Welcome to the Club - Summer 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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Are you 55+ in Lambton County?

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Each year LEO’s staff plants, grows, and harvests a variety of vegetables. Fresh garden boxes

are prepared and donated to residents throughout Sarnia Lambton. Donations to LEO of salad

dressing and salad toppings are always welcome additions to our garden box deliveries!

Lambton Elderly Outreach

As a partnering agency of the Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton

initiative, Lambton Elderly Outreach continues to work

with community partners to increase access and

awareness of social and health supports that ensure our

population is connected to programming, health care, and

opportunities to contribute to our great community!

Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton is all about making community navigation and participation

easier, and that is why a one-stop access point to over 600 services in Lambton County

was developed! Navigating social and health supports is convenient and easy at

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supports, please call The Older Adult Care Pathway at 1-888-347-8737.

Together, Lambton Elderly Outreach and Age-Friendly Sarnia-Lambton, work to empower

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You must be 55 or over to read this magazine.


“The Dentist”

Frankie was tired of being

bothered with a painful

toothache, so he visited

the dentist and asked,

“How much do you charge

to extract a tooth?”.

The dentist replied,

“Thirty-five dollars!”

Frankie exclaimed,

“Isn’t that a little high for

only five minutes work?”

“Well,” replied the dentist,

a little annoyed,

“I could work a little

slower if you’d like.”

Many years ago I was baby

sitting my nephew while his

mother was in the hospital.

He could get into more

mischief than I could

imagine any child

getting into, so when I

put my two year old down for her nap, I

checked on Alan again. He was playing

quietly on the veranda.

“This is Herkimer,” he said, pointing

to a large and furry caterpillar. “Watch

him walk down the ramp. Want to see

him ride in my jeep? Oh, he’s tired,

he’s curling up for a sleep.” Alan gently

picked up his furry friend and put it in

a small box. He might knock over my

favourite plant, or break a plate a day,

but he handled living things with the

care of a brain surgeon at work.

I walked down the steps and started

to weed the flower bed. Funny how fast

weeds grow. From there I could hear

Sandee when she woke up, and I could

also keep an eye on my small charge.

While I was weeding, Alan built a

higher ramp with some of Sandee’s

blocks, and a road with sand borrowed

from the sand box.

I’ll show Sandee how fast Herkie can

go, when she wakes up,” he promised.

A short time later I heard her call

and went in to lift her out of the crib.

“Alan has something to show you,” I

whispered as I buckled her shoes.

She slid from my lap and ran to the

front door.

“Look Sandee. He’s going right

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gone barrelling out

the door, jumped

over the blocks

and landed right on


“He never got the chance to be a

butterfly.” Alan hiccuped.

Sandee had not only squashed

Herkimer, she had squashed Alan’s

hopes of ever seeing his very own

caterpillar spin a cocoon and emerge

as a beautiful butterfly. His dreams had

been shattered.

“Don’t step on my caterpillar,” were

familiar words in our family as the

children were growing up. They often

made our children stop and think

before flattening someone’s dreams,

ambitions or hopes, with a thoughtless

remark. We would never have bought

the house we now live in if my children

hadn’t used those familiar words.

My husband had seen the house

and talked about it incessantly. “We

can’t afford it. Wait awhile.” I said, and

watched the excitement fade out of his

face and the hope depart from his eyes.

“You’re stepping on Dad’s caterpillar.”

the children reminded me.

It took only a minute to think it over.

The struggle we had with payments

for the first few years was worth it, as

together we watched a dream become

a reality.

I often wonder if I would have become

a violinist, always my dream, if my

uncle hadn’t told me I had no talent,

and should stick to sensible things like

dressmaking and typewriting.

It’s so easy to step on caterpillars.

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This FREE magazine is distributed in most of Sarnia-Lambton


By Mark Moran, Publisher

After 15 years of thinking about it, three

years of planning for it, and six months

of actually doing it, we are happy and

proud to present you with the third issue

of Welcome to The Club. It’s a magazine

for people 55+ in Sarnia Lambton and

is filled with good news, a few jokes,

and lighthearted memories from people

like yourself. As much

as we’re tempted to

speak out about local

shenanigans, there

are no politics in these

pages. You won’t find

any bad news, or at least

I hope not, but you will

find an invitation to help

build this magazine now

and in the future. It is

written by our readers

and many of the articles

are from our other

magazine, Daytripping

in Southwestern Ontario,

which covers a much

larger area but has had the same feel

good style since 1995. When you see an

article that says it has been published in

Daytripping, the author has given us their

blessing to reprint their work. We donate

$25 to charity for doing so and, though

some of them passed away years ago,

their words live on in these pages.

An interesting addition this time is

a list of discounts for seniors that you’ll

find on page 18. We’re keeping our eyes

open in search of more discounts to tell

you about, so please let us know if we

are missing some. We also hope that this

list may encourage some businesses to

offer a discount to those of us who have

reached a certain age. I’m only a pup

compared to some of my readers, but I

am told that “senior” is an okay word to

use whenever it comes before the word


As I write this in mid June, it seems

like the light at the end of the COVID-19

tunnel is getting steadily brighter. I hope

and pray that this is

not an illusion. The few

breaths of fresh air in

the company of friends,

that we have finally

been able to experience,

have an overwhelming

healing power for minds

and souls that have been

so stressed for the past

year and a half. A simple

handshake is so much

more meaningful than it

was before all this began,

and a hug, well that’s just

the most heartwarming

thing there is.

So enjoy the stories, summer new

and summer old, the recipes, the jokes,

the typos, and please make a note of the

businesses that are advertising in this

magazine. It’s free for you, but does cost

money to produce, and you have them to

thank for making it possible. I have my

staff to thank and want to send a special

shout out to Carrie Ann Timm this time,

for taking all the various puzzle pieces

and creating this issue.

Take care, stay safe and bask in the

simple pleasures of life, like handshakes

and hugs.

Thanks for reading.

Mark Moran, Publisher

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Summer 2021 (Rarely Heard Any More) “Take those bottles back to the store for the deposit.” P A G E 5

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Move Better, Feel Better, Live Better

By Kelly-Lynn Musico, Brights Grove • Registered Physiotherapist, Registered Yoga Teacher

Is it inevitable that the human body

will age? I remember being in my 20’s

and taking one of my Physiotherapy

courses titled “The Physiology of Aging.”

I remember thinking to myself, “Oh,

come on, they (the older population)

must have never exercised,” and “they

are being wimpy”. This was in reference

to learning about the common effects of

aging within each of our bodily systems:

Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, and

Neuroanatomy. Wow, how naive was I?

As someone now in my 50’s, with close

friends in their 60’s & 70’s, and parents

close to their 80’s, I now understand

what my professors were talking about.

So, what is aging anyway? According

to one of the basic definitions I found,

“Aging is the process of becoming

older. In humans, aging represents the

accumulation of changes in a human being

over time and can encompass physical,

psychological, and social changes.” So,

the good news is, we are supposed to be

aging, not ‘anti-aging.’ Phew!

It’s true, our physical body changes

as we age. Think about how quickly we

might have recovered from injury in our

20’s compared to today. We may not

recover from injury as quickly as we used

to and that is okay. Let us think back to

how many consecutive days we could

play golf, tennis, or workout without the

aches and pains we may feel today. What

about the external, physical changes to

our bodies? The elasticity in our skin is

expected to change, as it, too, is a natural

part of aging. Those fine lines let people

know we are “experienced people.”

Now, the psychological changes? I

personally feel as we age, we have the

opportunity to grow into a deeper kind

of beauty, one which works its way from

the inside out. It can be a more authentic

and less superficial beauty. It may show

through our eyes and the confident way

we move through life.

The ‘anti-aging campaigns’ turn the

entire natural development of aging into

enemies, rather than embracing aging

as normal and positive; this needs to

change. Often, older people are more

mature, confident, and powerful than

when they were younger.

We cannot stop the aging process, and

nor should we. We can, however, make

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choices to help us feel better from the

inside out. Yoga is a great form of activity

that can help us embrace aging and all

the positive things that it brings.

Although I dabbled in Yoga in my

30’s, it wasn’t until my 40’s that I truly

discovered the physical and emotional

benefits. Yoga is a fantastic mind-body

practice that incorporates strengthening,

balance, stretches, breathing techniques

and meditation. These can all help to

contribute to healthier and happier aging.

For me, it is the connection of

the breath to movement that makes

Yoga such a wonderful activity. If you

can breathe, you can do Yoga! As a

Physiotherapist and Yoga teacher, I

often incorporate breathing exercises

into my client’s exercise program.

Connecting with our breath can help to

reduce stress, anxiety, and ultimately

pain. By bringing our awareness to our

breath, we may be able to connect with

what our body and mind are feeling.

This can be a step in the right direction

towards preparing our body to relax and

to quiet the chatter in our mind.

So how do we do that? Let’s give it a try!

Complete Breath:

• This simple breath can be done

in a comfortable seated or lying


• Relax…Maybe close your eyes.

• Exhale completely. Inhale slowly

and deeply through your nose.

Allow your stomach to expand like

a balloon. Filling your chest and

lungs with air.

• Pause your breath…

• Exhale slowly through the nose,

squeezing out all the air from within.

• Repeat 5 times or more if you like.

• Enjoy the sensations associated with

observing and feeling your breath.

There are so many different types of

Yoga and each teacher will bring their

own style into practice. Take time to

explore and find the one that connects

best for you. Be patient and enjoy the


We cannot stop the aging process;

however, we can make choices that aim

to improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

Thus maintaining an active life,

doing the things we enjoy and spending

time with our loved ones. As we increase

our physical and mental health, we may

begin to feel more positive about our

aging and all the beauty it brings. Each

new day is an opportunity to embrace our

age and all its glory!

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As a child growing up in rural

Ontario, a nightly chorus of frog song

was my bedtime lullaby. Outside my

open bedroom window the night was

filled with the sound of thousands

of frog voices joined as one. Even

if you covered your ears, the sound

penetrated. But after a while, you

became accustomed to the rhythmic

melody and drifted off to sleep.

Many of the frogs that lulled me

to slumber each night also became fish


A cousin’s uncle used to own a bait

shop in a small community near our

farm. He’d pay his nephews a couple

of cents for each frog brought to him.

The boys would show up at our farm

with their empty Silverwood’s Dairy

milk cartons in hand and off we’d go

to scout the many swales, ponds and

wetland areas that dotted our farm


As much as I would like to say

that I too was an adept frog-catcher,

admittedly I was not. I was a klutz

for one thing. I never did have the

coordination it would have taken

to outwit a frog. Secondly, I wasn’t

thrilled with touching their slimy, little

squirming bodies.

But that is not to say that my

role in my cousin’s entrepreneurial

partnership wasn’t an important one.

I was in charge of the milk carton! The

boys were experts at pouncing and it

was difficult to keep up with the number

of times a fist with outstretched frog’s

legs poking out between the fingers,

was flung before my face.

It was my job to open the top of

the (soon-to-become very muddy)

carton so they could make a deposit.

Of course, opening the waxy spout to

put one frog in also meant that those

already caught and piled up on top of

one another in the carton were fighting

to get out!

Years later, when we moved

to Norfolk County, one of the first

welcoming spring sounds was the

chorus of frog song. We dug a big

pond in the backyard and waited while

Mother Nature started to put in place

her fine-tuned ecosystem.

We were delighted to spot tadpoles

in the pond and were later entertained

when the common green leopard frogs

teased our city-bred Bull Terrier. While

trotting along in the shallow water

around the shoreline, he’d disturb the

frogs and they in turn would startle

him. We came to expect a sequence

of sounds as the dog made his way

around the entire circumference of the

pond – the gribbit of a frog, followed

by a splash as they hit the water, and

then the dog’s bark. Gribbit, splash,

bark. Gribbit, splash, bark.

And then one year, we were

puzzled that there were no frogs. Part

of that mystery might be explained by

the fact that we had also stocked the

pond with bass. Duh! Bass eat frogs!

A few years ago, an unusually dry

summer meant that the pond level

lowered to the point where it reduced

the bass population. Fortunately,

Mother Nature has a way of taking

care of such things and in recent years

we’ve been able to spot huge tadpoles

in the springtime, some performing

like dolphins as they actually jump out

of the water!

While we don’t seem to have the

numbers needed for the full-fledged

symphony recalled from my childhood,

those who call our pond home are

welcome because, as we’ve been told,

when we can no longer hear their song

it is a signal that there is something

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Remember jumping into the St. Clair River

when you were younger? These brave

boys did it in April this year!

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(C through D)

Canada: 51 weeks of winter, one week hockeyless summer.

Cauterize: Made eye contact with a woman.

Charm: Getting a "yes", without having asked any clear question.

Cheap: Much less expensive than ones selling for up to twice as much.

Chirpes: A canarial disease, no tweetment.

Choconiverous: Biting off the head of the chocolate Easter bunny first.

Cinemuck: Popcorn and candy that covers the floors of movie theatres.

Conservative: A liberal who has just been mugged.

Constipation: Teeth marks on the toilet seat. Diplomacy:

Counterfeiter: Kitchen cabinet installer.

The art of

Deliberation: Examining one's bread to determine letting someone

which side it is buttered on.

else have

Drug: A substance that, when injected into a rat, your way.

produces a scientific paper.

Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.


No one has so big a

house that he does not need

a good neighbour.

He is a friend to none

who is a friend to all.

A peacock has too

little in its head and

too much in its tail.

Guests should not forget to go home.

He who has nothing but virtues is not much

better than he who has nothing but faults.

He who buys what he doesn't

need steals from himself.

Wisdom is in the head and not in the beard.

Don't throw away the old bucket until you

know whether the new one holds water.

Being young is a fault which improves daily.

A life without love, a year without summer.

Better to suffer for the truth

than be rewarded for a lie.

Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.

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from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2007

Politicians, generally, are

masters of obfuscation;

the subtle art of couching

whatever they say in words

so complex that later,

when they are taken to

task for their comments

they can say, “That’s not

what I meant” and no one can prove

them wrong. It is little wonder then,

that the people who work for them

have brought the art of obfuscation to

its current level. Witness the reams

of paper that are produced whenever

a government committee is asked to

write a report.

And yet, it is the simple writing that

is understood and remembered. For

example, if you had read the following

sentence, would you have remembered

it? “A single unit of pre-decimal

currency, parsimoniously hoarded, is

the equivalent of a similar pecuniary

token received as wages.” Not likely.

However, when James Thomson

wrote “A penny saved is a penny got,”

he created an adage that has endured

for more than two hundred years (albeit

in slightly modified form.) With that

in mind, how many of the following

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recognize if they had been written by a


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invariably created whenever a project is

performed with undue alacrity.

2. A joyful feeling of contentment

is not a commodity which can be

purchased through the normal channels

of currency exchange.

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of a low temperature, it

is an indication that he

or she possesses a loving


4. It is generally unwise to

awaken a slumbering member

of the canine family.

5. If your initial efforts are

unsuccessful, perseverance will

eventually lead to a satisfactory


6. Given advance knowledge of

impending actions, one may take

whatever course is necessary to ensure

a suitable outcome.

7. A basic writing implement, used

judiciously, has the potential for greater

impact than an ancient, double edged


8. The introduction of a large number

of assistants to a task force reduces

the individual effort required for the

completion of a particular assignment.

9. Those members of the avian family

having similar plumage are often

predisposed to seek common domicile.

10. The subtle essence of humor is

dependent upon the constrained use of



l. Haste makes waste.

2. Money can’t buy happiness.

3. Cold hands, warm heart.

4. Let sleeping dogs lie.

5. If at first you don’t succeed,

try, try again.

6. Forewarned is forearmed.

7. The pen is mightier than the sword.

8. Many hands make light work.

9. Birds of a feather flock together.

10. Brevity is the soul of wit.

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happy as they make up their

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1. How many judges are there on the

Supreme Court of Canada?

2. What is the oldest national

park in Canada?

3. How many regular season points did

Wayne Gretzky end his career with?

4. Which ruling British Monarch was the

first to visit Canada (or any Commonwealth

country) - on May 17, 1939?

5. Wood Buffalo National Park is home to

the world’s largest ______?

6. What mountain range can you see from


7. What Canadian skater was the first to

ever perform a “quad” in competition?

8. Astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded a song

in space. What was it called?

9. What is Canada’s tallest mountain?

10. Fresh water or salt water? What are

icebergs made up of?

11. What baseball position did Ferguson

(Fergie) Jenkins play?

12. Name the six members of the Six Nations


13. About 35% of Canada is made up of

lakes. True or false?

14. What is Canada’s longest river?


15. Is it the longest river in North America?

16. What was the population of Canada at

Confederation in 1867, to the nearest


17. What happened in Niagara Falls on

March 29th, 1948?

18. What is the Easternmost point in


19. Josiah Henson is believed to have been

the inspiration for the title character of

this famous book.

20. Which town is home to the world’s

longest covered bridge?

21. Justin Trudeau is Canada’s _____

Prime Minister. (We need a number!)

22. The Ambassador bridge connects

Canada to which major US city?

23. Who’s band played “Auld Lang Syne” in

New York City every year from 1924 to


24. Where is Flin Flon?

25. What are the two governing bodies of


26. If it’s 10:00 in Ontario, what time is it in


27. Who is the only Canadian to medal in

both summer and winter Olympics?

28. What was first performed in Quebec

City on July 24th, 1880?

29. When and where did the first Tim

Hortons open?

30. Anne of Green Gables was written by?

31. How many provinces were there at the

time of Confederation? Name them.

32. In what decade was the St. Lawrence

Seaway built?

33. Is Nunavut in the Eastern, Central or

Mountain time zone?

34. The longest name of a place in Canada

is is Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik

Lake. Is this true?

35. What Canadian city was the world’s first

to use the 911 emergency number?


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Browning 8. Jewel in the Night 9. Mount

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12. Cayuga, Oneida, Seneca, Tuscarora,

Mohawk and Onondaga 13. False, it’s closer

to 8% 14. The Mackenzie River 1,738 kms.

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jam 18. Cape Spear , Newfoundland 19. Uncle

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m 21. 23rd 22. Detroit MI 23. Guy Lombardo

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A Day in the Life of a

Child of the 50’s

By Therese Lecuyer, Essex • from Daytripping Magazine, May-June 2013

I was never alone. There were seven

of us in the family. My being the fourth

of five daughters, there was always

someone talking, if not all of us, at the

same time (my poor dad!)

We owned a transistor radio with

AM/FM—that is what we would listen to

music by, until one Christmas all five of

us girls were given a record player from

Santa Claus.

TV came into my life when I was

about eight years old. I still have fond

memories of taking our Saturday night

baths in a metal tub filled with water

that was heated on the stove (we had

no running water in the bathroom

and no bathroom) and then all of us

gathering around the television to

watch Lawrence Welk, freshly bathed.

I still love re-runs! On Sunday nights it

was Ed Sullivan and Bonanza, eating

our allotted hand full of chips and

bottle of pop, our treat for the week, if

it even lasted until then.

The summers seemed endless. We

lived outside and I loved tending to

the pigs. They were never fed so well,

as during the summer when there was

no school. Our “playhouse” was the

outhouse or chicken coupe. Yes, the

outhouse; the smell never bothered me

back then!

We all helped around the farm,

feeding the chickens, gathering eggs

and hoeing weeds in the fields, and of

course, feeding the pigs.

I remember one summer, Dad

promised us girls a new “playhouse” for

all our hard work hoeing milk weeds,

etc. It was our playhouse for the better

part of a day, before the hens and chicks

moved in.

We didn’t have any fancy electronic

games back then. My sisters and I

would play a lot of Old Maid. If you

ended up the Old Maid, Dad would

tease us mercilessly. We’d play statue,

tag, hop scotch and hide and seek.

When it rained, we’d put on our

bathing suits and run around in the rain

and under the eavestroughs —that was

so cool!

I can remember a milk man, bread

man, a Fuller Brush man, and even an

ice cream man. The ice cream man

even came to our house in the country.

It was always exciting when the ice

cream man would pull into our

yard and stop and pull out a box of

ice cream treats. They wouldn’t go far

when there were seven of us.

Peanut butter and jelly, bologna

and ground up sweet pickles were a

staple to feed us in our lunches. In the

summer months we ate a lot of toasted

tomato sandwiches and sweet corn.

Playing with the many farm animals

was always fun, until you sat down to

dinner and had shepherd’s pie, which

included many of the animals I fondly

tended to. It was all part of growing up

on a farm, but very difficult at times.

We walked to school (no, not 20

miles there and back) about a mile each

way, no matter the weather. My first

time ever on a school bus was in grade

six—that was so exciting! I can recall

walking to school in snowstorms and

being told the buses weren’t running,

so there would be no school, and to go

back home. It wasn’t a one room school

house but two buildings; one housing

grades 1-3 and 7-8, the other grades 4

and 5. What I wouldn’t give to go back

to those days again.

During the summer, I often played

teacher with my younger sister and

taught the boys across the road.

We never had a phone until I was 12

and a bathroom until I was 13. I can

still remember my first tub bath—I felt

like I was in heaven!

Being one of five girls, I got a lot

of hand-me-downs, but was always

excited and grateful for Christmas and

Easter, when we’d all get a new dress,

shoes and bonnet. I still have the picture

of all us five girls and dad on the tractor

on Easter Sunday that Mom took.

Growing up on the farm, in the 50’s

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The Leafs, The Lake & Other Adventures

I remember sitting with my Dad

in the little lake house and watching

hockey on the tiny, blurry TV that had

been purchased. It was, of course, not

just hockey we were watching.....it was

the Toronto Maple Leafs and they were

somewhat sacred back in those days. I

learned watching hockey with my Dad

on that tiny TV, and I learned to love the

Leafs, and that was something that stayed

with me through much of my adult life.

Even when I was a teenager and was out

partying all night, my Dad would leave me

a synopsis of the game and the score on

the kitchen table before he went to bed on

Saturday night. I regret now that I didn’t

stay in and watch more Leafs’ games with

my Dad in those days. I guess I took it

for granted and didn’t really understand

how important it was. Now that I’ve had

my own kids and had them find their

own lives, I know how disappointed my

father must have been not to have me stay

home to watch the games with him. It’s a

grim reality in life that most people don’t

recognize the important stuff until it’s

too late. And another grim reality of life

is that there’s no going back and there’s

no turning back. Life is linear – you go

from one end to the other and there are

no places to get off along the way – and

there’s no way you can slow it down. Life

runs by its own clock – you’re just along

for the ride.

I started school when I lived at the

lake.....I started when I was four years old

because my birthday was in December.

And while many people joke about having

to walk a mile to school through snow

drifts waist high back in the old days.....

that’s pretty much what I did on some

winter mornings those first couple of

years. In fact, because we lived down a

road with no winter service, which meant

that the snow plow didn’t come down,

my Dad and the few other men who lived

along our road would sometimes get up

really early in the morning after a snow

storm and shovel out the road up to the

bigger road.

We had a bunch of adventures at the

lake. I learned to swim and skate really

well because our front yard was filled

with a swimming pool in summer and a

skating rink in winter... by the time I was

six or seven, I could both swim and skate

really well. My parents got to know a guy

who had a cottage at the lake, who was

only there in summer. He had a pretty

big motor boat and he and his family

and friends were big water skiers – there

was even a ski jump out in the middle of

the lake. Now Mr. Sternel – that was his

name – had a small, black dog and in due

course he built a special water ski with a

small wire basket on the front. He would

ski around the lake and the dog would sit

in the wire basket and have a ride. This

was a great delight to the other cottagers

who would sit out on their boathouses

and cheer on the man and his little dog.

But Mr. Sternel wasn’t done performing

circus tricks for the cottagers yet. And, as

it turned out, my circus career was just

about to begin. And, so, Mr. Sternel would

get me up his shoulders and the little dog

on the front of his special ski and away

we would go – around the lake, the three

of us would go while everybody cheered

and clapped. It was the start of a long life

in performance. I didn’t know that then,

but it was the way it was going to be and

it was the way it was.....

There were some other kids whose

parents had decided to rough it on the

lake all year long in those days. So, there

were playmates for me and we hung out

around the lake and in the lake and on

the lake and we had no end to good times

from what I remember. One remarkable

thing that happened while I lived at the

lake involved my friend, George.....We

were out horsing around in the farmer’s

fields one day and George had a sudden

urge to poop. So, rather than go home,

he just went over behind a tree, dropped

his drawers and let her go.....After he’d

finished, he called me over to admire his

pile of poop – that’s the kind of thing kids

used to do. And the remarkable things

about his poop is that it had ended up

looking exactly like a Dairy Queen soft ice

cream cone, all swirly and such. We stood

and admired it for a couple of minutes

amazed that something like that could

happen. It’s a strange but true reality that

I’ve never seen anything like this again

in my life. And George is dead now. And

that’s that.

One of my sisters was born in 1956

– while we lived at the lake. She was

my first sibling and I don’t have many

memories of her from those early days.

My first real memory was when she was

three or four and thought it would be fun

to lick the big oil tank that stood on the

back porch. Now, one of the early lessons

you learn in life is you keep your tongue

away from cold metal things in the winter.

Unfortunately, my sister found that out the

hard way. Mom really didn’t know how

to solve the problem so my sister stayed

with her tongue stuck to the oil tank until

my Dad got home from work. He knew

the old hot water trick, so he boiled the

kettle and poured that water down over

my sister’s tongue and the oil tank finally

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It was the long hot summer of 1958 and

there, perched on the Ross’ picnic table,

was my friend Mary and myself. It was the

middle of the summer, needless to say, by

now, we were bored. We had put a lot of

effort into the morning tormenting her kid

sister, and were debating what to do next.

After great consideration, we decided to go

down to the bay. Both of our mothers have

warned us not to go down to the bay, this is

one of the reasons we picked it. We were

rebels, troublemakers, girls gone bad, we

just hoped we didn’t get caught!

To make the journey a little more

interesting, we decide to travel a different

route. Today we were going by way of

Simcoe Street. We pass Palamero Bakery,

boy it smelled good, we were hungry, but

we didn’t want to go home. This is a long

steep hill; we get a big stone taking turns

kicking it down towards the bottom of the

hill. We are almost at the bottom when we

spot an absolute treasure. We can’t believe

what we’re looking at, and no one else has

laid claim to the great find.

Behind the old grey shack at the bottom

of the hill is the biggest, fullest, fruitiest

cherry tree - and we found it, it was ours! We

realize we had to be quiet, we didn’t want to

share, we were so excited! We ran back to

Mary’s house, she snuck into her kitchen and

grabbed us a big brown paper bag. Our feet

were barely touching the ground, we had to

hurry to lay claim, we would not relinquish,

not at this stage.

Again, down to the end. We climbed

over the two feet of wild growing grass, it

looked like no one had mowed the lawn for

a long time. As we approach the tree we

realize it is much taller than we thought,

but this wasn’t going to stop us. We open

by Pat Taylor, Hamilton

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Sept-Oct 2005

our paper bag, and with great maturity we

decide to take turns climbing the tree to get

the big luscious red cherries. Like a pair of

monkeys we worked all afternoon. At the

end, our knees were scraped, our hands

were bloody, and we darn near filled that

ten pound bag! We had trouble bringing it

up the hill, it was so heavy. Now we begin

to eat them. Mmmmm.

The only logical place to go is back to

Mary’s backyard. Placing our treasure in

between us, this gives us easy access. We

are stuffing ourselves when, sure enough,

out walks her sister again, whiney thing!

We decide, why not throw at couple at

Joan. We had her crying in no time.

She wanted some cherries and said she

wouldn’t tell on us. So the blackmail

works, we give her a handful and tell

her go to the other end of the yard to eat

them. Mary and myself are slowing down

eating, we really did stuff ourselves. Mary

opens a cherry and says, “hey look, there’s

a worm in this cherry.” I open one, and

sure enough, another worm. We were in

a panic now, we kept opening them, and

they all had worms in them. We started

spitting, trying to upchuck, we knew there

were things swimming in our sweet little

tummies! Nothing was working. Mary says

it’s worms for us, worm medicine that is.

Her family must have got worms a lot, they

had the syrup in their medicine cabinet.

We took a swig each, and let nature take

it’s course. We, being extremely smart

kids realize why no one else wanted those

darn cherries!

We decided to go to the park, no use crying

over spilled cherries. Mary was a good big

sister, she told Joan she could have the rest

of the cherries. Wasn’t that nice!



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A ‘bugbear,’ says the dictionary, is

anything that causes an imaginary fear or

anxiety. Imaginary? Methinks not. In my

vocabulary, a bug is a bug is a bug.

A psychiatrist might blame a childhood

trauma, when I plopped on a bearskin rug,

jumped up with a wasp (literally as snug

as a bug in a rug) stinging my hand for

invading its private space. The start of it all.

Decades later, in cottage country,

I earned the name ‘Broom Lady’ for

swishing a broom to ward off things with

wings. Thankfully, in my hearing at least,

nobody suggested I ride it.

‘June bug’ is a blatant misnomer. It’s

always May when we open up the cottage,

but these critters’ hard shells hit doors and

windows on determined dive-bombing

missions. June indeed!

My produce patch beside the cottage

netted summery salad stuff until one

lunchtime when I was picking some

greens for lunch. Nibbling on a young

leaf, I inadvertently chomped a

fat caterpillar in half before it

had time to squiggle out of

the way. Too late, it was

decapitated between my

teeth and the eyes in the

head section gave me a look never to

forget. Needless to say, the garden went to

seed and I shopped in town every summer.

‘Heartburn’ with Jack Nicholson and

Meryl Streep was the unfortunate video

choice one rainy night when neighbouring

cottagers came over. When Streep’s

fingers mimed a spider’s trip up the water

spout, the ditty ‘Inky Dinky Spider’ in the

background, I shivered, grabbed a sweater,

but soon had to escape, feigning a sudden

chill. No, don’t turn it off. No, I don’t need

the village doctor. I’ll just go to bed. I lay

watching a horror movie instead, to clear

my mind of spiders.

Next morning I tried to ward off

questions: I’m fine, thanks, must have

been something quick that hit me. No

way would I reveal the well-kept secret of

my shame.

As a pre-teen at summer camp, I’d

climbed into my bunk that first night,

then instantly screamed and raced into

the woods, followed by counsellors and

kids who fortunately caught up to me at

the lake edge. Hysterically I blurted out

that a huge spider was on my pillow.

End of summer camp forever.

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A Case of Bugmania


Jean Leedale Hobson, West Vancouver, BC

From Daytripping Magazine, May-June 2007

your Inky Dinky Spider interpretation

resurrected an experience this fan thought

she’d outgrown.

Is it any wonder, with my painful past,

that I freaked out recently when I spied

tiny brown ‘somethings’ on the rug?

Jumping up, I flung away the handmade

heating bag from my aching shoulder and

stared, petrified, at the invaders. They

stayed still, not a skitter across the

floor, not a flap of a wing. Probably,

I reasoned, they were as

frozen with fear of me as

I was of them. Panic took

over as I also spotted a few on

the chair arm. BUGS in my living

room? Oh no! Oh yes!

I dashed to the hardware store, discreetly

picked up a can of insect spray, paid and

got out of there fast. For an hour I sprayed

everything in sight, wishing I’d bought

a gas mask too. Can emptied, I treated

myself to two aspirins and a pot of tea

as a chaser.

All that zeal had made my shoulder

worse, so I reheated the bag in the

microwave. Two, four, six shiny brown

specks lay on the counter. Curbing an urge

to phone 911, I looked closer. Not bugs,

FLAXSEED! A bit of the stitching had split,

letting the seeds escape. No local charity

would have wanted the chair, saturated

with strong-smelling spray, so it went to

the dump. But did I explain my new velvet

rocker to the family on their next visit? Not

on a bug’s life I didn’t!

In my loathing of creepers, crawlers,

wrigglers or flutterers, there is one

exception however. I am a

pushover for those red-andblack,

polka-dotted, gardenfriendly,

aphid-guzzling beetles

we call ladybugs.

My son was asthmatic as a

child. If I could find a ladybug, I’d

gently transfer her to his bed tray, asking

her to babysit, the child watching in delight

as she crawled back and forth for his

amusement. When her nanny stint was

over I’d tell her to fly away home, hoping

her house wasn’t on fire, her children all

gone, as the nursery rhyme predicted. I

wouldn’t want that fate to happen to her.

Come to think of it, I wouldn’t want it to

happen to a wasp, a June bug or even an

inky dinky spider.

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Summer in the garden is, for many,

the most wonderful season. It is a season

of enjoying our spring efforts grow and

bloom. Those new plants we purchased

to provide food to pollinators are coming

into their glory, and luring wildlife to our

gardens for our entertainment.

Everyone has a different vision when

planning their individual oasis, and the

summer is when we realize the successes

of our choices of what to plant. We also

notice at this time those items that are

not best situated. Not enough sunlight

to bloom, too closely planted over there,

these colours don’t work together the

best. Resist the urge to move items

around in the heat of summer. Make

note of these changes you wish to make

in July and August, and plan to move

them as we cool in late September.

Keep vigilant for damaging pests in

your garden that seek to steal your show

and produce. At the same time, take

notice of the beneficial insects starting to

arrive in late June and July. Lacewings,

Ladybeetles, Praying Mantis are all helpful

garden assistants for keeping those pests

at bay. Consider creating a toad abode

to encourage these voracious critters in

your garden. They love to hide under cool

stones and leaves to escape the summer

day heat and emerge at night for their

evening buffet of insects and more. Also

make use of diatomaceous earth (silicon

dioxide) to reduce the population of

earwigs and other plant eaters where the

beneficial insects aren’t keeping up.

In the vegetable garden, produce is

becoming a greater and greater harvest

each week. Nothing is better than eating

the effort of your own hands right from

the garden. Brush off the soil and the

occasional insect and mmm… tomatoes

cucumbers peas carrots. And if you

have too much to enjoy, share with

neighbours or strangers, you never know

who becomes a new friend.



❏ Water deeply all the new plantings

from this year and the veggie garden.

❏ Trim spent blossoms to encourage

more blooms (or just let the seeds

develop to feed the birds).

❏ Keep weeds at bay so plants have

space to develop.

❏ Monitor insect and bird populations

and marvel at their beauty and design.

❏ Harvest and share produce from

your yard.


❏ start thinking about adding new

seasonal colour where there are no

showy flowers.

❏ If plants are out of place make note

to relocate these in late September.

❏ Keep the hummingbird feeder clean

and stocked.


❏ Move the plants that need a new

home and divide perennial plants.

❏ Add Fall blooming mums, Tall

grasses and ornamental kale to container

gardens to welcome the next season.

❏ Plant trees for shade and other

larger plants you should have many

years ago. (You remember how hot July

and August were don’t you?)

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I Always Wanted to

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Eric Mackenzie always knew he

wanted to play baseball.

“I always wanted to play baseball,”

Eric Mackenzie said. He was born in

Glendon, Alberta in 1932 and grew

up on the farm. From a young age, he

knew that the farming life was not for

him, but it was all Glendon really had to

offer. So he set his eyes on a seemingly

impossible dream: Baseball.

His father encouraged him to play.

When Eric came of age in 1949, life

in Glendon was tough. WWII had

just ended, and jobs were few and far

between. He bought a one-way ticket

to Leamington, ON to tryout for the big


Eric had quit school in Grade 10 to

work on the farm and focus

on baseball. He played as a

catcher. From Leamington,

Eric was signed to the

Philadelphia Athletics, a

U.S.-based team. He set

off for spring training in


“I travelled a lot of miles

and saw most of the United

States from a bus,” Eric said.

“Those eight years were the

best times of my life… it was

my lifetime dream to play


Eric can still remember his

first day of spring training.

“I was a catcher… when

you sit all day on your haunches, in a

crouch, your legs almost seize-up on

you,” Eric said. Near the end of the day,

one of the coaches told him to practice

at bat. He took three swings before

another player sent him back to the

bullpen. “They didn’t like to see new

people. They were always worried you’d

be the one to take their spot.”

Eric started as a player in the D-club,

but he didn’t stay there long. He made

his way up through the ranks, playing

the majority of his games at the A and

Eric Mackenzie in uniform

for the Athletics during his

baseball career.

B rank. In 1954 Philadelphia Athletics

changed hands, becoming Kansas City

Athletics. In 1955, Eric played in his first

Major League game for the Kansas City


Although the team changed hands

during Eric’s eight-year career, he was

never signed to another team.

In 1956, Eric was married. He and his

wife, who was from Leamington, had a

son and a daughter.

In 1958, Eric retired as a player and

went on to coach baseball. At first, he

coached local Canadian baseball teams.

“And then I got a call from Baseball

Canada to coach the Canadian baseball

teams,” Eric said. He was one of several

coaches for the team, and he travelled

around the world, from Italy

to Japan. He also coached

at the Pan American Games

and the 1984 Olympics,

which were held in Los

Angeles. He served as a

coach with team Canada for

nine years.

After his coaching career,

Eric worked in Parks and

Recreation as the recreation

director. He enjoyed the job

for many years, and retired

in 1990. He continued to

volunteer as a ballpark

groundskeeper. He saw

almost every park in Ontario

and the southern States. He

retired from his volunteer work in 2018,

at the age of 86.

Today, Eric continues to enjoy life at

Fairwinds Lodge Retirement Residence

in Sarnia. To this day, he says The

Athletics, which are now Oakland based,

are his favourite team.

“Baseball is a big item around the

world,” Eric said. “It’s a sport where you

need a lot of background, and there’s

lots of competition… [but] there’s a

lot of comradery and a lot of laughs in


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Since before high school growing up in Poland,

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he had his first darkroom (and sll has that first

enlarger). Since then, photography was always an

integral part of his career and a tool he ulized in his

work as an archaeologist, urban designer, graphic

designer, media designer, commercial photographer

and a New Media Teacher at St. Chris/St. Pat’s in

Sarnia for the last 22 years. Robert has completed

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students. The measure of his success are the awards and successes accumulated by his

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We’re living life to the fullest (until about 9 pm).

A Waft of Summer

The gentleness of an early summer

morning on my back porch swing

floods over me. The smell of fresh cut

grass tickles my nostrils as I relish in

the wonderful joys of retirement. Oh

yes, the howling winds of winter, the

blowing snow, the dangling icicles all

have their beauty as we stay snuggly,

tucked inside, piecing a jigsaw puzzle,

but the best time of all the seasons is

when the sun shines, the birds dutifully

build their nests and tug on worms, the

tractors pass by in a caravan of busyness

and the daffodils sway in the ditch. This

is truly a touch of heaven.

And with it comes the

smells of summer. The

cherry blossoms send out

their v1.1 delicate LEO spray, lilacs

scent v1.2 the Forest air with Kineto their Theatre

distinctive v1.3 Heritage perfume St. Clair

as we drive past a

plethora of bushes in the

neighbouring ditches. I

always cut a few to put

in my bedroom so I can

fall asleep to that familiar

scent. As I rock in my

By Marion Urquhart Charkow, Flesherton

swing, the pungent odour of freshly

spread manure wafts on the breeze.

My mother, often remarked how this

reminded her of her childhood days

on her grandfather’s farm in the Back

Canishers of Guernsey. I don’t suppose

I ever realized as a child how much she

missed her island home. However, it did

leave her with a great love of nature,

the different seasons and how each one

has its own special joys. I believe I’ve

inherited that love. I could not imagine

ever again living in a big city although

that is certainly where the de

Beaucamp family settled

when they immigrated.

But I, many generations

later, enjoy the sweet

smells of the barnyard,

the sweetness of fresh

cut hay, the damp odour

after a summer rain, the

crispness as Lake Huron

splashes on the sandy

beach, the hungry smell

of french fries. Ah, the

smell of summer, I love it.


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(Rarely Heard Any More) The sound of baseball cards in bicycle spokes

You’re welcome to send in articles to help build this new magazine.


If baseball were easy every hop would be great,

Every pitch would be served on a silver home plate,

I'd have perfect mechanics, not practice at all,

Always get my way when I dislike a call,

I'd only paint corners, hit homers with ease,

Pitch perfect games and steal home when I please,

I'd play every inning at the position I want,

Remove fans from the stands when they issue a taunt,

If baseball were easy I'd play it without strife

But baseball's not easy.....

Baseball's like life.

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First off, you never realize how old

you really are. In your mind you just stay

the same age. Mine is 20. I still think like

I am 20, still see myself as 20, the only

time I am not 20 is when I am trying to

do something I could do so easily when I

was 20.

I have also discovered I have a lot more

memories than I could possibly have at 20.

I just can’t remember them all as well as I

could then. If I try really hard to remember

them, they just run away somewhere and I

can’t find them.

In my mind, I could climb Everest, hike

non-stop over Australia, hop a plane to

anywhere and have enough energy left

to take on the world again. Now I look at

Everest and say why would I want to climb

it? I think I could hike a conservation area

in Australia. I need a night’s sleep before I

hop a plane to anywhere and when I land

they assist me off the aircraft and I am

exhausted by the time I get to my car.

The other day, I noticed that most of

my friends have gained a few years, and

are looking old. At least I have managed

to keep looking young, until I really look in

the mirror and wonder how my mother’s

face looks out at me. How did she get in


I have also lost a lot of friends lately and

some of them are younger than me even.

They must be doing something to age so

much. Me, I just keep looking forward to

the year 2043, that will be the greatest

year of my life.

I notice the nights are getting longer

and the days are shorter. I get up at 9 on a

good day and work until lunch time. Then

I load up the dishwasher and go for a rest

until 3. Then I work for an hour and then

get supper ready. Then I clear up and go

on the computer for an hour or so. Then

hubby and I play a game or two and head

for bed. I read for a while and then have a

great night, usually. I actually look forward

The Trouble With Getting Older

By Lucy Landry, Appin • from Daytripping Magazine, May-June 2013

to reading in bed.

I used to be good at making quick

decisions. Now I have to write down the

questions, remember where I put the

paper, remember to read it and remember

to think about it long enough to come up

with an opinion. By then my hubby has

a better idea so I really don’t have to do

much thinking.

One of the most difficult things when

you get older is remembering who all

your relatives are and whose they are.

Grandchildren all sound the same and

so do your kids and they all start off “Hi

grandma, do you know who this is?” Let

me see, did I call you? No. You called me.

And you called to see if I know who you

are? I didn’t enter this contest. Oh wait a

moment, I have call display. “Sure, I know

who this is.”

While I am on the subject of age, when

you retire you expect a certain level of lazy

life… wrong! Everyone thinks you can do

more for them now that you have all this

extra time. Even the cats think you are

there to meet their every need and to feed

them eight times a day.

Your telephone list gets updated as

well. Leading the list is 911, your doctor,

your drugstore, your masseuse, your foot

specialist, your hair dresser… no wonder

your family are at the end of the list!

Did you notice they put pet foods in

easy open containers but put people food

in impossible to get open containers. Have

you tried to open a pudding cup or even

a package of crackers? They have banned

knives from schools, airports, etc. but you

can never open the snack packs that air

lines give you or those sealed containers of

juice. It is really sad when you have to have

a pair of scissors to open the toilet paper

package. They make things easy to close

but I want easy to open!

Then there are the pills the doctor wants

you to take. You can have them packaged

in the toughest bubble wrap press out that

you still need your knife to open, or in a

child proof bottle that your grandchildren

can open easier than you can. Then they

give you prescriptions to take once a day in

the morning, once a day at night, twice a

day but not with food or other medication,

three times a day but not with food or

other medication, and one before you go

to bed. If you work out a schedule for the

above you need a timer to remind you to

take your pills at the proper time.

Speaking of time, I am supposed to

have lots of it. My theory is that if I have

lots of time I don’t need to live my life by

the clock. I can do what I want except for

medications and appointments. Wait, let

me check that timer again.

The other thing you really need is the

calendar. I love the last day of each month

when you turn to a new and blank page.

Funny thing is, the calendar is quickly

jammed full of things to do and places

to go and birthdays and anniversaries to

remember. I try to phone everyone on

their birthday and anniversary but there

are so many I run out of voice!

A real annoyance of getting older is

the print in everything gets smaller. No

wonder seniors don’t get newspapers

any more, they can’t see to read the obits

without a magnifying glass. The telephone

book is hopeless because you can either

remember the number and not the person

or you remember the first name but not

the last and you can’t see the number


Now I have been smart about this. Years

ago, I memorized everyone’s number in

my family. I just didn’t know they would

all get cell phones and change numbers.

They bought me a cell phone and I can text

them, but I have to learn a new language

to be able to understand what they are

telling me. It is like getting a crossword

puzzle with no clues. My grandson texted

me: cu 7X12 which means see you in 7-12

days. Who would have thought?

I am computer savvy now, only

everyone else has blackberries (we used

to eat those), iPods, iPads and e-readers

where you can download books so you

don’t have to go to the library. Each book

you download is stored for life so you can

read it again. Oh the e-reader lets you

enlarge the print so you can see it and

you turn pages just like in a real book! The

trouble is, you are unsure which one is

simple enough for you to operate without

calling a grandchild for instructions.

I can’t wait to see what else will be

available when I get old. I mean things

change every minute. You can preplan

everything so when it happens you are

looked after. It means you can let your

mind wander away because you have

already decided what to do. What if I

change my mind? Maybe what I decide

now is not what I would want later. Can

I really trust those I put in charge? I like

being in charge of myself… after all, I have

lived with me all my life.

So where does all this leave me? I am

20 at heart, my mirror tells me different.

My body wants replacement parts so I can

move like a 20 year old. Really though, I

love being me. I’ve been there, done that

and look forward to doing more. I have

wonderful memories of things I’ve seen

and people I’ve met and the beauties God

has created for us. I’d even climb Everest

if one of my grandkids could push me up

there in a wheel chair. Wouldn’t that just

be the adventure to top off getting older!

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Avoid negative people & places.

Believe in yourself.

Consider things from every angle.

Don't give up and don't give in.

Enjoy life today.

Family & friends are treasures.

Give more than you planned to.

Hang on to your dreams.

Ignore discouraging people.

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An all-too-familiar phrase I hear all

the time. So, how does a senior eat tasty,

nutritious, and balanced meals and do it

without eating out every night, or worse

opening a can of soup a few times a day?

There are ways, and like everything I have

written about it takes some planning.

Some folks in this situation rely on family.

Lots of lasagnas and casseroles. This will

work for a time, and after a while the

refrigerator gets stuffed, and Mom and

Dad are back to where they started.

The Freezer Section of the Grocery

Store - Not

Prepared food from the freezer

section of the grocery store gets called

on sometimes. While the “TV-Dinner”

looks like a good option, in fact, it is not.

It is not because it is not healthy at all,

for anyone!

This nutrition label is of a popular

frozen dinner. Salisbury Steak in fact.

Yummy, I guess and while the calories

may be in line some of the other

information should shock you. I draw

your attention to the sodium. At 71%,

or 1630mg you might as well eat the

cardboard packaging, take the lid off

the saltshaker and pour the salt down

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your throat. The daily suggested intake

for sodium for a senior is 1500mg. So,

this Salisbury Steak at 1630 mg blows

the budget. I will not even get into the

negative effects of that much salt. These

are cheap and convenient, but horrible

for your health and well-being.

In Home Meal Preparation

Another option is to bring meal

preparation into your home. Home Care

providers offer this as an option for

their clients. The benefit of this choice

is that the client gets the types and

options of food they enjoy. The cost is

built into staffing charges. An hourly rate

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is charged based on the organization’s

rates. Somewhere around $30 per hour,

and a typical week would use 2 to 3

hours. Another benefit to this option is

that many times the client joins in peeling

the potatoes and cutting the carrots.

The nutritional benefit of preparing raw

food is another win for in-home meal

preparation. With this choice, budget

about 2 hours per week for staffing plus

the cost of groceries.

Home Meal Replacement - HMR

This is becoming a big business, and

it’s not just for seniors. Many busy people

are taking advantage of the convenience

and copious options on the internet and in

this magazine. They are organized in three

categories; RTC (Ready to Cook), RTE

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Ready to Cook refers to the companies

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and it is tomorrow’s lunch.

Whether you use In Home Meal

Preparation, or HMR be sure to research

your local providers. Many will allow you

to order a few to try. Be discriminating;

after all you are the customer.



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When I was born, I was given a name

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for you. My parents chose my name

from one of my uncles, which was quite

common way back when I was born.

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As I continued through life, whenever

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I would invariably be asked the same

questions. “Is it Bob?”

“No, it’s Claude.”

Then I would get a quizzical look and

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Some years ago

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name Claude became

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didn’t have to keep repeating myself.

Of course then, there were those who

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Surprisingly, we weren’t long at the

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she would call a cab for the wife and I.

She smiled as she asked, “What is your

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who it is that he is supposed to pick up.”

“Claude Tiffin,” I answered.

Her eyes grew large as she stared at

me and asked, “Is that REALLY your


Thinking that she might have read

one of my self-published books, I

proudly answered, “YES.”

She got the most amazed look on

her face I had ever seen. “Your name

is GOD?!!”

“No, no!!” I said, not really certain

that I had heard her right, but I looked

over and saw my wife laughing really

hard and it all began to dawn on me.

My blame name

again. My face

probably reddened as

I answered. “No it’s

not GOD. It’s Claude!!


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to spell it out for

someone. So now you know why I

often sign my name C.W. Tiffin. An odd

name is a heavy thing to carry through

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and Dan. Oh yes, my daughter’s name

is Debbie and my wife’s name is Jean.

They are all nice simple names.

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promote those cookbooks for free.

Ranch Potato Casserole

8 medium red potatoes

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

1/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon


2 cups crushed cornflakes 1/4 cup buer

Quarter and boil potatoes with skin on, just unl tender. Combine

dressing, sour cream, bacon, parsley and 1 cup of cheese. Pour over

cooked potatoes and toss lightly then put in a 9x13 inch casserole.

Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. This can be made the night before.

TOPPING: Make just before you bake it.

Bake when ready at 350˚F for 45 minutes.

Barbecued Country Ribs

2 to 2 1/2 lb. boneless country style

Ribs (bone in pork ribs work too)


2/3 cup chopped onion

1 Tbsp. oil

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup ketchup

1/3 cup lemon juice

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. prepared mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

By: Lillis Huybers (from

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Place ribs in a roasng pan coated with nonsck cooking spray. Sprinkle

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unl slightly thickened. Drain the ribs; top with half the Barbecue Sauce.

Cover and bake 1 hour longer or unl the meat is tender, basng every

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3 eggs

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1 tsp. dried parsley

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1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup raisins

1/2 cup walnuts (oponal)

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His Unique Legacy

By Cathy Dobson, Point Edward • Photos by Leonard Segall, Sarnia (except where noted)

Tucked along a picturesque stretch of

Hillsboro Road in northwest Lambton

County, is a private nature preserve that

has given Sarnia’s Walter Petryschuk

great solace over the years.

He has spent 43 years escaping to

the trails that wind through his bush

and meander beside Hickory Creek.

“I was a plant manager for 15 years

in Chemical Valley and to stay sane

you have to get away from it,” he says,

explaining why the land has been such

a big part of his life. “Besides, I grew

up on a farm near Point Pelee National


“I am a farm boy.”

Petryschuk and his wife Mary

purchased 40 acres (16 hectares) on

Hillsboro Rd. in 1978. The vast majority

is untouched bush

and a fabulous place

to enjoy the birds and

see the odd bobcat or

wolf. But about five

acres was cleared

and converted by

the Petryschuks for

a large garden, a

690-tree orchard, and finally a tall grass


It’s Petryschuk’s sanctuary in many

ways. During his working life, he spent

12 hours at a time working and walking

the land. Now, at age 84, he’s there

two to three times a week, tending

his garden, building bird houses and

enjoying the natural environment.

“If you want to live a long time, you

have to have something to look forward

to,” he said. “I love the peace and

solace here.”

The preserve is his legacy project and

will eventually be passed to one of his

four sons.

Petryschuk left his childhood

farm to study chemical

engineering. But he never forgot

his roots.

One fortuitous day in 1978,

he was having lunch at Polysar

with a colleague named D’Arcy

Hunt who said he had some land

for sale in Plympton Wyoming.

“I wanted to plant something

and had been looking for some

land,” said Petryschuk.

“If you want to live a

long time, you have to

have something to look

forward to.”

He immediately asked to see Hunt’s

acreage where he was astonished to

find Hickory Creek running 130 feet

below the property’s high ground. In

a part of Ontario where the terrain is

generally flat, the gully is rare.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted,”

Petryschuk said. “I turned to D’Arcy

and said, ‘It’s spectacular. It’s just a

matter of how much you want for it.’”

He dubbed the land “Conservation

@ Hickory Creek,” and set about

clearing the almost impenetrable bush

above the ravine for an apple orchard.

Nearly 700 trees were eventually

planted on five acres, with Mary and

their sons pitching in along with a hired

construction crew.

In the early 80s, an equipment

building was

constructed, a tractor

was purchased, and

trails were created.

The first apple harvest

took place in 1983 and

a vegetable garden

went in nearby.

Hickory Creek has

always been a big draw to Petryschuk

and his family. Trout are plentiful and

the creek provides water for the


Throughout the 1990s and

into the 2000s, the Petryschuks

sold their apples roadside and

then began to wholesale them as

far away as Collingwood. It was

a going concern for two decades

that abruptly stopped in 2005

when he contracted larynx

cancer and had to dedicate all

his energy to recovery.

“We got rid of the orchard

and planted a tall grass prairie in 2018,”

said Petryschuk.

Over the years, Mac Kechnie from

Sarnia built about two dozen birdhouses

and strategically erected them

throughout the property. Petryschuk

was determined to attract a diversity of

birds and built about 100 more. To this

day, he continues making them from

recycled materials.

About 35 acres have been left to

develop naturally. When a tree falls —

and many have—it is left alone unless

it’s blocking a path. The property

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Petryschuk left Polysar to become

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Since his recovery from cancer,

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Earlier this year, the Petryschuks

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And this summer, the property will

be featured in an exhibition in Bright’s

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The show runs Aug. 5-Sept. 4 at the

Gallery in the Grove.

“Walter allowed me to take

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years,” said Segall. “It’s rare to

find a vertical drop that big in

this area. I found I could get

immersed in the forest.

“That and the wildflowers

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While the Petryschuk’s

property is private, Segall’s 25

colour photographs will give the

public a unique opportunity to

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“I think it’s just a fabulous place,”

said Segall. “From the tall grass prairie,

to the overgrown bush you can hardly

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protected for years to come.”

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evening the day before.

The soft shadows, the

scent of nicotine flowers,

the muted voices were

all part of catching the

bait.. worms. With a

flashlight held so the

beam was softened

by our fingers over

the glass, we stalked

our prey – the elusive earth worm.

We walked slowly, and stooped over

across a newly-watered lawn looking

for the tell-tale glint of a slimy worm

reflecting the light. There were fire

flies in the balmy air and we spoke in

whispers, in case worms could hear and

be frightened away. We had to be alert

as it was, for a glistening, slippery worm

could quickly disappear into its hole if

it were spooked. Stabbing down with

a fore finger at a fat worm to prevent

it retracting into its hole we would

then gently tug it up to the surface and

deposit it in a navy-cut tobacco tin half

filled with grass and dirt. I was a champ

at spotting and reacting, not so good

at the next step – actually working the

worm onto a hook.

In the morning, we reached the bay

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father pedaled while I sat on the cross

bar between my father’s arms, as

I gradually grew numb in the nether

regions. It was a relief to stand on the

ground again when we arrived at the

water’s edge. After restoring circulation

I watched and learned how to bait a

hook with a worm. The fresh worm

was impaled on the hook by driving it

through the whole length

of the creature. That way

it was difficult to lose the

bait to a single grab by

the jaws of a fish. Waste

not want not. This act

of baiting the hook was

as upsetting to some as

the actual catching of the

bait. The worms didn’t

like it much either.

The fish, mostly perch, suckers,

catfish and the occasional smallmouthed

bass, loomed large in my

recollection but were actually no bigger

than one’s hand. Nothing was thrown

back. Despite the high ratio of bones to

flesh I insisted on eating them. This was

true of even the catfish whose white

flesh made one forget the nasty looking

barbells hanging from its chin.

The squeamish would be aghast at

the whole process – icky worms, ugly

fish, an uncomfortable ride, and the

ever-present danger from the myriad of

bones if one ate the catch. But I reveled

in it. I thrived on the whole thing from

catching the bait, to catching the fish

to eating what one caught. The only

negative, that numbing bike ride, was

eliminated when I was big enough to

have my own wheels.


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in a row, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended most people’s

summer plans, but there is real hope on the horizon that July and

August will bring back some sense of normalcy to everyone’s


Discussing mental health issues

with Bluewater Health President

& CEO Mike Lapaine (right),

alongside the Associate Minister

of Health & Addictions.

Congratulating Pathways Health

Centre on reaching their

$1.6 million Therapeutic Pool

fundraising goal, which included

$148,500 in support from the

Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Presenting virtually to the

Michigan Senate in March

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the entire Great Lakes Region.

Touring Creative Education

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which has transitioned from

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masks and surgical gowns.

June is Seniors Month. Now more than ever, it is important that

we come together to support each other. We all recognize and

honour the knowledge, experience, and contributions those of us

who are 55+ have made to build the province that we enjoy today

- and continue to make every day in communities across Ontario.

I’d like to also recognize the challenges being faced by our local

businesses. These past 14 months have been incredibly difficult

for all businesses, but it’s been especially hard on Ontario’s once

vibrant tourism industry. Prior to the pandemic, Ontario’s tourism

sector was a robust $36 billion industry making vital

contributions to our province. In addition to the 400,000 jobs in

the tourism industry, it also plays a critical role in enhancing

Ontario’s cultural fabric and spirit. Please do your part by

supporting these valued Sarnia-Lambton community members

as we continue to recover from the pandemic.

I want to wish everyone in Sarnia-Lambton a wonderful summer.

With the warm weather finally arriving and many outdoor

activities reopening again, it’s important that we all get outside

and rediscover the beauty of our community as much as

possible. If we all do that safely and responsibly, I am confident

the summer ahead will be a truly memorable one. Enjoy!

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looking back on the days of your youth Another happening place was the

and, if you still have your memory, it’s a A&W Drive-in on Christina at Maxwell

blast from the past. I was a teen in the 60’s streets. There was nothing like an ice-cold

and recall the summers and the musical rootbeer served in a frosty mug on a hot

soundtrack of that time, with the Top 40 summer’s eve. The carhops would come

blaring from a car radio or transistor. “Hot right up to your window to serve. The guys

town, summer in the city, back of my neck would have their hair slicked back with

gettin’ dirt and gritty,” the Lovin’ Spoonful Brylcreem (“a little dab will do ya”) and try

sang the summer of 1966.

to look as cool as possible, hanging out of

Growing up in Corunna, until I had their cars trying to make eye contact with

my own car and license, it wasn’t easy the girls.

getting a ride to Sarnia where all the How about the bands around town

action seemed to be. “Get your motor in the 60’s? Groups such as The Grimm

runnin’, head out on the highway, lookin’ Reaper, the Grass Company, Unit 4,

for adventure and whatever comes our Quotations and Gladiators played regularly

way,” growled Steppenwolf. Hitchhiking at high school and teen town dances. Back

was popular, although more prevalent in those days, a girl had to wait for a boy to

with the boys than the girls. I thought if I ask for a dance, unless it was ladies’ choice.

could just get to Tab’s Drive-in on Colborne That resulted in plenty of walking around

Road I would have it made. That’s where in a circle. Those were definitely ‘dizzy’

you would show up in a hot car (if at all times! Sarnia, Corunna and Courtright

possible), cruise around checking out the all ran their own teen-towns and Mary’s

other cars and, of course, its’ occupants Record Mart was the place to buy all the

(did you see that cute guy who just pulled latest 45’s.

in?) Something to eat was another reason Another hot spot to be was Kenwickon-the-Lake

in Bright’s Grove to see Grant

to be at Tab’s and the Canadaburger and

Tartan Surprise were always favourites. Smith & the Power all the way from T.O.

Colborne Road was no Jan & Dean’s Rumour had it that the lead singer split his

“Dead Man’s Curve” but a bit of a drag strip. pants on a regular basis and the girls hung

(Watch out for the cops!) ”She’s real fine, around the stage in great anticipation.

my 409,” bragged the Beach Boys. Well for Freddie ‘Boom-boom’ Cannon also

me, not quite, as I was driving, firstly, an performed there. There were no mosh

old car from the mid 50’s and then a ’66 pits or crowd surfing in those days, but

Vauxhall. Although not conducive to drag I remember a lot of jumping

racing, my little green car did get my sister around and screaming in front

and I where we had to be (or wanted to of the stage. And the strobe

be). Things did improve later when my lights and go-go girls added to

boyfriend drove into my driveway with a the excitement.

’66 SS-396 Chevelle and I rode in style. Rose Gardens was the destination for

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Bridge for the ‘submarine races’ and a

plate of Albert’s famous chips. There was

none of the technology we have today,

so seeing a movie meant going to either

the Capital or Odeon theatres downtown

Sarnia. The lineups were several blocks

long and you would always see friends

from school. Who can forget the Startop

Drive-in (later the Mustang) on Plank Road

where the family would be loaded up in

the station wagon, kids in pajamas, as well

as the family dog, to watch movies under

the stars. Of course, after the popcorn was

gone, the kids would be asleep and the

dog would be throwing up.

Looking back, it seemed like a time

of simple pleasures. We didn’t have all

the choices that teens have today, yet we

still managed to keep entertained in a

great town called Sarnia. Time for a little

reminiscing…“Summertime and the livin’

is easy.” No, the song from my transistor

is Steppenwolf singing “Born To Be Wild.”

Think my sister and I will go cruisin’ in the

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The other day, someone asked me, "Why didn't we have a drug problem when we

were growing up?" I replied, "I DID have a drug problem when I was young ..."

I was drug to church on Sunday morning, as well as many weddings & funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no maer the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespecul to adults, when I disobeyed my

parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, spoke ill of the teacher or the

preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I swore.

I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and cockleburs out

of dad's fields.

I was drug to the homes of family, friends,

and neighbors to help out someone who had

no one to mow the yard, repair

things, or chop some firewood;

and, if my mother had ever known

that I took a single dime as a p for

this kindness, she would have

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Those drugs sll affect my

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and think. They are stronger

than cocaine, crack, or heroin;

and, if today's children had this

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Toys That Almost Killed Us

Part I

By Lee Michaels,


I honestly don’t know how many of

us are still around considering what we

played with when we were kids.

I grew up a tomboy in the prairies.

Girl’s toys bored me to tears. My aunt,

who wanted me to be more “girlie” gave

me a Barbie for my birthday. I promptly

cut off all her hair and stuck little gold

safety pins through her ears. Later,

when one of my buddies showed me

the pink rabbit’s foot he had hanging

from his banana bicycle handlebars

for “good luck,” I ripped off my shorn

Barbie doll head, painted it pink with

my Mom’s nail polish, and hung it from

my handlebars. No dolls for me.

I’d rather be playing “knivesies” with

the boys. Yes, most of us carried

around a jack knife in our

pockets, most with blades

about three inches long.

They weren’t fancy

Swiss Army Knives or

those 20-tools-in-one variety,

just a regular old jack knife. My

Uncle Archie gave me mine,

a beauty with an ivory

handle. (He also gave me

an ivory cigarette holder. He told me

he got both in India as a Scottish soldier

but all the grown-ups said he liked to tell

stories and cheated at cribbage). I liked

to think he was telling the truth because

it made my knife special and once in a

while I would pretend I was a Scottish

soldier, puffing on my slightly smokey

smelling cigarette holder, and battling

enemies with the knife. Anyway, we’d

draw a circle in the dirt and put a stone



in the middle and the idea was to throw

your knife from outside the circle,

seeing who could get their knife to stick

into the ground, closest to the rock.

We’d practise for hours, trying different

grips, blades towards us, blades away,

trying to get that knife to stick. We’d do

the same with a chalk circle on a tree

or wooden shed. I never remember any

mishaps playing “knivesies,” although I

did draw blood on a couple of occasions,

whittling down sticks to use as swords

to poke each other with. Amazingly,

we never poked each other’s eyes out.

Could you imagine walking by a group of

ten-year-olds nowadays, all

grouped in a circle, knives

in hand? Unthinkable.

The unthinkable

did happen once with

firecrackers. We played

with those short, stubby “red

devils” that were tied together

with string. You could either

light them off all at once: Bang!

Bang! Bang! Bang! Or you could untie

them and light them one by one. They

were great to stuff in a big anthill and

then light it and watch the ants fly to

Kingdom Come. Sometimes the bigger

kids would throw them at each other,

but I wasn’t that stupid….yet. I wasn’t

allowed to play with them, but I’d save

up my money and sneak off to the

variety store and buy them anyway, then

hide them somewhere outside where

Mom wouldn’t find them. Sometimes,

you’d get a dud that wouldn’t explode

or wouldn’t have a fuse. My best friend

Dale decided to light off

a string of them. One

didn’t explode so he

decided to take it

home, take out the

gunpowder and do

something with

it. He put the

unused firecracker

in his front pocket

and a few seconds

later. BAM! The

darn thing exploded

in his pocket,

burning a big hole in

his old blue nylon shorts

which in turn melted and adhered

to his nether regions. He ran home

screaming and I ran to my home to

avoid guilt by association. (Yeah, I

know, some friend.) Poor Dale had to be

treated for burns to his privates and the

older boys called him “onenut” from

thereon in, something I didn’t really

understand other than to think it was

strangely dirty.

We really didn’t have a lot of fancy

stuff to play with and that led to another

explosive situation that, in hindsight,

could have robbed me of my sight. Some

of the neighbours, including Dale’s dad,

had big old 85-gallon oil drums next to

the garbage cans in the back lane that

divided houses on either side. They’d

burn rubbish and yard refuse in them.

My folks told me to never, ever, throw

spray cans into them. Never explained

why. You guessed it. The next time

my Mom ran out of hairspray, I fished

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the Adorn can out of

the trash, hid it, and

waited for the next

smouldering fire.

I was scared, but

Dale egged me

on. “Come on

you sissy girl,

throw it in!” So I

did. We waited.

Waited some

more. After what

seemed like forever,

I hesitantly crept forward

and peered inside the can.

Sure enough, KABOOM!

The can exploded, burning my bangs

off to half their length and singeing off

both eyebrows. By the grace of God,

I was not blinded. We snuck down to

Dale’s older sister’s basement bedroom

and he cut my stinking burnt bangs off

almost to the top of my forehead. Then

I used her eyebrow pencil to draw on

eyebrows. My Mom went ballistic when

I went home, screaming, “wait until

your Father gets home.” I was banished

to my bedroom, sick with dread. When

I was called for supper, I crept to the

table, head hanging. I sat down, we said

grace, and all Dad said was, “what did

we tell you about playing near the fire

barrel?.” No further punishment was

needed and I still get queasy thinking

about how close I came to being blinded.

After that incident, I decided to try to

play with the girls because it seemed a

lot safer. It wasn’t.

Look for Part II in the next issue.

Hopefully we can enjoy some great yard sales this summer!

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We did nothing the rest of the day but drink!

I guessed the sugar…the sauce was too sweet;

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Sing a song of yard sales, the greatest 'fad' around,

At garages, lawns and driveways, each weekend can be found.

My 'Missus' used to get upset, and said, "It's a lotta bunk!

Spending from the family funds, for someone else's junk."

A bad mistake, one Saturday morn, I took her with me,

All my loonies, toonies went, blown, on her shopping spree.

Picture frames and dishes, and coffee mugs galore,

Who would want to buy the rug, from someone's bedroom floor?

So many fishing rods and skis, and rusty steamer trunk,

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A radio that didn't work, the camera had no lens,

A jacket (just one sleeve was torn), among the odds and ends.

A convoy of baby buggies, and a doggie, on a rope,

Got our legs all tangled up, by some obnoxious dope.

Sometimes I waste my money, and I could blow a fuse,

I buy this junk because it's cheap, that I will never use.

The bedroom dresser out for sale, no bargain - I could see,

There was no charge for crawlers, the spiders all were free.

The stuff we buy, we like to think, the profit it will bring,

We'll have a lawn of our own, that's early in the spring.

So many times we trod this path, it makes me want to holler,

The junk we sell, we only get, 'bout two cents on the dollar.

When we have a lawn sale, what really upsets me,

Leaving cartons on the sidewalk, and a sign says, "All is free!"

We all get satisfaction, wasting bucks and time,

But the money hungry taxman, doesn't get to grab a dime!

I'll meet you every weekend, my wallet, it shall bleed,

Buying other people's trash, that I don't really need.

If I should croak, with all this junk, my heirs will be quite sad.

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That Saturday, the teacher wrote

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Then he said: “Mark talked about you

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After the funeral, most of Mark’s former

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Mark’s mother and father were there and

wanted to speak with his teacher. “We want

to show you something,” his father said,

taking a wallet out of his pocket. “They

found this on Mark when he was killed.

We thought you might recognize it.”

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed

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on which she had listed all the good

things each of Mark’s classmates had

said about him.

“Thank you so much for doing that,”

Mark’s mother said. “As you can see,

Mark treasured it.”

All of Mark’s former classmates

started to gather around. Charlie smiled

rather sheepishly and said, “I still have my

list. It’s in the top drawer of my desk at


Chuck’s wife said, “Chuck asked me to

put his in our wedding album.”

“I have mine too,” Marilyn said. “It’s in

my diary.”

Then Vickie, another classmate, took

out her wallet and showed her worn and

frazzled list to the group. “I carry this

with me at all times,” Vicki said, and she

continued: “I think we all saved our lists.”

That’s when the teacher finally sat down

and cried. She cried for Mark and for all

his friends who would never see him again.

The density of people in society is so thick

that we forget that life will end one day, and

we don’t know when that one day will be.

So please, tell the people you love and care

for, that they are special and important.

Tell them, before it is too late.



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Wisdom of...

Benjamin Franklin

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between

two cats.

At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the


Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to

one; enemy to none.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy,

and wise.

He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do

with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.

A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the

tongue you may never get over.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well

be suspected of doing everything for money.

Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never

well mended.

Kale & Fennel Salad with Mandarin, Blueberries

and Cranberry Havarti Goat Cheese


Large bunch of kale

1 medium bulb of fennel

1 can mandarins

1 pint Blueberries

1/3 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1 brick Cranberry Havar Cheese

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This delicious salad makes enough for 2 large salads or 4

side salads! It’s great to make at the beginning of the week,

so you can enjoy it a few days in a row at lunch me!


Aer thoroughly washing the kale, remove ribs from the

kale and chop kale into small pieces. Put in a large salad

bowl. Prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients

together. Slice the fennel as thinly as possible. Chop the

brick of Great Lakes Goat Dairy Cranberry Havar

Cheese into small cubes. Toast the pepitas in a skillet

over medium low heat, tossing frequently unl

fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel, mandarin,

blueberries, cheese and slightly cooled pepitas to the

kale. Drizzle dressing over the salad. You may not have

to use all of it. Toss well, and add more dressing if

desired. Let the salad sit for at least 15 minutes before

eang. Let all those flavours get friendly!!

Dressing Ingredients:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp humus (any flavour you wish!)

1 freshly squeezed lemon

2 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp minced garlic

¼ tsp each of freshly ground pepper and sea salt

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(Rarely Heard Any More) “If you get a spanking at school, you’ll get one at home too.”

Thanks again - keep this copy or pass it on to a friend please.

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QUESTION: What’s a retiree’s bedtime?


2 hrs after falling asleep on the couch

QUESTION: How many retirees does it

take to change a lightbulb?

ANSWER: One, but it might take all day.

QUESTION: Why don’t retirees mind

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I didn’t notice the gentleman on the

other side of our car when I, loudly and

happily, started humming a little ditty.

I glanced up only after I had opened

the door. He smiled at me. Immediately, I

stopped my senseless tune and sheepishly

smiled back. My husband Frank, who had

already slid into the driver’s seat, laughed.

I ducked into the passenger side holding

the source of my pleasure. A new book.

Our son Dan had given me a gift certificate

for my birthday and now I was the proud

owner of, “The Chronicles of Narnia” by

C.S. Lewis.

As we drove home, I chatted non-stop

about the joys of reading. I happened

to glance over at Frank and saw he was

wearing a ridiculous grin.

“What’s so funny,” I asked.

“You!” he replied, “you get so excited

over a new book.”

When compared to all the small

pleasures of this world, I

believe reading ranks

closely, if not,

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It’s Summer - Grab a Book!

by Gail Northgrave Adams, London • from Daytripping Magazine, Summer 2007

at the top. The pleasure is heightened on

a summer’s day if one is able to relax in

a lounge chair with a cool drink. Likewise,

a blazing fire, a mug of hot chocolate and

a good novel makes any winter’s day


The inscription over the door on

the great library at Thebes which was

established in the third millennium BC

reads, “Medicine for the Soul.” Indeed,

there is a book for any and every need

or desire. Whatever your fancy, be it

history, gardening, cooking, novels,

autobiographies or… there is a volume

waiting to befriend you.

Many people, myself included,

have cherished memories of parents,

grandparents or teachers who took the

time to read to a child. Strickland Gillian

sums it up with these lines. “You may

have tangible wealth untold; caskets of

jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I

you can never be – I had a mother who

read to me.”

Indeed, reading enhances one’s

imagination and provides lasting

treasures. It’s summer. How about joining

me with a cool drink outdoors. I’ll

grab my book, you grab yours.

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