

12) In-line skates and a walker<br />

13) Thongs and Depends<br />

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A Father’s Love<br />

By<br />

This is a true s<strong>to</strong>ry from my doll repair<br />

experience.<br />

A few years ago, an elderly lady<br />

called me <strong>to</strong> tell me she had a doll that<br />

needed repair, and wondered if I<br />

could pick it up for her as she had<br />

no transportation. <strong>The</strong> following<br />

day, I went up <strong>to</strong> her apartment<br />

<strong>to</strong> pick the doll up. <strong>The</strong> lady was<br />

very welcoming and, after a few<br />

words, she went and got a<br />

package from the bedroom<br />

that was carefully wrapped<br />

and she placed it on a little<br />

table in the living room.<br />

As she unwrapped the precious<br />

bundle, she <strong>to</strong>ld me it was her<br />

daughter’s doll and she wanted it<br />

restrung as the old elastic had let<br />

go a long time ago. It was going <strong>to</strong> be<br />

a surprise for her daughter <strong>to</strong> have it<br />

res<strong>to</strong>red.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n as I prepared <strong>to</strong> rewrap it for<br />

transit she asked me <strong>to</strong> please take<br />

good care of it as it’s a very special doll.<br />

As I looked up at her I could see her<br />

Henriette Trautman,<br />

Ruthven<br />

from Daytripping May 2012<br />

memories coming back as she <strong>to</strong>ld me<br />

that her husband had served in World<br />

War Two, and they were expecting<br />

their first child as he was shipped out.<br />

When he got the news that he was<br />

the daddy of a sweet little girl, he<br />

went in<strong>to</strong> a little <strong>to</strong>wn in France<br />

and bought a doll for his new little<br />

daughter. He proudly showed it <strong>to</strong><br />

all his buddies and carried it in his<br />

knap-sack.<br />

Sadly, he was killed in a<br />

battle in which he was badly<br />

disfigured and had lost his<br />

dog-tags.<br />

When he was carried back <strong>to</strong><br />

camp, identification seemed almost<br />

impossible until they looked in the<br />

knap-sack which was still strapped<br />

<strong>to</strong> his back. <strong>The</strong>y found the doll and<br />

remembered the day he’d bought it for<br />

his little princess.<br />

And so a father’s love is still<br />

remembered so many years later. As<br />

we all know love never dies, it lives on<br />

in all of us.<br />

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My father taught me <strong>to</strong> work, he did not teach me <strong>to</strong> love it. (Abraham Lincoln)

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We’ll be bringing you recipes from <strong>Club</strong> contribu<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

and from local fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected<br />

over the last quarter of a century.<br />

You’re welcome <strong>to</strong> send your own recipes, or on behalf<br />

of an organizaon that has a new cookbook, and we<br />

can help promote those cookbooks for free.<br />

Rhubarb Dream Bars<br />

2 cups flour<br />

1 cup buer<br />

1/4 cup powdered sugar<br />

4 eggs, large<br />

2 cups sugar<br />

1/2 cup flour<br />

1/2 tsp. salt<br />

4 cups diced rhubarb<br />

By: Janet Collier,<br />

Petrolia<br />

Mix the first 3 ingredients and press in<strong>to</strong> 10 x 15 pan. Bake 350 degrees,<br />

for 15 mins. Beat remaining ingredients, and sr in rhubarb and spread<br />

on hot crust. Bake another 40-45 mins.<br />

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By: Adrianne Bruce,<br />

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Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 mins. in a 9x13 inch glass or metal<br />

baking dish (sprayed or buered).<br />

TOPPING - Combine and reserve 1/2 cup white sugar, 3/4 cup chopped<br />

walnuts or pecans, 2 Tbsps. so buer, 1 tsp. cinnamon.<br />

CAKE - Cream <strong>to</strong>gether 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup (1 sck) soened<br />

buer, 1 tsp. vanilla. Add 1 egg and beat l fluffy.<br />

In separate bowl: Mix 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking soda,<br />

1/2 tsp. fine table salt.<br />

To creamed mixture: Alternate dry ingredients with 1 cup original<br />

sour cream (mixture will be sff).<br />

Add <strong>to</strong> combined cake: 2 cups fresh cut rhubarb cut in 1/2 inch pieces.<br />

Pour baer in<strong>to</strong> prepared baking dish. Top with reserved <strong>to</strong>pping and<br />

press down gently (I cut <strong>to</strong>pping slightly in<strong>to</strong> cake for an internal crunch).<br />

Bake 350 degrees for 50-55 mins. Cool in pan on wire rack.<br />

Great alone or with whipped <strong>to</strong>pping of choice.<br />

quotes<br />

“Golf is like chasing a quinine pill<br />

around a cow pasture.”<br />

-- Wins<strong>to</strong>n Churchill<br />

“Golf is a game in which you yell<br />

ʻforeʼ, shoot six, and write down five.”<br />

-- Paul Harvey<br />

“It <strong>to</strong>ok me seventeen years <strong>to</strong> get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in<br />

one afternoon on the golf course.”<br />

-- Hank Aaron<br />

“Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isnʼt a lot of<br />

strokes when you consider the course.”<br />

-- Lee Trevino<br />

“Give me the fresh air, a beautiful partner, and a nice round of<br />

golf, and you can keep the fresh air and the round of golf”<br />

-- Jack Benny<br />

<strong>Spring</strong>time Lemon<br />

Dessert<br />

3/4 cup buer<br />

1 1/2 cups flour<br />

1 cup chopped pecans<br />

2 Tbsps. white sugar<br />

By: Nicole Font<br />

from Brigden Fall Fair<br />

2010 Cookbook<br />

8 oz. pkg, cream cheese<br />

18 oz. Cool Whip<br />

1 cup icing sugar<br />

1 large pkg. lemon pie filling (not instant)<br />

Layer #1: Buer, flour, chopped pecans and white sugar. Mix <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

with pastry blender and press in<strong>to</strong> 9x13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees<br />

for 15 mins. Cool.<br />

Layer #2: Cream cheese, 1/2 car<strong>to</strong>n (9 oz.) Cool Whip, icing sugar. Beat<br />

cream cheese and icing sugar. Add Cool Whip and spread on base.<br />

Layer #3: Lemon pie filling (not instant) or lemon meringue pie filling for<br />

10 inch pie. Prepare, cool and spread on Layer 2.<br />

Layer #4: Spread with remaining Cool Whip. Refrigerate unl ready <strong>to</strong><br />

serve.<br />

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“You can make a lot of money in this game. Just ask my ex-wives.<br />

Both of them are so rich that neither of their husbands work.”<br />

-- Lee Trevino<br />

“Golf is not a game, itʼs bondage. It was obviously devised by a<br />

man <strong>to</strong>rn with quilt, eager <strong>to</strong> a<strong>to</strong>ne for his sins.”<br />

-- Unknown<br />

“<strong>The</strong>se greens are so fast I have <strong>to</strong> hold my putter over the ball<br />

and hit it with the shadow.”<br />

-- Sam Snead<br />

“Toward the end of one of his infamous<br />

high-volume, temperamental, club<br />

throwing rounds, asked his caddie for a<br />

club recommendation for a shot of<br />

about 155 yards. His caddie said: ʻIʼd<br />

say either a 3-iron or a wedge, sirʼ ʻA<br />

3-iron or a wedge?ʼ asked Bolt. ʻWhat<br />

kind of stupid choice is that?ʼ<br />

ʻThose are the only two clubs you have<br />

left, sir!ʼ said the caddie.” -- Tommy Bolt<br />

SPRING <strong>2021</strong> “A mother can perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” (Lisa Alther)<br />

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SPRING <strong>2021</strong><br />


MPP – Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Building A Better Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Discussing mental health issues<br />

with Bluewater Health President<br />

& CEO Mike Lapaine (right),<br />

alongside the Associate Minister<br />

of Health & Addictions.<br />

Congratulating Pathways Health<br />

Centre on reaching their<br />

$1.6 million <strong>The</strong>rapeutic Pool<br />

fundraising goal, which included<br />

$148,500 in support from the<br />

Ontario Trillium Foundation.<br />

Presenting virtually <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Michigan Senate in March<br />

about the importance of Line 5<br />

<strong>to</strong> Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, Ontario, and<br />

the entire Great Lakes Region.<br />

Touring Creative Education<br />

of Canada in Point Edward,<br />

which has transitioned from<br />

a costume designer <strong>to</strong> an<br />

Ontario-based provider of face<br />

masks and surgical gowns.<br />

With the arrival of spring, everyone I’ve been speaking with lately has<br />

been in a more positive frame of mind. As we get set <strong>to</strong> spend more<br />

time outside, plant our gardens, fire up the barbecue and enjoy many<br />

of our other normal spring-time activities, I’m hoping that you and<br />

your immediate family are all staying safe and healthy.<br />

This has been an unprecedented year in everyone’s lives. With the<br />

ongoing pandemic concerns, this past winter may have felt much<br />

lonelier than usual. Having said that, even in the bleakest moments,<br />

every day I heard of an act of generosity or human kindness that<br />

made me prouder than ever <strong>to</strong> live in Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n.<br />

As we begin a second year of battling COVID-19, our government<br />

continues <strong>to</strong> make his<strong>to</strong>ric investments in health care, long-term<br />

care, and other sec<strong>to</strong>rs that are critically important <strong>to</strong> those of us<br />

who are 55 and older. That includes rolling out the much-needed<br />

COVID-19 vaccines, beginning with our most vulnerable citizens<br />

and, ultimately, ensuring that all adults receive their first doses by the<br />

start of summer.<br />

Although it has taken longer for vaccine supplies <strong>to</strong> arrive than some<br />

of us might have hoped for, it’s also important that we remember<br />

how truly miraculous it is that we already have several safe, effective<br />

approved vaccines <strong>to</strong> combat this deadly virus - developed, tested,<br />

approved and distributed in record-setting time. Amazing!<br />

With more and more people being vaccinated every day, we all have<br />

reason <strong>to</strong> hope that better times are on the way. Combined with the<br />

spring-like weather, the opportunity <strong>to</strong> spend more time safely with<br />

our families, and the gradual reopening of our economy, there is<br />

plenty of reason for optimism. Stay well!<br />

Announcing $1.3 million in<br />

joint provincial/federal funding<br />

<strong>to</strong> create 24 new affordable<br />

rental housing units for<br />

seniors in Sarnia.<br />

Supporting arts and culture<br />

at the Judith & Norman Alix<br />

Art Gallery with the Minister of<br />

Heritage, Sport, Tourism and<br />

Culture Industries.<br />

Announcing $2,843,400 in<br />

provincial funding <strong>to</strong> expand<br />

the Community Paramedicine<br />

for Long-Term Care program<br />

in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County.<br />

Joining the Minister of Labour<br />

and Parliamentary Assistant<br />

<strong>to</strong> the Minister of Agriculture<br />

in announcing SWIFT funding<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re is a “memory” room in our<br />

home where I go <strong>to</strong> visit some very special<br />

people who are no longer in my life. It is<br />

filled with objects that were so much a<br />

part of their lives that I can caress each<br />

one and feel as if I am holding hands with<br />

my past. An old sewing machine sits in<br />

the corner—when I <strong>to</strong>uch its smooth oak<br />

surface I am back in the kitchen of my<br />

childhood. My mom is bent over it guiding<br />

yards of fabric under the click, click, click<br />

of the tiny needle, the wheel whirs as her<br />

foot works the treadle back and forth. I<br />

have a special memory of matching red<br />

skirts with tiny kittens around the hems,<br />

made for my two sisters and I. Without<br />

trying very hard, I can smell the wood<br />

burning in the cooks<strong>to</strong>ve and I can see<br />

loaves of homemade bread, rising like<br />

puffy clouds, sitting on the <strong>to</strong>p of the<br />

warming closet.<br />

In my memory room, the bed<br />

is draped with a “Dresden plate”<br />

patterned patchwork quilt. I can hear my<br />

grandmother’s giggle as she tells a s<strong>to</strong>ry,<br />

while her fingers au<strong>to</strong>matically push a<br />

needle pulling thread in and out, tracing<br />

the edges of each design. Now I look at<br />

those same patches and I remember a<br />

blouse that covered an ample bosom<br />

and arms that rocked countless babies.<br />

Some of my pillowcases are<br />

trimmed in intricately “tatted” lace and<br />

embroidery. Nearby, a pho<strong>to</strong>graph of a<br />

prim and proper lady with lace-edged<br />

collars reminds me that this is the work<br />

of one of my great-grandmothers. An old<br />

tin box is filled with large dark but<strong>to</strong>ns,<br />

the kind you would find on heavy woolen<br />

“mackinaw” coats. My other greatgrandmother<br />

knew a <strong>to</strong>ugher life—her<br />

creations kept her children warm. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

both died long before I was born, but I<br />

feel I know them.<br />

A tiny basket sitting on the windowsill<br />

holds other reminders. A crocheted pincushion<br />

belonged <strong>to</strong> great-aunt Francis,<br />

we called her Aunt Fanny. When I think<br />

of her, I am a little girl, brushing long<br />

hair that hung <strong>to</strong> her knees before she<br />

braided it in<strong>to</strong> a neat halo that wrapped<br />

around her head.<br />

<strong>The</strong> basket also contains a small<br />

wooden crochet hook whittled by my<br />

great-grandfather. It is the only reminder<br />

of hours spent carving with only his<br />

<strong>to</strong>uch <strong>to</strong> guide him. He could not see. I<br />

can smell his pipe.<br />

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A rug hook made from a<br />

spoon belonged <strong>to</strong> my great-great<br />

grandmother—the crevices of the<br />

engraved handle are dark with age. I am<br />

<strong>to</strong>ld she loved <strong>to</strong> create her own unique<br />

designs, working long in<strong>to</strong> the night by<br />

the light of a coal-oil lamp.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are other things that I cherish<br />

perhaps even more than all of these.<br />

Delicate crocheted cot<strong>to</strong>n doilies spread<br />

out on dresser <strong>to</strong>ps are reminders that<br />

once, not so long ago, other fingers—<br />

spotted with age and swollen with<br />

arthritis, worked the tiny knots flawlessly<br />

day in and day out. <strong>The</strong>se are the works<br />

of art created by my grandmother. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

small webs of cloth are a reminder of her<br />

passion.<br />

She <strong>to</strong>o is gone now, but my memories<br />

of her have not had time <strong>to</strong> dim. She was<br />

my inspiration and part of the wonderful<br />

legacy that my own hands have inherited.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> role of technology in assisting<br />

seniors in maintaining independence<br />

cannot be overstated and keeping it all<br />

straight can be a challenge. <strong>The</strong> challenge<br />

comes as a result of the pace and number<br />

of technological advances in the past few<br />

decades. <strong>The</strong> changes can be dizzying.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was a time in the not <strong>to</strong>o distant<br />

past when all we talked about was<br />

medical alert systems. You remember the<br />

commercial: “Help me, I’ve fallen and I<br />

can’t get up!”<br />

Of course, that is still available, however<br />

there is much, much more that a senior<br />

and their families can take advantage of.<br />

For our purposes I will divide the current<br />

tech advances in four main categories:<br />

Life Safety, Telehealth/Remote Care,<br />

Medication Dispensing, and Geo-location.<br />

As the phrase implies, Life Safety is<br />

about the senior’s ability <strong>to</strong> live in their<br />

space, secure in the knowledge that<br />

should they need help, all they have <strong>to</strong><br />

do is press a but<strong>to</strong>n. That option remains<br />

for sure, and so much more. Typically,<br />

the individual wears a<br />

pendant on a lanyard around<br />

their neck. Tucked away<br />

under their shirt or blouse,<br />

this pendent can be easily<br />

accessed should the person<br />

come in<strong>to</strong> distress. I have<br />

also seen them on belts and<br />

wrists. Whatever works best<br />

for the individual.<br />

This system has advanced<br />

<strong>to</strong> include a fall detection<br />

option. <strong>The</strong>re is, built<br />

in<strong>to</strong> most pendants, the<br />

technology <strong>to</strong> sense a fall<br />

and send the signal <strong>to</strong> the<br />

responding call-centre<br />

without requiring the person<br />

<strong>to</strong> press the but<strong>to</strong>n.<br />

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Call-Centres are the next piece of the Better still, because of the ease-ofuse,<br />

Life Safety puzzle. With the advancement<br />

the number of readings (points of<br />

of hands-free two-way calling, a live data), can increase exponentially. With<br />

call is activated by the pressing of the more data the care team can better<br />

but<strong>to</strong>n, or the fall notification. Now the manage the chronic illness. And it gets<br />

person initiating the call will be live with even better, by layering on<strong>to</strong> more data<br />

a trained responder who can assess and the addition of “Diagnostic<br />

take the appropriate action. This may Analytics” (DA) aka<br />

include telephoning people on a call-out Predictive Analytics (PA).<br />

list provided by the client, family, friends, Diagnostic Analytics uses<br />

or neighbours. It may include calling EMS. and leverages the massive<br />

Either or both, the call-centre makes it power of <strong>to</strong>day’s computers<br />

happen, and stays with the caller until with the vast amount of<br />

someone arrives <strong>to</strong> address their need(s). data. <strong>The</strong> outcome is a<br />

Newer technology assisting people with system that can predict with<br />

independence is the advancements made a high degree of accuracy<br />

in Telehealth/Remote Care. Systems have the positive and potentially<br />

been developed <strong>to</strong> moni<strong>to</strong>r and track negative outcomes of any<br />

patient data, then send this data <strong>to</strong> the given patient.<br />

patients care team.<br />

Here is an example. A senior is<br />

Stay with me. Many seniors are dealing dealing with hypertension and Type 2<br />

with chronic medical Diabetes. As they moni<strong>to</strong>r and faithfully<br />

“Falls are the most conditions. Hypertension, send in their readings a few times a day<br />

common cause of injury diabetes, cardiovascular, the Predictive Analytics is detecting an<br />

among older Canadians. COPD issues are some of the almost imperceptible change. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

Every year, it is big ones along with others. changes are reported and the care team<br />

estimated 1 in 3 seniors Previously an older person responds. Without PA the patient goes<br />

aged 65 years and older dealing with these issues unchecked for months. As our healthcare<br />

are likely <strong>to</strong> fall at least would be asked <strong>to</strong> make system gets more demands from an<br />

once. ... According <strong>to</strong> the regular visits <strong>to</strong> the doc<strong>to</strong>r for aging population Telehealth/Remote care<br />

Public Health Agency a simple moni<strong>to</strong>ring session. will be required as one <strong>to</strong>ol <strong>to</strong> assist in<br />

of Canada, over onethird<br />

Under the Telehealth/ maintaining our high standards of care.<br />

of seniors who are Remote Care model a Medication Dispensing is seeing<br />

hospitalized as a result doc<strong>to</strong>r’s patient can sit at the positive effects that technology is having<br />

of a fall are placed in PC and do their own blood on medication compliance and the older<br />

long-term care.” pressure, blood oxygen, and person. In a recent 2016 study over<br />

Source: https://<br />

blood glucose readings and half of the seniors in the study (55%)<br />

www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/ more. <strong>The</strong> system s<strong>to</strong>res the had moderate <strong>to</strong> poor compliance. Put<br />

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Further, reports can be generated that<br />

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A few words on the affect dementia<br />

and Alzheimer’s disease have had on our<br />

society and technologies response. In a<br />

recent Q&A with Sandra Shields, Philip’s<br />

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she stated that one of the biggest tech<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re is a lot of help out there from<br />

and through technology with reports that<br />

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Used properly it can be a positive part of<br />

a senior’s independence strategy.<br />

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Where Did the Romance Go?<br />

By John Carroll, Petrolia<br />

I say “<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> the <strong>Club</strong>” is an<br />

excellent magazine! I speak as a regular<br />

visi<strong>to</strong>r <strong>to</strong> Canada from the UK since<br />

1982, and a more regular and longer<br />

stay visi<strong>to</strong>r of recent years, because our<br />

daughter married a Canadian.<br />

I was interested in reading the article<br />

in the first edition by John Gardiner of<br />

Wallaceburg about the “Best of Times <strong>to</strong><br />

Grow Up” in Canada, and how when he<br />

was a teen they were well served with<br />

dances (although unlike John, I would<br />

say I never aspired <strong>to</strong> being a musician<br />

and consequently, not a member of a<br />

band!).<br />

I can relate <strong>to</strong> John’s comment that<br />

it’s only natural <strong>to</strong> feel that your own<br />

generation had the best music (amongst<br />

other things), and I am no exception. I<br />

was born in the generation preceding<br />

the baby boomers, and I am filled with<br />

nostalgia when I think about the times<br />

in which I grew up and came of age.<br />

In December 1952 (when John<br />

Gardiner was born) I was serving in<br />

the Army, my manda<strong>to</strong>ry two years<br />

UK national service. I was due <strong>to</strong> be<br />

demobbed in September 1953, which<br />

meant I was ‘roped in’ at the age of<br />

eighteen in September 1951.<br />

Prior <strong>to</strong> my army days the only<br />

dances I had been <strong>to</strong> were the company<br />

dinner dances (where I started work at<br />

fifteen years old), usually a full band<br />

plus singer—typically a ‘posh’ do and<br />

you danced with people you knew. <strong>The</strong><br />

other style of dance was the youth club<br />

dance—usually <strong>to</strong> records—current<br />

‘hits’ and again people or young ‘uns in<br />

your group and not much dancing done<br />

due <strong>to</strong> shyness and inexperience!<br />

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was of course ballroom dancing: waltz,<br />

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saw in post war American movies.<br />

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experience al<strong>to</strong>gether I would say <strong>to</strong><br />

John the baby boomer, until Bill Haley<br />

and his Comets hit the airwaves with<br />

“Rock around the Clock” in July 1955.<br />

(We went <strong>to</strong> the cinema at the time<br />

and all of Wolverhamp<strong>to</strong>n young ‘uns<br />

must have been waiting for it, and went<br />

mad!).<br />

About four months before I was<br />

due <strong>to</strong> be demobbed, my family<br />

moved from North Eastern England<br />

<strong>to</strong> Wolverhamp<strong>to</strong>n in the Midlands,<br />

a much more highly populated <strong>to</strong>wn.<br />

My first visit <strong>to</strong> Wolverhamp<strong>to</strong>n was<br />

early September 1953, three weeks<br />

before demob. My sister and a female<br />

work colleague decided <strong>to</strong> go <strong>to</strong> the<br />

Civic Hall Saturday night Civic Dance,<br />

accompanied by her colleague’s<br />

younger sister, my two younger brothers<br />

and myself, if I arrived on leave and if I<br />

wanted <strong>to</strong> go, which of course I did.<br />

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1953 night: a great atmosphere with the<br />

band playing, ten or twelve musicians<br />

and singer, the warmth in the air, and<br />

the buzz of conversation. <strong>The</strong>re must<br />

have been about a thousand people, all<br />

youngish up <strong>to</strong> about thirty years old?<br />

Guys looking for girls and girls looking<br />

for guys, groups all around, laughter,<br />

plenty of DA’s (‘Ducks’ Arses’—am I<br />

allowed <strong>to</strong> say that?—hairstyles), drape<br />

suits and ‘brothel creepers’ (excuse the<br />

expression) or crepe soled shoes about.<br />

A really special atmosphere only<br />

found in a public venue. Not what I<br />

had been <strong>to</strong> before, especially after two<br />

years in the Army—and the majority<br />

of that time in Germany earning the<br />

princely sum of one pound and ten<br />

shillings per week <strong>to</strong> spend! (about<br />

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do not get now (or so I imagine), and<br />

records or discs can’t compete with that<br />

live, big band sound.<br />

Introductions were made all round<br />

our little group and our visi<strong>to</strong>r’s younger<br />

sister was beautiful and I jumped<br />

in “Would you like <strong>to</strong> dance?” <strong>The</strong><br />

proffered hand is taken and so starts<br />

an experience that is so special, it can<br />

be a beautiful experience or a complete<br />

disaster.<br />

You arrive on the edge of the dance<br />

floor and other couples are passing<br />

you in a large circle. <strong>The</strong> M.C. (Albert)<br />

is moving up and down the centre of<br />

the crowd signaling “keep moving” and<br />

“hands up” where he can see them—<br />

making sure everyone is behaving!<br />

Your partner turns <strong>to</strong> face you arms<br />

open – her right hand goes <strong>to</strong> your left<br />

hand, her left hand is poised ready <strong>to</strong><br />

rest on your right shoulder, you slide<br />

your hand around her waist and you<br />

step close and make eye contact. Try<br />

this anywhere else and you could get a<br />

right-hander!<br />

<strong>The</strong> next thing is you are thigh <strong>to</strong><br />

thigh…now I don’t think even now you<br />

could get yourself in a situation like this<br />

with a female that you do not know and<br />

have never met before. Now the banal<br />

conversation starts or could do, but you<br />

are trying <strong>to</strong> say something original –<br />

unless it is “sorry” when your first step<br />

gets it wrong.<br />

If your first sentences have the right<br />

effect, and she smiles and acknowledges<br />

that you are there and is listening <strong>to</strong> you<br />

and answering – she is interested. <strong>The</strong><br />

temperature starts <strong>to</strong> rise depending<br />

on if it is a waltz or quickstep and<br />

you can actually feel the interest. This<br />

will be confirmed when, as soon as is<br />

possible, you make it plain you would<br />

like <strong>to</strong> dance with her again. If you can<br />

manage <strong>to</strong> commandeer virtually all of<br />

her dances for the night—that is when<br />

it can become “Romantic.” Now where<br />

did that word go?<br />

<strong>The</strong> perfume, the music and the<br />

atmosphere are having their effect. <strong>The</strong><br />

outstretched left and right hands are<br />

pulled in slowly over a period of time<br />

and are allowed <strong>to</strong> twist a little and<br />

the pace slows down over a number<br />

of dances as you get <strong>to</strong> know each<br />

other—the magic of romance starts.<br />

<strong>The</strong> conversation starts <strong>to</strong> flow and you<br />

have time <strong>to</strong> think and the questions<br />

come: “Do you come here regularly?”<br />

(with your sister/boyfriend?), “Any<br />

other places like this in <strong>to</strong>wn?” “Where<br />

do you live?” “How did you get here?”<br />

“How are you going home <strong>to</strong>night,<br />

and when?” and so it goes on. Your<br />

cheek <strong>to</strong>uches hers and is allowed <strong>to</strong><br />

stay there, even though you are both<br />

beginning <strong>to</strong> sweat!<br />

If you are really smitten (and I was,<br />

and this trip only here for a couple more<br />

days and not back for about two more<br />

weeks before final release), you try <strong>to</strong><br />

cover the future: “I will be back,” “Can I<br />

take you home <strong>to</strong>night?”<br />

This can’t happen now can it? In<br />

or at the disco/bar/club or any other<br />

venue with its ridiculous decibel count,<br />

flashing lights, unable <strong>to</strong> hear yourselves<br />

speak, standing on one spot shaking like<br />

someone out of control, hardly making<br />

physical contact or showing off how you<br />

won a gold medal at gymnastics! Where<br />

did the romance go? I ask again!<br />

Those old days will never be back—<br />

BUT—we live in a changing world. I<br />

realize that we have <strong>to</strong> change and our<br />

kids and their kids (bless them all) make<br />

it with a different recipe now, and the<br />

magic works for them. So I will just sit<br />

back and count the stars or something<br />

equally absorbing.<br />

By the way, the girl I offered my hand<br />

<strong>to</strong> in this narrative became “the light of<br />

my life” for sixty married years—gone<br />

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ago. Petrolia became our second home<br />

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Are you looking for an easier way <strong>to</strong><br />

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Twenty-five years ago, Mel<br />

Bartholomew sold his civil engineering<br />

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gardening as a hobby. After some dismal<br />

failures with traditional row gardening,<br />

Bartholomew applied his efficiency<br />

expertise <strong>to</strong> vegetable gardening and<br />

developed the Square Foot Garden (SFG)<br />

system of growing vegetables. Realizing<br />

that traditional row gardening was a hold<br />

over from agriculture where long rows<br />

made it easy <strong>to</strong> work the fields with a<br />

donkey or trac<strong>to</strong>r and other equipment,<br />

Bartholomew started from scratch and<br />

developed a new system which he dubbed<br />

square foot gardening. Bartholomew has<br />

released a second book, All New Square<br />

Foot Gardening, where he describes his<br />

methodology in great detail.<br />

Bartholomew’s method eliminates<br />

the walkways between the rows. This<br />

reduces the area required by 80% and<br />

therefore also reduces the area needed <strong>to</strong><br />

be weeded and tilled by 80% for a huge<br />

time and labour savings. Bartholomew<br />

recommends growing the square foot<br />

garden in a wooden box 4’ x 4’ by 6”<br />

deep and open on the <strong>to</strong>p and bot<strong>to</strong>m.<br />

He found that this size allowed people<br />

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by one foot square grid is laid on <strong>to</strong>p of<br />

the box using twine or strips of wood.<br />

<strong>The</strong> number of plants or seeds planted<br />

inside each square foot is based on the<br />

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To make it easy, Bartholomew has<br />

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categories by size. For extra-large plants,<br />

grow one plant per square foot. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

are peppers, cabbages, broccoli and<br />

cauliflower. Large plants are planted four<br />

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leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, parsley and<br />

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apart (9 <strong>to</strong> a square foot) and include bush<br />

beans, spinach and beets. Finally, small<br />

plants such as carrot, radish and onion<br />

are planted 16 <strong>to</strong> a square foot (3” apart).<br />

<strong>The</strong> grid makes it easy <strong>to</strong> see how many<br />

plants should go in each square foot.<br />

Another advantage of the boxes over<br />

one large single garden is that the boxes<br />

can be placed strategically. Put one by<br />

the back door for herbs for convenient<br />

picking while making dinner, one in partshade<br />

for lettuce, spinach and other crops<br />

that do better without intense sun and<br />

heat, one in the sunniest part of the yard<br />

for sun-loving <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong>es and peppers, etc.<br />

This also makes it easier <strong>to</strong> stagger the<br />

harvest by staggering plantings and by<br />

re-planting <strong>to</strong> a new crop once an early<br />

crop such as lettuce or peas has finished<br />

producing.<br />

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that there is no traffic on the planted areas<br />

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Bartholomew recommends a mix of onethird<br />

each peat, vermiculite and compost.<br />

Finally, by using boxes with plywood<br />

bot<strong>to</strong>ms drilled with holes for drainage<br />

and raising the boxes on<strong>to</strong> a table at<br />

waist height, those in wheel chairs or<br />

with back problems are able <strong>to</strong> garden.<br />

If you’re growing lots of vegetables<br />

for home canning, square foot gardening<br />

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the work of a big, traditional row garden,<br />

it may be a good fit.<br />

For more information on square<br />

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My little city has a wonderful library.<br />

I was walking past it last night, and<br />

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four of my children made no secret<br />

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<strong>to</strong> be naked? What was the point? Why<br />

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repeated exposure <strong>to</strong> the sculpture as we<br />

went past the statue and up the library<br />

steps, their comments eventually were<br />

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Apparently, they were not satisfied<br />

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by Corrina Austin, St. Thomas<br />

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That statue was around<br />

when I was a kid. I must<br />

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was not the nudity that<br />

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that I thought the mother<br />

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s<strong>to</strong>mach was paunchy,<br />

and her but<strong>to</strong>cks wide<br />

and big. Although she<br />

was made of s<strong>to</strong>ne,<br />

she looked awfully<br />

“soft” <strong>to</strong> me.<br />

It’s funny how<br />

my perception of her has changed over<br />

the years. All those years of baking in<br />

the sun have not made her any worse<br />

for wear, and she has bravely suffered<br />

through the months she has had <strong>to</strong><br />

spend with her bare feet shoved in<strong>to</strong><br />

snow drifts (a misfortune I could never<br />

have abided). <strong>The</strong> fact that her son<br />

has not grown an inch has left her<br />

seemingly unperturbed. But she must<br />

have lost some weight.<br />

After I had my first couple of<br />

babies, I recall thinking, as I went past,<br />

How could I ever have thought she<br />

was fat? She’s just a little overweight.<br />

Nothing serious.<br />

After two more kids, I looked up<br />

at her with real consternation. This is<br />

weird. She looks fine. She’s not fat at all!<br />

Now that I am in my forties, it’s<br />

even worse. Now, I tend <strong>to</strong> think, Shoot!<br />

I wish I had a body like hers!<br />

And lately, I seem <strong>to</strong> notice a<br />

change in her expression, <strong>to</strong>o. She<br />

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Thinking back but looking ahead... a humorous take on the virus.<br />

• Coronacoaster: noun*- the ups and downs of a pandemic. One<br />

day you’re loving your bubble, doing workouts, baking banana<br />

bread and going for long walks... the next you’re crying, drinking<br />

gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like.<br />

• <strong>The</strong>y celebrated the end of the plague with wine and orgies. Does<br />

anyone know if there is anything planned when this one ends?<br />

• I’m getting tired of being part of a major his<strong>to</strong>rical event.<br />

• If 2020 was a math word problem: If you’re going down a river at<br />

2 MPH and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would<br />

you need <strong>to</strong> re-shingle your roof?<br />

• For those entering our s<strong>to</strong>re without a mask, we’ll have <strong>to</strong> take<br />

your temperature. (P.S. We only have rectal thermometers)<br />

• If 2020 were a piñata, it would be a massive beehive.<br />

• It’s the first time in his<strong>to</strong>ry we can save the human race by<br />

lying in front of the TV doing nothing. Let’s not screw it up.<br />

• Pandas feed for about 12 hours a day, same as adults during<br />

quarantine. Hence the word PAND-emic.<br />

• 2020 - the year my garbage bin went out more than me.<br />

• Can we all agree that in 2015 when asked “where do you see yourself<br />

in 5 years?” nobody got the answer right?<br />

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HOGAN<br />

P•H•A•R•M•A•C•Y<br />

This last year has been one of challenges, fear, sadness and isolaon.<br />

For many, this virus has had devastang consequences. As vaccines<br />

start <strong>to</strong> roll out, there is at least light at the end of the tunnel.<br />

I wanted <strong>to</strong> take this opportunity <strong>to</strong> first thank my staff for all their<br />

support, compassion and unwavering dedicaon <strong>to</strong> servicing our<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers. <strong>The</strong>y truly are an incredible group of individuals. I also<br />

wanted <strong>to</strong> thank all the front line and essenal workers for going <strong>to</strong><br />

work each day and connuing <strong>to</strong> provide those needed services for<br />

our community. And lastly, I want <strong>to</strong> say thank you <strong>to</strong> all of our<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers who connued <strong>to</strong> support the Hogan family. <strong>The</strong>re have<br />

been many challenges throught the year and your understanding,<br />

support and patronage will not be forgoen. We look forward <strong>to</strong><br />

connuing <strong>to</strong> service you and hopefully, as vaccines start being<br />

distributed <strong>to</strong> pharmacies, we will be able <strong>to</strong> help bring back some<br />

normalcy <strong>to</strong> all our lives.<br />

Living life <strong>to</strong> the fullest (until about 9:00 p.m.)<br />

Everyone has one. <strong>The</strong> drawer you<br />

dread <strong>to</strong> open, but that gets opened<br />

more than any other. It’s a tangled<br />

eyesore. One day you will sort and purge,<br />

but it’s always the last thing on the <strong>to</strong>-do<br />

list. It’s the junk drawer. It’s the biggest<br />

drawer in the kitchen, and it’s a jungle<br />

in there. Elastic bands are wound around<br />

the pota<strong>to</strong> masher. Paper clips are caught<br />

on the egg beater. <strong>The</strong>re’s a broken icecream<br />

scoop and one beater for the<br />

mixer. What happened <strong>to</strong> the other<br />

one? <strong>The</strong>re are old bottle openers with<br />

logos of companies long gone and fridge<br />

magnets that attach themselves <strong>to</strong> other<br />

items. <strong>The</strong>re’s always a pack of matches<br />

from a wedding. Who the hell are Carrie<br />

and Don anyway?<br />

What is that little contraption? I think it<br />

peels an orange. <strong>The</strong>re are several knives<br />

that are so dull they could not even peel<br />

an apple. Maybe the orange peeler thinga-ma-bob<br />

could peel the apple. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Cleaning<br />

By Barb Day, Paris<br />

From Daytripping May-June 2014<br />

are loads of old batteries. A, AA, AAA.<br />

Someday I’ll see if they work or not.<br />

What the heck is that thing? Better not<br />

throw it out; it’s a part for something or<br />

other. Maybe it is just a part for a longgone<br />

appliance, but better not take any<br />

chances. Wait! <strong>The</strong>re’s the warranty <strong>to</strong><br />

my kettle I was looking for last week.<br />

Never mind, it was the warranty for two<br />

or three kettles ago. <strong>The</strong>y sure don’t<br />

make things <strong>to</strong> last anymore.<br />

Screws and nails have all navigated <strong>to</strong><br />

the fridge magnets. <strong>The</strong>re are important<br />

notes like a doc<strong>to</strong>r appointment on June<br />

22, 1993 and oil change reminders. Good<br />

thing cars these days remind you right<br />

on the dashboard. Is that a cassette tape?<br />

Holy cow, I’m old. A Happy Anniversary<br />

card…please! I left that guy ten years ago.<br />

I really need <strong>to</strong> put this junk drawer<br />

organizing higher up on the <strong>to</strong>-do list.<br />

Maybe I’ll get <strong>to</strong> it after I weed the<br />

rhubarb bed and clean the garage. But<br />

first I think I’ll pour myself a tall glass of<br />

lemonade and sit in the sun. I wouldn’t<br />

want <strong>to</strong> waste a perfect spring day<br />

messing around with a junk drawer.<br />

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2 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie<br />

3 Lady Kenny Rogers<br />

4 (Just Like) Starting Over John Lennon<br />

5 Jessie’s Girl Rick <strong>Spring</strong>field<br />

6 Celebration Kool & the Gang<br />

7 Kiss on My List Darryl Hall & John Oates<br />

8 I Love a Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt<br />

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Almost everyone has one special<br />

childhood memory. It might be when<br />

the s<strong>to</strong>rk delivered a red-faced baby<br />

sibling or that first shaky ride on a<br />

two-wheeler. For this writer, it was<br />

that momen<strong>to</strong>us day when the flush<br />

<strong>to</strong>ilet arrived.<br />

When our family moved in<strong>to</strong> an<br />

old farmhouse on the St. Clair River<br />

in 1953, it was like the adage, “Water,<br />

water everywhere, but not a drop <strong>to</strong><br />

drink.” We were right across the street<br />

from some of the most brilliant blue<br />

waters in the world. You could swim,<br />

fish and even sail on the St. Clair – but<br />

a wise man would never swallow its<br />

waters. While residents of the larger<br />

<strong>to</strong>wn nearby enjoyed purified Lake<br />

Huron water piped right in<strong>to</strong> their<br />

homes, our only supply of water was<br />

in an old cistern beside the house. It<br />

was fine for laundry, and even baths<br />

– but certainly not for drinking. Our<br />

drinking water, even in the 1950s,<br />

arrived in plastic containers.<br />

Many decades later, I still have<br />

flashbacks of taking a bath BF (before<br />

flush). A big laundry tub would be<br />

hauled up from the basement and<br />

placed in the middle of the kitchen<br />

floor, before the s<strong>to</strong>ve. Water was<br />

heated, dumped in<strong>to</strong> the tub, and you<br />

did your utmost <strong>to</strong> be the first bather.<br />

When my parents bathed I have never<br />

discovered – it remains one of those<br />

unanswered family secrets.<br />

In warmer weather, the tub was<br />

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2 I Don’t Need You Kenny Rogers<br />

3 Love In <strong>The</strong> First Degree Alabama<br />

4 Step By Step Eddie Rabbitt<br />

5 <strong>The</strong> Sweetest Thing Juice New<strong>to</strong>n<br />

6 Key Largo Bertie Higgins<br />

7 Through the Years Kenny Rogers<br />

8 Feels So Right Alabama<br />

9 Blessed Are <strong>The</strong> Believers Anne Murray<br />

10 Seven Year Ache Rosanne Cash<br />

Movies<br />

Raiders of the Lost Ark<br />

Superman II<br />

Nine <strong>to</strong> Five<br />

Stripes<br />

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For Your Eyes Only<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fox and the Hound<br />

<strong>The</strong> Four Seasons<br />

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moved outside where we were<br />

sheltered by an alcove near the back<br />

porch. But even as a five-year-old, I<br />

could never quite relax while enjoying<br />

my splash in the tub. What if some<br />

unsuspecting neighbour – or the<br />

kids from the back street – should<br />

suddenly appear when I was in my<br />

al<strong>to</strong>gether?<br />

Now if bathing was inconvenient,<br />

using the outhouse was positively<br />

scary. <strong>The</strong> traditional two-seater<br />

was discreetly hidden behind the<br />

garage, close <strong>to</strong> our tiny orchard.<br />

A nighttime visit entailed braving<br />

quivering shadows, armed only with<br />

a flashlight. Bats would swoop down<br />

out of the orchard and I tried not<br />

<strong>to</strong> think what was crawling up the<br />

walls of the outhouse. In short order<br />

(well, likely on my mother’s order),<br />

a chemical <strong>to</strong>ilet was installed under<br />

our basement stairs. Unfortunately,<br />

before his untimely demise, a river rat<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok up residence in the adjoining root<br />

cellar. That cellar was separated from<br />

the <strong>to</strong>ilet by a collapsing brick wall,<br />

with old stuffing filling<br />

a former chimney<br />

vent. Each night as<br />

I reluctantly used the<br />

chemical <strong>to</strong>ilet before<br />

bed, I convinced<br />

myself that an entire<br />

nest of rats was hovering<br />

just above my head.<br />

But the greatest BF<br />

By Alice Gibb, London<br />

from Daytripping<br />

July-Aug. 2006<br />

(before flush) adventure<br />

belonged <strong>to</strong> my mother.<br />

One afternoon, our<br />

family set out on the<br />

river in my father’s<br />

homemade sailboat.<br />

An eerie calm settled<br />

over us, the sail went limp and the<br />

next thing we knew, a cousin was<br />

frantically <strong>to</strong>wing us <strong>to</strong> shore with<br />

his powerboat. Ominous-looking<br />

clouds were collecting <strong>to</strong> the west.<br />

As we reached the house, my mother<br />

had <strong>to</strong> heed the call of nature and<br />

headed for the outhouse. <strong>The</strong> s<strong>to</strong>rm<br />

<strong>to</strong>uched down just as she reached<br />

her destination. <strong>The</strong> outhouse door<br />

slammed shut with a bang – and<br />

jammed. While we huddled in our<br />

basement my mother rode out the<br />

s<strong>to</strong>rm in much more cramped and far<br />

less fragrant quarters.<br />

In the mid-1950s, the Lake Huron<br />

pipeline was extended <strong>to</strong> our little<br />

hamlet. I still remember that special<br />

day when I jumped off the school bus,<br />

rushed in our back door and headed<br />

upstairs. <strong>The</strong>re sat the sparkling<br />

flush <strong>to</strong>ilet – and a beautiful white<br />

enamel bathtub. No more fears of<br />

rats, or bats or bathing in public. My<br />

father still enjoyed the outhouse<br />

for many more years but now<br />

I was an AF (after flush) like all<br />

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chickens, and turkeys. Mom <strong>to</strong>ok care<br />

of the children, the house, the laundry,<br />

which always happened on Monday, the<br />

ironing and mending which of course<br />

happened on Tuesday, and the cooking<br />

which must have seemed non-ending<br />

for her.<br />

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mealtimes. However, Friday night’s<br />

supper was our favourite meal of the<br />

week, for Friday was the day Mom<br />

baked enough bread <strong>to</strong> last the family<br />

for the following week. I still remember<br />

the huge mixing tub used for the task.<br />

As we stepped off the school bus, the<br />

delicious aroma of bread baking, led<br />

us straight <strong>to</strong> the kitchen. Our eyes fell<br />

upon the big pot of baked beans keeping<br />

warm on the back of the s<strong>to</strong>ve, and<br />

the numerous loaves of freshly baked<br />

bread cooling on the counter <strong>to</strong>p. We<br />

were ready for our Friday night feast!<br />

Gathering around the table, we filled our<br />

plates with steaming beans in <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong><br />

sauce, eaten with thick slices of warm<br />

bread slathered with homemade butter.<br />

We could easily eat two or three loaves<br />

of bread at this meal. Sometimes, and<br />

usually during the winter, Mom saved<br />

some of the dough, which she cut in<strong>to</strong><br />

small pieces and deep-fried for a few<br />

seconds in hot oil. This was a real treat<br />

for us as children.<br />

My mother was famous for her pies.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>se pies went in<strong>to</strong> the freezer, ready<br />

<strong>to</strong> be baked for dessert, or freshly baked<br />

and served with a cup of coffee when<br />

company s<strong>to</strong>pped by. We all went berry<br />

picking so Mom could make strawberry,<br />

raspberry, blueberry, and Saska<strong>to</strong>on<br />

berry pies. Rhubarb pie was a favourite<br />

also. We loved it when Mom used the<br />

lef<strong>to</strong>ver pastry <strong>to</strong> make little cinnamon<br />

pinwheels for an after school snack.<br />

A huge vegetable garden made an<br />

appearance each year. Leaf lettuce,<br />

green onions, and radishes were<br />

always the first <strong>to</strong> grow which made a<br />

delicious salad that we “dressed” with<br />

fresh cream. To this day, I do not know<br />

whose idea this was, however we could<br />

not have enjoyed any other dressing<br />

more. Mouth-watering soups full of<br />

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and pickled beets. She even canned<br />

chickens in a simple broth, which was<br />

delicious served chilled.<br />

Sunday night supper meant roast<br />

beef, pork, or fried chicken served with<br />

mashed or baby roasted pota<strong>to</strong>es, along<br />

with gravy and vegetables. We certainly<br />

never went <strong>to</strong> bed hungry!<br />

Many warm Sunday afternoons were<br />

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crank ice cream maker. We <strong>to</strong>ok turns at<br />

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sparkled in our eyes as the frozen treat<br />

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2. In what year did Elijah Harper, a Cree from Red Sucker Lake,<br />

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elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Mani<strong>to</strong>ba?<br />

a] 1982 b] 1983 c] 1980 d] 1981<br />

3. Which is the only country in the world that sports the Bible on its<br />

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4. What humorist observed: “Few things are harder <strong>to</strong> put up with than<br />

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c] Jerry Seinfeld d] Jimmy Fallon<br />

5. What coach came off the bench <strong>to</strong> play for his team in the Stanley<br />

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6. In Greek mythology the dove is associated with Aphrodite, goddess<br />

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7. What animal’s fur, along with that of the beaver, is found in a Stetson<br />

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Canadian auther Margaret Atwood?<br />

9. In what year was the Nicotine patch introduced?<br />

10. In what year were 63 Americans taken hostage in the American<br />

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SPRING <strong>2021</strong> Genetics explain why you look like your father, and if not, why you should. (6th grader)<br />

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by Barbara Bryant, Ingersoll from Daytripping Sept.-Oct. 2002<br />

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was certainly not uncommon for me <strong>to</strong><br />

get all <strong>to</strong>ngue-tied whenever he asked me<br />

a question. Yet whenever he <strong>to</strong>ok me on<br />

one of his nature hikes he seemed more<br />

relaxed and less demanding. In fact, his<br />

whole demeanour seemed <strong>to</strong> soften and<br />

he was so knowledgeable about things.<br />

I couldn’t believe how much he knew<br />

about birds, bugs, butterflies, and wild<br />

flowers especially since he was a man<br />

who claimed <strong>to</strong> hate reading. How had<br />

he managed <strong>to</strong> become so astute in<br />

such areas? I know he loved <strong>to</strong> look at<br />

the National Geographic magazine but<br />

he always said he wasn’t interested in<br />

reading.<br />

It wasn’t until recently that I started<br />

<strong>to</strong> wonder if perhaps since he had left<br />

school at seven years old, he had never<br />

learned <strong>to</strong> read. How very sad that<br />

would have been. But then how had he<br />

managed <strong>to</strong> acquire so much knowledge<br />

about nature and conservation? However,<br />

I never quizzed him about it and he never<br />

discussed it.<br />

Going on field trips with my dad<br />

were very special occasions for me. I<br />

eventually got used <strong>to</strong> being dragged<br />

literally, over and under fences, across<br />

streams, and through boggy terrain.<br />

As a girl, I usually wasn’t dressed for<br />

such activities, however, I soon learned<br />

that long pants (even though they were<br />

frowned upon at the time lest one give<br />

the impression of being a <strong>to</strong>mboy) were<br />

ultimately the way <strong>to</strong> go. Thistles on bare<br />

legs certainly didn’t tickle nor did tall<br />

weeds and other fauna.<br />

My dad would explain <strong>to</strong> me about the<br />

monarch butterfly and its attraction <strong>to</strong><br />

milkweed. He <strong>to</strong>ld me about the family<br />

of butterflies known as sulphurs, the<br />

beautiful black and pink-edged yellow<br />

butterflies that were so common in our<br />

particular area of the country. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was the alfalfa variety, and the common<br />

variety. Some preferred open spaces<br />

while others preferred brush or scrubby<br />

areas. My dad explained <strong>to</strong> me about<br />

swallowtail butterflies, especially the<br />

tiger swallowtails that were frequently<br />

seen floating on gentle breezes in our<br />

field looking for Joe-Pye-weeds. <strong>The</strong><br />

lovely mourning cloak butterfly with<br />

its soft, medium brown wings, blue<br />

eyelet design and pale yellow edging.<br />

<strong>The</strong> many varieties of brush footed<br />

butterflies, wood nymphs and crescents,<br />

so many different types. <strong>The</strong>y were all so<br />

hauntingly beautiful.<br />

My father knew all about sounds <strong>to</strong>o.<br />

He could tell a tree <strong>to</strong>ad from a bird call<br />

and a grasshopper from a cricket. He<br />

could recognize all different kinds of<br />

things, the scurrying of an animal in the<br />

underbrush, the soft rather high-pitched<br />

whistle of a near-by wood turtle. He could<br />

tell a dragonfly from a damselfly and the<br />

sound of a bull frog from that of a blue<br />

jay. My favourite birds have long been<br />

red-winged black birds and warblers.<br />

My dad could mimic these and more. He<br />

had a real ear for the sounds of crickets<br />

singing their songs from somewhere<br />

in the sweet smelling damp earth, and<br />

the clicking of tiny tree <strong>to</strong>ads as they<br />

lent their voices <strong>to</strong> the melodic pond<br />

symphony from some inconspicuous<br />

location usually close by.<br />

While I had long known how <strong>to</strong> recognize<br />

a jack-in-the-pulpit, I had no idea it was<br />

also called a wild turnip, marsh pepper,<br />

bog-onion, brown dragon, starchwort,<br />

wake-robin, dragon-root or cuckoo - but<br />

my dad knew. He also knew that cattails<br />

are also called, flags, cat-o-nine-tails,<br />

marsh beetles, candlewicks or cossacks.<br />

I still love the scent of Queen Anne’s Lace<br />

but until he <strong>to</strong>ld me I hadn’t known it<br />

was a member of the parsley family, nor<br />

had I noticed the tiny purplish red seed<br />

in the very centre of the flower. I was<br />

fascinated <strong>to</strong>o at the number of varieties<br />

of milkweed. Although we don’t have all<br />

the varieties here in Ontario, we do have<br />

several kinds. <strong>The</strong>re are purple, swamp,<br />

four-leaved, common, poke, butterflyweed,<br />

green, desert, whit-flowered,<br />

antelope-horn, blood-flower and A.<br />

uncials. Here in Ontario I believe we have<br />

swamp, purple, and common types.<br />

Nature was certainly my dad’s element.<br />

Yet how he ever got pigeon-holed in<strong>to</strong><br />

strenuous fac<strong>to</strong>ry work was something<br />

I never unders<strong>to</strong>od. Frankly I think that<br />

is what made him so bitter because<br />

he grew up in a period when the man<br />

was the head of the house and solely<br />

responsible for supporting his wife and<br />

children. So whatever work he could get<br />

back when he was young was the type<br />

of work he ended up doing his entire life,<br />

and with little if any education, what little<br />

choice that left as far as employment was<br />

very little I’m afraid.<br />

I really miss knowing the man he might<br />

have been. Yet it’s still a comfort <strong>to</strong> me<br />

every time I smell the sweet scent of a<br />

Queen Anne’s Lace and wild phlox or<br />

see a butterfly floating serenely across a<br />

meadow. I think of my dad and remember<br />

the times we spent <strong>to</strong>gether, him teaching,<br />

me learning. <strong>The</strong>se are without a doubt<br />

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Wyoming-based singer-songwriter<br />

also recognized Joan for outstanding<br />


achievement entertaining online<br />

during the pandemic.<br />

“I think it’s incredible what she’s<br />

First Lady of<br />

done,” said Mayor Lonny Napper. “Joan<br />

raises people’s spirits with her music<br />

Bluewater Country<br />

and is giving back <strong>to</strong> her community.”<br />

Even Joan can’t believe she’s been<br />

By Cathy Dobson<br />

performing her daily shows for more<br />

than a year.<br />

in one sitting.<br />

the highest honour from the Rotary “I have a little ESP and I knew I’d be<br />

“We were staying with my uncle in Foundation. It was presented for doing it for a long time,” she chuckled.<br />

Detroit and my Dad woke me up late at her determination <strong>to</strong> help the wider “People tell me they look forward <strong>to</strong><br />

night <strong>to</strong> meet a big band leader named community through the pandemic hearing me every day.<br />

Don Pablo who had come <strong>to</strong> the house. and came with a $1,000 donation in “But you know the truth is these<br />

“I was in my pajamas and he showed her name <strong>to</strong> help with humanitarian friends and my music are keeping me<br />

me C, F and G. He <strong>to</strong>ld me I had <strong>to</strong> efforts around the world.<br />

going and I look forward <strong>to</strong> it every day<br />

learn that or nothing was going <strong>to</strong> click. <strong>The</strong> Town of Plymp<strong>to</strong>n-Wyoming <strong>to</strong>o.”<br />

“So I watched him play and I tried<br />

it over and over on an old Silver<strong>to</strong>ne<br />

guitar until my fingers were bleeding.<br />

But I have a pho<strong>to</strong>graphic memory and<br />

I learned it.”<br />

Not only did she master the rhythm<br />

guitar, Joan went on <strong>to</strong> learn multiple<br />

instruments including the double reed<br />

harmonica, bass guitar, mandolin and<br />

four-string banjo. For good measure,<br />

she learned how <strong>to</strong> yodel <strong>to</strong>o.<br />

In the mid-1970s, inspired by<br />

country stars like Tammy Wynette and<br />

Patsy Cline, Joan was the three-time<br />

winner of the Canadian Open Country<br />

Singing Contest in Simcoe Ontario.<br />

She remembers the first time she<br />

was invited on stage <strong>to</strong> sing in front of<br />

a crowd at a union hall in Sarnia.<br />

“I sang Delta Dawn that night and<br />

everyone got up <strong>to</strong> dance. That’s when<br />

I knew I could do it,” said Joan.<br />

Her first gig at age 21 was at the<br />

Oil Rig in Petrolia. After that, she Rotarian Jamie Pole presents Joan Spalding with the Rotary’s highest honour, the Paul Harris<br />

Fellow Award, for her musical achievements during the pandemic. Pho<strong>to</strong> Credit: Mary Pole.<br />

performed regularly, eventually<br />

recorded in Nashville and released<br />

several songs.<br />

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started with her brother Gary Wade<br />

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<strong>Spring</strong>stead Live at the Bridge Tavern”<br />

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but we’re working on that!.<br />

in the making and will be released as<br />

soon as there’s studio time, she said. Our local cover pho<strong>to</strong>grapher is Ronny D’Haene<br />

For a short period in …after a pipeline accident in 2000 I kind of lost my way for a while. Not my hope,<br />

the 1980s, Joan lived in not my faith but <strong>to</strong> be honest my way. Three years later I felt moved <strong>to</strong> take up nature<br />

Ottawa. Otherwise she pho<strong>to</strong>graphy. Since I couldn’t read anything without massive headaches or even<br />

has always called Sarnia- watch tu<strong>to</strong>rials it was a long road <strong>to</strong> learning my craft. Two friends helped me move<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n home and lives from Au<strong>to</strong> Focus <strong>to</strong> using Manual and it all changed for me. <strong>The</strong>y were able <strong>to</strong> explain<br />

in Wyoming now. She<br />

it simply without giving me a headache and my craft improved steadily from there.<br />

I have loved the journey and still do.<br />

raised three kids, Crystal,<br />

What I love more is sharing and<br />

Deb and David. David was making folks smile with my work.<br />

the drummer in <strong>The</strong> Foggy Especially this last year with all of us<br />

Mountain Band for about dealing with all the negative news with<br />

10 years and Joan credits Covid.<br />

Crystal for assistance with promotion I enjoy capturing the vast variety of<br />

wildlife in Southern Ontario and it is<br />

and “being my right arm.”<br />

my hope <strong>to</strong> continue <strong>to</strong> find, click and<br />

This year, while performing every<br />

share this journey with folks.<br />

single day online, Joan received <strong>The</strong> Yours truly, Ronny D’Haene<br />

Paul Harris Fellow Award, which is A.k.a. Ronny the Rooster<br />

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Joan Spalding isn’t going <strong>to</strong> let a little<br />

thing like a pandemic s<strong>to</strong>p her from<br />

playing for her fans.<br />

“I was put on this earth <strong>to</strong> play music<br />

and keep people happy,” she says. “If<br />

I’m not playing, I feel like I’m not doing<br />

anything.”<br />

So when the pandemic shut down<br />

her busy gig schedule last year, it didn’t<br />

take long for Joan <strong>to</strong> figure out how she<br />

would reach her audience another way.<br />

“It came <strong>to</strong> me in a dream,” she<br />

explained. “<strong>The</strong>re I was on a computer<br />

performing a song. It didn’t make a lot<br />

of sense at first because I know so little<br />

about computers but the next day I<br />

thought I’d try an online gig.”<br />

That’s how much she missed her<br />

fans.<br />

After 47 years playing in bars, clubs<br />

and dancehalls – often two or three<br />

times a week – her fans feel like friends<br />

and family.<br />

Joan performed online for the first<br />

time April 1 2020 and hasn’t missed a<br />

day since, exceeding the one-year mark<br />

with no intention of s<strong>to</strong>pping.<br />

“That first day, I only played one<br />

song, Mama Spanks, and it got 90 likes<br />

and 589 views. Of course, I cried,” she<br />

said. “It felt so comfortable.”<br />

Her virtual Facebook shows are live<br />

every day at 3:20 p.m. and generally<br />

include five or six songs. Joan’s “people”<br />

as she likes <strong>to</strong> call them, comment or<br />

report on how they’re doing, requesting<br />

songs and thanking her.<br />

“People have <strong>to</strong>ld me I make their<br />

day. <strong>The</strong>y call me their sweet angel. I<br />

don’t know about that but it makes me<br />

happy <strong>to</strong> share what’s going on in their<br />

lives,” she said.<br />

When it’s possible amid covid<br />

restrictions, Joan is joined on Fridays<br />

by bass player Doug <strong>Spring</strong>stead.<br />

Doug, who lives in Petrolia, has played<br />

with Joan and <strong>The</strong> Foggy Mountain<br />

Band for years and appeared with her<br />

at Point Edward’s Bridge Tavern where<br />

she headlined for well over a decade.<br />

“Joan is very dedicated and has<br />

great people skills,” says Doug. “We<br />

have faithful fans because we play the<br />

old classic country that people want <strong>to</strong><br />

hear.<br />

“She’s done a very, very good job<br />

going online every day,” he added.<br />

“It’s a blast, really. It’s like going on live<br />

television.”<br />

Growing up in<br />

Moore<strong>to</strong>wn, Joan can’t<br />

remember a time when<br />

country music wasn’t a<br />

big part of her life.<br />

She’s been <strong>to</strong>ld<br />

that at four years old,<br />

she walked over <strong>to</strong> a<br />

neighbour’s and sang,<br />

then announced <strong>to</strong><br />

them that she was going <strong>to</strong> be a star.<br />

By age 11, she already played the<br />

piano, then learned the guitar while on<br />

a trip <strong>to</strong> Detroit with her father.<br />

As she tells it, she learned <strong>to</strong> chord<br />

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