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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,
“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
“Look Sandee. He’s going right
down the ra...mp.” Alan’s face was full
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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
“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
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.
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HANDSHAKES & HUGS!
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
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
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
Thanks for reading.
Mark Moran, Publisher
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Postcards from the Past 25
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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
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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!
• This simple breath can be done
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• 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
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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
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
very wrong with our sensitive world.
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a good neighbour.
He is a friend to none
who is a friend to all.
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too much in its tail.
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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
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Being young is a fault which improves daily.
A life without love, a year without summer.
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Envy shoots at others and wounds herself.
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Keep It Simple
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
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that the people who work for them
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And yet, it is the simple writing that
is understood and remembered. For
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sentence, would you have remembered
it? “A single unit of pre-decimal
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token received as wages.” Not likely.
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in slightly modified form.) With that
in mind, how many of the following
“familiar quotations” would you
recognize if they had been written by a
1. A quantity of useless material is
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.
3. If the extremities of a person are
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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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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
and 60’s came with a great many firsts.
We may not have had a lot of money
but we were rich in family and love.
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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
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
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
released its relentless hold on her.
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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
from Daytripping Magazine,
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
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
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.
Unfortunately, Meryl Streep,
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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
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,
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.
Now that, for this Broom Lady, is saying
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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
❏ start thinking about adding new
seasonal colour where there are no
❏ If plants are out of place make note
to relocate these in late September.
❏ Keep the hummingbird feeder clean
❏ 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
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
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
countless commissions and won some awards along
the road; however, what he finds most rewarding is the passion he passed on to his
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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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
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
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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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.
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Tasty and Nutritious Meals for Seniors
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,
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
Sodium - Get the facts!
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
that deliver prepared raw food to your
door with the instructions on how to cook
and serve. Ready to Eat are completed
meals in smaller servings served hot and
complete. Think of a modern grocery
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wide range of hot food choices.
Ready to Heat are prepared, small
batch, cooked meals. Pop them into the
microwave and a few minutes later you
have a piping hot roast turkey dinner,
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as it combines the convenience of the TV-
Dinner and good nutrition. From a cost
per meal standpoint, they range from
$5 to $10 per meal. An added benefit is
the reusable microwave containers. With
them you can snap the lid back on, put
the partially eaten meal into the fridge
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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What’s in a Name?
By C.W. Tiffin, Chatham • from Daytripping Magazine, Summer 2013
When I was born, I was given a name
just like everyone else. That part is done
for you. My parents chose my name
from one of my uncles, which was quite
common way back when I was born.
It was not a name that I would have
chosen for myself for several reasons,
mostly because at that time it was not a
As I grew older, I soon realized this.
There was of course my uncle... Claude.
Then there was this other kid at school
with the name of Claude. He was quiet
and grinned a lot, but being older than
me, we didn’t talk much to each other,
although I once called him Claude. It
just seemed odd to call someone with
the same name, especially that name as
he grinned and said, “Hello... Claude.”
Then there was Claude Rains, the actor
who starred with Humphrey Bogart and
Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca... and
As I continued through life, whenever
someone asked my name, whether for
filling out a form or some other reason,
I would invariably be asked the same
questions. “Is it Bob?”
“No, it’s Claude.”
Then I would get a quizzical look and
another try... “Clyde?” And so on until
I would finally get my name through to
them and their face would light up as
they would finally say.
“Oh... it’s Claude.”
Some years ago
when the movie
actor Jean Claude
VanDamme got to be
fairly well known, the
name Claude became
more popular, at least enough so that I
didn’t have to keep repeating myself.
Of course then, there were those who
thought that I was French, which I am
not. I am of Irish decent, and I couldn’t
answer them in French when they
began to speak the language to me,
even though Canadians are supposed to
be bilingual. Which all brings me up to
the present day in time.
Recently I had to go to Windsor to see
a doctor. My wife and I got a hotel room
and decided to take a cab over to the
Hospital. Like many seniors, my body
seems to be losing the full function
of some of the main parts, like my
memory, my hearing, to name only a
Surprisingly, we weren’t long at the
hospital. He just looked at some x-rays
and then gave me another appointment.
We were out in half an hour. I stopped
at the main desk and asked the lady if
she would call a cab for the wife and I.
She smiled as she asked, “What is your
name, the cab driver will have to know
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
“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!!
Once again, I had
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
life. That is why I named my sons Sam
and Dan. Oh yes, my daughter’s name
is Debbie and my wife’s name is Jean.
They are all nice simple names.
Signed... C.W. Tiffin.
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Our next issue will come out around the start of October.
We’ll be bringing you recipes from Club contributors and
from local fundraising cookbooks we’ve collected over the
last quarter of a century.
You’re welcome to send your own recipes, or on behalf of
an organizaon that has a new cookbook, and we can help
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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Anniversary A nive
Place ribs in a roasng pan coated with nonsck cooking spray. Sprinkle
with salt. Add water. Cover and bake at 350˚F for 1 hour. Meanwhile in
a saucepan, sauté onion in oil unl tender. Add remaining ingredients;
bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or
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
20 minutes. Serve with the remaining sauce.
2 cups white sugar
1 cup oil
3 tsp. vanilla
2 cups zucchini
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
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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
The preserve is his legacy project and
will eventually be passed to one of his
Petryschuk left his childhood
farm to study chemical
engineering. But he never forgot
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
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
In the early 80s, an equipment
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,”
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
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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has lost about 1,000 ash trees to the
emerald ash borer and they are slowly
being replaced with other species.
The Petryschuks are members of the
Carolinian Canada Coalition, a network
committed to maintaining healthy
landscapes to conserve Canada’s
Carolinian Zone. The Coalition helped
fund the addition of 500 new trees in
2019. Students from nearby North
Lambton Secondary School in Forest
assisted with the planting. This year,
members of The Kiwanis of Sarnia-
Lambton Golden K, a club to which
Petryschuk belongs, helped plant 14
new Blue ash. Blue ash is a rare species
that’s native to the region and highly
resistant to the emerald ash borer.
Petryschuk left Polysar to become
site manager of the Suncor refinery
in Sarnia. Later he worked as director
general of the National Research
Council of Canada’s manufacturing
technology institutes in Vancouver and
London. Today he is an associate with
the Bowman Centre for Sustainable
Since his recovery from cancer,
Conservation @ Hickory Creek has
offered a great place to keep busy and
enjoy the outdoors.
Earlier this year, the Petryschuks
won an award from the St. Clair Region
Conservation Authority for improving
and protecting their land on Hillsboro
And this summer, the property will
be featured in an exhibition in Bright’s
Grove by photographer Leonard Segall.
The show runs Aug. 5-Sept. 4 at the
Gallery in the Grove.
“Walter allowed me to take
photos at his property for two
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
were the main attraction for me.”
While the Petryschuk’s
property is private, Segall’s 25
colour photographs will give the
public a unique opportunity to
see it at the gallery.
“I think it’s just a fabulous place,”
said Segall. “From the tall grass prairie,
to the overgrown bush you can hardly
get through, it’s great to know it will be
protected for years to come.”
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Fishing is a pastime enjoyed by
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fishing to pond fishing with a stick and a
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introduced to the sport by my father.
The preparations and anticipation
including the catching of the necessary
bait were as much a part of the day as
the fishing itself.
We began in the late
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
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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
by bicycle. We did not own a car. My
By Glynn A. Leyshon, London
from Daytripping Magazine, Summer 2011
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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Welcome to the summer edition of The Club! For the second year
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
about the importance of Line 5
to Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario, and
the entire Great Lakes Region.
Touring Creative Education
of Canada in Point Edward,
which has transitioned from
a costume designer to an
Ontario-based provider of face
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!
Announcing $1.3 million in
joint provincial/federal funding
to create 24 new affordable
rental housing units for
seniors in Sarnia.
Supporting arts and culture
at the Judith & Norman Alix
Art Gallery with the Minister of
Heritage, Sport, Tourism and
Announcing $2,843,400 in
provincial funding to expand
the Community Paramedicine
for Long-Term Care program
in Lambton County.
Joining the Minister of Labour
and Parliamentary Assistant
to the Minister of Agriculture
in announcing SWIFT funding
to deliver rural broadband
services in Lambton County.
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Hot Summers of the 60’s
One of the perks of getting older is Beach Boys harmonized.
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
“Round round get around, I get around,” the both record hops and roller-skating. Close
By Nadine Wark, Sarnia
from Daytripping Magazine,
by, in Point Edward, was the Bluewater
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
Vauxhall…(if only in my dreams!)
I jaust want to let you know
I got my copy of The Club.
I've been turning pages and
laughing and giggling
This magazine is top notch.
Thank you for all the
pleasures you have given me.
Bye for now.
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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
drug me back to return it.
Those drugs sll affect my
behavior in everything I do, say,
and think. They are stronger
than cocaine, crack, or heroin;
and, if today's children had this
kind of drug problem, this world
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Toys That Almost Killed Us
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
P A G E
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.
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
it. He put the
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
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
I was scared, but
Dale egged me
on. “Come on
you sissy girl,
throw it in!” So I
did. We waited.
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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Why We Use Recipes
I guessed the pepper…the soup was too hot;
I guessed the water…it dried in the pot;
I guessed the salt, and what do you think…
We did nothing the rest of the day but drink!
I guessed the sugar…the sauce was too sweet;
And so, by guessing, I spoiled our treat.
So now I guess at nothing, for cooking by guess
Is sure to result in a terrible mess.
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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,
They might be someone's treasures, but to me, a lotta junk.
A twenty dollar kitchen set, to eat your breakfast eggs?
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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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outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it
hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our
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One day a teacher asked her students to
list the names of the other students in the
room on two sheets of paper, leaving a
space between each name.
Then she told them to think of the nicest
thing they could say about each of their
classmates and write it down. It took the
remainder of the class period to finish their
assignment and, as the students left the
room, each one handed in the papers.
That Saturday, the teacher wrote
down the name of each student
on a separate sheet of paper,
and listed what everyone
else had said about that
individual. On Monday,
she gave each student
his or her list. Before
long, the entire class
was smiling. “Really?” she
heard whispered. “I never
knew that I meant anything to
anyone!” and, “I didn’t know
others liked me so much” were some of
No one ever mentioned those papers
in class again. She never knew if they
discussed them after class or with their
parents, but it didn’t matter. The exercise
had accomplished its purpose. The students
were happy with themselves and one
another. That group of students moved on.
Several years later, one of the students was
killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended
the funeral of that special student. She
had never seen a serviceman in a military
coffin before. He looked so handsome, so
mature. The church was packed with his
friends. One by one, those who loved him
took a last walk by the coffin. The teacher
was the last one to bless the coffin. As she
stood there, one of the soldiers, who acted
as pallbearer, came up to her.
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She nodded: “Yes.”
Then he said: “Mark talked about you
After the funeral, most of Mark’s former
classmates went together to a luncheon.
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
two worn pieces of note paper that had
obviously been taped, folded and refolded
many times. The teacher knew, without
looking, that the papers were the ones
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
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
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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
being called Seniors?
ANSWER: The term comes with a discount
QUESTION: Among retireees, what is
considered formal attire?
ANSWER: Tied shoes
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
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,
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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