Welcome to the Club - Fall 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!
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To register, please call:<br />

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Meals on Wheels is Expanding!<br />

Our Meals on Wheels is expanding in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>se new<br />

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It’s My Party!<br />

By Jeanette Paddon, St. Thomas<br />

On Sunday mornings, I tune in <strong>to</strong> my<br />

favourite radio station <strong>to</strong> listen <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

artists from <strong>the</strong> 50’s and 60’s. For a little<br />

while, I am fifteen years old once again,<br />

as I sing along with Paul Anka, Pat<br />

Boone, Leslie Gore, Fats Domino, Elvis,<br />

and The Beatles. It surprises me that so<br />

many years later, I still remember all <strong>the</strong><br />

words <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> songs. Growing up in a pretelevision<br />

era, my friends and I turned<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> radio for entertainment.<br />

Each time a new song was<br />

played, we would rush out<br />

<strong>to</strong> purchase <strong>the</strong> little<br />

45 rpm record of this<br />

song, <strong>the</strong>n spend hours<br />

learning <strong>to</strong> do <strong>the</strong> “Jive”<br />

and <strong>the</strong> “Twist” as we<br />

sang along with <strong>the</strong> music.<br />

So very young, and just like<br />

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were <strong>the</strong> days of “penny loafers,”<br />

“bobby socks,” and “pedal pushers.” A<br />

reversible plaid pleated skirt worn with<br />

cardigan sweaters but<strong>to</strong>ned all <strong>the</strong> way<br />

down, and <strong>the</strong>n worn backward, was<br />

our favourite school outfit. We rolled<br />

our long hair on prickly rollers before<br />

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going <strong>to</strong> bed, in order <strong>to</strong> look good <strong>the</strong><br />

next day, yet still managed <strong>to</strong> get a good<br />

night’s sleep! We thought ourselves <strong>to</strong><br />

be cool and invincible, and believed<br />

we were <strong>the</strong> generation that was going<br />

<strong>to</strong> change <strong>the</strong> world! Getting a job<br />

would enable us <strong>to</strong> buy everything we<br />

wished for and do anything we wanted.<br />

However, as fate would have it, Cupid<br />

got involved, which found us all getting<br />

married, raising a family, and<br />

working hard <strong>to</strong> make ends<br />

meet. The years rushed by, and<br />

one day I found my mo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

looking back in my mirror…<br />

Now, while my friends and I<br />

discuss our aches and pains,<br />

we shake our head in disbelief<br />

at <strong>the</strong> realization that we<br />

are now <strong>to</strong>day’s senior<br />

citizens! Heading out<br />

each day for my “fitness”<br />

walk, I know, that as <strong>the</strong>y smile and<br />

wave <strong>to</strong> me, <strong>the</strong> young people I meet<br />

think of me as that nice ‘older’ woman<br />

from <strong>the</strong> neighbourhood. Perhaps it<br />

is just as well <strong>the</strong>y do not see me on<br />

Sunday mornings, as I sing along <strong>to</strong> “It’s<br />

my party…”<br />

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I have a very good friend who will<br />

not take my advice on something that I<br />

think would be really good for him, and<br />

isn’t nearly as difficult as he thinks it is.<br />

Joe (we’ll call him) is one of <strong>the</strong> newer<br />

residents in a nearby long-term home.<br />

He’s an avid reader and his mind is as<br />

sharp as a tack, but getting around has<br />

become a serious challenge. I’ve tried <strong>to</strong><br />

convince him, <strong>to</strong> no avail, <strong>to</strong> learn how <strong>to</strong><br />

use an iPad.<br />

An iPad is one of several brands of<br />

tablets, basically <strong>to</strong>uchscreens that contain<br />

a world of information, but are much<br />

easier <strong>to</strong> handle and use than a computer.<br />

I’m not writing this article <strong>to</strong> preach <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

masses of people who are already well<br />

aware of what an iPad is and is capable of.<br />

I am writing it for <strong>the</strong> person that is put off<br />

by or afraid of any technology, believing<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y could never understand it. I’m<br />

also writing this for <strong>the</strong>ir kids – <strong>the</strong> ones<br />

who have been saying <strong>the</strong> same thing <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>m for months on end with no better<br />

luck.<br />

What Joe doesn’t realize is that an iPad<br />

is hardly any more complicated than<br />

using a bank card but it does a whole lot<br />

more. This device, which can be cradled<br />

in one hand and manipulated using <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong>uchscreen with <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r, contains every<br />

book he’s ever read. Actually, it can give<br />

him easy access <strong>to</strong> almost every book<br />

ever written. It can also give him access<br />

<strong>to</strong> almost every song he’s ever heard,<br />

thousands of movies and TV shows, and<br />

most of <strong>the</strong> knowledge in <strong>the</strong> entire world<br />

in multiple languages.<br />

If Joe has <strong>the</strong> urge <strong>to</strong> learn more about<br />

World War II he could type that in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

search bar and choose from, in this case,<br />

over 2.03 billion pieces of information.<br />

No one needs <strong>to</strong> know that much about<br />

war, so let’s choose Elvis Presley instead.<br />

Google is a search engine where you<br />

would type <strong>the</strong> King’s name and, within<br />

one second, it will offer you 134 million<br />

articles, pho<strong>to</strong>s, recordings, trivia, stupid<br />

facts, look-alikes, just about anything you<br />

could imagine. If you search just Elvis, and<br />

not Presley, you’ll have 205 million entries<br />

<strong>to</strong> choose from.<br />

Joe is set in his ways. He will not listen<br />

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<strong>to</strong> me, but would love it if only he could<br />

get past <strong>the</strong> fact that it’s technology that<br />

he doesn’t need <strong>to</strong> understand. I don’t<br />

understand it ei<strong>the</strong>r. Every pho<strong>to</strong> I’ve<br />

ever taken in my life will now fit on<strong>to</strong> a<br />

device <strong>the</strong> size of my pinky finger. I don’t<br />

know how it does it, and I don’t need <strong>to</strong>.<br />

It’s amazing, and after a small learning<br />

curve most people could master at least<br />

some parts of it. Joe would find it <strong>to</strong> be<br />

invaluable if he used it only for reading.<br />

I’m sure that <strong>the</strong> staff or some residents at<br />

his new home are perfectly capable of, and<br />

very accus<strong>to</strong>med <strong>to</strong>, helping people get<br />

acquainted with <strong>the</strong>se remarkable devices<br />

and overcoming <strong>the</strong> learning curve.<br />

I didn’t know how <strong>to</strong> play euchre until<br />

someone taught me and euchre is vastly<br />

more difficult than operating an iPad. But<br />

with an iPad you don’t have a partner<br />

looking at you as if <strong>to</strong> say “What <strong>the</strong> Hell<br />

have you done? I don’t have any spades!”<br />

It’s also a remarkable communication<br />

<strong>to</strong>ol. Whatever age you are, you can find<br />

and contact many friends and relatives<br />

through Facebook, or email or o<strong>the</strong>r social<br />

media platforms. You can speak <strong>to</strong> your<br />

kids or your grandkids with it, and see<br />

<strong>the</strong>m!<br />

You can write notes or an entire book<br />

on it, record your voice, song lyrics or<br />

random thoughts. You can play chess or<br />

solitaire and even euchre against it, or<br />

against people anywhere on <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

It’s also a very good camera, a compass,<br />

a star chart, a map of everywhere, a pho<strong>to</strong><br />

album, a cookbook, a radio, a far better<br />

sports page, a movie player, a calcula<strong>to</strong>r,<br />

a dictionary, an alarm clock... <strong>the</strong> list goes<br />

on and on and on.<br />

I should note that <strong>the</strong>se are <strong>the</strong> easy<br />

things, <strong>the</strong> simple things it is capable of.<br />

Every eight year old can do <strong>the</strong>se things<br />

with ease, and so can my friend if he<br />

would only try it for an hour. Trust me,<br />

Joe has an hour <strong>to</strong> spare at this stage of<br />

his life. I can’t convince him <strong>to</strong> just give<br />

it a try, but maybe, just maybe, someone<br />

reading this will take my advice.<br />

What’s that old saying… Don’t knock it<br />

till you’ve tried it?<br />

Thanks for reading.<br />

Mark Moran, Publisher<br />

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principle input of <strong>the</strong> latter being laughter.<br />

He watched comic videos and/or read<br />

humorous books and achieved relief of<br />

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In 2005, Marc Al<strong>to</strong>n and Anne<br />

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in Plymp<strong>to</strong>n-Wyoming <strong>to</strong> make <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

dream of starting a winery a reality.<br />

“When we came <strong>to</strong> look at <strong>the</strong> farm,<br />

everything was blooming, <strong>the</strong> wind<br />

was warm, <strong>the</strong> smell was amazing,<br />

and we fell in love,” shares Kurtz-Al<strong>to</strong>n.<br />

The Al<strong>to</strong>ns hand-planted a test acre in<br />

2006 with more than fifteen different<br />

varieties of grape, including Cabernet<br />

Sauvignon, Chardonnay and some<br />

hybrid cold-temperature varieties. In<br />

2007, <strong>the</strong>y planted a second test acre<br />

with even more varieties, including<br />

Shiraz and Baco Noir. The vineyard<br />

was <strong>the</strong>n thoughtfully planned out,<br />

with an additional acre hand-planted<br />

in each of <strong>the</strong> next five years.<br />

The vines <strong>to</strong>ok three <strong>to</strong> five years <strong>to</strong><br />

mature before <strong>the</strong> Al<strong>to</strong>ns could harvest<br />

<strong>the</strong> grapes. During that time, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

frequently visited <strong>the</strong> Niagara wine<br />

region. “I would book us in<strong>to</strong> bed and<br />

breakfasts attached <strong>to</strong> wineries. We<br />

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developed a number of friendships<br />

and learned so much about vines<br />

and <strong>the</strong> wine-making process.” Even<br />

though <strong>the</strong>y couldn’t harvest <strong>the</strong><br />

grapes, <strong>the</strong>y still needed <strong>to</strong> look after<br />

<strong>the</strong> vines, which includes pinching<br />

off <strong>the</strong> buds, controlling disease and<br />

insects, pruning and trellising <strong>the</strong><br />

vines, and deleafing, all of which is<br />

done by hand.<br />

In 2013, Al<strong>to</strong>n Farms Estate<br />

Winery, located at 5547 Aberarder<br />

Line, opened <strong>the</strong>ir s<strong>to</strong>re with 2,000<br />

litres of wine ready for purchase.<br />

In 2019, <strong>the</strong>ir seven acres of vines,<br />

supplemented with grapes from<br />

Niagara Region, produced 20,000<br />

litres of wine. “We typically have<br />

between 13 and 18 different wines<br />

each year.” Al<strong>to</strong>n Farms Estate Winery<br />

is housed in a century-old drive shed.<br />

In 2016, a barrel room was added, and<br />

in 2018, <strong>the</strong>ir tasting room and wine<br />

s<strong>to</strong>re was expanded. “A lot of people<br />

are skeptical about Ontario wines<br />

because <strong>the</strong>y envision <strong>the</strong>m<br />

being sweet, but our wines are<br />

dry, which is why we encourage<br />

people <strong>to</strong> come for a tasting.”<br />

The Al<strong>to</strong>ns try <strong>to</strong> be sustainable<br />

in all <strong>the</strong>ir practices. “We use<br />

our herd of sheep instead of<br />

chemicals <strong>to</strong> keep <strong>the</strong> vineyard<br />

weeds under control, we don’t<br />

irrigate which keeps our wine<br />

quality up and reduces our water<br />

use, and we use repurposed items as<br />

much as we can.” The Al<strong>to</strong>ns are also<br />

thankful for <strong>the</strong>ir many friends who<br />

volunteer <strong>to</strong> help hand-pick grapes<br />

each year during harvest season.<br />

“They also help with bottling, labeling<br />

and events that we host.” Their wines<br />

are processed, bottled, corked, and<br />

labeled by hand. Al<strong>to</strong>n Farm Estate<br />

wines can be purchased at <strong>the</strong>ir onsite<br />

s<strong>to</strong>re and at select LCBOs.<br />

Al<strong>to</strong>n Farms Estate Winery<br />

supports a number of local non<br />

profits by donating wine baskets and<br />

gift certificates, but <strong>the</strong>ir favorite<br />

fundraisers are hosted on <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

property. This year marks <strong>the</strong>ir 5th<br />

Annual Grape S<strong>to</strong>mp for Bluewater<br />

Rap<strong>to</strong>rs Rehabilitation and <strong>the</strong>ir 4th<br />

Annual Aberarder Weinfest (German<br />

for wine festival) for Heaven’s Wildlife<br />

Rescue. “We appreciate <strong>the</strong> support<br />

we’ve received, so it’s wonderful <strong>to</strong> be<br />

able <strong>to</strong> support o<strong>the</strong>r organizations.<br />

We are really proud <strong>to</strong> be <strong>the</strong> pioneer<br />

estate winery and vineyard in this<br />

emerging wine region.”<br />

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Carter Plans<br />

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William Kelly, 87<br />

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In<br />

Tribute<br />

by Stan Scizlowski, Lasalle<br />

from Daytripping Nov.-Dec. 2008 & 2020<br />

Here, at Cassino War Cemetery,<br />

where <strong>the</strong> early morning shadows of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Montecassino Heights steal slowly,<br />

almost imperceptibly across <strong>the</strong> gateway<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> Liri Valley, lie buried <strong>the</strong> earthly<br />

remains of our Canadian comrades.<br />

They gave <strong>the</strong>ir lives in a just war <strong>to</strong><br />

preserve <strong>the</strong> freedoms we so dearly<br />

cherish, and now <strong>the</strong>y lie side by side<br />

with <strong>the</strong>ir British and Commonwealth<br />

comrades. The rich soil of Italy was<br />

made richer by <strong>the</strong> flesh and blood <strong>the</strong>y<br />

had so freely given <strong>to</strong> it.<br />

Their last resting place is one<br />

of incomparable beauty, so nobly<br />

designed, crafted and maintained.<br />

Under <strong>the</strong> blue skies of spring and<br />

summer <strong>the</strong> wayward breezes sigh<br />

and murmur through <strong>the</strong> tall pines and<br />

acacias. Within shade and out in <strong>the</strong><br />

warming sun stand rows upon rows of<br />

white heads<strong>to</strong>nes that mark<br />

<strong>the</strong> places where <strong>the</strong>y sleep.<br />

Bright flowering shrubs and<br />

plants grow above <strong>the</strong>m,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> green, green grass<br />

on which we walk is of <strong>the</strong><br />

land <strong>the</strong>y called home. They<br />

are heroes. They gave <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

‘all’ as <strong>the</strong>y s<strong>to</strong>od at <strong>the</strong><br />

threshold of what should<br />

have been an abundant and<br />

satisfying life. Their dreams<br />

and <strong>the</strong> dreams of those<br />

who loved <strong>the</strong>m have been<br />

shattered on <strong>the</strong> hard anvil of war.<br />

They know no more weariness or<br />

pain, nor exulting joy, nor tears of<br />

sadness, nor <strong>the</strong> <strong>to</strong>rments of anger and<br />

despair. They are sleeping. They have<br />

known not <strong>the</strong> soft caress of a woman’s<br />

love, nor <strong>the</strong> love of a child in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

arms. So much has been denied <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

They awake not <strong>to</strong> bright dawns nor<br />

hear <strong>the</strong> thunder and see <strong>the</strong> flash of<br />

summer’s s<strong>to</strong>rms. The leaves of autumn<br />

scattered not <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir tread, nor <strong>the</strong><br />

joys of spring greet <strong>the</strong>m in all its glory.<br />

They are sleeping. Though <strong>the</strong> world<br />

has trembled again and again <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

loud and frightful sounds of war, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

feared not, for <strong>the</strong>ir peace is forever.<br />

They have fought <strong>the</strong> good fight, have<br />

laid down <strong>the</strong>ir arms, and are resting,<br />

a sleep that knows no waking, no<br />

<strong>to</strong>morrow. We who have walked safely<br />

out of <strong>the</strong> shadows of <strong>the</strong> valley of<br />

death will always remember <strong>the</strong>m. Yes,<br />

we will remember <strong>the</strong>m until that time<br />

when we are <strong>to</strong> climb <strong>the</strong> long stairway<br />

<strong>to</strong> eternity.<br />

“They were only in <strong>the</strong> morning of<br />

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Tales of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County Roads<br />

Do you remember <strong>the</strong> last time you spent<br />

a pleasant day travelling on <strong>the</strong> back<br />

roads of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County, marveling<br />

at <strong>the</strong> scenery and reminiscing of<br />

<strong>the</strong> events <strong>the</strong>se old roads have seen<br />

over <strong>the</strong> years? They’ve witnessed <strong>the</strong><br />

days of <strong>the</strong> early settlers travelling by<br />

horse, oxen and foot <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> modern<br />

speeding traffic whistling by with barely<br />

a sideward glance. The dusty old roads<br />

of <strong>the</strong> pioneers are now mostly paved<br />

<strong>to</strong> accommodate <strong>the</strong> speed of modern<br />

day life. But one of our true pleasures is<br />

<strong>to</strong> meander down an old country road,<br />

drinking in <strong>the</strong> natural wonders of <strong>the</strong><br />

countryside and remembering <strong>the</strong> days<br />

of yore. Strange that people will travel<br />

so far <strong>to</strong> see <strong>the</strong> wonders of <strong>the</strong> world<br />

when <strong>the</strong>re is so much beauty and<br />

mystery right here in our own backyards.<br />

We have <strong>the</strong> rivers, lakes, (Huron and<br />

Chipican) <strong>the</strong> his<strong>to</strong>ric sites and buildings<br />

but even our roads offer so much if we<br />

are ready for <strong>the</strong> experience.<br />

There are many famous roads here<br />

in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County with interesting<br />

tales of when, why and how <strong>the</strong>y<br />

were built. Some of <strong>the</strong> early pioneer<br />

roads were useful for only a short time<br />

before disappearing, while o<strong>the</strong>rs have<br />

remained <strong>to</strong> become busy thoroughfares<br />

<strong>to</strong> this day.<br />

The Egremont Road was built by early<br />

governments in <strong>the</strong> 1830’s hoping <strong>to</strong><br />

encourage more settlers in <strong>the</strong> west of<br />

<strong>the</strong> province, as well as provide a military<br />

road from London <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir proposed<br />

harbour at Errol.<br />

There is <strong>the</strong> still busy London Line,<br />

built by Sarnia’s early citizens during<br />

<strong>the</strong> 1840’s, <strong>to</strong> divert traffic from <strong>the</strong><br />

government planned harbour at Errol <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>ir own proposed Port Sarnia.<br />

The famous Plank Road was built <strong>to</strong><br />

Oil Springs by <strong>the</strong>se same citizens in <strong>the</strong><br />

1860’s <strong>to</strong> divert <strong>the</strong> oil traffic <strong>to</strong> Sarnia.<br />

This busy road now handles most of <strong>the</strong><br />

traffic between Sarnia and Petrolia but<br />

has a his<strong>to</strong>ric past unknown <strong>to</strong> many of<br />

its travellers. The tales this road could<br />

tell!<br />

The Nauvoo Road was chopped through<br />

<strong>the</strong> wilderness by Archibald Gardener<br />

and his followers on <strong>the</strong>ir way <strong>to</strong> join <strong>the</strong><br />

Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois.<br />

The his<strong>to</strong>ries of <strong>the</strong>se famous roads are<br />

fairly well known, but many don’t realize<br />

that <strong>the</strong> construction of <strong>the</strong> London Line<br />

was organized <strong>to</strong> purposely strangle<br />

<strong>the</strong> settlement at Errol. By building a<br />

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planked road <strong>to</strong> Warwick<br />

Village <strong>the</strong>y diverted<br />

traffic <strong>to</strong> Sarnia which<br />

became <strong>the</strong> most direct<br />

road <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> harbour <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> west of London. This<br />

road, though plagued<br />

with swamps, established<br />

Sarnia as <strong>the</strong> centre for<br />

both land and water<br />

traffic at <strong>the</strong> head of <strong>the</strong><br />

St. Clair River. His<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

proved Sarnians such as Cameron, Vidal<br />

and Durand <strong>to</strong> be right, and shipping<br />

at <strong>the</strong> port grew even more when <strong>the</strong><br />

railroads later arrived.<br />

However, <strong>the</strong>re are many more his<strong>to</strong>ric<br />

old roads in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County whose<br />

his<strong>to</strong>ries have long been forgotten. Many<br />

are still in use, dotted with picturesque<br />

farms, schools, churches and community<br />

halls that arouse our imaginations. But<br />

though many of <strong>the</strong> old sites and tales<br />

are gone one can still enjoy <strong>the</strong> nostalgia<br />

of <strong>the</strong> past while travelling along <strong>the</strong>se<br />

quiet thoroughfares. If we only knew<br />

<strong>the</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ries of <strong>the</strong>ir his<strong>to</strong>ry <strong>the</strong>re would<br />

be even more enjoyment during such<br />

leisurely drives.<br />

Some of <strong>the</strong>se forgotten roads scattered<br />

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Fansher Road down in Euphemia, which<br />

provides an idyllic, shaded trip during a<br />

warm summer day. Euphemia also has<br />

<strong>the</strong> Smith’s <strong>Fall</strong>s Road, <strong>the</strong> Florence,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Aughrim and Dobbyn Roads. Dawn<br />

has <strong>the</strong> famous Tramway Road and<br />

Aberfeldy Line. The former Bosanquet<br />

Township has <strong>the</strong> Ridge Road; and<br />

a maze around Thedford. Sarnia has<br />

several of <strong>the</strong> old “Given Roads” such as<br />

Blackwell, Errol and <strong>the</strong> Old Lakeshore.<br />

There is Enniskillen’s Gum Bed Line,<br />

while down in <strong>the</strong> former Sombra<br />

Township we have East River Road,<br />

Black Creek Road and <strong>the</strong> once famous<br />

Blue Water Highway. The list goes on and<br />

on and <strong>the</strong>y all have <strong>the</strong>ir own tales if<br />

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Scenes from <strong>the</strong> days of my childhood<br />

Rocked on a dear mo<strong>the</strong>r’s knee.<br />

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life. Name <strong>the</strong> grammatical symbol.<br />

3. In what year did Bill Gates and Paul Allen create Microsoft?<br />

4. This player is known <strong>to</strong> have scored <strong>the</strong> first run in <strong>the</strong> his<strong>to</strong>ry of <strong>the</strong><br />

Major League Baseball.<br />

5. Name <strong>the</strong> three largest main world religions.<br />

6. What species of fish does caviar come from?<br />

7. What kind of phobia is pogonophobia?<br />

a] Fear of bouncing b] Fear of heights<br />

c] Fear of beards d] Fear of feet<br />

8. What essential piece of office equipment did Johnann Vaaler invent<br />

in 1900?<br />

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12. What is <strong>the</strong> name of <strong>the</strong> tallest structure ever built?<br />

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c] Grollo Tower d] Taipei 101<br />

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6. Sturgeon (including Ossetra, Sevruga, and Beluga); 7. Fear of beards; 8. The paper<br />

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season that drives us southward, or<br />

indoors, <strong>the</strong>n autumn, dazzling in its<br />

cloak of blazing colours, is a season for<br />

all reasons.<br />

I got <strong>to</strong> thinking about autumn things<br />

after seeing <strong>the</strong> movie: “Autumn in<br />

New York,” and on leaving <strong>the</strong> show,<br />

overhearing members of <strong>the</strong> audience<br />

rave about how beautiful New York City<br />

must be in <strong>the</strong> fall. I have visited New<br />

York City in Oc<strong>to</strong>ber, and it certainly is<br />

as lovely as <strong>the</strong> movie shows it <strong>to</strong> be at<br />

that time of <strong>the</strong> year. However, I would<br />

challenge anyone <strong>to</strong> name a place that<br />

<strong>to</strong>ps Ontario when it comes <strong>to</strong> fabulous<br />

fall foliage.<br />

Being a <strong>Fall</strong>-Guy, <strong>the</strong> very words<br />

that autumn and fall conjure up in my<br />

mind: russet pears, cranberry sauce,<br />

<strong>Fall</strong> Guy<br />

apple strudel, pumpkin pies and<br />

Niagara peaches, fall on my ear like<br />

<strong>the</strong> soothing sound of raindrops<br />

plopping on lily pads. When <strong>the</strong><br />

humidity, <strong>the</strong> smog and <strong>the</strong> bugs of<br />

summer have all been blown away by<br />

September’s cool breezes, and <strong>the</strong> slush<br />

and sniffles of winter are still forming<br />

ranks before attacking us in force, fall,<br />

exploding in a blaze of maples and sumac,<br />

turns Ontario in<strong>to</strong> a red, yellow and orange<br />

wonderland indeed.<br />

<strong>Fall</strong> is: Halloween ghost s<strong>to</strong>ries <strong>to</strong>ld<br />

around a wood fire, and bobbing for apples<br />

in a big tub of water. It’s little goblins trickor-treating<br />

in <strong>the</strong> Oc<strong>to</strong>ber gloaming, <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

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chill of a lake that’s<br />

been deserted by<br />

its fair-wea<strong>the</strong>r<br />

friends. It’s listening <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> eerie call of <strong>the</strong> loon<br />

while roasting wieners over a campfire.<br />

It’s <strong>the</strong> World Series, and football games,<br />

Labour Day and Thanksgiving. This<br />

golden season that falls between sunburn<br />

and frostbite, means homemade plum<br />

jam and blueberry pie, cot<strong>to</strong>n candy<br />

and all <strong>the</strong> midway bells and smells at<br />

<strong>the</strong> county fair. It’s a time for shopping<br />

at roadside stands that are flush with<br />

<strong>the</strong> fresh produce of tree and field. It’s<br />

families going on Sunday afternoon trips<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> orchard for trac<strong>to</strong>r rides and <strong>the</strong><br />

tang of fresh apple cider.<br />

I know a few people who find <strong>the</strong> fall<br />

of <strong>the</strong> year a depressing season. They<br />

tell me that it reminds <strong>the</strong>m of <strong>the</strong><br />

death of summer, and <strong>the</strong> coming of<br />

<strong>the</strong> snows. Being a <strong>Fall</strong> Guy, I, of course,<br />

see it differently. With falling leaves<br />

swirling around my feet, <strong>the</strong> pungent<br />

smell of wood-smoke in <strong>the</strong> air, and <strong>the</strong><br />

bush ablaze in <strong>the</strong> autumn sun, death is<br />

<strong>the</strong> last thing on my mind as I wander<br />

through <strong>the</strong> magical season of a hundred<br />

hues that separates <strong>the</strong> green of summer<br />

from winter’s white. In fact, I think it<br />

would be wonderful if everyone looked<br />

this beautiful as <strong>the</strong>y “slipped <strong>the</strong> surly<br />

bonds of earth.”<br />

There are summer places and <strong>the</strong>re are<br />

winter places, but when <strong>the</strong> fall queen<br />

dons her gorgeous gown of myriad colours<br />

and struts her stuff across Ontario, I know<br />

one thing for sure: There is no place more<br />

beautiful than this place, anyplace.<br />

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

With <strong>the</strong> Minister of Labour and<br />

representatives of LiUNA Local<br />

1089 announcing a provincial<br />

investment of almost $350,000<br />

<strong>to</strong> provide free construction<br />

training for up <strong>to</strong> 60 people.<br />

At <strong>the</strong> opening of <strong>the</strong><br />

Clearwater Arena High-Output<br />

COVID-19 Immunization Clinic<br />

with Lamb<strong>to</strong>n County’s<br />

Medical Officer of Health.<br />

It’s a pleasure <strong>to</strong> welcome you back <strong>to</strong> The <strong>Club</strong>, where <strong>the</strong><br />

fall edition is sure <strong>to</strong> provide you with lots of light-hearted,<br />

entertaining reading! With <strong>the</strong> arrival of fall, we say goodbye<br />

<strong>to</strong> a wonderful summer where we were able <strong>to</strong> ga<strong>the</strong>r with<br />

families and friends for some of our favourite activities.<br />

Everywhere I travelled in <strong>the</strong> riding over <strong>the</strong> past few months,<br />

I talked <strong>to</strong> people who were more positive about <strong>the</strong> future,<br />

which was very gratifying <strong>to</strong> hear.<br />

There is no doubt that <strong>the</strong>se have been challenging times<br />

over <strong>the</strong> past year-and-a-half. However, it’s great <strong>to</strong> see that<br />

people all across Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n are finally getting a sense<br />

that life may be returning <strong>to</strong> something more normal. We<br />

have gotten through so much by working <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r, following<br />

health guidelines and getting vaccinated. I want <strong>to</strong> personally<br />

thank all Lamb<strong>to</strong>nians, especially those who are 55+, for<br />

doing <strong>the</strong>ir part and helping <strong>to</strong> keep us all safe and healthy.<br />

Thanking legendary<br />

Canadian golfer Mike Weir<br />

for supporting <strong>the</strong> Access<br />

Open Minds Centre, which will<br />

provide help for youth who are<br />

struggling in <strong>the</strong> community.<br />

Thanking local pharmacists<br />

Richard Kelch and<br />

Samantha Roman on<br />

Independent Pharmacy Day<br />

for being healthcare heroes.<br />


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With <strong>the</strong> Minister of Colleges and<br />

Universities at Lamb<strong>to</strong>n College<br />

where <strong>the</strong> Ontario government<br />

announced it is providing up <strong>to</strong><br />

$591,942 <strong>to</strong> help increase<br />

enrollment in nursing programs.<br />

Congratulating St. Joseph’s<br />

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I am now back at Queen’s Park for <strong>the</strong> fall session of <strong>the</strong><br />

Legislature. We have a full schedule ahead of us as all parties<br />

work <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r <strong>to</strong> pass important legislation for seniors and<br />

for all Ontarians. Over <strong>the</strong> past several months, <strong>the</strong><br />

government has made a large number of funding<br />

announcements targeted <strong>to</strong> helping seniors across<br />

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

With <strong>the</strong> cost of living on <strong>the</strong> rise and all <strong>the</strong> stresses of<br />

everyday living during COVID, <strong>the</strong> province appreciates <strong>the</strong><br />

unique challenges faced by those 55+, many of whom are<br />

living on fixed incomes. If you have concerns related <strong>to</strong> any<br />

provincial matters, my Constituency Office staff is always<br />

available <strong>to</strong> help. Check out my contact information at <strong>the</strong><br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m of this page and please feel free <strong>to</strong> s<strong>to</strong>p by my office,<br />

call or email any time.<br />

Have a safe and happy autumn! It’s a beautiful time of year,<br />

so be sure <strong>to</strong> enjoy this most glorious of seasons - and check<br />

out everything that Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n has <strong>to</strong> offer. Happy trails<br />

<strong>to</strong> you – until we meet again!<br />

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Believe it or not, in Ireland, where Hallowe'en began, <strong>the</strong> first<br />

jack-o'-lanterns weren't made of pumpkins. They were made out of<br />

rutabagas, pota<strong>to</strong>es, turnips, or even beets!<br />

There is an old Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack who<br />

was <strong>to</strong>o mean <strong>to</strong> get in<strong>to</strong> heaven and had played <strong>to</strong>o many<br />

tricks on <strong>the</strong> devil <strong>to</strong> go <strong>to</strong> hell. When he died, he<br />

had <strong>to</strong> walk <strong>the</strong> earth, carrying a lantern made<br />

out of a turnip with a burning coal inside.<br />

Stingy Jack became known as "Jack of<br />

<strong>the</strong> Lantern," or "Jack-o'-lantern".<br />

From this legend came <strong>the</strong> Irish<br />

tradition of placing jack-o'-lanterns<br />

made of turnips and o<strong>the</strong>r vegetables<br />

in windows or by doors on Hallowe'en. The jack-o'-lanterns are meant <strong>to</strong><br />

scare away Stingy Jack and all <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r spirits that are said <strong>to</strong> walk<br />

<strong>the</strong> earth on that night.<br />

It wasn't until <strong>the</strong> tradition was brought <strong>to</strong> North America by<br />

immigrants that pumpkins were used for jack-o'-lanterns.<br />

Loneliness and social isolation are a<br />

common and serious, health risk, but<br />

it isn’t always recognized as one. Some<br />

people think that becoming lonely and<br />

depressed is simply just part of growing<br />

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Loneliness isn’t just a feeling—it’s<br />

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that more and more researchers are<br />

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chronic loneliness and isolation.<br />

People who go through life without<br />

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friends and family are more likely <strong>to</strong><br />

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physically and mentally.<br />

Lonely people are less resilient<br />

than individuals with healthy social<br />

lives. They’re more likely <strong>to</strong> become<br />

ill, and <strong>the</strong>y’re less able <strong>to</strong> cope with<br />

mentally and emotionally stressful<br />

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chronic loneliness is at risk for lowered<br />

cognitive function, mood problems like<br />

depression, and addiction <strong>to</strong> alcohol or<br />

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Loneliness can strike anyone at any<br />

age. However, seniors are at especially<br />

high risk for chronic loneliness and all<br />

<strong>the</strong> complications that go with it. That’s<br />

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should be an especially high priority<br />

for caregivers and people with senior<br />

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Seniors are often unprepared <strong>to</strong> deal<br />

with <strong>the</strong> boredom and isolation of postretirement<br />

life. After retiring, many<br />

seniors find <strong>the</strong>mselves feeling idle and<br />

unfulfilled unless <strong>the</strong>y try <strong>to</strong> find new<br />

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Over time, <strong>the</strong>se feelings of boredom<br />

and isolation turn in<strong>to</strong> full-blown<br />

chronic loneliness. Chronic loneliness<br />

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Asking for help, especially<br />

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quite ‘all’ - three o<strong>the</strong>rs, my<br />

mo<strong>the</strong>r <strong>to</strong>ld me after talking<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> teacher, where also in<br />

<strong>the</strong> thick of measles. Not <strong>the</strong> nicest of<br />

Christmas gifts <strong>to</strong> have been exchanged<br />

in a classroom of five-year-olds.<br />

One event did brighten <strong>the</strong> scene,<br />

though - my beloved Gran’s arrival<br />

on <strong>the</strong> earliest train she could catch.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r must have had her hands full<br />

with a miserable little girl in bed, and a<br />

two-year-old boy determined <strong>to</strong> sneak<br />

in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> sickroom and play with his<br />

sister. She probably welcomed Gran<br />

as fervently as I did as I relished in <strong>the</strong><br />

personal pampering, <strong>the</strong> lavender water<br />

dabbed on my forehead, and all <strong>the</strong> TLC.<br />

Snakes and Ladders, Parcheesi, Old<br />

Maid and Snap kept Gran busy in her<br />

role of amusing me, intended <strong>to</strong> make<br />

up for missing <strong>the</strong> party on <strong>the</strong> last day<br />

of school. Hardly a prima donna, <strong>the</strong><br />

dear lady entertained me with off-key<br />

renditions of carols old and modern,<br />

although joining in <strong>the</strong> choruses made<br />

my own scratchy throat sore.<br />

She <strong>to</strong>ld me all <strong>the</strong> familiar s<strong>to</strong>ries<br />

over and over, but I don’t suppose I was<br />

as caught up in <strong>the</strong> birth of <strong>the</strong> Baby<br />

Jesus as I was in <strong>the</strong> dismal thought<br />

that Santa Claus might not s<strong>to</strong>p at<br />

our house. Would he dare <strong>to</strong> come<br />

down our chimney? Would I have an<br />

empty s<strong>to</strong>cking at <strong>the</strong> foot of my bed<br />

on Christmas morning? And, oh dear,<br />

would my little bro<strong>the</strong>r miss out <strong>to</strong>o, all<br />

because of me? Gran tried <strong>to</strong> assure me<br />

that <strong>the</strong> venerable old gent was immune<br />

<strong>to</strong> children’s germs on his important<br />

mission around <strong>the</strong> world, and anyway,<br />

<strong>the</strong> cold air around his sleigh would<br />

freeze any little nasties flying around.<br />

She was right, of course. On <strong>the</strong> big<br />

morning I woke <strong>to</strong> find my s<strong>to</strong>cking<br />

overflowing with bounty from his bag,<br />

and a note was attached. In a hasty<br />

scrawl was printed: “Get well soon.<br />

Love, Santa. XXX.”<br />

After some porridge and juice, Mo<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok <strong>the</strong> tray away, replacing it with a<br />

stack of gifts on <strong>the</strong> bed. She<br />

and Gran rolled <strong>the</strong>ir eyes and<br />

threw up <strong>the</strong>ir hands as my little<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>r came in and clambered<br />

up on <strong>the</strong> patchwork quilt <strong>to</strong><br />

join in <strong>the</strong> fun.<br />

Gran’s present was a doll,<br />

<strong>the</strong> kind that <strong>to</strong>day would be<br />

a collec<strong>to</strong>r’s item, an antique<br />

of considerable value if only<br />

it had not, in time, gone <strong>to</strong><br />

its well-deserved rest in dolly<br />

heaven. The face was fine porcelain, <strong>the</strong><br />

features painted <strong>to</strong> perfection, with skyblue<br />

eyes that really opened, thick lashes<br />

fea<strong>the</strong>ring her cheeks when her eyelids<br />

closed. Long golden ringlets were tied<br />

with blue ribbon bows. The clo<strong>the</strong>s she<br />

wore were <strong>the</strong> height of fashion at <strong>the</strong><br />

time, and Gran had knitted and sewn<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs. She was beautiful! I instantly<br />

named her ‘Sylvia’ after my current<br />

best friend.<br />

Naturally I wanted her in bed with me<br />

that night, even though Mo<strong>the</strong>r and Gran<br />

gently advised against it in case Sylvia<br />

caught measles <strong>to</strong>o. My pleas won out,<br />

and her golden head lay beside mine<br />

on <strong>the</strong> pillow, <strong>the</strong> need <strong>to</strong> keep my new<br />

friend close <strong>to</strong> me selfishly overriding<br />

<strong>the</strong> risk of contagion.<br />

Next morning, though, when I woke<br />

up, <strong>the</strong> china face was covered with<br />

red spots! Mo<strong>the</strong>r, Dad and Gran raced<br />

in at my initial shout, but instead of<br />

saying “We <strong>to</strong>ld you so,” <strong>the</strong>y burst<br />

out laughing. Gran <strong>to</strong>ok a wet cloth<br />

and wiped <strong>the</strong> spots away, and Dad<br />

grinned as he showed me <strong>the</strong> smeared<br />

red palette and wet brush he’d used<br />

from <strong>the</strong> new paintbox Santa had left<br />

me. Sylvia’s remarkable recovery was a<br />

make-believe medical miracle. My little<br />

bro<strong>the</strong>r, though, when unfortunately his<br />

turn came, was most upset that his red<br />

spots couldn’t be erased as quickly as<br />

<strong>the</strong> dolly’s.<br />

Sylvia eventually succumbed, as<br />

dollies do, <strong>to</strong> <strong>to</strong>o many years of<br />

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but I like <strong>to</strong> think that <strong>the</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ry of<br />

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First up: Chinese skipping.<br />

The girls had long pieces of<br />

one inch thick elastic used in<br />

waistbands from <strong>the</strong>ir mom’s<br />

sewing baskets. They’d knot it<br />

<strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r and <strong>the</strong>n two girls would stand<br />

about four feet apart, elastic around<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir ankles. The “jumper” would start<br />

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First you’d jump on <strong>the</strong> elastic on one<br />

side, <strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r, <strong>the</strong>n in between,<br />

inside and outside. Then you’d do a<br />

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front of your ankles and jumping over<br />

<strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r side and repeat. Every move<br />

had a name: hornet, Yankees, wildcat,<br />

etc. Once you’d finished <strong>the</strong> first cycle<br />

at ankles, you’d move up <strong>to</strong> calfsies,<br />

kneesies, thighsies, waisties. If you<br />

messed up, it was <strong>the</strong> next girl’s turn<br />

and you’d switch places. Well, being<br />

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black, syn<strong>the</strong>tic rubber ball, when<br />

thrown <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> pavement with all one’s<br />

strength, could bounce higher than a<br />

three-s<strong>to</strong>ry house. In a tie-in <strong>to</strong> my<br />

current home of Sarnia, Ontario,<br />

it was made with polybutadiene,<br />

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Dale’s older bro<strong>the</strong>r, Jack,<br />

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boys because of his size<br />

and strength, wound up and<br />

almost left his feet hurling <strong>the</strong> rock<br />

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up….up it sailed, all of us craning our<br />

necks skyward, trying <strong>to</strong> spot it in <strong>the</strong><br />

sun. Dale yelled out that it had sailed<br />

<strong>to</strong> Heaven. Jack briefly turned his head<br />

sideways <strong>to</strong> call him stupid and <strong>the</strong><br />

falling sphere caught him square on his<br />

forehead, careening off his noggin’ way<br />

up in <strong>the</strong> air again. Jack was felled by<br />

<strong>the</strong> blow and developed a goose egg <strong>the</strong><br />

exact size of <strong>the</strong> ball right between his<br />

eyes. I read in Wikipedia that in <strong>the</strong> late<br />

By Lee Michaels, Sarnia<br />

1960’s Wham-O made a SuperBall <strong>the</strong><br />

size of a bowling ball as a promotional<br />

stunt. It fell from <strong>the</strong> 23rd s<strong>to</strong>ry of a<br />

hotel in Australia and destroyed a<br />

parked convertible on <strong>the</strong> second<br />

bounce. All I know is that a SuperBall<br />

fell on<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> roof or Mr. Smith’s cruiser<br />

and put a huge dent in it and we all<br />

ran like <strong>the</strong> wind because he was<br />

a constable at <strong>the</strong> local RCMP<br />

detachment. (He also made<br />

a kick-butt outdoor rink,<br />

complete with boards and<br />

lights in his backyard every<br />

winter where we almost killed<br />

each o<strong>the</strong>r with slapshots with a<br />

frozen solid puck).<br />

By far, <strong>the</strong> <strong>to</strong>y that caused me <strong>the</strong> most<br />

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all <strong>the</strong> rage. Two heavy tempered glass<br />

spheres (later changed <strong>to</strong> hard acrylic<br />

plastic), each attached <strong>to</strong> a separate<br />

string. You’d put <strong>the</strong> tab attached <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

strings between your fingers, and start<br />

swinging <strong>the</strong>m, your wrist moving up<br />

and down, trying <strong>to</strong> get <strong>the</strong>m <strong>to</strong> “clack”<br />

<strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r both on <strong>to</strong>p of and below your<br />

hand. Doing so, though, <strong>to</strong>ok a lot of<br />

practise, which in turn led <strong>to</strong> black<br />

and blue arm forearms on most of<br />

<strong>the</strong> kids in <strong>the</strong> neighbourhood. And if<br />

that wasn’t dangerous enough, <strong>the</strong>y’d<br />

shatter, sending shards flying in every<br />

direction. They were eventually pulled<br />

from <strong>the</strong> market in both <strong>the</strong> United<br />

States and Canada after being classified<br />

as a “mechanical hazard.”<br />

I haven’t even scratched <strong>the</strong> surface<br />

of <strong>to</strong>ys that no parent of <strong>to</strong>day would<br />

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Easy-Bake Ovens that could<br />

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on your skin, and lawn<br />

darts that impaled many a<br />

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But after playing with<br />

knives for years, it was <strong>the</strong> most<br />

benign <strong>to</strong>y that I remember<br />

piercing <strong>the</strong> skin. I was playing<br />

pick-up sticks (a “girl’s game”)<br />

on <strong>the</strong> wooden front porch of <strong>the</strong><br />

three Ruf sisters’ house when Jack<br />

and Dale sauntered over. “That looks<br />

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<strong>to</strong>o.” So after explaining <strong>the</strong> game, we<br />

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These were thick, heavy duty, very<br />

pointy pick-up sticks. Jack’s pudgy,<br />

clumsy fingers were no match for his<br />

little bro<strong>the</strong>r’s slim digits. When Dale<br />

handily won <strong>the</strong> game, Jack picked up<br />

<strong>the</strong> last stick and furiously slammed it<br />

pointy end down on <strong>the</strong> deck, impaling<br />

<strong>the</strong> webbing between Dale’s index<br />

finger and thumb <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> deck. The girls<br />

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Let me introduce you <strong>to</strong> Sergeant John go back <strong>to</strong> all his cus<strong>to</strong>mers and collect<br />

50 YEARS! Keating (ret). After 31 years of policing <strong>the</strong> tax that should have been collected.<br />

in a major urban area of our country This is <strong>the</strong> second sting on <strong>the</strong> same<br />

he decided <strong>to</strong> turn his considerable law scam.”<br />

enforcement training, experience, and Computer financial scams are<br />

skill <strong>to</strong> assisting seniors and <strong>the</strong>ir families. infamous for <strong>the</strong>ir sophistication. John<br />

Church Ladies<br />

Specifically, assisting <strong>the</strong>m in overcoming states, “They look like something right<br />

<strong>the</strong> deluge of scams and frauds that is from <strong>the</strong> bank.” Here <strong>the</strong>y ask for all<br />

With Typewriters!<br />

coming at <strong>the</strong>m on an almost daily basis. of your personal, banking, and credit<br />

At <strong>the</strong> evening service<br />

Before <strong>the</strong> pandemic hit, John was called information in order <strong>to</strong> avert some<br />

<strong>to</strong>night, <strong>the</strong> sermon <strong>to</strong>pic<br />

on as a leading speaker across Canada, horrible outcome. Delete it immediately.<br />

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<strong>the</strong> U.S., and internationally. Fur<strong>the</strong>r, with The bank never does its business like this.<br />

Come early and listen<br />

Why his extensive investigative background, These are three, <strong>the</strong>re are many, many<br />

<strong>to</strong> our choir practice.<br />

he was called upon <strong>to</strong> investigate cases more. I have included a link <strong>to</strong> you <strong>to</strong><br />

of senior abuse. I will write about senior review a detailed list of scams <strong>to</strong> be on<br />

Eight new choir robes<br />

Wait? abuse in <strong>the</strong> next edition of The <strong>Club</strong>. <strong>the</strong> lookout for.<br />

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due <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> addition of<br />

10% of all seniors have been victims of<br />

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some form of fraud,” states John Keating. In <strong>the</strong> examples, we have seen calls,<br />

and <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> deterioration<br />

“Similar stats exist for our neighbour <strong>to</strong> door-<strong>to</strong>-door, and email scams. These<br />

of some older ones.<br />

<strong>the</strong> south. U.S. seniors are not safe from are <strong>the</strong> ways <strong>the</strong> fraudster gets <strong>to</strong> his/her<br />

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in <strong>the</strong> envelope along<br />

Les Paul shows that <strong>the</strong> average dollar value of fraudster is not <strong>to</strong> answer <strong>the</strong> phone, door,<br />

with <strong>the</strong> deceased person<br />

Tribute fraud is $9,175. That is <strong>the</strong> average. Some or email unless you know who is calling,<br />

you want remembered.<br />

are less, and some are much more.” knocking, or emailing. “It may feel like you<br />

John fur<strong>the</strong>r explained, <strong>the</strong> financial are a bit of a prisoner in your own home,”<br />

Potluck supper Sunday<br />

loss for an individual senior is a crime. said John. “It is more about keeping<br />

at 5:00 PM - prayer and<br />

The o<strong>the</strong>r, more profound outcome of yourself safe.” Get Call Display on your<br />

medication <strong>to</strong> follow.<br />

fraud for a senior comes in <strong>the</strong> form of phone and do not answer <strong>the</strong> call unless<br />

The ladies of <strong>the</strong> Church<br />

deep psychological damage. “I have seen you know who it is. Get a “No Solicitation”<br />

have cast off clothing of<br />

clients so harmed by this crime that sign for your front door. Lastly, when it<br />

every kind. They may be<br />

<strong>the</strong>y s<strong>to</strong>p functioning socially. Outgoing comes <strong>to</strong> email, John says, “Be careful if<br />

seen in <strong>the</strong> basement on<br />

and active people become isolated and you click because it might be a trick.”<br />

Friday afternoon.<br />

afraid. It is really sad.”<br />

JOHN KEATING can be reached at<br />

There are <strong>to</strong>o many scams <strong>to</strong> count, keatingseniorsafetyconsulting@gmail.com<br />

This evening at 7 PM <strong>the</strong>re<br />

or list in this article, but John did point<br />

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out a few that are particularly pointed at<br />

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seniors. There is <strong>the</strong> Grandparent Scam.<br />

Church. Bring a blanket<br />

“In this scam” he said, “a call comes in<br />

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First and foremost, you can help<br />

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claims <strong>to</strong> be a grandchild in trouble. The<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir risk of financial abuse by<br />

confused senior is not sure what is going<br />

making him or her aware of <strong>the</strong><br />

on and gets so concerned about <strong>the</strong> socalled<br />

grandchild <strong>the</strong>y end up sending<br />

risk of elder financial abuse.<br />

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money <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> fraudster in <strong>the</strong> form of a<br />

involved with friends, family, and<br />

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community activities.<br />

John, “and as long as <strong>the</strong>y keep sending<br />

• Seniors should include<br />

<strong>the</strong> money <strong>the</strong> fraudster keeps asking.”<br />

safeguards in <strong>the</strong>ir durable<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r scam comes in <strong>the</strong> form of a<br />

powers of at<strong>to</strong>rney <strong>to</strong> help secure<br />

door-<strong>to</strong>-door solicitation. John describes<br />

his or her assets.<br />

it like this: “Here a couple, man and<br />

• Refuse <strong>to</strong> engage with anyone<br />

woman, have done <strong>the</strong>ir homework<br />

who calls or comes <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> door<br />

and know <strong>the</strong> person living in <strong>the</strong> home<br />

selling anything or looking for<br />

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• Using direct deposit for cheques<br />

and fixing eaves, cleaning windows,<br />

ensures that <strong>the</strong>y go right in<strong>to</strong><br />

whatever. The senior develops trust with<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir accounts and are protected.<br />

<strong>the</strong> fraudster and overpays for poor work<br />

• Never give credit card, banking,<br />

or no work. In some cases, <strong>the</strong> fraudster<br />

or o<strong>the</strong>r personal information<br />

tells <strong>the</strong> senior that <strong>the</strong>y have a special<br />

out over <strong>the</strong> phone unless your<br />

“No Tax Deal” only <strong>to</strong> come by later and<br />

senior loved one initiates <strong>the</strong> call.<br />

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(from Brigden <strong>Fall</strong><br />

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ook)<br />

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6 fresh chives, cut in<strong>to</strong> 1/8” pieces<br />

3 Tbsp. fresh bread crumbs,<br />

lightly <strong>to</strong>asted<br />

Heat oven <strong>to</strong> 450˚F. Half squash lengthwise. Remove seeds and fibers.<br />

Sprinkle squash with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Fill a roasng pan<br />

with 1/4 inch of water. Place squash in pan. Cover with foil and bake unl<br />

squash is tender when pierced with a knife. approx. 35 <strong>to</strong> 45 minutes. Cool,<br />

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1 large onion, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup honey<br />

1/4 cup flour<br />

1 Tbsp. yellow mustard<br />

Place ribs in slow cooker, <strong>to</strong>p with onions, <strong>the</strong>n combine remaining<br />

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Pumpkin Cookies<br />

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2 cups brown sugar<br />

2 cups quick cooking oats<br />

1 cup sugar<br />

2 tsp. baking soda<br />

14 oz can pumpkin<br />

2 tsp. cinnamon<br />

1 egg<br />

1 tsp. salt<br />

1 tsp. vanilla<br />

2 cups chocolate chips<br />

Cream <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r buer and sugars. Add egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

dry ingredients, flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Add <strong>to</strong> buer<br />

mixture, <strong>the</strong>n add chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoon on<strong>to</strong> greased cookie<br />

sheets. Bake at 35O˚F for 10 <strong>to</strong> 12 minutes. Makes 9 <strong>to</strong> 10 dozen cookies.<br />

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1/3 cup granulated sugar<br />

1 Tbsp. baking powder<br />

1 Tbsp. cinnamon<br />

1/4 tsp. salt<br />

1 1/4 cup chopped, peeled, apple<br />

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He also likes <strong>to</strong> see seniors eat<br />

nutritious, affordable meals.<br />

Driven by those two principles,<br />

Allen has prepared a whopping 50,000<br />

free meals in <strong>the</strong> past 18 months,<br />

often spending 70 hours a week in<br />

<strong>the</strong> kitchen and organizing dozens of<br />

volunteers <strong>to</strong> deliver meals <strong>to</strong> those<br />

who need <strong>the</strong>m.<br />

He calls his project Sarnia Blessings<br />

and is hoping <strong>to</strong> establish it as a<br />

registered charity that can be sustained<br />

in <strong>the</strong> longterm.<br />

It all began in March 2020 when<br />

Allen cooked for a function at his<br />

church and had a few meals left over.<br />

“I knew some seniors who might<br />

appreciate <strong>the</strong>m and offered <strong>to</strong><br />

deliver,” he said.<br />

Then he found a spare roast in his<br />

freezer and cooked that up <strong>to</strong>o, after<br />

learning older residents were having<br />

difficulty getting groceries during <strong>the</strong><br />

first pandemic lockdown. Many were<br />

afraid <strong>to</strong> go outside.<br />

“I found older couples, where <strong>the</strong><br />

wife was sick and he didn’t know<br />

how <strong>to</strong> cook anything. I realized<br />

<strong>the</strong>re were so many people who need<br />

good, nutritious food,” said Allen, 55,<br />

a professional chef who has cooked<br />

many years for a large summer camp<br />

in Algonquin Park.<br />

With those first meals delivered,<br />

Allen was surprised by more requests.<br />

Most were from family members<br />

worried about elderly relatives<br />

struggling through <strong>the</strong> pandemic.<br />

Volunteers began chipping in <strong>to</strong> help<br />

organize and <strong>the</strong> number jumped <strong>to</strong><br />

90 meals a week. Demand continued<br />

<strong>to</strong> surge after <strong>the</strong> group started a<br />

Facebook page.<br />

“I always said this was all<br />

backwards,” said Allen, who is<br />

described by friends as a very humble<br />

fellow.<br />

“Most organizations see a need<br />

and try <strong>to</strong> meet it. With this, I started<br />

cooking and <strong>the</strong>n uncovered a need.<br />

“You wouldn’t believe <strong>the</strong> number<br />

of people waiting <strong>to</strong> get in<strong>to</strong> nursing<br />

homes who shouldn’t be using a<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ve.”<br />

It was only a matter of time before<br />

Sarnia Blessings began taking referrals<br />

from Bluewater Health for people<br />

going home post-surgery, and from<br />

community organizations like <strong>the</strong><br />

Alzheimer’s Society.<br />

At <strong>the</strong>ir busiest, Allen and his<br />

volunteers delivered 795 free meals a<br />

week <strong>to</strong> about 160 people. That’s five<br />

meals per person per week.<br />

“We were going <strong>to</strong> cut it off at 100<br />

but just kept going when <strong>the</strong> need was<br />

<strong>the</strong>re,” he said.<br />

Allen, his wife Jan and <strong>the</strong>ir team<br />

worked tirelessly <strong>to</strong> organize it all and<br />

started a screening process. From <strong>the</strong><br />

beginning, he didn’t let <strong>the</strong> food bills<br />

worry him even though it was costing<br />

thousands of dollars.<br />

“I always said I’d keep cooking<br />

as long as donations came in, and<br />

<strong>the</strong>y rolled in week after week from<br />

churches, individuals, businesses… so<br />

many contributed,” he said.<br />

“I think God primed me for<br />

something worthwhile. If I can cook<br />

for 500 rich kids a day at summer<br />

camp, I can do it for this.”<br />

His church, Lighthouse Community<br />

Church, was a big support, as were<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r churches and service clubs. One<br />

local woman made bread. Ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

baked 600 muffins a week. A Canadian<br />

Red Cross grant secured by <strong>the</strong> French<br />

Community Centre covered food costs<br />

for 12 weeks.<br />

It was truly a community<br />

effort and a labor of love for<br />

Allen, who was recognized<br />

by <strong>the</strong> City of Sarnia for<br />

going “above and beyond in<br />

response <strong>to</strong> COVID-19.”<br />

The Sarnia Sting and<br />

Imperial Oil honoured him<br />

and Sarnia Blessings with an<br />

“Extra Mile” award in <strong>the</strong> fight<br />

against <strong>the</strong> pandemic.<br />

But eventually <strong>the</strong> 70-hour<br />

weeks proved <strong>to</strong> be <strong>to</strong>o much.<br />

Seven months in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

project, a case of shingles<br />

slowed Allen. In February,<br />

tired and short on donations,<br />

he put <strong>the</strong> full Sarnia Blessings<br />

program “on hold.”<br />

Yet he didn’t s<strong>to</strong>p cooking<br />

free meals entirely. Allen and Jan have<br />

never s<strong>to</strong>pped preparing 150 meals a<br />

week for <strong>the</strong> oldest demographic on<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir roster, mostly those aged 85 and<br />

older.<br />

And work continues behind <strong>the</strong><br />

scenes <strong>to</strong> bring back <strong>the</strong> meal plan at<br />

full capacity.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> last few months, Sarnia<br />

Blessings has incorporated and struck<br />

a board of direc<strong>to</strong>rs .<br />

The group is working with <strong>the</strong><br />

new owners of Sarnia’s Central<br />

United Church <strong>to</strong> firm up a deal for<br />

permanent use of <strong>the</strong> commercial<br />

kitchen <strong>the</strong>re. London-based Xoana<br />

Corporation intends <strong>to</strong> redevelop <strong>the</strong><br />

his<strong>to</strong>ric church in<strong>to</strong> residential units<br />

but Allen says Xoana representatives<br />

are enthusiastic about donating <strong>the</strong><br />

building’s kitchen space.<br />

“We’re working through a rezoning<br />

at city hall that’s taking a while,”<br />

Allen said.<br />

O<strong>the</strong>r community organizations<br />

like The Inn of <strong>the</strong> Good Shepherd are<br />

providing some of <strong>the</strong> food he needs.<br />

“If <strong>the</strong> Inn has extra produce, for<br />

instance, <strong>the</strong>y’ll send it <strong>to</strong> me and<br />

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Mr. Morkin<br />

My wife has been a grade one or<br />

two teacher for 30 years now and will<br />

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tell her I was going <strong>to</strong> start a new<br />

major project weeks after she<br />

finally has <strong>the</strong> time <strong>to</strong> relax. It’s<br />

not uncommon <strong>to</strong> meet up with<br />

her former students, many of<br />

whom are parents <strong>the</strong>mselves<br />

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was <strong>the</strong>ir favourite teacher ever.<br />

I don’t imagine anything warms a<br />

teacher’s heart more than that.<br />

I’ve had a few favourite teachers over<br />

<strong>the</strong> years as I’m sure we all have, but <strong>the</strong><br />

one I think back <strong>to</strong> now was not a teacher<br />

at all but <strong>the</strong> principal at Sacred Heart in<br />

Port Lamb<strong>to</strong>n sometime around 1978.<br />

His name is Bill Morkin. Apparently I was<br />

a kindergarten dropout, but I learned <strong>to</strong><br />

love elementary school after that. The<br />

next eight years were spent with <strong>the</strong> same<br />

classmates. My own grade was never split<br />

up, and while new kids came in from time<br />

<strong>to</strong> time, I only remember one ever leaving.<br />

In a school this size you blend in pretty<br />

seamlessly after a while, or at least I think<br />

you do—I never lived <strong>the</strong>ir experience.<br />

I don’t remember who <strong>the</strong> principal<br />

was before Mr. Morkin came along and<br />

no one could compare <strong>to</strong> him afterward.<br />

He had a kind, wise face that was fa<strong>the</strong>rly<br />

but also very confident, and very much in<br />

charge. This was a time when patriarchs on<br />

television would’ve been Michael Landon<br />

on <strong>the</strong> “Little House on <strong>the</strong> Prairie,” Mr.<br />

Cunningham on “Happy Days” or Pa<br />

Wal<strong>to</strong>n on “The Wal<strong>to</strong>ns,” and maybe that<br />

played a role in seeing a friendly fa<strong>the</strong>r<br />

figure as a leader that you could really<br />

trust and look up <strong>to</strong>. Or maybe it was that<br />

Robin Williams was all <strong>the</strong> craze as “Mork<br />

from Ork” and <strong>the</strong>ir names were similar<br />

in a kid-friendly way. Who knows?<br />

The strangest thing that I ever did in<br />

school (though <strong>the</strong>re is a vast collection <strong>to</strong><br />

choose from) happened one day when Mr.<br />

Morkin passed by me in <strong>the</strong> hallway and<br />

winked at me. I was a kid and didn’t know<br />

what that meant, so I spit on him. I have<br />

no idea what possessed me. He calmly<br />

called me in<strong>to</strong> his office and set me back<br />

on <strong>the</strong> right path, while I’m sure many<br />

o<strong>the</strong>rs would have been much harsher.<br />

The most amazing thing about Mr.<br />

Morkin, however, was <strong>the</strong> annual school<br />

play. He worked tirelessly and engaged <strong>the</strong><br />

entire school <strong>to</strong> put on large productions<br />

in <strong>the</strong> neighbouring parish hall including<br />

lights, sound, set designs, singing and<br />

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most unlikely kids in that school <strong>to</strong>ok part,<br />

and played critical roles, in productions<br />

like “A Christmas Carol,” “Oliver Twist”<br />

and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” I was in all of<br />

<strong>the</strong>m and I loved <strong>to</strong> sing. In Oliver Twist I<br />

won <strong>the</strong> part of <strong>the</strong> Artful Dodger and sang<br />

<strong>the</strong> parts for Oliver as well, in an English<br />

accent <strong>to</strong> boot, because Kenny Johnson<br />

didn’t want <strong>to</strong> sing. I brought <strong>the</strong> accent<br />

back out for <strong>the</strong> role of Tiny Tim, and those<br />

first opportunities <strong>to</strong> entertain people<br />

have never left me. I am a professional<br />

musician and play in a band <strong>to</strong> this day. I<br />

can’t imagine <strong>the</strong> hours that must’ve gone<br />

in<strong>to</strong> those productions, that like so many<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r teachers passions, fit under <strong>the</strong> title<br />

of extracurricular activities. Eventually Mr.<br />

Morkin was moved <strong>to</strong> ano<strong>the</strong>r school and<br />

brought his leadership and his productions<br />

<strong>to</strong> a new set of deserving students.<br />

Many years later when my sons Ben<br />

and Dylan were attending Holy Rosary in<br />

Wyoming, <strong>the</strong>ir principal was Bill Nelson.<br />

He brought similar productions <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

school gym and now, much older and<br />

more experienced, I was able <strong>to</strong> help<br />

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I mentioned that I had taken part in plays<br />

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My mo<strong>the</strong>r used <strong>to</strong> make sugar<br />

cookies. If she could get <strong>the</strong>m out of <strong>the</strong><br />

oven on time, <strong>the</strong>y were <strong>the</strong>se melty,<br />

sweet, buttery things. Most often, <strong>the</strong>y<br />

were as black as hockey pucks on <strong>the</strong><br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m. The oven wasn’t very good,<br />

and she would often get busy doing<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r things and forget <strong>to</strong> take <strong>the</strong>m<br />

out. My bro<strong>the</strong>r and sister and I would<br />

pinch large clumps of dough out of <strong>the</strong><br />

bowl when she was mixing <strong>the</strong>m up.<br />

Cookie dough… why is it always better<br />

than <strong>the</strong> actual cookie? My mo<strong>the</strong>r lost<br />

<strong>the</strong> recipe for her sugar cookies and I’ve<br />

tried many recipes over <strong>the</strong> years, trying<br />

<strong>to</strong> duplicate it. But, as of right now, <strong>the</strong><br />

search is still on.<br />

Mom did not like <strong>to</strong> cook or bake.<br />

It wasn’t her thing. She’d ra<strong>the</strong>r empty<br />

<strong>the</strong> china cabinet and clean it all out, or<br />

dig a garden. I loved <strong>to</strong> bake. It was my<br />

desperate childhood wish <strong>to</strong> get an Easy<br />

Bake Oven. Instead, my mo<strong>the</strong>r bought<br />

me cake mixes and let me use <strong>the</strong> real<br />

one. Every Saturday morning, I got out<br />

of bed, went straight <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> kitchen, and<br />

made a cake.<br />

I baked my own fruit cake for my<br />

wedding. In older days (older than<br />

mine), this was a common cus<strong>to</strong>m, <strong>to</strong><br />

give out fruit cake slices as wedding<br />

favours. When it was “cured,” I cut<br />

<strong>the</strong> cake in<strong>to</strong> slices and wrapped <strong>the</strong>m<br />

in shiny red and green paper (I was<br />

married four days before Christmas) and<br />

trimmed each piece like a Christmas<br />

gift, complete with a thank you tag. I<br />

procured my husband’s grandmo<strong>the</strong>r’s<br />

Rain on <strong>the</strong> roof with a sound like singing,<br />

And here in <strong>the</strong> kitchen is something nice,<br />

Patterned with flour and nuts and raisins,<br />

Sprinkled with sugar, fragrant with spice.<br />

Little boy’s round eyes stare at <strong>the</strong> oven,<br />

Little dog’s tail goes thump on <strong>the</strong> floor,<br />

Little boy’s hand goes tug at your apron,<br />

It’s hours till lunch–please, just one more?<br />

Crisp and warm with a fragrance of cinnamon,<br />

One like a heart and one like a star…<br />

Rain on <strong>the</strong> roof with a sound like singing,<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r is filling <strong>the</strong> cookie jar.<br />

Says it all, doesn’t it?<br />

much-guarded recipe for light fruit cake<br />

for <strong>the</strong> occasion. We still make it every<br />

Christmas, almost 28 years later.<br />

I’m certainly not a fancy baker–<br />

fondant scares <strong>the</strong> heck out of me, and<br />

my pastry is a nightmare. I bake simply:<br />

coffee cakes, brownies, and cookies.<br />

Lots of cookies. My recipes for Toll<br />

House and peanut butter cookies are<br />

etched on my brain–I haven’t used a<br />

recipe for <strong>the</strong>m in years.<br />

I have a friend who keeps a beautiful<br />

glass cookie jar on her kitchen counter,<br />

always s<strong>to</strong>cked with homemade<br />

cookies. A few weekends ago, I went<br />

and bought one for my house, and it’s<br />

been kept full ever since. I love this<br />

idea. It seems old-fashioned, but I like<br />

<strong>the</strong> idea of people coming home after a<br />

long day and smelling cookies baking.<br />

I know it’s very 1950’s, but it seems<br />

like a nice way <strong>to</strong> be welcomed home.<br />

“Hi! I made cookies <strong>to</strong>day.” Now, <strong>the</strong>re’s<br />

a way <strong>to</strong> get a tired, grumpy person <strong>to</strong><br />

smile.<br />

Several years ago, someone gave<br />

me an old brown cookbook from 1948<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y’d found in <strong>the</strong> back of a<br />

drawer somewhere, published by a local<br />

“Friendship Group.” The cover is so<br />

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Plaster.” While I’ve never attempted<br />

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been especially successful.<br />

My favourite part of <strong>the</strong> old brown<br />

recipe book is near <strong>the</strong> front, before<br />

<strong>the</strong> recipes: a quaint, reminiscent poem<br />

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ill and <strong>the</strong> project was<br />

Puddle Duck<br />

put on hold.<br />

By Tammy With Kenneth <strong>to</strong>ok <strong>the</strong><br />

project <strong>to</strong> his home in<br />

from Daytripping Sept-Oct <strong>2021</strong> issue Toron<strong>to</strong>, but despite his<br />

desires, he never got<br />

around <strong>to</strong> finishing <strong>the</strong><br />

project. As an adult,<br />

Ritchie <strong>to</strong>ok <strong>the</strong> pieces<br />

with <strong>the</strong> hope <strong>to</strong> someday<br />

finish <strong>the</strong> project with his<br />

son Gregory. The pieces<br />

moved several times<br />

across Southwestern<br />

During <strong>the</strong> early months of <strong>the</strong> Covid<br />

19 pandemic, my fa<strong>the</strong>r in law and I<br />

enjoyed <strong>the</strong> sun and sounds of children<br />

playing in our backyard. During one of<br />

our afternoon tea dates, my fa<strong>the</strong>r in<br />

law, Ritchie, mentioned a project he and<br />

his fa<strong>the</strong>r had started back in 1945 when<br />

he was 10 years old. It was a 6 foot long<br />

rowboat <strong>to</strong> act as a tender <strong>to</strong> his family’s<br />

boat, <strong>the</strong> “Black Duck.” They used <strong>the</strong><br />

boat each summer <strong>to</strong> get <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir cabin on<br />

Georgian Bay. Kenneth, Ritchie’s fa<strong>the</strong>r,<br />

felt <strong>the</strong>y would benefit from having a<br />

smaller boat <strong>to</strong> act as a tender, so he<br />

purchased a pattern from a boat building<br />

catalogue and enlisted <strong>the</strong> help of his son<br />

<strong>to</strong> build it. The duo <strong>to</strong>ok <strong>the</strong> project as far<br />

as cutting out <strong>the</strong> pieces and creating <strong>the</strong><br />

frame before Kenneth’s youngest child fell<br />

Ontario before <strong>the</strong>y settled in Wyoming,<br />

Ontario with Kenneth, his son Gregory<br />

and his young family.<br />

When Ritchie <strong>to</strong>ld me <strong>the</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ry I knew<br />

this was something that needed <strong>to</strong> be<br />

completed. Ritchie was now 84 years old,<br />

so I asked if I could lead this project <strong>to</strong><br />

completion. He was delighted <strong>to</strong> hear of<br />

my interest and encouraged me <strong>to</strong> enlist<br />

my husband and four young children as<br />

helpers in <strong>the</strong> project.<br />

That afternoon I had my husband<br />

retrieve <strong>the</strong> pieces from our garage attic<br />

and <strong>the</strong> next afternoon <strong>the</strong> seven of us<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok <strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> back yard <strong>to</strong> make Kenneth’s<br />

vision come <strong>to</strong> life.<br />

As we worked our way through <strong>the</strong><br />

pattern we realized that we were missing<br />

several pieces of <strong>the</strong> frame as well as all of<br />

60 might be <strong>the</strong> new 40, but 9 pm is <strong>the</strong> new midnight.<br />

<strong>the</strong> written directions needed <strong>to</strong> complete<br />

<strong>the</strong> build. All we had was a couple of<br />

diagrams and <strong>the</strong> original catalogue <strong>to</strong><br />

guide us. We decided that ra<strong>the</strong>r than<br />

scrap <strong>the</strong> project that we would use a<br />

more modern method of boat building<br />

<strong>to</strong> construct it, as building ano<strong>the</strong>r form<br />

was something we found very daunting.<br />

We settled on using <strong>the</strong> stitch and glue<br />

method.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> first few days my children<br />

enjoyed working on <strong>the</strong> project, but as<br />

happens with children, <strong>the</strong>y became<br />

uninterested in <strong>the</strong> project. From <strong>the</strong>n on<br />

I chose <strong>to</strong> work on <strong>the</strong> project each day<br />

when my younger children were having<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir afternoon nap. It was a slow process,<br />

but steadily throughout <strong>the</strong> summer, I<br />

managed <strong>to</strong> put <strong>the</strong> boat <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

Once <strong>the</strong> plywood was stitched<br />

<strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r, I enlisted <strong>the</strong> help of my fa<strong>the</strong>r, a<br />

professional fiberglasser <strong>to</strong> teach me how<br />

<strong>to</strong> fiberglass <strong>the</strong> outside of <strong>the</strong> boat. My<br />

fa<strong>the</strong>r and I spent two weekends adding<br />

layers of fiberglass and sanding <strong>the</strong> boat.<br />

Working on this project with my fa<strong>the</strong>r is<br />

something that I will remember as one<br />

of <strong>the</strong> most special moments he and I<br />

have spent <strong>to</strong>ge<strong>the</strong>r. Once <strong>the</strong> sanding<br />

was complete I painted <strong>the</strong> boat bright<br />

yellow, added white gunnels with oar<br />

locks and painted <strong>the</strong> interior white. All<br />

that remained was <strong>the</strong> addition of a name<br />

on <strong>the</strong> stern. Kenneth had named <strong>the</strong><br />

boat “Puddle Duck” when he started <strong>the</strong><br />

project, a name that suited her perfectly<br />

with her bright yellow paint.<br />

After 74 years and several trips on land,<br />

Puddle Duck <strong>to</strong>ok her first voyage afloat<br />

at <strong>the</strong> end of <strong>the</strong> summer. We ga<strong>the</strong>red as<br />

a family at A.W. Campbell Conservation<br />

Area in Alvins<strong>to</strong>n <strong>to</strong> watch her maiden<br />

voyage. Richie said a few words in honour<br />

of his fa<strong>the</strong>r and christened Puddle Duck<br />

with a splash of sparkling cider. My<br />

husband and our son Sawyer were <strong>the</strong><br />

first <strong>to</strong> take a ride around <strong>the</strong> pond. I could<br />

see <strong>the</strong> sheer delight in Ritchie’s face as<br />

he watched his son paddle along.<br />

I like <strong>to</strong> think Kenneth was looking<br />

down on us that day as we paddled<br />

along. He would have loved <strong>to</strong> see <strong>the</strong> joy<br />

we all <strong>to</strong>ok in <strong>the</strong> tiny little boat he had<br />

started as a young fa<strong>the</strong>r. Puddle Duck<br />

will be passed along <strong>to</strong> our children when<br />

<strong>the</strong>y become parents in <strong>the</strong> hope of her<br />

becoming a family heirloom.<br />

The summer of isolation was hard,<br />

but having a project like this made it a<br />

little more manageable. Had we not been<br />

in lockdown, I likely would have found<br />

distraction in o<strong>the</strong>r things, and maybe<br />

Puddle Duck would have spent ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

generation in pieces. It was a great<br />

honour <strong>to</strong> be part of such an important<br />

family legacy.<br />

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A little girl unkindly spread,<br />

bad rumours of a friend.<br />

But thought about it later and<br />

thought she should make amend.<br />

She went <strong>to</strong> Mom and asked for help.<br />

Some Mo<strong>the</strong>rly advice.<br />

Mo<strong>the</strong>r listened close <strong>the</strong>n said,<br />

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“Seeds representing ‘Friendship’ that<br />

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The little girl walked down <strong>the</strong> street<br />

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and pick up every one.”<br />

So, out she went, with sack in hand,<br />

<strong>to</strong> pick up every seed and<br />

<strong>to</strong> get her friend’s forgiveness for,<br />

her nasty little deed.<br />

But, her seed & friendship, all were gone.<br />

Of <strong>the</strong>m <strong>the</strong>re was no trace.<br />

And any seeds <strong>the</strong> birds had missed?<br />

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One last look, one last walk, I was<br />

leaving my beloved home behind. The<br />

last few months had been heartbreaking<br />

and hectic. The unexpected death of my<br />

husband of 54 years, a home invasion,<br />

<strong>the</strong> disemboweling of sheds, <strong>the</strong> heartwrenching<br />

disbursement of household<br />

items, all culminating in this moment.<br />

Goodbye cherished gardens, a home<br />

swollen with treasured memories, a<br />

woodland housing ten acres of native<br />

trees, flowers and songbirds. I was in<br />

despair, I was moving <strong>to</strong> a senior’s<br />

community in <strong>the</strong> City of Sarnia.<br />

One first look, one first walk, I was<br />

strolling through my new home, all<br />

one thousand and eighty square feet.<br />

Everything was sterile, no memories<br />

lingered here. Hello little yard, barren<br />

except for <strong>the</strong> newly laid sod. Well,<br />

helloooo huge deck. Absorbing <strong>the</strong><br />

sound of cars whizzing by, planes flying<br />

overhead and <strong>the</strong> blaring of <strong>the</strong> train<br />

whistle down <strong>the</strong> road, I closed my eyes<br />

and longed for <strong>the</strong> peace and tranquility,<br />

now gone, but never <strong>to</strong> be forgotten.<br />

However, I did have one consolation<br />

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leash would limit his every movement.<br />

I must say he adjusted admirably and<br />

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The first few months were difficult<br />

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<strong>to</strong> my shovel. Sadly, <strong>the</strong> little gardens<br />

I envisioned would be postponed until<br />

<strong>the</strong> following spring. It was going <strong>to</strong> be<br />

a long summer.<br />

A gazebo that my wonderful daughter<br />

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deck, and a kindly neighbour, was my<br />

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Many a warm, hazy afternoon was<br />

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living area. On one of those afternoons I<br />

looked up <strong>to</strong> see a woman approaching.<br />

She introduced herself as Maggie, a<br />

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I gave great consideration <strong>to</strong> becoming<br />

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The initial outing was viewing <strong>the</strong><br />

garden of a landowner within <strong>the</strong> city<br />

limits. There, wildflowers and shrubs,<br />

native <strong>to</strong> our environment abounded,<br />

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<strong>the</strong>m. I was momentarily transported<br />

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Since joining this dedicated<br />

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The o<strong>the</strong>r day a young person asked<br />

me how I felt about being old. I was taken<br />

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a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve<br />

become more kind <strong>to</strong> myself and<br />

less critical of myself. I’ve become<br />

my own friend. I don’t chide myself<br />

for eating that extra cookie, or for<br />

not making my bed, or for buying<br />

that silly cement gecko that I didn’t<br />

need, but looks so avante garde on<br />

my patio. I am entitled <strong>to</strong> overeat,<br />

<strong>to</strong> be messy, <strong>to</strong> be extravagant. I have seen<br />

<strong>to</strong>o many dear friends leave this world <strong>to</strong>o<br />

soon; before <strong>the</strong>y unders<strong>to</strong>od <strong>the</strong> great<br />

freedom that comes with aging.<br />

Whose business is it if I choose <strong>to</strong> read<br />

until 4:00 am and sleep until noon? I will<br />

dance with myself <strong>to</strong> those wonderful<br />

tunes of <strong>the</strong> 50’s & 60’s, and if I, at <strong>the</strong><br />

same time, wish <strong>to</strong> weep over a lost love,<br />

I will. I will walk <strong>the</strong> beach in a swim suit<br />

that is stretched over a bulging body and<br />

will dive in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> waves with abandon if I<br />

choose <strong>to</strong>, despite <strong>the</strong> pitying glances from<br />

<strong>the</strong> bikini set. They, <strong>to</strong>o, will get old.<br />

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But<br />

<strong>the</strong>re again, some of life is just as well<br />

forgotten and I eventually remember <strong>the</strong><br />

important things. Sure, over <strong>the</strong> years my<br />

heart has been broken. How can your<br />

heart not break when you lose a loved<br />

one, or when a child suffers, or even<br />

when a beloved pet gets hit by a car?<br />

But broken hearts are what give us<br />

strength and understanding and<br />

compassion. A heart never broken is<br />

pristine and sterile and will never know<br />

<strong>the</strong> joy of being imperfect.<br />

I am so blessed <strong>to</strong> have lived long<br />

enough <strong>to</strong> have my hair turn gray and<br />

<strong>to</strong> have my youthful laughs be forever<br />

etched in<strong>to</strong> deep grooves on my<br />

face. So many have never laughed<br />

and so many have died before <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

hair could turn silver. I can say “no”<br />

and mean it. I can say “yes” and mean<br />

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people think. I don’t question myself<br />

anymore. I’ve even earned <strong>the</strong> right<br />

<strong>to</strong> be wrong.<br />

So, <strong>to</strong> answer your question, I like being<br />

old. It has set me free. I like <strong>the</strong> person I<br />

have become. I am not going <strong>to</strong> live forever,<br />

but while I am still here, I will not waste<br />

time lamenting what could have been, or<br />

worrying about what will be. And I shall<br />

eat dessert every single day.<br />

Publishers note: I read a suitable quote in<br />

an article by Eileen Cade-Edwards <strong>to</strong> sum<br />

this all up. It went “May your life bring just<br />

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You see, <strong>the</strong>re were just two kinds of families<br />

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I grew up in <strong>the</strong> east end of London,<br />

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raising. Our summer feet never knew<br />

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city dump. No, not a sanitary landfill site,<br />

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remedy.<br />

Mv fa<strong>the</strong>r, who referred <strong>to</strong> himself as <strong>the</strong><br />

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his life, he knew only two kinds of work,<br />

- steel and construction. On my birth<br />

certificate, dated just after <strong>the</strong> First World<br />

War, his occupation was listed as “rougher,”<br />

a person who, with hand <strong>to</strong>ngs, fed red hot<br />

steel through <strong>the</strong> rolls at <strong>the</strong> London Rolling<br />

Mills. During <strong>the</strong> last half of <strong>the</strong> Twenties, he<br />

worked construction - bricklayer, plasterer,<br />

and carpenter. In his book, <strong>the</strong>re was only<br />

one remedy for cuts and scratches and if it<br />

didn’t hurt, it wasn’t any good. We were an<br />

“iodine” family.<br />

Even <strong>the</strong> look of <strong>the</strong> iodine bottle<br />

presented quite a spectacle. The bottle was<br />

brown, matching <strong>the</strong> colour of its contents.<br />

It always had a rubber cork (any o<strong>the</strong>r type<br />

would dissolve) with a glass dip stick <strong>to</strong><br />

apply <strong>the</strong> remedy. The Old Man could never<br />

be bo<strong>the</strong>red with <strong>the</strong> dip stick. He held <strong>the</strong><br />

cut open with one hand, with <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r he<br />

poured a dollop from <strong>the</strong> bottle right in<strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> cut uttering <strong>the</strong> consoling words, “There,<br />

kid, that ought <strong>to</strong> fix it.”<br />

Even <strong>the</strong> label was one <strong>to</strong> remember. It<br />

was usually well stained and pictured <strong>the</strong><br />

Jolly Roger above <strong>the</strong> plainly printed word<br />

POISON. As I recall, it came in several<br />

strengths and <strong>the</strong> Old Man always bought<br />

<strong>the</strong> best, <strong>the</strong> large economy size that<br />

improved with age and as it neared <strong>the</strong><br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m of <strong>the</strong> bottle, <strong>the</strong>re was no doubt<br />

about it.<br />

As a kid, I would have enjoyed a little<br />

sympathy on some of those occasions, but<br />

<strong>the</strong> summer tan mixed with a little dirt was<br />

a matched colour for iodine and besides,<br />

<strong>the</strong> Old Man wasn’t one <strong>to</strong> waste things.<br />

He poured <strong>the</strong> remedy in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong> cut. There<br />

was no free advertising. Sympathizers never<br />

knew we were wounded, but we did, when<br />

<strong>the</strong> Old Man applied <strong>the</strong> cure.<br />

Then <strong>the</strong>re were <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r families. Their<br />

kids came <strong>to</strong> school with <strong>the</strong>ir whole knees<br />

painted vermillion red. They might as well<br />

have carried signs reading “I hurt myself.”<br />

These kids were from “mercurochrome”<br />

families. They were usually rich kids. They<br />

wore shoes and dressed like <strong>the</strong> kids in <strong>the</strong><br />

Ea<strong>to</strong>ns catalogue. Their families must have<br />

been doc<strong>to</strong>rs or lawyers or owned a corner<br />

grocery s<strong>to</strong>re. They probably owned cars<br />

<strong>to</strong>o, and had a radio at home with a loud<br />

speaker and I hated <strong>the</strong>m. I didn’t know <strong>to</strong>o<br />

much about mercurochrome. It sure looked<br />

good and you could see it a block away.<br />

Then it happened.<br />

I was running down a street in a section<br />

of better homes than ours, when I stubbed<br />

my big <strong>to</strong>e. It was a dandy. I peeled off<br />

most of <strong>the</strong> tread and some of <strong>the</strong> meat.<br />

The blood started dripping and I started<br />

<strong>to</strong> hobble home on my heel when lady<br />

luck came <strong>to</strong> my rescue. Two nice little old<br />

ladies from <strong>the</strong> verandah of a two-s<strong>to</strong>rey red<br />

brick house <strong>to</strong>ok me in <strong>to</strong>w. They <strong>to</strong>ok me<br />

in<strong>to</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir kitchen and washed my foot in<br />

warm water <strong>the</strong>y got right out of <strong>the</strong> tap.<br />

Then came <strong>the</strong> mercurochrome. I gritted<br />

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As I limped home I knew <strong>the</strong>re were just<br />

two kinds of families - “iodine” families and<br />

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“iodine” family. And <strong>the</strong> “mercurochrome”<br />

families? I hated <strong>the</strong>m, yes I hated those<br />

kids; imagine all that sympathy and no pain.<br />

But as I look back, I have no regrets.<br />

You see, we had something else. We had<br />

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