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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 WINTER <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong>

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

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<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> our <strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong>/<strong>24</strong> issue!<br />


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

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

Celebrating the opening of the new<br />

Kniaziew Op<strong>to</strong>metry office on<br />

Murphy Road in Sarnia.<br />

Enjoying the comforts of a<br />

“trishaw” at the ribbon<br />

cutting of the Cycling<br />

Without Age program.<br />

Joining Lamb<strong>to</strong>n College<br />

students and members of the<br />

Sarnia Police Service <strong>to</strong> celebrate<br />

the launch of the innovative<br />

community crime unit.<br />

Joining Mike Weir and other<br />

important stakeholders <strong>to</strong><br />

celebrate the opening of the new<br />

Youth Mental Wellness Hub Ontario<br />

in down<strong>to</strong>wn Sarnia.<br />

<strong>Welcome</strong> <strong>to</strong> 20<strong>24</strong>, loyal <strong>Club</strong> readers. As we turn the page on<br />

<strong>2023</strong>, I’d like <strong>to</strong> wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous<br />

year ahead.<br />

In the face of heightened economic and geopolitical challenges,<br />

our government is continuing <strong>to</strong> take a responsible and targeted<br />

approach <strong>to</strong> building a strong Ontario. We are looking at ideas<br />

from all corners of Ontario that will continue <strong>to</strong> build Ontario’s<br />

long-term prosperity and create jobs, while supporting workers<br />

and communities.<br />

Reducing red tape is critical <strong>to</strong> strengthening Ontario’s position as<br />

a key player in the North American and global economy and<br />

creating the conditions that enable people and businesses <strong>to</strong><br />

thrive.<br />

This fall the Ontario government introduced another package of<br />

red tape reduction initiatives <strong>to</strong> help ease the compliance burden<br />

on Ontario residents. <strong>The</strong> new package of measures will make<br />

many meaningful changes, including freeing up time for physicians<br />

<strong>to</strong> put back in<strong>to</strong> their practices; improving access <strong>to</strong> generic drugs<br />

and treatment options for patients; creating more pathways <strong>to</strong><br />

enter the skilled trades; and enhancing consumer protections<br />

when buying or selling a vehicle.<br />

Just a reminder that, although winter is upon us, there is still so<br />

much <strong>to</strong> do around Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n, so please take the time <strong>to</strong><br />

discover all the great events and activities happening every day.<br />

In closing, I’d like <strong>to</strong> wish all <strong>The</strong> <strong>Club</strong>’s readers the very best for<br />

20<strong>24</strong>. Whatever your plans and aspirations, I truly hope that you<br />

and your family enjoy a happy, healthy year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Minister of Colleges and<br />

Universities s<strong>to</strong>ppedby the Western<br />

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

learn more about how the unique<br />

partnerships between Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

College, the Research Park, and local<br />

industry are developing the<br />

technologies of the future.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Minister of Energy came <strong>to</strong><br />

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

our experts in the petrochemical<br />

industry and learn about the<br />

investments they are making in<br />

a greener future.<br />

Opening the new RONA+<br />

with a ceremonial board<br />

cutting.<br />

Representatives from the<br />

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

Commerce came <strong>to</strong> Queen’s Park for<br />

two days of meetings and a<br />

Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Day Reception at the<br />

Legislative Assembly of Ontario.<br />


805 Christina St. North, Suite 102<br />

Point Edward, ON N7V 1X6<br />

Contact Bob Bailey<br />

Tel.: 519-337-0051<br />

Fax: 519-337-3<strong>24</strong>6<br />

E-mail: bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org<br />

Website: bobbaileympp.com<br />

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Our bot<strong>to</strong>m borders contain “paraprosdokians” - which is a sentence with a twist,<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong>

This FREE magazine is distributed in most of Sarnia-Lamb<strong>to</strong>n.<br />

Branching Out<br />

by Mark Moran,<br />

Publisher<br />

Not every <strong>to</strong>wn or city has one, but the Royal Canadian Legion is an anchor<br />

in the social fabric of every place that it calls home, or that calls it home.<br />

And your local Legion is changing.<br />

Countless hours must have been spent by the Canadians that persevered<br />

through the wars of the 20th century, wondering what the future would<br />

hold for the Royal Canadian Legions they’d built as their generations aged.<br />

Those who fought, along with those who held things <strong>to</strong>gether at home and<br />

welcomed the soldiers back, established these halls from coast <strong>to</strong> coast<br />

where they could gather, whether they were in their home<strong>to</strong>wn or on the<br />

other side of the country. A place they would be welcomed, maybe not <strong>to</strong><br />

remember what had transpired, but <strong>to</strong> make a promise <strong>to</strong> never forget. I<br />

wondered, <strong>to</strong>o… I think we all did.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was no Legion in Port Lamb<strong>to</strong>n where I grew up, but when I moved<br />

<strong>to</strong> Wyoming at the age of 16 one of my first jobs in a new <strong>to</strong>wn was <strong>to</strong> cut<br />

the grass at Branch 388. It was an odd experience because I knew very few<br />

people in my new home but was routinely walking in and out of this shrine<br />

I never knew existed where the members, while there was nothing fancy<br />

about them, seemed like some sort of local royalty.<br />

Of course, I didn’t belong. I was only 16 and no one in my family had<br />

served in the military. Once I reached a legal age I could’ve been signed in by<br />

friends, but never really felt that I belonged, so I didn’t go. A few years later<br />

I did end up serving in the Canadian Forces in Princess Patricia’s Canadian<br />

Light Infantry. I was injured and released early. Despite the fact that I had<br />

a remarkable experience and had accomplished a great deal, there was a<br />

certain amount of shame in that. I served but was never deployed, never had<br />

<strong>to</strong> fight. So upon my return I still didn’t feel that I truly belonged at the Royal<br />

Canadian Legion and was rarely in one if it wasn’t November 11th.<br />

Fast forward a few decades and the question of what would happen <strong>to</strong><br />

Branches of the Legion is being answered loudly and proudly in <strong>to</strong>wns and<br />

cities across Canada. You no longer have <strong>to</strong> have served or be family <strong>to</strong> be a<br />

member. You don’t have <strong>to</strong> be a member <strong>to</strong> go <strong>to</strong> a Legion. <strong>The</strong>re are some<br />

places where it even seems permissible <strong>to</strong> wear a hat, though I’d be careful<br />

with that one.<br />

Branches across the nation have been infiltrated, commandeered by<br />

friendly forces bent on keeping their legacy alive. <strong>The</strong> grandchildren and great<br />

grandchildren, and maybe great, great grandchildren, of those who served<br />

in the great wars are stepping up. Volunteers with no previous connection <strong>to</strong><br />

the Legion at all are joining them, with an eye <strong>to</strong> aid those who have served<br />

in more recent years, and that will in the future. <strong>The</strong> Royal Canadian Legion,<br />

wherever it is in this great country, is a community within a community that<br />

has persevered for generations, and that’s what <strong>to</strong>day’s leaders are keeping<br />

alive. From what I’ve seen they’re doing a pretty fabulous job, and welcoming<br />

everyone inside was an important step. I’m finally a member, thanks <strong>to</strong> an<br />

extra nudge by veteran and Sarnia City Councillor Chrissy McRoberts.<br />

My wife and I love <strong>to</strong> visit the local Legion wherever we are on vacation.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a consistency that’s persevered in the smallest but most significant<br />

ways with the meat raffles, pull tickets, euchre games and pickled eggs<br />

(yech), and that unmistakable feeling that you’re among friends and good<br />

people, even if you don’t know them. <strong>The</strong> decor is his<strong>to</strong>ry in itself and will<br />

hopefully never change, because they’re not going <strong>to</strong> remove the tributes <strong>to</strong><br />

the past, and we don’t wish for any new ones.<br />

I’d never been in the Sarnia branch until Oc<strong>to</strong>ber of this year and was in<br />

on two Saturdays in a row <strong>to</strong> see live bands perform (Twang Bastards and<br />

Night Moves, and both were fabulous). <strong>The</strong> admission was free, the crowd<br />

was having a great time and drinks were cheap by comparison. I always<br />

go for the “Beers My Dad Drank” when I’m at a Legion… OV, Labatt Crystal,<br />

Black Label… you get the point. But it’s the people that set the Legion apart<br />

from almost any other place. Many younger patrons, enjoying the Legion<br />

nightlife for the first time, commented on the dancing. It’s often a place<br />

where you can sit back and admire older couples dancing, and you can<br />

see how they’ve lived and loved the same dance moves for 50 years. Some<br />

of them could barely walk without a cane, but man they could still dance!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re’s a camaraderie that can’t be duplicated. It’s not unlike a wedding,<br />

where a family comes <strong>to</strong>gether, and the young remember <strong>to</strong> respect and<br />

maybe even learn something from the older folks.<br />

Some of my good friends are now carrying the load at the Wyoming Legion<br />

and are part of this next generation. I’m confident that they won’t be the<br />

last, because the legacy that veterans and their families built is a community<br />

un<strong>to</strong> itself, and we are all welcome <strong>to</strong> be part of it.<br />

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I’ve always loved dolls. Perhaps having<br />

two siblings six and ten years older than<br />

me who enjoyed having friends their own<br />

age, or having nearby cousins who were<br />

boys that played boy type games was an<br />

influence on my young life.<br />

Although my beloved dolls have long<br />

since gone from the scene, I can imagine<br />

them all sitting there in the playroom, as<br />

I recall the names that I gave them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> very first doll I remember having<br />

was made from a few scraps of my<br />

mothers oil cloth table cover. Not cuddly<br />

and pretty but durable <strong>to</strong> my rough<br />

handling.<br />

One wonderful day, my brother bought<br />

me a small hard bisque boy doll, with a<br />

few cents he had earned selling corn in<br />

Watford with my Dad. I named him Allen.<br />

He was my constant friend. Alas,one day<br />

when I was playing in the field while my<br />

parents were hoeing, a s<strong>to</strong>rm came up.<br />

A Love Affair With Dolls<br />

by Maxine Miner • from Daytripping, Nov-Dec 2002 issue<br />

As we were heading for the house in the<br />

horse and buggy, I recalled Allen had been<br />

left behind. Dad ran back for him, and his<br />

pretty face was all blistered and wet, but<br />

I still loved him anyhow.<br />

Come Christmas, Santa left me a lovely<br />

doll with a soft cuddly<br />

body and beautiful curls.<br />

That was Allie. She was<br />

never as pretty after I cut<br />

her hair playing barber.<br />

Later there was Peggy<br />

and Donald. And then two<br />

bigger dolls handed down<br />

<strong>to</strong> me by older girls. One,<br />

being Dorothy, would cry<br />

and had a molded loop on<br />

her head, <strong>to</strong> tie a ribbon in.<br />

Best of all was Beatrice, an Ea<strong>to</strong>ns beauty,<br />

now a very sought after antique. She had<br />

a real china head, eyes that opened and<br />

shut, and small pearly white teeth. Her<br />

arms and legs were jointed and she had<br />

real hair. Unfortunately Beatrice met a<br />

sad end when a visiting<br />

little boy upset her from<br />

the rocking chair where<br />

I’d left her, and her lovely<br />

head was shattered in<br />

many unmendable peices.<br />

Another Christmas<br />

brought Topsie, a dear<br />

little black doll with braids<br />

made of yarn tied with red<br />

ribbons <strong>to</strong> match her lace<br />

trimmed dress. She made<br />

a long trip via train with me <strong>to</strong> visit an Aunt<br />

and Uncle near Winnipeg when I was six.<br />

My last doll was a Wettums, who lived<br />

up <strong>to</strong> her name by the wetting of her little<br />

panties after being given a bottle of water.<br />

I guess I was growing up then, as I never<br />

gave her a name.<br />

Each year Christmas finds me roaming<br />

through the s<strong>to</strong>res <strong>to</strong> check out the new<br />

selection of dolls. I must admit Barbie<br />

and Ken really don’t excite me with their<br />

proper, little stiff bodies. I’ve sewn a few<br />

clothes for them and found them <strong>to</strong>o<br />

painstakingly small - I much prefer my<br />

creating of Raggedy Ann and Andy for<br />

little arms <strong>to</strong> carry over the years.<br />

I thought I had almost gotten beyond<br />

my love affair with dolls, but when a dear<br />

friend presented me with a beautiful Anne<br />

of Green Gables for my seventy year<br />

birthday, I realized I may be going back<br />

<strong>to</strong> my second childhood after all.<br />

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Knowledge is knowing a <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong>

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<strong>The</strong> Roots of Dementia<br />

“Ha! This article claims that they’ve<br />

made a connection between dementia<br />

and consuming foods from aluminum<br />

cans and cookware! I could have <strong>to</strong>ld<br />

them that years ago!” <strong>The</strong> comment<br />

hung in the air like a well-cast dry fly<br />

over a still pool on a mountain river.<br />

Uncle Peter’s barbershop was busy this<br />

Oc<strong>to</strong>ber morning, many just dropping<br />

by <strong>to</strong> say good morning and maybe<br />

help themselves <strong>to</strong> one of the coffee<br />

pots simmering on the woods<strong>to</strong>ve. All<br />

five chairs in the small barbershop were<br />

occupied this morning, although only<br />

one was there for a haircut. <strong>The</strong> other<br />

chairs along the walls in the “waiting<br />

area” were occupied by the regular<br />

assortment of codgers who generally<br />

attended the barbershop most mornings.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was Lorenz and Gordie, the big<br />

Newfoundlander, sitting by the front<br />

window, and Leo and Karl at the side<br />

wall. Each coddled a newspaper section<br />

or magazine of unknown vintage that<br />

had temporarily captured their interest<br />

while enjoying the free coffee and gossip<br />

that the barbershop provided. And<br />

most were familiar with Karl’s tactics at<br />

tempting the gullible. Even Uncle Peter’s<br />

only reaction <strong>to</strong> this proclamation was a<br />

slight raising of a single eyebrow.<br />

Karl paused and then slowly lowered<br />

the newspaper enough <strong>to</strong> peer over the<br />

<strong>to</strong>p <strong>to</strong> see if anyone would rise <strong>to</strong> the<br />

enticing bait he had just thrown out.<br />

Karl sensed that none of the “lunkers”<br />

were about <strong>to</strong> expose themselves and<br />

rise <strong>to</strong> the bait, and was about <strong>to</strong> turn<br />

his mind <strong>to</strong> other devious tricks when a<br />

voice issued from the barber chair. It was<br />

Derek, the new assistant bank manager<br />

in for his monthly haircut. Derek was<br />

“new” in <strong>to</strong>wn as he had only arrived 6<br />

years ago. He was still eager <strong>to</strong> fit in.<br />

“Were you involved in scientific<br />

research, Karl?” he asked.<br />

Karl lit up now that he had one<br />

nibbling on the line.<br />

“Not formally,” he replied in a strong,<br />

dignified <strong>to</strong>ne, “but I proved a correlation<br />

between dementia and aluminum<br />

several times.”<br />

Derek was intrigued. <strong>The</strong> others<br />

squirmed a little in their chairs. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

didn’t know what was coming, but they<br />

knew something was coming.<br />

“How did you do that?” asked Derek<br />

innocently.<br />

“Well, I found that every time that I<br />

drank a beer from an aluminum can, I<br />

would forget everything on my wife’s<br />

honey-do list.”<br />

Derek laughed. <strong>The</strong> scissors in midsnip<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok off a chunk of hair that Uncle<br />

Peter had intended <strong>to</strong> leave. However,<br />

the defect would be concealed behind<br />

Derek’s left ear, so Uncle Peter just<br />

grunted and continued. <strong>The</strong> “lunkers”<br />

squirmed in their chairs again and<br />

grinned politely; they knew there had <strong>to</strong><br />

be more.<br />

“And whenever I drank three beers<br />

from aluminum cans, I would forget that<br />

I was married.”<br />

Derek laughed again and lost another<br />

chunk. Uncle Peter grunted again and<br />

snipped furiously. <strong>The</strong> lunkers chuckled<br />

and settled down in<strong>to</strong> their chairs <strong>to</strong><br />

resume their semi-quiet contemplation,<br />

relieved that they had been only<br />

specta<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>to</strong> Karl’s trickery. Derek was<br />

pleased, feeling that he had forged a<br />

bond with some of the oldtimers of the<br />

<strong>to</strong>wn, and Uncle Peter felt satisfied that<br />

Derek’s haircut would look just fine in a<br />

week or so.<br />

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Do you know someone living with dementia?<br />

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If you ask hikers how this pastime<br />

impacts their well-being, get ready<br />

<strong>to</strong> listen! <strong>The</strong>se folks understand<br />

the rewards of physical activity, but<br />

especially that which takes us in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

natural environment and away from<br />

the stresses of life. Regardless of age or<br />

ability, you will probably hear similar<br />

versions of how nature nurtures us.<br />

As a “whole-body” aerobic activity,<br />

hiking challenges the heart and lungs <strong>to</strong><br />

deliver oxygen <strong>to</strong> working muscles. <strong>The</strong><br />

beauty of hiking is that we control the<br />

intensity of our workout depending on<br />

the trail we choose and the speed we<br />

travel. As well, we control the duration<br />

and frequency of our workout. Even<br />

25-30 minutes of cardio exercise three<br />

or four days a week can improve heart<br />

health. So, if you’ve become a couch<br />

pota<strong>to</strong>, hiking might be a gentle way<br />

<strong>to</strong> ease yourself out of that vegetative<br />

state!<br />

A walk in the woods has an edge over<br />

a walk around the block when it comes<br />

<strong>to</strong> maintaining strong muscles and<br />

bones. Navigating changes in elevation,<br />

maneuvering over uneven ground<br />

or around obstacles, and carrying a<br />

backpack utilize different muscle groups<br />

in different ways. We engage leg, hip,<br />

arm, shoulder and core muscles <strong>to</strong> keep<br />

us confidently moving forward, up,<br />

down and sometimes backwards—and<br />

this weight-bearing exercise promotes<br />

denser, stronger bones.<br />

Our bodies are also constantly<br />

working <strong>to</strong> maintain their balance in<br />

response <strong>to</strong> even minute changes in<br />

the terrain. This increased core strength<br />

and stability is an asset as we age<br />

because it reduces the risk of falls. If<br />

we do fall, stronger bones and muscles<br />

mean there’s less chance of injury.<br />

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Finally, physical exercise, especially<br />

outdoor exercise, is recognized as a<br />

sleep enhancer. Not only does it tire the<br />

body, but research suggests that exercise<br />

may increase nighttime mela<strong>to</strong>nin<br />

production—a hormone believed <strong>to</strong><br />

help regulate sleep-wake cycles. While<br />

it doesn’t induce sleep, mela<strong>to</strong>nin can<br />

put us in a restful state that makes sleep<br />

easier.<br />

Exercise clearly improves the physical<br />

function of our bodies; however, many<br />

folks who turned <strong>to</strong> hiking during the<br />

Covid pandemic discovered that it has<br />

other, perhaps surprising, therapeutic<br />

benefits.<br />

Physical exercise encourages the<br />

body <strong>to</strong> release endorphins or “feelgood”<br />

hormones which help us feel less<br />

stressed and happier. Research has also<br />

linked exercise <strong>to</strong> enhanced feelings of<br />

self-esteem and confidence—possibly a<br />

result of setting and meeting goals for<br />

activity, or simply making an effort.<br />

Since regular exercise improves the<br />

body’s ability <strong>to</strong> deliver oxygen <strong>to</strong> cells,<br />

over time we feel more energetic and<br />

capable… and we are!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a growing body of evidence <strong>to</strong><br />

suggest that physical exercise improves<br />

cognitive function, including attention,<br />

memory, flexible thinking and selfcontrol.<br />

Just as elsewhere in the body,<br />

improved circulation in the brain may<br />

enhance our thinking skills and help<br />

us maintain cognitive function as we<br />

age. Some researchers are examining a<br />

potential link between creative thinking<br />

and exercise, suggesting that exercise<br />

can promote new neural connections<br />

or temporarily dampen “systematic”<br />

thinking so we can better “think outside<br />

the box.” Intriguing work!<br />

Perhaps most interesting is research<br />

that focuses on the link between mental<br />

health and time spent, not just in<br />

physical activity, but in physical activity<br />

in the natural environment. While<br />

more research is needed, it appears<br />

that exercise in a natural environment,<br />

called “green exercise,” may offer more<br />

emotional, mental and social benefits<br />

than that which is conducted in other<br />

environments. A review of research<br />

suggests that green exercise causes<br />

greater feelings of revitalization and<br />

positive engagement in people. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

also tend <strong>to</strong> feel less tension, anger and<br />

depression than people who exercise in<br />

non-natural environments. One study<br />

noted that people who walked for 50<br />

minutes in a natural setting performed<br />

significantly better on memory tasks<br />

than those who walked in an urban<br />

area. Researchers who study the<br />

creative thinking-exercise relationship<br />

have found that there appears <strong>to</strong><br />

be a stronger connection when the<br />

exercise is green. <strong>The</strong>y suggest that our<br />

minds may be more likely <strong>to</strong> generate<br />

novel ideas while we are engaged in<br />

“mindless” exercise and immersed in<br />

the natural environment. Finally, when<br />

we engage and socialize with others in<br />

a natural environment, studies show<br />

that we are likely <strong>to</strong> feel a stronger<br />

connection <strong>to</strong> those individuals—and be<br />

more empathetic, helpful and generous.<br />

Hiking is the perfect vehicle <strong>to</strong><br />

capitalize on these benefits. We can<br />

improve our physical health—strength,<br />

endurance, balance—without it seeming<br />

like hard work. Mental fatigue and stress<br />

melt away as nature commands our<br />

attention. Navigating trails, following a<br />

map or blazes, and watching for plant<br />

or animal life challenge our cognitive<br />

skills and quite possibly build new ones.<br />

When we hike with others, we create<br />

opportunities <strong>to</strong> forge strong social<br />

bonds and participate in a community<br />

that holds our natural environment in<br />

high regard.<br />

Not bad for a walk in the woods!<br />

Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores Nature Trails is a local<br />

volunteer organization that promotes and<br />

maintains several hiking trails in Lamb<strong>to</strong>n<br />

Shores and vicinity. We are proud of<br />

the work we do <strong>to</strong> keep these ‘Gems of<br />

Nature’ accessible for our community. For<br />

more information about our organization<br />

and the trails we maintain, please visit<br />

www.LSNTBlazers.com or check out our<br />

Facebook page.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> speed with which technology<br />

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from electronic banking <strong>to</strong> video<br />

calls, online shopping and more.<br />

Like many my age, I find myself<br />

meandering through life navigating<br />

new technology while simultaneously<br />

holding on<strong>to</strong> old habits. This paradox<br />

became perfectly clear <strong>to</strong> me recently<br />

while making a rest s<strong>to</strong>p at an all <strong>to</strong>o<br />

common Canadian coffee shop. Right<br />

on queue, were two old guys making<br />

their way in<strong>to</strong> the shop alongside me.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y had just parked their car when the<br />

driver—let’s call him Ted—rolled up the<br />

car windows (why is this still a term?),<br />

got out of the car, and clicked his key<br />

fob <strong>to</strong> lock all the doors.<br />

As they strolled <strong>to</strong>wards the café<br />

doors, his companion—let’s call him<br />

Jim—asked, “Why’d you lock it?”<br />

Ted looked at him quizzically. “What<br />

do ya mean, why’d I lock it?” I could<br />

hear the slight irritation in his voice.<br />

“You rolled up all the windows and<br />

By Rose Devecha, Hamil<strong>to</strong>n<br />

locked all the doors. Are you afraid<br />

someone’s going <strong>to</strong> steal your car<br />

while you’re in Timmies for five<br />

minutes?”<br />

I did not hear Ted’s response but<br />

mine was, “Wait a minute…he’s<br />

right!” Why are we so paranoid?<br />

If someone really wants <strong>to</strong> steal a<br />

vehicle these days, they’re going <strong>to</strong><br />

need your key fob. Unless they have<br />

one of those illegal overrides. In that<br />

case, locking your door isn’t going <strong>to</strong><br />

make a difference. Long gone are the<br />

days of sliding a coat hanger between<br />

glass and gasket <strong>to</strong> pop a lock and<br />

hotwire a car. Even if you are still driving<br />

a classic, a five minute coffee s<strong>to</strong>p is<br />

hardly enough time <strong>to</strong> get the job done.<br />

Hmm funny, I thought <strong>to</strong> myself, and<br />

followed Ted and Jim in<strong>to</strong> the coffee<br />

shop, but not without s<strong>to</strong>pping first, <strong>to</strong><br />

double-click my key fob.<br />

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that would have the skills <strong>to</strong> hotwire a<br />

classic car. Maybe he was worried they’d<br />

steal his 8-tracks!<br />

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"He's a funeral direc<strong>to</strong>r," she answered.<br />

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Pota<strong>to</strong> Salad<br />

8 large pota<strong>to</strong>es, boiled<br />

in skins and cooled<br />

4 Tbsp buer<br />

1 Tbsp corn starch<br />

1/2 cup milk<br />

1/3 cup sugar<br />

1 egg, beaten<br />

Grandma’s Homemade<br />

Chicken Noodle Soup<br />

chicken pieces<br />

carrots<br />

Five Layer<br />

Casserole<br />

1 cup onion sliced<br />

1 cup carrots sliced<br />

1 lb ground beef<br />

celery<br />

onion<br />

In a lightly greased casserole dish, place a layer of each item listed above in<br />

the order given. Season each layer with salt & pepper. Pour <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> soup<br />

which has been diluted with 2.5 cups hot water over mixture. Bake covered<br />

in 350º oven for 1 <strong>to</strong> 1.5 hours.<br />

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4 oz can sweetened condensed milk<br />

1/4 cup lemon juice<br />

8 oz crushed pineapple, undrained<br />

By: Andi Beer (from Bridgeview<br />

Public School Cookbook)<br />

3/4 tsp salt<br />

1 Tbsp celery seed<br />

1/4 cup vinegar<br />

1/4 tsp dry mustard<br />

1/4 cup chopped onion<br />

1/2 cup mayonnaise<br />

3 hard-boiled eggs<br />

Peel and chop pota<strong>to</strong>es in<strong>to</strong> bite sized pieces. In saucepan, melt buer and<br />

add corn starch <strong>to</strong> make paste. Add milk, sugar and egg; heat unl mixture<br />

is thick. Add salt, celery seed, dry mustard and lastly vinegar. Heat unl<br />

mixture begins <strong>to</strong> bubble; remove from s<strong>to</strong>ve. Let cool 1/2 hour in<br />

refrigera<strong>to</strong>r. Add chopped onion and mayonnaise. Add dressing <strong>to</strong> pota<strong>to</strong>es<br />

and <strong>to</strong>ss well. Chop hard-boiled eggs and add <strong>to</strong> salad. Add chopped celery<br />

if desired. Serves 12.<br />

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parsley & dill<br />

egg noodles<br />

Bring chicken pieces <strong>to</strong> a full boil in salted water; skim foam from <strong>to</strong>p. Boil<br />

slowly for 2 hours. Add carrots, celery and onion, boil for 15 minutes more.<br />

Add parsley and dill. You can strain and serve clear with egg noodles or add<br />

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1 can <strong>to</strong>ma<strong>to</strong> soup<br />

By: Kim Bouchard (from Holy Rosary<br />

School 50th Anniversary Cookbook)<br />

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed<br />

9 inch graham cracker pie shell<br />

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Let’s call him Stan. Stan had a good<br />

career as the owner of a small consulting<br />

company. Well respected in his field<br />

he was able <strong>to</strong> do well financially. He<br />

saved his money, <strong>to</strong>ok his family on<br />

an annual camping trip, and did the<br />

obliga<strong>to</strong>ry Disney trip when the kids<br />

were young. Stan and his wife Stella<br />

were very involved in their church.<br />

Actually, truth be <strong>to</strong>ld, when the Pas<strong>to</strong>r<br />

wanted something done, he tapped<br />

either Stella, or Stan, or both.<br />

All of their four children were very<br />

smart. Once they had completed<br />

high school, they all pursued careers<br />

that <strong>to</strong>ok them away from home. Far<br />

away from home. Working, family,<br />

and church volunteering ensured Stan<br />

never really had <strong>to</strong>o much time <strong>to</strong> be<br />

introspective…<strong>to</strong> think about what he<br />

would do in his later years.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n changes started <strong>to</strong> happen for<br />

Stan and Stella. Sadly, and unexpectedly,<br />

Stella got sick, and after a valiant<br />

struggle Stella passed. Dealing with<br />

great grief, Stan had started <strong>to</strong> wind<br />

down his consultancy practice. You see<br />

he did not have the same drive <strong>to</strong> meet<br />

and take on new clients. With his family<br />

all over North America, and one in<br />

Australia, maintaining the connections<br />

proved difficult. Stan would tell you<br />

that Stella was the glue that kept the<br />

family <strong>to</strong>gether. He did maintain his<br />

commitment <strong>to</strong> his church, but again<br />

that <strong>to</strong>o lost its appeal.<br />

A Path <strong>to</strong> Wellness<br />

<strong>The</strong> Power of Purpose, or How Stan Got His Groove Back<br />

By Chris Treftlin, Shine at Home, Sarnia<br />

Here we are. A once vibrant and<br />

engaged husband, father, businessman,<br />

and volunteer was laid low, indeed felt<br />

isolated and alone in a sea of people.<br />

His friends reached out, had him over<br />

for dinner, his Pas<strong>to</strong>r, <strong>to</strong>o. When he got<br />

home and closed the front door behind<br />

him, Stan was alone in the big house he<br />

and Stella had made a home. Stan had<br />

lost his purpose.<br />

Now let’s talk about Betty. Her<br />

friends and family would tell you Betty<br />

breezed through life. She made it look<br />

effortless. A career librarian, she had<br />

seen lots of changes over the years.<br />

Like Stan, she was well respected and<br />

by the time she was ready <strong>to</strong> retire she<br />

was the head Librarian of the county’s<br />

main branch. Her husband was a great<br />

supporter and partner. When asked <strong>to</strong><br />

say a few words at her retirement party,<br />

he along with a long list of coworkers<br />

made Betty very uncomfortable. Betty<br />

was never good with effusive praise.<br />

Such an impact did she make that the<br />

mayor was present and announced that<br />

the children’s section of the library was<br />

being renamed after her. Betty always<br />

<strong>to</strong>ok a special interest in children. Betty<br />

could not have her own children. When<br />

she would talk about it, she would say<br />

she had lots of kids. “I think of every<br />

child that walks through those doors as<br />

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After retirement Betty maintained<br />

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She created a s<strong>to</strong>ry time schedule<br />

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received with great enthusiasm. Betty<br />

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years that she became something of a<br />

minor celebrity. Restaurants, picnics,<br />

shopping at the local grocery s<strong>to</strong>re<br />

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and say hi, thank her, and yes, many<br />

hugs were exchanged.<br />

Stan lost his purpose. <strong>The</strong>re was<br />

a trigger. <strong>The</strong> loss of his wife and<br />

partner. Grief is a powerful force in all<br />

human existence. I will write about<br />

grief in another article. That was the<br />

trigger. <strong>The</strong>n after the funeral and<br />

kind words everyone went back <strong>to</strong><br />

their lives, and Stan was left <strong>to</strong> try a<br />

figure out his. <strong>The</strong>n the signs. Things<br />

that once gave Stan energy and<br />

purpose s<strong>to</strong>pped having that effect. He<br />

withdrew. People couldn’t get ahold<br />

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have been a trigger, and it<br />

is for some—the retirement<br />

from a long and meaningful<br />

career—but Stella handled<br />

it differently than Stan. She<br />

didn’t look inward. She looked<br />

outward. She said how can<br />

I do something for all of my<br />

kids? By looking outside of<br />

her own circumstances, she<br />

created purpose where there<br />

could have been a void.<br />

If you are in Stan’s situation,<br />

or you know someone who<br />

is, ask the question, “How can I help<br />

someone else with my particular gifts<br />

and talents?” <strong>The</strong>n watch the rest fall<br />

in<strong>to</strong> place.<br />

Now I will tell you how Stan got<br />

his groove back. One morning while<br />

sitting in his kitchen having his coffee.<br />

Something that he and Stella did every<br />

morning for 40 plus years, he had an<br />

epiphany. Indeed, a revelation. He<br />

thought that the best way he could<br />

honour Stella’s memory was <strong>to</strong> live the<br />

life that was worthy of her. This was not<br />

who he was when he was married <strong>to</strong><br />

this amazing friend, partner, and wife.<br />

So, why should he live this way now?<br />

That’s when he s<strong>to</strong>od up and went <strong>to</strong><br />

the old corded phone on the wall that<br />

Stella would not let him get rid of and<br />

made a call <strong>to</strong> his daughter in Australia.<br />

“Hi honey its your dad,” he said. “Hey,<br />

I was wondering if it would be ok with<br />

you if I came out for a visit?” After<br />

some silence Stan thought he had lost<br />

the connection, so he said, “Are you still<br />

there?”<br />

His daughter’s voice breaking,<br />

replied, “Daddy, of course we would<br />

love <strong>to</strong> have you come <strong>to</strong> see us!”<br />

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Falling gently without a sound.<br />

Clothing limbs of evergreens.<br />

Accumulating in cot<strong>to</strong>ny scenes.<br />

Snowfall, when it comes gently has<br />

the ability <strong>to</strong> transform the country<br />

landscape in<strong>to</strong> a white and fluffy<br />

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the ruts in the laneway and the ridges<br />

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barn becomes glistening white virgin<br />

terri<strong>to</strong>ry, only <strong>to</strong> be imprinted by the<br />

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walk-through of an occasional canine<br />

vagabond. It builds up on roof <strong>to</strong>ps like<br />

the marshmallow icing on a gingerbread<br />

house. It collects between the screen<br />

and glass of the windows forming<br />

intriguing patterns.<br />

A muffled silence blankets the yard<br />

and the reduced road traffic lumbering<br />

past is barely audible. Off in the distance<br />

the comforting drone of the snowplow<br />

is heard, and as it approaches, the<br />

rooster-tail of snow flying off the wing<br />

partially conceals that big red vehicle.<br />

Vroom, and it is gone, leaving in its<br />

wake a cleared lane of highway for<br />

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their destination. <strong>The</strong> advice given<br />

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A Country Snow S<strong>to</strong>rm<br />

By Nancy Millman, Sparta • from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2015<br />

snow, go slow!” – if adhered <strong>to</strong>, makes<br />

the difference between arriving safely<br />

or not.<br />

This snowfall is like a velvet curtain<br />

draped around the farm. Looking in<br />

any direction, all that can be seen are<br />

silhouettes of trees, the outbuildings at<br />

home, the neighbour’s house, all<br />

with a dense backdrop of<br />

white. <strong>The</strong> diminished<br />

horizon creates an<br />

atmosphere of solitude,<br />

of beauty and humility.<br />

Overhead a flock<br />

of geese, honking and<br />

flying in formation give<br />

cause <strong>to</strong> pause and look<br />

skyward <strong>to</strong> watch them<br />

as they head south. What<br />

does a laughing goose<br />

sound like?<br />

Did anyone remember<br />

<strong>to</strong> gather up the saw, ladder<br />

and <strong>to</strong>ols that were being used recently,<br />

and put them inside? Where do you<br />

suppose that pail and spade could be?<br />

If the garden hose is still hanging on the<br />

side of the garage, does that mean that<br />

the water has not been turned off?<br />

<strong>The</strong>n the snowing ceases and the<br />

sun emerges through the clouds,<br />

revealing a glistening spectacle. God’s<br />

paint brush at work, in His finest glory.<br />

An arena for fun and<br />

adventure has been<br />

formed. <strong>Winter</strong> sports such<br />

as skiing, <strong>to</strong>bogganing, snowshoeing,<br />

and snowmobiling are savoured with<br />

Canadian enthusiasm. <strong>The</strong> construction<br />

of a snowman, a snow fort, or a pattern<br />

in the snow for a game of “Fox and<br />

Hen” should get the youngsters away<br />

from their technical devices and out of<br />

the house in<strong>to</strong> fresh air and sunshine,<br />

trading bleary eyes and lethargy for rosy<br />

checks and enthusiasm…Do you think?<br />

But now <strong>to</strong>o the work begins.<br />

Shovel off the back step. Shovel off the<br />

sidewalk <strong>to</strong> the driveway. Shovel a path<br />

<strong>to</strong> the mail box at the road for the postal<br />

carrier. Clear the snow away from the<br />

garage door. Keeping fingers crossed<br />

that it will start, get the trac<strong>to</strong>r out <strong>to</strong><br />

clear snow from the lane. This isn’t<br />

the same show that I was watching<br />

a few hours ago. New features have<br />

been added, like arms which ache,<br />

a back that is sore, hands and feet<br />

which are cold and wet, ears red<br />

and tingling inside the hood of a<br />

parka, and a nose that is running its<br />

own marathon.<br />

Resting on the handle of a shovel<br />

with that satisfied feeling of a job welldone,<br />

a neighbour is seen approaching<br />

from down the road in a big green and<br />

yellow trac<strong>to</strong>r with lights flashing and a<br />

snow blower attached. As he sounds his<br />

horn while passing, smiles and waves<br />

are exchanged.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is nothing like a good snow<br />

s<strong>to</strong>rm <strong>to</strong> separate the pushers from the<br />

blowers.<br />

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1. Fill in the lyric: “You’ve gotta be cruel <strong>to</strong> be kind, in the right<br />

measure. Cruel <strong>to</strong> be kind, it’s a very good _____________.”<br />

2. In what year did Elijah Harper, a Cree from Red Sucker Lake,<br />

Mani<strong>to</strong>ba, become the first “Treaty Indian” in Mani<strong>to</strong>ba <strong>to</strong> be<br />

elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Mani<strong>to</strong>ba?<br />

a] 1982 b] 1983 c] 1980 d] 1981<br />

3. Which is the only country in the world that sports the Bible on its<br />

national flag?<br />

4. What humorist observed: “Few things are harder <strong>to</strong> put up with than<br />

the annoyance of a good example.”?<br />

a] Mark Twain b] Margaret Atwood<br />

c] Jerry Seinfeld d] Jimmy Fallon<br />

5. What coach came off the bench <strong>to</strong> play for his team in the Stanley<br />

Cup finals?<br />

a] Wayne Gretzky b] Toe Blake<br />

c] Dick Irivn d] Lester Patrick<br />

6. In Greek mythology the dove is associated with Aphrodite, goddess<br />

of love. What sign did the sighting of the dove give <strong>to</strong> Noah in a<br />

biblical incident?<br />

7. What animal’s fur, along with that of the beaver, is found in a Stetson<br />

hat?<br />

8. <strong>The</strong> Commander and his wife, Serena Waterford, refer <strong>to</strong> their<br />

handmaid by what name in <strong>The</strong> Handmaid’s Tale, a novel by<br />

Canadian auther Margaret Atwood?<br />

9. In what year was the Nicotine patch introduced?<br />

10. In what year were 63 Americans taken hostage in the American<br />

Embassy in Iran?<br />

a] 1977 b] 1978 c] 1979 d] 1980<br />

11. What was Mary, Queen of Scots, the first <strong>to</strong> employ on a golf course?<br />

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1928; 6. <strong>The</strong> floods were beginning <strong>to</strong> receed; 7. Rabbit; 8. Offred;<br />

9. 1992; 10. 1979; 11. A caddy.<br />

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“You can’t have everything;<br />

where would you put it?”<br />

Bob Hope on being old<br />

“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel<br />

anything until noon. <strong>The</strong>n it’s<br />

time for my nap.”<br />

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Ethyl asked her seventyfive-year-old<br />

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By Brian A. Keelan, Sarnia<br />

game, dear?”<br />

Arnold said, “Well, I was<br />

hitting the ball pretty well<br />

<strong>to</strong>day, but my eyesight’s so bad that I couldn’t see where the darned<br />

thing went.”<br />

“Well, darling. You are seventy-five years old,” she said. “Why don’t<br />

you take my brother, Marv, along?”<br />

“But he’s eighty-five and doesn’t even play golf anymore,” Arnold<br />

protested.<br />

“That may be, sweetheart, but he’s got perfect eyesight. He can<br />

watch your ball for you.”<br />

Well, Arnold couldn’t argue with that. In fact, it seemed like a<br />

fine idea. So, the next day, he teed off with his brother-in-law Marv,<br />

standing just behind him, looking on.<br />

At the first tee, after a powerful swing, the ball disappeared way<br />

down the middle of the fairway.<br />

“Do you see where it went?” Arnold asked.<br />

“Yup,” Marv answered as he s<strong>to</strong>od there gazing down the fairway.<br />

“Well, where is it?”<br />

Marv turned <strong>to</strong> him and, with a sad, bewildered look on his face,<br />

replied, “I forget.”<br />

Grandfather of the year?<br />

A woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badlybehaved<br />

grandson. He has his hands full with the child screaming for<br />

sweets, biscuits, and all sorts of things.<br />

<strong>The</strong> grandfather is saying in a controlled voice: “Easy, William, we<br />

won’t be long.” Another outburst and she hears the grandfather<br />

calmly say, “It’s okay, William. Just a couple more minutes, and we’ll<br />

be out of here. Hang in there, pal.”<br />

At the checkout, the little horror is throwing items out of the cart.<br />

Grandfather says again in a controlled voice, “William, relax, buddy,<br />

don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes; stay cool, William.”<br />

Very impressed, the woman goes outside <strong>to</strong> where the grandfather<br />

is loading his groceries and the boy in<strong>to</strong> the car. She says, “It’s none<br />

of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you<br />

did it. That whole time you kept your composure, and no matter how<br />

loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying that things<br />

would be okay. William is very lucky <strong>to</strong> have you as his grandfather.”<br />

“Thanks,” says the grandfather, “but I am William. This little turd’s<br />

name is Kevin.”<br />

Treasures<br />

It was just a cheap harmonica,<br />

the least expensive of the half<br />

dozen that had once been the<br />

prized possessions of the<br />

man whose room we were<br />

cleaning out.<br />

He had been in his 87th year when<br />

he passed away peacefully in his sleep<br />

several days before. Due <strong>to</strong> the long<br />

waiting list <strong>to</strong> get in<strong>to</strong> the popular senior<br />

residence where he’d lived for the last<br />

six years, we were now under the gun<br />

<strong>to</strong> get all of his possessions out of the<br />

room as quickly as possible.<br />

Sorting through someone else’s<br />

treasures is never an easy task. So<br />

much of what had been left behind had<br />

obviously been important <strong>to</strong> him, for<br />

one reason or another, but it seemed<br />

like so much excess baggage <strong>to</strong> us <strong>to</strong> be<br />

thrown in the wastebasket and thought<br />

no more about.<br />

Quick work was made of bagging the<br />

clothes he would never wear again and<br />

which would never be worn by anyone<br />

else in the family either. <strong>The</strong>y would be<br />

donated <strong>to</strong> a used clothing drop box.<br />

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by Dot Sale, Belmont<br />

from Daytripping<br />

May-June 2007<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>s and useful<br />

items, had been sorted<br />

out and apportioned <strong>to</strong><br />

the various family<br />

members gathered<br />

there, the decision as<br />

<strong>to</strong> what <strong>to</strong> do with his most prized<br />

possessions came next.<br />

Lining up the half dozen harmonicas<br />

on his bed, all of which had been played<br />

by him during his lifetime on special<br />

family occasions – both happy and<br />

more recently sad, including the passing<br />

of his siblings, each of us decided which<br />

one we wanted <strong>to</strong> have. It didn’t matter<br />

that most of us couldn’t play a tune on<br />

one if our life depended on it, including<br />

me.<br />

That was partly why I decided on the<br />

one I did. It wasn’t that I would suddenly<br />

learn how <strong>to</strong> play it. Rather, it was in<br />

a small and tangible way a physical<br />

memory of him. And <strong>to</strong>o, I was not his<br />

blood relative, but rather an in-law that<br />

had, over the years, become like one of<br />

his own.<br />

Thanks, Dad. I’ll treasure it as just one<br />

more memory of you.<br />

My mother loved this.<br />

Doc<strong>to</strong>r: “How old are you, Edna?”<br />

Edna: “I’m approaching 60.”<br />

Doc<strong>to</strong>r: “Really? From which direction?”<br />

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“Kojak” (1973–1978) and James Bond<br />

arch-villain “Ernst Stavro Blofeld” in the<br />

film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”<br />

Film and TV shows have produced<br />

myriad hair styles. Princess Leia’s hair<br />

in the “Star Wars” films exhibited many<br />

transformations. However, her curled<br />

side buns tend <strong>to</strong> be most memorable<br />

as was the flirtatious curl in Chris<strong>to</strong>pher<br />

Reeves’ “Superman.” John Travolta in<br />

“Grease” fit the 1950s rebel style when<br />

Brylcreem ruled the day. And who can<br />

forget Marge Simpson’s blue beehive,<br />

which also served as the ultimate s<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

system?<br />

I enjoy old-fashioned barber shops<br />

littered with hair on the inevitable black<br />

and white tiled floor, sports pictures fixed<br />

on the mirrors, pennants hanging on<br />

the walls, and those plush black leather<br />

chairs surrounded by glistening chrome.<br />

Nowadays younger types tend <strong>to</strong> opt<br />

for all sorts of patterns cut in<strong>to</strong> their hair,<br />

some imitating the logos of their favourite<br />

athletic team. As for the athletes, it<br />

appears that either some have way <strong>to</strong>o<br />

much money <strong>to</strong> play with or that they<br />

are bored with looking normal. In this<br />

regard, baseball players tend <strong>to</strong> lead the<br />

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Toron<strong>to</strong> Blue Jays appears <strong>to</strong> be wearing<br />

spaghetti in his hair—long, thick, white<br />

strands of spaghetti. I fear for his safety<br />

if he gets caught in the outfield during a<br />

winds<strong>to</strong>rm.<br />

I have always wanted <strong>to</strong> own a<br />

barbershop, with one of those rotating<br />

red, white and blue poles outside <strong>to</strong><br />

lure cus<strong>to</strong>mers inside. In a barbershop,<br />

patrons tend <strong>to</strong> let their guard down. If<br />

you want <strong>to</strong> know what’s happening in<br />

the world, you take a taxi or get a haircut.<br />

All sorts of secret stuff is revealed. I don’t<br />

know why, but it just happens. Politicians<br />

waste a lot of money on expensive polls<br />

when all they need is a haircut.<br />

After extensive research, I have<br />

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horses and ponies (she later got over<br />

that).<br />

“I’m not going <strong>to</strong> lead that<br />

pony! He’s wild. what if something<br />

happens,” she said.<br />

“Nothing is going <strong>to</strong> happen,” I<br />

assured her. “I’ll have a hold of the<br />

reigns so he can’t go ahead while<br />

you are leading him. It’s absolutely<br />

safe. <strong>The</strong>re is no way that you can get<br />

hurt.”<br />

So one Saturday morning the horse<br />

training session began in a small field<br />

next <strong>to</strong> the barn. I harnessed the pony<br />

and led him out. I had just finished<br />

cleaning out stalls and was wearing<br />

a pair of rubber boots. This in itself<br />

was a bad idea. I walked<br />

up <strong>to</strong>wards the head of<br />

the pony, grabbed the<br />

bridle and fastened a<br />

lead rope on<strong>to</strong> the bit.<br />

My wife was standing<br />

reluctantly by, watching<br />

the pony who’s eyes<br />

were beginning <strong>to</strong> get a real wild<br />

look in them.<br />

“Okay honey. You just grab<br />

the rope and lead him around<br />

the pasture while I drive.”<br />

“I don’t like this,” she said,<br />

“What if he jumps at me?”<br />

U-Fill<br />

Water<br />

Delivery<br />

Service<br />

Reverse<br />

Osmosis<br />

and Alkaline<br />

By Claude W. Tiffin, Chatham<br />

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2011<br />

I shook my head in a negative way.<br />

“We already went over this. He can’t<br />

go ahead while I have the reigns in<br />

my hand.”<br />

So it began. I handed her the lead<br />

rope while holding the driving lines<br />

snuggly in hand and letting out line<br />

until I got in position.<br />

“Just start walking away,” I said.<br />

With that I yelled “Giddyup Bill!”<br />

With that, the small stallion reared<br />

up on his hind legs, the wife panicked,<br />

dropped the lead rope, and <strong>to</strong>ok off<br />

running! <strong>The</strong> pony, who was very<br />

quick on his feet spun around facing<br />

me and ran off leaving me <strong>to</strong> hold a<br />

handful of slack reins until he hit the<br />

end of them at which time he nearly<br />

jerked me out of my boots! Now a<br />

pony can run maybe thirty miles an<br />

hour while a man can run twenty. My<br />

strides as I flew along behind were<br />

about twenty feet in length for about<br />

the first minute, or until we came <strong>to</strong><br />

that board fence where he split the<br />

one board going through and left me<br />

hanging on the <strong>to</strong>p one. I looked up<br />

<strong>to</strong> see him disappearing around the<br />

barn. I got up after I regained some of<br />

my wind and looked around.<br />

Now, the pony was gone - and so<br />

was my wife. Minutes later, I found<br />

her behind the barn when I went<br />

looking for the pony. She was bent<br />

over laughing.<br />

“That was the funniest thing that<br />

I ever seen. You should have seen<br />

yourself with those rubber boots<br />

flying along behind that pony trying<br />

<strong>to</strong> keep up.”<br />

It wasn’t all that funny <strong>to</strong> me but it<br />

must have been <strong>to</strong> her as a specta<strong>to</strong>r.<br />

Her words?<br />

She was still laughing as she said,<br />

“I ran behind the barn because I<br />

didn’t want you <strong>to</strong> see me laughing.<br />

You and those rubber boots were sure<br />

a sight just <strong>to</strong>uching the ground now<br />

and then, while you tried <strong>to</strong> keep up<br />

with that pony!!”<br />

“Funny for you,” I said as I<br />

set out looking for Bill Doolin.<br />

P A G E<br />

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weekdays ongoing Multiple adult activities at Strangway Centre, Sarnia www.sarnia.ca 332-0656<br />

weekdays ongoing Low Impact Chair Yoga on Your TV, Cogeco, 9am www.sarnia.ca 332-0656<br />

weekdays ongoing Balanced Yoga on YourTV Cogeco, 9:30am www.sarnia.ca 332-0656<br />

weekdays ongoing Walk with Warwick, ELCC Watford, 9-10am www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

monthly ongoing Book <strong>Club</strong>s and more at various Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Cty Libraries lclibrary.libnet.info/events<br />

Mon-Sat ongoing Euchre, Watford Legion, 9am 519-876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

Mon-Thurs ongoing Adult Skate 12:15-1:15pm at Clearwater Arena, Free www.sarnia.ca/play<br />

Mon ongoing Adult Skate, <strong>The</strong>dford, 12:30-1:30pm, Free www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Shuffle Up and Deal Euchre, ELCC Watford, 1-4pm, $3 www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Pepper, Corunna Legion, 1pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Mon ongoing Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia, 12-1pm, $3 www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

Mon (last) ongoing Zoom Genealogy meetings, 2-3:30pm (not in December) www.lamb<strong>to</strong>n.ogs.on.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, ELCC Watford 7pm www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Mon ongoing Darts, Watford Legion, 7pm 519-876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

Mon (2nd) ongoing Buddy Check Coffee, Free, Support Group, 11am svance505@gmail.com<br />

Tues ongoing Sr. Exercises, Watford Legion, 10-11am 519-876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

Tues (alt) ongoing Euchre, Plymp<strong>to</strong>n/Wyoming fair bldg. 1pm $5 FB Plymp<strong>to</strong>n/Wyoming Ag. Society<br />

Tues (1st) ongoing Coffee & Conversation, Grief support group, 1:30pm FB Camlachie United Church<br />

Tues ongoing Casual Guitar Jam at Grace United Sarnia, 1-3pm, $2 226-784-3206<br />

Tues (2nd) ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Soup & Sandwich in Sombra www.leohelps.ca<br />

Tues (4th) ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Soup & Sandwich in Petrolia www.leohelps.ca<br />

Tues ongoing Euchre, Watford Legion 7pm FB Watford Legion<br />

Tues ongoing Euchre, Wyoming Legion 7pm FB Wyoming Legion<br />

Tues (alt) ongoing Meat Raffle, 6:30 at Black Gold Brewery, Petrolia FB Petrolia Area ON Kiwanis<br />

Tues ongoing Euchre, Sarnia Legion, 6:45pm FB Sarnia Legion Branch 62<br />

Wed ongoing Facts and Chats, Strangway Centre, 10-11am, Register sarnia.ca 332-0656<br />

Wed ongoing Adult Skating, Watford, 11:30-12:20, ELCC www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Wed ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball - ELCC Watford 9:30am www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Wed <strong>to</strong> Dec 20 Chair Yoga, Corunna Legion, 6:30pm, Register, $12 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Wed <strong>to</strong> Dec 20 Beginner Yoga, Corunna Legion, 7:30pm, Register, $12 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Wed ongoing Triple C Carvers, Royal Cdn Naval Assoc, 8:30-12 www.tripleccarvers.ca<br />

Wed ongoing Darts, Forest Legion, 7pm www.forestlegion.ca<br />

Wed (2nd & 4th) ongoing Day Hospice St. Joseph’s Hospice, Reg. required 519-337-0537<br />

Wed ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Wyoming Legion, 9:30am www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed (1st) ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Afternoon Tea in Sarnia www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed (3rd) ongoing LEO Diners <strong>Club</strong>, Hot Lunch in Corunna www.leohelps.ca<br />

Wed ongoing Euchre, Petrolia Legion 7pm www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

Wed ongoing Adult Skate, Forest, 12-1pm, Free www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Wed (3rd) ongoing Meeting Night at Oil Springs Legion FB Oil Springs Legion<br />

Thurs ongoing Adult Skate, Forest, 12-1pm, Free www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Pepper, Petrolia Legion 1pm www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Forever Fit with LEO, Alvins<strong>to</strong>n Arena, 9am www.leohelps.ca<br />

Thurs (2nd) ongoing LEO Peer Social <strong>Club</strong>, Coffee Social in Alvins<strong>to</strong>n, 10am-noon www.leohelps.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Sr. Exercises, 10-11am, Watford Legion 519-876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

Thurs ongoing Shuffleboard, Forest Legion 11am www.forestlegion.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Adult Lunch Time Skate, Petrolia, 12-1pm, $3 www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

Thurs <strong>to</strong> Dec 14 Cribbage, Corunna Legion 1pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Thurs (2nd & 4th) ongoing Caregiver Support Group, St. Joseph’s Hospice, 1:30-3pm 519-337-0537<br />

Thurs ongoing Euchre, Forest Legion 1:30pm www.forestlegion.ca<br />

Thurs ongoing Meat Raffle, BG Optimist <strong>Club</strong>, Skeeter Barlow’s, 6pm brightsgroveoptimists.com<br />

Fri ongoing Meat Raffle, Catch the Ace, Watford Legion 5pm 876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

Fri <strong>to</strong> Dec 22 Bridge, Corunna Legion 1pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Fri ongoing Adult Skate, <strong>The</strong>dford, 12:30-1:30pm, Free www.lamb<strong>to</strong>nshores.ca<br />

Fri ongoing Cornhole, Forest Legion, 7pm www.forestlegion.ca<br />

Fri (1st) ongoing First Friday, down<strong>to</strong>wn multi-cultural walkabout FB Sarnia First Friday<br />

Fri (2nd & 4th) <strong>to</strong> Dec 22 Meat Darts, Corunna Legion, 7-11pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

Fri ongoing Games Night, Petrolia Legion 7pm www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

Fri ongoing Open Play Adult Pickleball, ELCC Watford 7pm www.warwick<strong>to</strong>wnship.ca<br />

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Petrolia Legion 2pm www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Forest Legion 3:30pm www.forestlegion.ca<br />

Sat ongoing Meat Raffle, Wyoming Legion 4pm FB Wyoming Legion<br />

Sat (alt) ongoing Meat Raffle, Oil Springs Legion 4pm FB Oil Springs Legion<br />

Sun (4th) Sept <strong>to</strong> June Sarnia Stamp <strong>Club</strong> Meetings, Grace United, 2pm www.sarniastampclub.ca<br />


ongoing L. Shores His<strong>to</strong>ric Buildings at Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Heritage Museum www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Nnigiiwemin/We are going home exhibit (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Agricultural Hall of Fame (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n at War (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online Shine: Spotlight on Women of Lamb<strong>to</strong>n www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online <strong>The</strong> Farmerettes (virtual) www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

ongoing online First Nations in the 149th www.heritagemuseum.ca<br />

til Dec18 Sarnia Open Stage at Lawrence House, 2nd & 3rd Mon lawrencehouse.ca<br />

Nov 3-25 Sarnia A Time for Giving, Members Exhibit, Wed-Sun lawrencehouse.ca<br />

Nov 3-30 Sarnia Christmas at the House, Wed-Sun lawrencehouse.ca<br />

Nov 3-25 Sarnia Trevor Jamieson Solo Exhibit, Wed-Sun lawrencehouse.ca<br />

Nov 4-Dec16 B Grove Gifts of the Season Curated Art Sale, Mon-Sat galleryinthegrove.com<br />

2618 Hamil<strong>to</strong>n Rd (at Wildwood Park)<br />

Brights Grove • 519-869-4643<br />

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January 6th <strong>to</strong> February 3rd<br />

Shaun Antle, Scott Clarke,<br />

Mary Kilbreath, Glenn Ogilvie<br />


February 17th <strong>to</strong> March 23rd<br />


Dec 1-30 Sarnia Handmade for the Holidays, Members Exhibit, Wed -Sun lawrencehouse.ca<br />

Jan 6 -Feb 3 B Grove Looking Through <strong>The</strong>ir Lens, Mon-Sat galleryinthegrove.com<br />

Feb17-Mr23 B Grove Where I’m From, Juried Exhibition, Mon-Sat galleryinthegrove.com<br />

Mr30 -Ap27 B Grove Fibre & Fabric Fusions: Patti Cook & Fibre Artists Collective galleryinthegrove.com<br />

NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

13 Sarnia Open Stage at Lawrence House, 7pm www.lawrencehouse.ca<br />

14 Sarnia Will Planning w. Exit Realty Twin Bridges, Pre-reg. exitsarnia.com/will-poa-seminar<br />

14 Online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Ontario Ances<strong>to</strong>rs Mtg w. Coral Harkies, 7pm www.lamb<strong>to</strong>n.ogs.on.ca<br />

14 Petrolia Kick off <strong>to</strong> Christmas Event, Hogan Pharmacy Petrolia 519-882-1840<br />

15 Petrolia Country Soft Rock Jamboree, 12-4pm, Lunch available www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

15 Sarnia Susan Aglukark’s UPINNAQ Christmas Tour www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

16 Corunna Trivia Night at Legion, 7-9pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

16 Sarnia SLBDC pres. One Good Shift w. Shaun Peet www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

17-18 Petrolia Christmas Open House at Artz Den www.artzden.ca<br />

17-18 Petrolia Olde Post Office Gift Shoppe Christmas Open House 519-882-0747<br />

17-18 Petrolia Down<strong>to</strong>wn Christmas Open House Weekend www.<strong>to</strong>wn.petrolia.on.ca<br />

18 Wyoming CRC Christmas Vendor Sale, John Knox School, 10am-4pm 519-845-0<strong>24</strong>4<br />

18 Sarnia DeGroot’s Christmas Craft Sale, 8am-3pm FB DeGroot’s Nurseries<br />

18 Wyoming Great Canadian Dueling Pianos/Christmas for Everyone FB Wyoming Legion<br />

18 Pt Edward Pt Ed Ex-Servicemen’s <strong>Club</strong>, Ladies Bazaar, 9am 519-337-9822<br />

18 Corunna Christmas Craft & Gift Show, Corunna Legion, 10am-2pm 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

18 Port Franks Cindy McIntyre, Psychic Medium, 3-5pm at Comm. Ctr. www.eventbrite.ca<br />

18-19 <strong>The</strong>dford Widder Wonderland Holiday Market, Adv. Tickets only www.widderstation.com<br />

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18-19 Watford Christmas Home Tour, by Watford Horticultural Society 519-636-1161<br />

19 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Wonder of It All, by Mark Weatherly www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

19-20 Sarnia CinéSarnia: “Past Lives” at Sarnia Public Library www.cinesarnia.com<br />

20 Watford Will & Estate Planning at Library, 1:30-3pm, pre-reg. lclibrary.libnet.info/events<br />

20 Sarnia Open Stage at Lawrence House, 7pm www.lawrencehouse.ca<br />

21 Petrolia Will & Estate Planning at Library, 1-2:30pm, pre-reg. lclibrary.libnet.info/events<br />

21 Sarnia A Tyler Shaw Christmas www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

23 Sarnia Coping Through the Holidays, St. Joseph’s Hospice, 6pm Reg. 519-337-0537 ext. 126<br />

23 Sarnia Celtic Christmas, Sarnia Library, 7pm www.bluewaterwindensemble.org<br />

<strong>24</strong> Watford Wing Night at Watford Legion 519-876-2351 info@watfordlegion.com<br />

<strong>24</strong> Sarnia Friday Night Dance - Polish Hall, 7:30, $10 519-337-5708 or polishhallsarnia.ca<br />

<strong>24</strong> Forest Black Friday Sales, Christmas in the Park www.shopforest.ca<br />

<strong>24</strong>-25 Petrolia Vic<strong>to</strong>rian Christmas Home Tour for Christ Ang. Church, 5-9pm, $20 519-882-1430<br />

<strong>24</strong>-25 Sarnia <strong>The</strong> Nutcracker www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

<strong>24</strong>-Dec10 Petrolia “Starbright Christmas <strong>2023</strong>” at VPP www.thevpp.ca<br />

25 Corunna Wellings of Corunna Craft & Vendor Show, 10am-3pm FB Wellings of Corunna<br />

25 Forest Christmas Craft & Vendor Sale, Legion, 10am-3pm, Free 519-330-8077<br />

25 Sarnia Crafternoon Tea, OLM Hall, 11am-2:30pm 519-383-7541<br />

25 Sarnia Ladies Guild Craft & Bake Sale, 9am-1pm, Trinity Anglican Church 519-542-9261<br />

25 Pt Franks Holiday Marketplace in the Port, Community Ctr, 10am-3pm lsntlindaa@gmail.com<br />

25 Sarnia It’s A Vibe, CNIB Fundraiser at Collide Lounge, 6pm 519-333-8797<br />

25 Petrolia Christmasfest <strong>2023</strong>, St. Paul’s U.C. 10am-3pm FB St. Paul’s United Church Petrolia<br />

25 Forest Santa Claus Parade, 6pm FB Kiwanis <strong>Club</strong> of Forest Ontario<br />

25 Grand Bend Lions <strong>Club</strong> Santa Claus Parade, 6:30pm www.jinglebellsgb.com<br />

25-26 Grand Bend Christmas Open House, Westland Greenhouses, 8am-5pm 519-238-1321<br />

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519-238-1321 • Open 7 Days<br />


NOVEMBER 25-26 • 8AM-5PM<br />

• Santa visits both days 11am <strong>to</strong> 2 pm<br />

• Kids can make a FREE Christmas arrangement<br />

• Come enjoy our fresh made Dutch “oliebollen”<br />

• Christmas decor and trees, outdoor greenery<br />

26 Corunna Jim “Mitch” Mitchell Mem. Euchre Tournament, at Legion $10 519-862-1<strong>24</strong>0<br />

27 Online Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Ontario Ances<strong>to</strong>rs, Drop In & Chat, 2pm www.lamb<strong>to</strong>n.ogs.on.ca<br />

28 Petrolia Cosmetics Supreme Sparkle Event, Hogan Pharmacy Petrolia 519-882-1840<br />

29 Grand Bend Turkey Dinner at Legion, 4:30-7:30pm, $15, pre-order by Nov <strong>24</strong> 519-238-2120<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong><br />

1 Petrolia Christmas in the Park, Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Park FB Town of Petrolia<br />

1 Sarnia Showcase Literacy <strong>2023</strong> with Peter Mansbridge www.sarniabookkeeper.com<br />

1 Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Shores Christmas at the Centre, Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Centre, 4-9pm FB Lamb<strong>to</strong>n Centre<br />

1 Wyoming Christmas Quarter Auction, Legion, 6:30pm, $5 FB Wyoming Legion<br />

2 Point Edward Christmas in the Village, 11am-3pm www.villageofpointedward.com<br />

2 Point Edward Christmas Open House at Manleys,11am-3pm shop.manleys.com<br />

2 Alvins<strong>to</strong>n Christmas Celebration Market, 4-8pm, BAICC azevents.swo@gmail.com<br />

2 Alvins<strong>to</strong>n “It’s A Hallmark Christmas” Parade, festivities, craft sales 519-490-5393<br />

2 Petrolia Christmas Market, at Farmers’ Market, 10am-3pm FB Town of Petrolia<br />

2 Petrolia Santa Claus Parade, 2pm FB Town of Petrolia<br />

2 Sarnia/Wyoming A Kid’s Christmas Adventure at Sipkens, 10am-3pm www.sipkensnurseries.com<br />

2 Corunna Gwetaandaawe Market, 9am-2pm 519-336-8410 or FB<br />

2-3 Petrolia Holiday Craft Market, 11-5pm, 519-882-1557 www.petrolialegion216.ca<br />

December 2 & 3 • 11 <strong>to</strong> 5<br />

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NOVEMBER <strong>2023</strong> Cont’d<br />


presents<br />



• Arts & Craft Vendors • FREE Gift Wrapping<br />

• Food Available • FREE Admission • TOY DRIVE<br />

3-4 Sarnia CinéSarnia: “Peace by Chocolate” at Sarnia Public Library www.cinesarnia.com<br />

5 Petrolia Ladies Night, (All Day/Night) Hogan Pharmacy Petrolia 519-882-1840<br />

6-9 Sarnia Nightingale Chorus “<strong>The</strong> Spirit of Christmas” www.imperialtheatre.net<br />

DECEMBER <strong>2023</strong> Cont’d<br />

6 Watford Moonlight Madness, 5-8pm, activities, shopping & more azevents.swo@gmail.com<br />

8 Sarnia Friday Night Dance, Polish Hall, 7:30pm, $10 519-337-5708 or polishhallsarnia.ca<br />

8-9 Sarnia Christmas on the Farm, Canatara Pk, Fri 5:30-9pm, Sat 10-2pm www.sarnia.ca<br />

9 Forest Turkey & Ham Raffle, 3pm, $25 per stick with 50/50 www.forestlegion.ca<br />

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February 2nd over and over.<br />

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went off at 6:00am, only for him <strong>to</strong> get window from the warmth of my bed nothing gained. We all must just go for state of continuous evolution. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

up and relive the same day over. But now that the moon is full and shrouded it!! Take that leap of faith. What is it for is no destination, just the journey. It’s<br />

I understand the film’s deeper meaning. in a veil of haze. It’s stunning. I just you? Listen <strong>to</strong> that voice in the deepest not over until it’s over. With that said,<br />

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improve his do-over day each time he roads of the freshly falling snow, but It’s always talking. Incessantly in fact. of being fully conscious as life unfolds.<br />

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situations that are presented <strong>to</strong> him. my mind. I realized this morning as lives are not stuck in mediocrity. something <strong>to</strong>day? Even just the smallest<br />

He quickly realizes that he must make I lay here, that I am living in my own Making sure that we are facing each thing? Just do it fearlessly!<br />

both small and big changes if he wants version of Groundhog Day. Something new day that’s so filled with promise So as I sit here, in near complete<br />

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his life. He finally gets it right in the end through my mind year after year and <strong>to</strong> experience all of it. Every! Single! with a thousand words, I’m doing it!<br />

which is a relief <strong>to</strong> the viewer. However, yet, everyday I get up and get on with Thing! <strong>The</strong>y say don’t sweat the small I’m changing my day. My own personal<br />

this movie raises a great point. How my day, but not <strong>to</strong>day. Even though it’s stuff, and for the negative, I agree, version of Groundhog Day. I’m going <strong>to</strong><br />

can we become more acutely aware of early, I immediately appreciate how but the miracles are really in all that expand ME! So let me ask you…what<br />

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and if the passengers wanted <strong>to</strong><br />

get off the plane, it would<br />

reboard in 30 minutes. Everyone<br />

got off the plane except a blind<br />

man with his support dog. <strong>The</strong><br />

pilot approached him, and said<br />

“Sir, we’re in Sacramen<strong>to</strong> for<br />

almost an hour. Would you like <strong>to</strong><br />

get off and stretch your legs?”<br />

<strong>The</strong> man replied, “No thanks, but<br />

maybe the dog would like <strong>to</strong><br />

stretch his legs. (Picture this) All<br />

the people in the gate area came<br />

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A bad agreement is better<br />

than a good lawsuit.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no thief<br />

worse than a bad book.<br />

<strong>The</strong> remedy for injuries<br />

is not <strong>to</strong> remember<br />

them.<br />

Years can seldom be hidden.<br />

Make sure <strong>to</strong> be in with your equals if you are going <strong>to</strong><br />

fall out with your superiors.<br />

Of what does not concern you say nothing good or bad.<br />

Nothing improves the taste of pasta<br />

more than a good appetite.<br />

A person who knows little knows enough<br />

if they know how <strong>to</strong> hold their <strong>to</strong>ngue.<br />

If pride were a disease, how many would be already dead?<br />

Between two cowards, the first <strong>to</strong> detect the other<br />

has the advantage.<br />

Conscience is as good as a thousand witnesses.<br />

A hundred wagon loads of thoughts will not pay<br />

a single ounce of debt.<br />

<strong>The</strong> biggest fool can ask a question the wisest man<br />

cannot answer.<br />

Love rules without rules.<br />

Grandma’s Jelly<br />

In memoriam: Ella Dauber (1882 – 1964)<br />

By James Deahl, Sarnia • from Daytripping Sept-Oct 2017<br />

Every family grew grapes back home<br />

when I was a boy. <strong>The</strong>re were purple<br />

Concord and pale-green Niagara grapes,<br />

both well suited for the climate and<br />

soil of the lower Great Lakes region,<br />

and our back gardens offered grape<br />

arbours everywhere. By mid-September<br />

the nights grew cooler and our vines<br />

hung heavy with fruit. <strong>The</strong>se were table<br />

grapes, not wine grapes, and when in<br />

season we ate them every day. But eat<br />

as we would, nobody could eat them<br />

all. And what was not on the table was<br />

turned in<strong>to</strong> jam or jelly.<br />

During the years following the end<br />

of World War II, old people did not<br />

commonly receive pensions; they relied<br />

on their children for support when their<br />

working days were over. Thus, as far<br />

back as I can remember, my maternal<br />

grandparents lived with us. Grandpa<br />

had been a machinist, Grandma a<br />

homemaker. By the time I was old<br />

enough <strong>to</strong> know my grandpa, he was<br />

quite infirm. But, wild boy that I was,<br />

I kept my Granny busy mending the<br />

knees and elbows of my clothes. She<br />

also fixed my many cuts and scrapes.<br />

But best of all, she was our family’s jelly<br />

maker.<br />

When the Concord grapes ripened,<br />

out would come three dozen jars <strong>to</strong> be<br />

sterilized by boiling. My job was <strong>to</strong> pick<br />

the grapes and bring them <strong>to</strong> the kitchen.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n came the cooking in a great pot with<br />

a bit of added sugar. <strong>The</strong> sweet aroma<br />

filled our home and spread far and wide.<br />

Everyone in the neighbourhood could<br />

tell when some family made their jam or<br />

jelly. Later, the magic ingredient, pectin,<br />

was added, followed by more cooking.<br />

It was a day-long process, especially<br />

the straining. Drip, drip, drip. Finally,<br />

paraffin was slowly melted in a double<br />

boiler. This sealed the jars, a delicate<br />

process. Our year’s supply of Concord<br />

jelly was placed in the basement pantry.<br />

In addition <strong>to</strong> grapes, sugar, and pectin,<br />

a lot of love went in<strong>to</strong> each and every jar.<br />

I have not tasted Grandma’s jelly since<br />

the 1950s, but I still remember it thickly<br />

spread over my breakfast <strong>to</strong>ast.<br />

P A G E<br />

26<br />

I ate a clock yesterday, it was very time consuming.<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong>

Our next issue will come out around the beginning of March 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

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P A G E<br />


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A working man,<br />

I always was.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best years of my life,<br />

Six children in the family<br />

And a very precious wife.<br />

It wasn’t always easy,<br />

Somehow, – we made our way,<br />

Kept clothes upon the<br />

children’s backs,<br />

And food <strong>to</strong> eat, each day.<br />

A good roof<br />

we kept o’er our heads<br />

Through winter’s snow and s<strong>to</strong>rm,<br />

<strong>The</strong> love that mother gave <strong>to</strong> us,<br />

Kept all our hearts quite warm.<br />

We hope, it will last forever<br />

And never think the days,<br />

When children grow <strong>to</strong> adults<br />

And go their separate ways.<br />

How quick those years that came,<br />

– then went,<br />

And all but Sue, had gone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> angels then called home my wife,<br />

Alone – we carried on.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n Clifford married Susan<br />

And I was left alone.<br />

<strong>The</strong> kids still came <strong>to</strong> visit,<br />

And called me on the phone.<br />

I’d give a million dollars,<br />

And shed a lake of tears,<br />

If I could just turn back the clock<br />

Return, <strong>to</strong> those working years.<br />

To all who read my s<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

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Thirty days hath September, April, June and November;<br />

All the rest have thirty-one.<br />

Save February, she alone hath eight days and a score.<br />

Til leap year gives her one day more.<br />

It takes the Earth approximately 365.<strong>24</strong>2189 days—or 365 days,<br />

5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds—<strong>to</strong> circle once around the<br />

Sun. This is called a tropical year.<br />

Roman general Julius Caesar implemented the first leap day in his Julian<br />

Calendar, which he introduced in 45 BCE (Before Common Era). A leap<br />

day was added every four years. At the time, leap day was February <strong>24</strong>,<br />

and February was the last month of the year. However, adding a leap<br />

day every four years was <strong>to</strong>o often and eventually, in 1582, Pope<br />

Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian Calendar. This calendar, which<br />

we still use <strong>to</strong>day, has a more precise formula for calculation of leap<br />

years, also known as bissextile years. Leap Years now occur whenever a<br />

year is divisible by 4, with the exception of centurial years that are not<br />

evenly divisible by 400.<br />

Without an extra, or intercalary, day on February 29 nearly every<br />

four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only<br />

100 years, a calendar without leap years would be off by<br />

approximately <strong>24</strong> days in relation <strong>to</strong> fixed seasonal days such as<br />

the vernal equinox or the winter solstice.<br />

When the rules of courtship were stricter than <strong>to</strong>day, women were only<br />

allowed <strong>to</strong> propose marriage <strong>to</strong> a man on a Leap Day!<br />

FEBRUARY 29th is also known as Sadie Hawkins Day.<br />

Chances of being born on a leap day are approximately 1 in 1500.<br />

People born on Leap Year Day are called leaplings.<br />

With info from timeanddate.com<br />

P A G E<br />

28<br />

“I haven’t slept for 10 days, because that would be <strong>to</strong>o long.” (Mitch Hedberg)<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong>

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By Vic<strong>to</strong>ria Stirling • from Daytripping May-June 2017<br />

When your parent, loved one or spouse<br />

is unable <strong>to</strong> recognize you because<br />

they are suffering with Alzheimer’s or<br />

Dementia, it is devastating. If you’re<br />

like me, when this happened with my<br />

husband, I desperately wanted him <strong>to</strong><br />

know me.<br />

When it happens, instinctively one<br />

wants <strong>to</strong> not believe it, and if it’s ignored<br />

maybe it’ll fix itself. <strong>The</strong> sad truth is so<br />

much harder <strong>to</strong> have <strong>to</strong> admit, neither<br />

one is probably ever likely <strong>to</strong> happen.<br />

We were sitting <strong>to</strong>gether on the<br />

couch in our living room and prior <strong>to</strong><br />

this had been enjoying a tea break.<br />

Everything appeared <strong>to</strong> be fairly normal<br />

although Harvey had been having some<br />

trouble with his short term memory;<br />

I just assumed that it wasn’t anything<br />

unusual.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I noticed Harvey’s lined features<br />

looked drawn and anxious, as his blue<br />

eyes peered blankly in<strong>to</strong> my face. “Where<br />

am I? Where’s Vicky; where’s my wife?”<br />

I choked back my response, <strong>to</strong> tell<br />

him I was sitting beside him in our living<br />

room. However, I chose not <strong>to</strong> because<br />

this would probably cause him distress.<br />

My 92 year old beloved husband,<br />

suffering with Dementia was with me<br />

physically, but mentally his reality was<br />

far away.<br />

Again he repeated, “Where is my wife,<br />

where’s Vicky?”<br />

My throat constricted as I <strong>to</strong>ok hold<br />

of his outstretched hand. “Who am I<br />

Harvey?”<br />

He stared hard at me, “You’re my<br />

mum.”<br />

“If it’s who you want me <strong>to</strong> be Harvey,<br />

then it’s who I am.” <strong>The</strong> words hurt as<br />

I uttered them; I ached inside for my<br />

husband <strong>to</strong> really know who I was, but<br />

for the moment didn’t know how I could<br />

get him <strong>to</strong> recognize me. I was also<br />

afraid this was a downward spiral in the<br />

symp<strong>to</strong>ms of Dementia; he might forget<br />

me al<strong>to</strong>gether.<br />

Harvey held my hand with a firm grip<br />

as tears filled his eyes. He cried, “What<br />

is wrong with me, Mum? Am I going<br />

crazy?”<br />

I shook my head. “No, you’re not going<br />

crazy, Harvey. Everything you know is up<br />

there but you’ve forgotten some things;<br />

it’s a bit like a fog has clouded things out.<br />

So of course you get anxious but that’s<br />

a normal reaction. I’m sure I’d feel that<br />

way, <strong>to</strong>o.”<br />

He shook his grey <strong>to</strong>usled head. “Well<br />

I’m just glad you’re here.” He then leant<br />

over and planted a kiss on the side of my<br />

cheek.”<br />

Tears welled up in my eyes as I turned<br />

and looked at him. I gently squeezed<br />

his hand as suddenly I uttered the<br />

endearment we’d said, and written, <strong>to</strong><br />

each other many times over our 62 years<br />

of marriage.<br />

As I spoke the Spanish words <strong>to</strong> him,<br />

“El rigua ti quernio mucho quapo,” (My<br />

darling I love you very much), Harvey<br />

gradually smiled, his tears dried, and<br />

he replied, “All the time my love and<br />

forever.”<br />

He then peered in<strong>to</strong> my face. “Where<br />

have you been, Vicky? I was getting<br />

worried.”<br />

Our loving salutation was how I was<br />

able <strong>to</strong> keep my husband knowing who<br />

I was; he was always able <strong>to</strong> recall those<br />

familar words. He knew I was the only<br />

other person, as well as himself, who<br />

knew them. My beloved husband died<br />

July 6th 2015.<br />

For this small miracle in that<br />

heartbreaking situation I will be forever<br />

grateful. Our love for each other found a<br />

way for us <strong>to</strong> stay connected.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idiom says, ‘It is only when we<br />

walk a mile in another’s shoes do we<br />

fully understand.’ As I know how painful<br />

this situation is with a loved one, and<br />

for anyone going through the same sad<br />

process I hope and pray what I’ve written<br />

here will give you comfort, and perhaps<br />

even a clue how <strong>to</strong> help with your own<br />

relationship. If it does happen, hang on<br />

<strong>to</strong> it. It’s a priceless gift and if you’re like<br />

me it’s one you will treasure forever.<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> 23/<strong>24</strong><br />

SUDOKU<br />

Sudoku puzzles are formaed as a 9x9 grid, broken down in<strong>to</strong> nine<br />

3x3 boxes. To solve a Sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each<br />

row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row,<br />

column and box.<br />

You can figure out<br />

the order in which<br />

the numbers will<br />

appear by using<br />

the numeric clues<br />

already provided<br />

in the boxes. <strong>The</strong><br />

more numbers you<br />

name, the easier it<br />

gets <strong>to</strong> solve the<br />

puzzle!<br />

PUZZLE<br />


ON<br />

PAGE 30<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong><br />

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.<br />

P A G E<br />


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A Moment in the Kitchen<br />

By Gayle Ethering<strong>to</strong>n, Ancaster • from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2016 issue<br />

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Standing in the middle of the kitchen,<br />

I stare at the geometric design on the<br />

formica table. <strong>The</strong> swirling circles of<br />

brown and mustard yellow, a forgiving<br />

mistress in concealing a lifetime of coffee<br />

rings, cigarette burns and the etched<br />

initials of an old love.<br />

<strong>The</strong> room is a time capsule. In fact, the<br />

entire house is a scrapbook of a typical<br />

farmhouse one sees dotted alongside the<br />

roads of Ontario. Solid s<strong>to</strong>ne structures<br />

that lay impervious, while families come<br />

and go, leaving a backdrop of faded<br />

gingham wallpaper, his<strong>to</strong>ry and secrets.<br />

I look down at the surface of the table<br />

littered with prescription bottles, an open<br />

McKenzie Seed Catalog and a milk glass<br />

cereal bowl. <strong>The</strong> remains of what looks<br />

like a bloated mass of Shreddies lay<br />

hardening, covering up most of the ivy<br />

pattern that clings <strong>to</strong> the rim. <strong>The</strong> only<br />

clue that she has been here recently, is<br />

the bright pink lipstick smear on the<br />

chipped mug that sits half full of beige<br />

oily liquid. I pat the stained knitted tea<br />

cozy covering the pot and it is cold <strong>to</strong> the<br />

<strong>to</strong>uch.<br />

Belly tightening, I turn and walk <strong>to</strong><br />

the sink. A gentle breeze lifts the flimsy<br />

curtains and as they blow inward, my<br />

fingers capture a piece of the fabric.<br />

Years of sunlight have taken its <strong>to</strong>ll but<br />

the faded images of vintage <strong>to</strong>asters and<br />

coffee percola<strong>to</strong>rs still bleed through<br />

the cot<strong>to</strong>n. A dark ugly memory streaks<br />

through the quiet as I recall the day my<br />

mother hung them up for the first time.<br />

“Add a bit of colour <strong>to</strong> the room, don’t<br />

you think Katie Cat?” she stated as she<br />

climbed down from the rickety step s<strong>to</strong>ol<br />

one of my brothers had made in shop<br />

class. My response is a pile of lost words,<br />

but I am left with the sick feeling of<br />

intentional cruelty. A senseless slaughter<br />

of a happy moment, my victim, a slight<br />

woman who always seemed <strong>to</strong> get in the<br />

cross fire of my teenage misery.<br />

She was an easy target for my nasty<br />

<strong>to</strong>ngue, and as I mocked her lifestyle and<br />

ideals, we clashed often. What I did not<br />

realize at the time was that she could<br />

sense my inner need <strong>to</strong> rebel and gave<br />

me a safe place <strong>to</strong> do just that. In the<br />

shadows just before sleep, I often relive<br />

my careless words and the shame that<br />

comes still brings me <strong>to</strong> my knees.<br />

I should have made the biggest fuss<br />

over these darn curtains.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y would after all,<br />

be the frame around<br />

her world for the<br />

next forty years. I<br />

let the material slip<br />

free, releasing it <strong>to</strong><br />

the outgoing wind.<br />

It was <strong>to</strong>o quiet.<br />

Where did she go?<br />

I never liked<br />

hearing the sound of<br />

my own heartbeat. Right<br />

now, its echo battles the<br />

cheap starburst clock<br />

that hangs over the<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ve. <strong>The</strong> insidious ticking reverberates<br />

off the walls, even though the hands,<br />

made <strong>to</strong> look like a knife and fork appear<br />

<strong>to</strong> be frozen permanently at ten <strong>to</strong> five.<br />

My eyes au<strong>to</strong>matically move <strong>to</strong> the<br />

doorway where I half expect <strong>to</strong> see the<br />

weathered face of my father coming in<br />

for his dinner. A man of routine and few<br />

words, I always felt his love for us when I<br />

looked at his hands.<br />

Crossing the room <strong>to</strong> the built in alcove,<br />

I turn on the radio. <strong>The</strong> familiar click of<br />

the worn knob lights up the greasy face<br />

and the silence is filled with the crooning<br />

of Johnny Mathis.<br />

I notice the elf figurine sitting on the<br />

shelf. His casual cross-legged pose and<br />

impish smile were a part of my childhood<br />

Christmas memories, and as I wipe the<br />

dust off him, I wonder when he s<strong>to</strong>pped<br />

being put away with the other ornaments.<br />

A creepy piece of plaster, I spent far <strong>to</strong>o<br />

many hours looking at his snide little<br />

mouth and squinty eyes. I turn him over<br />

and look at the generic stamp on his<br />

bot<strong>to</strong>m and the place where his legs have<br />

been glued back <strong>to</strong>gether after one of its<br />

many falls. He may be worthless, but he<br />

has earned the right <strong>to</strong> reign over this<br />

corner of the kitchen while he can. With<br />

a newfound sense of respect, I gently<br />

place him back where he belongs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sound of gravel on the driveway<br />

draws my attention and my anxiety level<br />

is dialed back when I see who is getting<br />

out of the car.<br />

Moments later I hear the screen door<br />

slam and her voice call out. “Katharine?”<br />

“I’m in the kitchen, Mom!” I holler.<br />

She enters wearing the yellow plaid<br />

raincoat she bought for herself at Ea<strong>to</strong>n’s<br />

in the sixties. One pocket is <strong>to</strong>rn, the<br />

other swollen with used tissues. Her<br />

flannel pyjama pants are tucked in<strong>to</strong><br />

black wellies that are leaving fossil like<br />

footprints on the linoleum floor. Her<br />

thinning hair is sticking up in rooster<br />

fashion and one lone curler still clings <strong>to</strong><br />

her scalp.<br />

She is carrying a flat of fresh<br />

strawberries in both arms. “Look what I<br />

picked this morning,” she states, smiling<br />

so wide her eyes all but disappear.<br />

I return the smile, taking the fruit<br />

from her <strong>to</strong> place on the counter. I can<br />

feel where her gaze slips <strong>to</strong> and prepare<br />

myself. “Not hungry?” she says as she<br />

looks down at the unfinished breakfast.<br />

I don’t have the heart <strong>to</strong> tell<br />

her that it’s not mine. I can’t...not<br />

when she smells like sunshine<br />

and earth. When her cheeks and<br />

nose are pink from the cool air<br />

and her bent fingers are still<br />

stained red. Later perhaps,<br />

but not now.<br />

I bring the dirty<br />

dishes <strong>to</strong> the sink<br />

and wash away the<br />

unwanted mess.<br />

“So, Mom,<br />

I guess we are<br />

making jam <strong>to</strong>day?”<br />

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I hate Russian dolls, they’re so full of themselves.<br />

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Have you ever been sick in bed, and<br />

then ventured outside for the first time<br />

in weeks? Isn’t it exhilarating just <strong>to</strong><br />

see sky, trees, even grass? When you<br />

meet old friends for the first time in<br />

five years, isn’t it wonderful? Life is<br />

suddenly richer, but not because the<br />

world has changed. We have. Joy comes<br />

from looking at things from a different<br />

perspective.<br />

As we approach the Christmas season,<br />

are you looking with the same picture<br />

in your mind as previous years? Do you<br />

rush around trying <strong>to</strong> find the perfect<br />

gift for everyone on your list? Make<br />

sure the house is spotless and perfectly<br />

decorated for visi<strong>to</strong>rs? Host the perfect<br />

gathering? Buy enough groceries and do<br />

baking <strong>to</strong> feed an army? And all the time<br />

you feel overwhelmed, tired, anxious,<br />

and worry that it will not be enough.<br />

Circumstances may have changed from<br />

previous years. Your finances may have<br />

changed, you may have lost a person<br />

close <strong>to</strong> you, or you may be dealing with<br />

an illness in the family. Nothing ever<br />

stays the same, but why do you expect<br />

Christmas <strong>to</strong> be the same? This may<br />

be the year <strong>to</strong> look at Christmas from<br />

a different perspective; view it as the<br />

friend you haven’t seen in years.<br />

No one can make anything perfect<br />

for someone else. Change those<br />

expectations that you have gathered<br />

over the years. You have the choice <strong>to</strong> do<br />

whatever it takes <strong>to</strong> make the holidays<br />

something you enjoy. If you have a large<br />

Changing Christmas<br />

gathering and would rather not spend<br />

hours in the kitchen, make the dinner<br />

a potluck; it may be exciting and fun<br />

<strong>to</strong> see what you’ll be feasting on. You<br />

could change the traditional dinner <strong>to</strong><br />

one of munchies and appetizers. Who<br />

says it has <strong>to</strong> be a big bird in the middle<br />

of the table? It could be chicken fingers<br />

instead. <strong>The</strong>re are so many options –<br />

shop in small s<strong>to</strong>res earlier instead of<br />

facing the crowds; instead of hours of<br />

baking, order it from someone else; give<br />

<strong>to</strong> those who are needy instead of those<br />

who don’t appreciate it; do something<br />

special for yourself; do an activity that<br />

has special meaning <strong>to</strong> you. Twenty<br />

years from now children probably won’t<br />

remember the items that they got for<br />

Christmas this year. <strong>The</strong>y will, however,<br />

recall the special games that their family<br />

played <strong>to</strong>gether, the time that their older<br />

brother <strong>to</strong>ok them <strong>to</strong> a movie, or the<br />

way their parents tucked them in at<br />

night. <strong>The</strong>se are moments, which over<br />

time, have a huge impact. With all the<br />

holiday shopping, we can lose sight of<br />

the “priceless” gifts; small gestures that<br />

can help people around you feel valued:<br />

• Show your appreciation with a thankyou,<br />

a smile or a hug (or all three.) It<br />

takes just a moment, but it can make a<br />

person’s day.<br />

• Practice random acts of kindness every<br />

day. Make this your “gift” <strong>to</strong> a stranger.<br />

Hold a door open for someone. Smile<br />

and greet people you pass at work.<br />

• Call up someone you haven’t spoken<br />

<strong>to</strong> in a while, just <strong>to</strong> catch up on how<br />

they are.<br />

• If you have children, give one child at a<br />

time your full attention for an afternoon:<br />

sit and read or play a game <strong>to</strong>gether.<br />

• Write a note of appreciation <strong>to</strong><br />

someone who is important <strong>to</strong> you. Don’t<br />

be surprised if that person keeps the<br />

note for years <strong>to</strong> come.<br />

• Think of the way you’d like <strong>to</strong> be<br />

remembered by those around you, and<br />

give of yourself accordingly throughout<br />

the year. (adapted from Pauline Wallin,<br />

Ph.D.)<br />

Only you can find the meaning of<br />

Christmas that is important <strong>to</strong> you.<br />

Let’s look forward <strong>to</strong> the season with<br />

joy instead of dread. This Christmas<br />

season could be exhilarating, exciting,<br />

and something <strong>to</strong> look forward <strong>to</strong><br />

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you know isagreat divinationploy. <strong>The</strong> first one that pops will be<br />

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If there is a full moon on Christmas, expect a poor harvest.<br />

If you do any household repairs on Christmas Day, the trouble will<br />

not be cured and may even get worse.<br />

Hang a sprig of mistle<strong>to</strong>e over the door. It will<br />

chase away the evil spirits and bring good luck.<br />

If you were born on Christmas Day, your<br />

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Eve for good health all<br />

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Adults of a certain age can<br />

remember, in their youth, the Christmas<br />

catalogues being delivered <strong>to</strong> their front<br />

doors. It was almost a celebration, a<br />

taste of things <strong>to</strong> come if only Santa<br />

would cooperate with our parents! <strong>The</strong><br />

Sears Wish Book was aptly named, as<br />

some kids would wish upon a star or<br />

even wish outloud the gifts that would<br />

make all their dreams come true. My<br />

sister, brother and myself would spend<br />

a lot of time turning the pages with<br />

many “oohs and aahs.”<br />

As a young girl, I recall there were<br />

plenty of dolls offered in the catalogues;<br />

dolls like Tiny Tears, Betsy Wetsy<br />

and Chatty Cathy (you just use your<br />

imagination <strong>to</strong> picture what each doll<br />

was capable of). I remember a doll<br />

called Patty Kay that both my friend<br />

Ellen and I received one Christmas.<br />

Boys were wishing for pretend guns<br />

with holsters and bows and arrows that<br />

would take them on many an adventure<br />

in the make-believe land of Cowboys<br />

and Indians. My friends and I did not<br />

like those air rifles that scared the<br />

daylights out of us. It was not an easy<br />

life being a cowgirl in Corunna.<br />

Other great <strong>to</strong>ys that were advertised<br />

and proved <strong>to</strong> be lasting included Tinker<strong>to</strong>ys<br />

and Lego which have withs<strong>to</strong>od the<br />

test of time. <strong>The</strong> boys’ wish lists often<br />

included <strong>to</strong>y trains, complete<br />

with tracks and a small<br />

village with people;<br />

hours of fun except<br />

when there was a train<br />

wreck! For those living<br />

in small homes, it was<br />

tricky <strong>to</strong> find room for<br />

setting up.<br />

If the budget with Santa<br />

was somehow ‘stretched,’<br />

some lucky girls and boys would<br />

find iceskates, hockey sticks, sleds and<br />

<strong>to</strong>boggans under the tree. After all, there<br />

was outdoor fun in the snow and on<br />

natural ponds, usually from November<br />

right through <strong>to</strong> March. Although not on<br />

our wish list, our parents always added<br />

practical gifts like P.Js, slippers, <strong>to</strong>ques<br />

with matching mittens and scarves. We<br />

also unwrapped useful gifts that were<br />

educational such as literature, colouring<br />

books, paint-by-number and puzzles.<br />

A fond memory I have that resurfaces<br />

every Christmas is the box of Black<br />

Magic chocolates Dad would give <strong>to</strong><br />

Mum. Of course, Mum insisted we help<br />

her eat them and it is hard <strong>to</strong> say just<br />

how many she got <strong>to</strong> enjoy. I do not<br />

remember a lot of gift-giving between<br />

them as they were <strong>to</strong>o busy fulfilling our<br />

Wish List.<br />

It seems <strong>to</strong> me I learned at a very<br />

young age just who Santa really was<br />

and it was not surprising. When I look<br />

back at the sacrifices our parents made<br />

<strong>to</strong> make every Christmas special, I wish<br />

mine were still here <strong>to</strong> thank once again.<br />

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the Sears Wish Book arriving or opening<br />

it when it finally did? I always wanted a<br />

pop gun and got one... not quite a BB gun,<br />

but at least I couldn’t shoot my eye out.<br />

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grown in popularity and use. Cranberries are often<br />

associated with our festive season and boast of<br />

being near the <strong>to</strong>p of that highly regarded list of<br />

“super foods” due <strong>to</strong> their notable nutrient content<br />

and antioxidant qualities.<br />

Cranberry Party Dip<br />

1 (250 g) package cream cheese, softened<br />

2/3 cup whole berry cranberry sauce<br />

1/3 cup orange marmalade<br />

1/4 tsp. pepper<br />

1/3 cup slivered almonds<br />

In a bowl, thoroughly mix <strong>to</strong>gether marmalade, pepper and cranberry sauce. Using a<br />

9-inch pie plate, spread cream cheese evenly along bot<strong>to</strong>m. Add cranberry mixture,<br />

smoothing around the middle (it’s sometimes attractive <strong>to</strong> leave a white edging around<br />

outside). Sprinkle <strong>to</strong>p with almonds. Enjoy with crackers, pretzels or breadsticks.<br />

Oven Baked Cranberry Dressing<br />

You’ll find this traditional holiday dressing so delicious, you’ll likely make it again and again<br />

<strong>to</strong> serve throughout the year. In addition <strong>to</strong> turkey, it complements pork and chicken dishes.<br />

8 cups whole wheat dried bread cubes<br />

(s<strong>to</strong>re bought or homemade)<br />

2 cups COOKED crumbled sausage meat<br />

(breakfast or Italian)<br />

2 cups chicken broth<br />

2 stalks celery, with leaves, finely chopped<br />

1 small onion, finely diced<br />

2 eggs<br />

3/4 cup dried cranberries<br />

2/3 cup <strong>to</strong>asted pecans, chopped<br />

3 Tbsps. olive oil<br />

4 Tbsps. fresh chopped parsley (divided)<br />

1 1/2 Tbsps. fresh sage, finely chopped<br />

3/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper<br />

1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped<br />

Non-stick cooking spray<br />

In large fry pan, over medium-high heat, heat oil and add onions and celery. Cook<br />

for 5 <strong>to</strong> 8 minutes, stirring often until celery is soft and onions are beginning <strong>to</strong><br />

brown. Stir in cranberries, sausage, 3 tablespoons of the parsley, pepper and<br />

sage. Remove from heat and stir in pecans. Preheat oven <strong>to</strong> 400 degrees F. Spray<br />

a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk <strong>to</strong>gether broth/s<strong>to</strong>ck and eggs.<br />

Stir in bread cubes and celery/cranberry mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined.<br />

Transfer entire mixture <strong>to</strong> prepped baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 40<br />

minutes, or until dressing is steaming hot. Remove foil and continue <strong>to</strong> bake for<br />

an additional 10 minutes, browning the <strong>to</strong>p and ensuring all is very warm<br />

throughout. Garnish with remaining parsley.<br />

Cranberry-Banana Loaf<br />

You are sure <strong>to</strong> enjoy this appealing and moist holiday loaf. This recipe makes 2 loaves.<br />

One for you and one worth sharing with friends, neighbours and loved ones.<br />

1 cup butter or margarine, softened<br />

2 cups granulated sugar<br />

4 eggs<br />

2 cups mashed ripe bananas<br />

2 tsp. vanilla<br />

2 tsp. lemon juice<br />

4 cups all-purpose flour<br />

Celebrate<br />

with Cranberries<br />

In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy;<br />

beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. Beat<br />

in bananas, vanilla and lemon juice. In a separate<br />

bowl, whisk <strong>to</strong>gether flour, baking powder, baking<br />

soda and salt. Stir in<strong>to</strong> butter mixture alternately<br />

with milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredients and<br />

2 of milk. Fold in cranberries and pecans. Scrape<br />

in<strong>to</strong> 2 oil-sprayed loaf pans, smoothing <strong>to</strong>p.<br />

Bake in the centre of a preheated 350 degree F oven<br />

until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean,<br />

about 1 1/4 hours. Let cool in pan on a rack for 5<br />

minutes. Remove from pan, let cool completely.<br />

Wrap in plastic wrap; s<strong>to</strong>re at room temperature<br />

for <strong>24</strong> hours before slicing.<br />

(Make-ahead: S<strong>to</strong>re in airtight container for up<br />

<strong>to</strong> 2 days or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and<br />

freeze for up <strong>to</strong> 2 weeks.)<br />

1 Tbsp. baking powder<br />

1 tsp. baking soda<br />

1 tsp. salt<br />

3 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries<br />

or frozen cranberries<br />

1 cup chopped pecans<br />

1/2 cup milk<br />

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Keeping Friends With Strangers<br />

“Why do you bother with these people?”<br />

My husband flips through my Christmas<br />

card list and shakes his head at all the<br />

postal and e-mail addresses. “You haven’t<br />

seen some of these folks in years. <strong>The</strong>y’re<br />

practically strangers.”<br />

He has a point.<br />

My list includes high school friends -<br />

those soul mates - who helped me crop<br />

yearbook pictures in the seventies when<br />

contact cement made teenage girls giggle.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se fun-loving buddies had also fostered<br />

my obsession for an orange vegetable by<br />

screaming “Halloween carrots” instead<br />

of apples at a farm house noted for their<br />

fresh produce. Today, would I recognize<br />

these pranksters from their faded 1977<br />

mug shots?<br />

And the youth group? What about the<br />

trio who placed Oreo cookies on their eyes<br />

on camping trips <strong>to</strong> make me laugh? Or<br />

the ones who refused <strong>to</strong> help me box up<br />

my second-hand furniture but loaded up<br />

a vehicle with salt and vinegar chips and<br />

frozen orange juice for a surprise going<br />

away party in my honour. How strange<br />

are they?<br />

I stare in<strong>to</strong> my husband’s pale blue eyes<br />

and say, “Call me what you like but I can’t<br />

let them go.”<br />

TOP 10<br />

Billboard Hits<br />

1 Kitty Kallen with Jack Pleis Little Things Mean a Lot<br />

2 Perry Como with Hugo <strong>Winter</strong>halter Wanted<br />

3 Rosemary Clooney with Buddy Cole Hey <strong>The</strong>re<br />

4 <strong>The</strong> Crew-Cuts with David Carroll Sh-Boom<br />

5 Jo Stafford with Paul Wes<strong>to</strong>n Make Love <strong>to</strong> Me<br />

6 Eddie Fisher with Hugo <strong>Winter</strong>halter Oh! My Pa-Pa<br />

7 <strong>The</strong> Four Knights (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely<br />

8 <strong>The</strong> Four Aces featuring Al Alberts and Jack Pleis<br />

Three Coins in the Fountain<br />

9 Doris Day with Ray Heindorf Secret Love<br />

10 Archie Bleyer Hernando's Hideaway<br />

Country Songs<br />

Source:<br />

playback.fm<br />

1 Webb Pierce Slowly<br />

2 Hank Snow I Don't Hurt Anymore<br />

3 Webb Pierce More And More<br />

4 Hank Thompson Wake Up Irene<br />

5 Kitty Wells & Red Foley One By One<br />

6 Webb Pierce Even Tho<br />

7 Stuart Hamblen This Ole House<br />

8 Eddy Arnold I Really Don't Want <strong>to</strong> Know<br />

9 Johnnie & Jack (Oh Baby Mine) I Get<br />

So Lonely<br />

10 Tommy Collins You Better Not Do That<br />

So he lets it go, for another<br />

year, and I embrace him for<br />

his patience.<br />

Writing letters relaxes me<br />

and renews my connections<br />

with those who have inspired<br />

me over the years, like my<br />

mother.<br />

“Never say good-bye.” That’s what<br />

she said when I accepted a new job<br />

in another province. She preferred<br />

the words, “see you later or talk <strong>to</strong> you<br />

soon.”<br />

So I never said good-bye <strong>to</strong> any of<br />

my friends. After moving ten times and<br />

fostering new friendships in each location,<br />

farewells sounded like nails dragging over<br />

a chalkboard. I wanted <strong>to</strong> scream, “Go<br />

away already!”<br />

It wasn’t just me leaving. <strong>The</strong> demands<br />

of the workforce caused many friends <strong>to</strong><br />

relocate and scatter like seeds across the<br />

country. Do you just uproot and leave<br />

your friends withering with their emotions<br />

exposed? Or is it better <strong>to</strong> treat change as<br />

a shift in the wind... ‘a warm breeze’ that<br />

caresses us, causing our friendships <strong>to</strong><br />

grow deeper, more flexible and stronger?<br />

Distances may weed out the acquaintances<br />

but the bond between true friends never<br />

1954<br />

Source:<br />

wikipedia.com<br />

Movies<br />

White Christmas<br />

20,000 Leagues Under<br />

the Sea<br />

Demetrius and the<br />

Gladia<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

Rear Window<br />

<strong>The</strong> Caine Mutiny<br />

Gone with the Wind<br />

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

<strong>The</strong> High and the Mighty<br />

Vera Cruz<br />

On the Waterfront<br />

(Oscar for Best Picture)<br />

Source: the-numbers.com<br />

by Debbie Okun Hill, Camlachie<br />

from Daytripping Nov-Dec 2003<br />

dies.<br />

Years ago, I thought I had<br />

lost <strong>to</strong>uch with a close friend.<br />

We had written letters for<br />

years. <strong>The</strong>n silence. Shortly<br />

after moving <strong>to</strong> southwestern<br />

Ontario, I walked in<strong>to</strong> a<br />

hardware s<strong>to</strong>re (something I rarely<br />

do) and bumped in<strong>to</strong> this same high<br />

school friend from rural Mani<strong>to</strong>ba.<br />

We stared at each other in shock.<br />

Slowly, like a perennial, this dormant<br />

friendship began <strong>to</strong> sprout once more.<br />

She has moved three times since that<br />

day, but the correspondence enables us <strong>to</strong><br />

cope with our ever changing environment.<br />

Friends, no matter where they are, keep<br />

me grounded. Writing and receiving letters<br />

reduces stress and acts as a bridge when<br />

I’m faced with a sea of unfamiliar faces.<br />

“Don’t talk <strong>to</strong> strangers!” Such a common<br />

phrase and yet when you move <strong>to</strong> an<br />

unknown area, start a new job or attend<br />

school in another city, you have <strong>to</strong> tip <strong>to</strong>e<br />

through the forest until you find a new ‘bud’<br />

like a friendly co-worker <strong>to</strong> hang on <strong>to</strong>.<br />

When our daughter was diagnosed<br />

with juvenile diabetes, just prior <strong>to</strong> her<br />

seventh birthday, friends and family<br />

tried <strong>to</strong> comfort us. However, it <strong>to</strong>ok a<br />

call from a stranger <strong>to</strong> convince us that<br />

our family would be okay. “Hi, you don’t<br />

know me, but my child has diabetes <strong>to</strong>o.<br />

You’re not alone. We can cry <strong>to</strong>gether.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> bond between this stranger and I was<br />

immediate.<br />

When I was hesitant <strong>to</strong> return <strong>to</strong> the<br />

workforce and no one quite unders<strong>to</strong>od<br />

why I wanted <strong>to</strong> try something as crazy<br />

as freelance writing, I met some mature<br />

students through an on-line writing<br />

course. In just a year, a strong friendship<br />

developed. We have influenced and<br />

encouraged each other <strong>to</strong> write, like I am<br />

doing now.<br />

So why allow any friend, new or old, <strong>to</strong><br />

become a stranger?<br />

As I put my pen down and glance over<br />

at my husband reading the Globe and Mail<br />

I kindly interrupt him by saying, “So what<br />

about Bill? Should I send him a card?”<br />

“Sure,” he mutters behind his paper.<br />

“But you haven’t seen him since 1986.<br />

We’ll never go <strong>to</strong> Alabama.”<br />

“Well, I get a kick out of his letters,” he<br />

says moving slightly behind his paper.<br />

Keeping friends with a stranger?<br />

I secretly smile <strong>to</strong> myself. I made my<br />

point. So I start writing Bill a note telling<br />

him how much we enjoy his letters.<br />

Even from a distance, lost souls can be<br />

moved by a friend’s comment. I know I<br />

am.<br />

WINTER 23/<strong>24</strong><br />

What do you call a cat on the beach at Christmas? Sandy Claws!<br />

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Christmas Time Compared<br />

Today (2010) vs. Yesterday (1943)<br />

Location: Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re has been quite a change in<br />

Christmas activities since I was a kid.<br />

I will attempt <strong>to</strong> compare them here<br />

for those of you who are 60 years old<br />

or younger. Starting with 2010 and<br />

comparing it with the past.<br />

#1 BLUE BOX PICKUP (recycling<br />

materials)<br />

Today we have special, powerful,<br />

multi-compartment diesel trucks with<br />

hydraulic, load compressors who<br />

<strong>to</strong>ur the streets picking up your used<br />

materials from the curbside.<br />

1943: We had at that time what we<br />

called a sheeny man (original version of<br />

the blue box). He was an old guy with<br />

a rickety, old wagon pulled by a single<br />

emaciated horse, who cruised up and<br />

down the alleys behind the houses<br />

ringing a bell. He would gather up old<br />

newspapers, and metal, as well as any<br />

useful (<strong>to</strong> him) articles not wanted any<br />

more. He was a one-horse scrap yard on<br />

wheels.<br />



Today we have diesel-powered, cabheated<br />

machines that blow the snow<br />

from the sidewalks and at the same<br />

time spread sand from a trailer being<br />

<strong>to</strong>wed by the trac<strong>to</strong>r. <strong>The</strong> roads have<br />

giant, diesel trucks equipped with<br />

snow blowers or plows (depending on<br />

the severity of the s<strong>to</strong>rm) flying up and<br />

down the roads plowing and spreading<br />

sand or salt as they go. All taken for<br />

granted while spewing out smelling<br />

By William Weathers<strong>to</strong>ne, Sarnia<br />

pollution.<br />

1943: Sidewalks were cleared with<br />

a horse and walking driver guiding a<br />

V-shaped plow with the handles from a<br />

hand-guided, furrow summer plow. He<br />

would guide the horse up and down the<br />

streets as if he were planting crops but<br />

plowing the snow from the sidewalks.<br />

<strong>The</strong> only pollution problem at this<br />

time would be if the horse farted at<br />

the driver. In the winter, houses were<br />

usually fueled with a coal-burning<br />

furnace. It was my job <strong>to</strong> shovel the<br />

ashes in<strong>to</strong> buckets and take them out <strong>to</strong><br />

the curbside where a dump truck would<br />

come by and pick them up the same as<br />

a garbage truck. <strong>The</strong>y would then take<br />

and s<strong>to</strong>re them at the city garage yard<br />

and s<strong>to</strong>ckpiled. When traction on the<br />

streets was necessary they would send<br />

a load out and while one man drove<br />

slowly a second man would be up on<br />

the load with a hand shovel throwing<br />

the ashes on the road (no au<strong>to</strong>matic<br />

sanders or such). True recycling.<br />



I would take my sled (with steel<br />

runners) and run down the street, then<br />

throw myself on<strong>to</strong> the sled and glide<br />

for half a block. This time the ash truck<br />

had passed by and threw down some<br />

ashes while I was running full steam<br />

ahead, I dropped down <strong>to</strong> the sled<br />

when it promptly s<strong>to</strong>pped dead in its<br />

track (ashes spread for traction). My<br />

body went vertically upside down while<br />

my face became my feet and slid (on<br />

my face) for about 5 or 6 feet. Fully<br />

scratched and bloody I, for the first<br />

time in my life, truly saw stars just like<br />

displayed in the comic books. Another<br />

lesson learned.<br />


& BREADMAN)<br />

Today we usually go <strong>to</strong> the grocery<br />

s<strong>to</strong>re <strong>to</strong> buy our bread and milk. It<br />

was not all that long ago that these<br />

necessities were delivered <strong>to</strong> our door by<br />

delivery drivers whose vans were filled<br />

with a load of product and delivered<br />

individually <strong>to</strong> cus<strong>to</strong>mers’ homes in a<br />

regular delivery sequence. <strong>The</strong>y would<br />

park in front of one house and carry<br />

trays with milk or bread <strong>to</strong> three or<br />

four houses then move on <strong>to</strong> the next<br />

location. Years ago at Christmas or even<br />

New Year’s Eve, the driver would be<br />

offered a little liquid cheer <strong>to</strong> get him<br />

through this longest day of the year<br />

(work-wise).<br />

1943: <strong>The</strong> bread or milk man at that<br />

time had an enclosed wagon pulled by<br />

a single horse. <strong>The</strong>y would guide the<br />

horse <strong>to</strong> a location and park. In those<br />

days the parking brake consisted of a<br />

30-pound steel weight with a strap going<br />

out <strong>to</strong> the horse’s bridal. <strong>The</strong> weight was<br />

dropped on the ground while the driver<br />

delivered <strong>to</strong> two or three houses in one<br />

shot. If the horse decided <strong>to</strong> move on,<br />

the slack was taken up and the weight<br />

would pull the horses bridle in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

curb s<strong>to</strong>pping him.<br />

Parking brake…no batteries<br />

required.<br />

Christmas Eve was a late<br />

delivery for the<br />

milkman this year.<br />

Almost every<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mer offered<br />

him a glass of cheer as part<br />

of his Christmas bonus. At this time we<br />

were the last call on his run. <strong>The</strong> horse<br />

was in the parking brake mode as old<br />

Tom staggered up <strong>to</strong> the house. He came<br />

in and sat down, had one drink and was<br />

heading home when he flaked out on<br />

the veranda. My dad and a neighbour<br />

who just happened <strong>to</strong> be at this same<br />

drink fest picked Tom up and loaded<br />

him in<strong>to</strong> the wagon. Dad lifted up the<br />

parking weight and set it inside the<br />

wagon and closed the doors. He yelled<br />

at the horse, “HOME BOY, BARN!”<br />

Within 15 minutes the horse went<br />

right <strong>to</strong> the barn on his own, while in<br />

the meantime Dad called ahead and<br />

they transported Tom home in one<br />

soggy piece.<br />

<strong>The</strong> horses all knew their routes by<br />

heart, and have saved rookie drivers<br />

from becoming embarrassingly lost<br />

more than once. Some drivers that have<br />

been on the same route with the same<br />

animal never bothered with the anchor<br />

weight. <strong>The</strong> horse would move ahead<br />

<strong>to</strong> the next s<strong>to</strong>p on its own a few doors<br />

down the street, and wait for the driver.<br />

Try that with your new<br />

modern electronic GPS<br />

devices and see how far it will<br />

take you on its own. Ha-ha!<br />

Someone will always<br />

ask: “Would you do it<br />

again?”<br />

My response would be,<br />

“That era would be the<br />

best time for me.”<br />

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For Lynn Eves, it has<br />

always been as simple<br />

as 1, 2, 3. One: See an<br />

injured or abandoned<br />

animal. Two: Nurse the<br />

animal back <strong>to</strong> good<br />

health. Three: Set it free.<br />

Eves, a retired labora<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

technologist, has been<br />

doing it since she was a<br />

little girl growing up in<br />

Sarnia. “It has been my passion all my<br />

life,” Lynn says. “I was looking after a<br />

lot of random wildlife as a child with the<br />

help of my parents. I became aware that<br />

I wanted <strong>to</strong> do this with the help of other<br />

people, so I put an ad in the local Sarnia<br />

paper asking if anyone was interested in<br />

taking in wildlife <strong>to</strong> rehabilitate it. That,<br />

or take in orphaned animals that needed<br />

help. I started out doing mammals. <strong>The</strong><br />

songbirds and rap<strong>to</strong>rs came along later.”<br />

Lynn says her ad attracted a good<br />

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for Rap<strong>to</strong>r Rehabilitation<br />

response and she and<br />

her new group worked<br />

at helping the likes of<br />

baby squirrels, bunnies,<br />

raccoons, and even baby<br />

skunks. <strong>The</strong>y also helped<br />

songbirds and the odd<br />

owl and some<br />

larger birds,<br />

<strong>to</strong>o. “I had<br />

the mammals<br />

taken care of by foster parents<br />

and eventually I became<br />

more interested in the birds,”<br />

Lynn says. That led <strong>to</strong> her<br />

starting Bluewater Centre For<br />

Rap<strong>to</strong>r Rehabilitation (BCRR)<br />

in 1991. It is located on her<br />

farm in Wyoming on 28 acres<br />

and features plenty of cages<br />

for the birds. <strong>The</strong>re is also<br />

a small clinic on site. BCRR<br />

is a non-profit organization<br />

and registered charity that functions <strong>to</strong><br />

help injured, orphaned, and displaced<br />

rap<strong>to</strong>rs, loons, herons, and waterfowl<br />

with the object of releasing these animals<br />

back in<strong>to</strong> the wild. <strong>The</strong> group operates<br />

depending on volunteers and donations<br />

from the public.<br />

“Our goal from the beginning was<br />

<strong>to</strong> get the wildlife in the community<br />

the help they needed,” Lynn states. All<br />

medical x-rays and surgeries are done by<br />

veterinarians. Day-<strong>to</strong>-day maintenance<br />

and care is performed by Lynn and the<br />

8-10 volunteers who circulate through<br />

the week and along with students that<br />

visit the BCRR as volunteers on the<br />

weekend.<br />

While Lynn could rattle off numerous<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries about birds and animals her<br />

group has nursed back <strong>to</strong> health, one<br />

stands out as being particularly special.<br />

“It was not about a rap<strong>to</strong>r,” Lynn recalls.<br />

“It was a loon. Loons are migra<strong>to</strong>ry birds<br />

that go north <strong>to</strong> south for breeding and<br />

wintering. Sometimes in a s<strong>to</strong>rm or<br />

during a long flight, they’ll come down<br />

on a wet road or wet field or, in this case,<br />

a small pond. <strong>The</strong>y can’t take off from a<br />

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was getting smaller and<br />

smaller, so it needed <strong>to</strong><br />

be rescued. It <strong>to</strong>ok four<br />

of us and a great big net<br />

<strong>to</strong> catch the loon. It was<br />

an amazing rescue and<br />

an even more amazing<br />

release. It would have<br />

been a death sentence if<br />

it had not intervened <strong>to</strong><br />

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Many moons ago, George Carlin talked<br />

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of football. And I’d have <strong>to</strong> agree that<br />

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and Raiders. Even the players seem <strong>to</strong><br />

represent the <strong>to</strong>ughness of their sport<br />

with gridiron heroes called Refrigera<strong>to</strong>r<br />

and Steamroller, while baseball’s greats<br />

answer <strong>to</strong> cuddly nicks like <strong>The</strong> Babe.<br />

George talked about football using<br />

ominous terminology like ‘end zone’<br />

and ‘sudden death’ while ‘soft-ball’<br />

uses tender words like ‘high fly’ and<br />

‘sacrifice’. Why I’ve noticed that even<br />

the gear they wear is indicative of the<br />

violence involved. While football heroes<br />

wear concussion-proof steel helmets<br />

with shields and braces and (dare we<br />

mention) supports, our baseball buffs<br />

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those sunny days.<br />

Yes, Mr. Carlin certainly opened my<br />

eyes <strong>to</strong> why so many men have <strong>to</strong> prop<br />

themselves in front of the TV all winter<br />

and watch football teams get involved in<br />

scrimmage lines and huddles while I’m<br />

enjoying baseball players who signal<br />

each other <strong>to</strong> ‘slide home’ and ‘stay<br />

safe’. But I guess I led one <strong>to</strong>o many<br />

cheers for the poor quarterback being<br />

carried off the field <strong>to</strong> really have any<br />

great love for a game that encourages<br />

kicking and tackling, (although having a<br />

‘tight end’ has always appealed <strong>to</strong> me)<br />

when there are still baseball coaches out<br />

there encouraging us <strong>to</strong> ‘take a walk’<br />

and ‘play the field’.<br />

While I’m comparing violence in<br />

sports, have you ever noticed that even<br />

tennis seems like a more damaging<br />

sport than our beloved ‘slow pitch’? - I<br />

mean once you get past the idea of<br />

Piece of Mind<br />

By Joan Richardson, London • From Daytripping Nov-Dec 2002<br />

Three Strikes Beats Two Aces<br />

and A Quarterback<br />

using the term ‘love’ <strong>to</strong> describe all<br />

your mistakes. I daresay I’ve made a<br />

lot of ‘love’ in my errant life, but I’ve<br />

never been all that fond of being on the<br />

‘disadvantaged’ side of the net most of<br />

the time or having <strong>to</strong> ‘<strong>to</strong>e the line’ or<br />

master the art of ‘service’. <strong>The</strong>n, when<br />

you’re at ‘fault’ for the last time, you<br />

must vault over a 3 foot fence at the<br />

end of a hot match and shake hands<br />

with the opponent who loved you in<strong>to</strong><br />

a deuce coup! I mean how fickle can<br />

you get, changing sides all the time,<br />

anyway? Besides, it seems like cheating<br />

<strong>to</strong> measure each point with a count<br />

of 5, 10 or 15. At least baseball only<br />

scores one point at a time and only<br />

after you run around for awhile, sliding<br />

and <strong>to</strong>uching bases, pinch-hitting and<br />

perfecting that ever intimate squeeze<br />

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I have yet <strong>to</strong> see ten racketeers squeeze<br />

on<strong>to</strong> one of those bitty little court yards.<br />

And in baseball, nobody yells at you<br />

for being <strong>to</strong>o long or <strong>to</strong>o short or out<br />

of bounds (although you do have <strong>to</strong><br />

be careful not <strong>to</strong> go foul or fly off the<br />

handle). I rather like the whole premise<br />

of pop-up flies and stealing seconds and<br />

going for a walk. And where do you end<br />

up at the end of the day? Not ‘game, set<br />

and match thank you ma’am’, but...<br />

sigh... Home. Sounds kind of warm and<br />

cosy after a hard day of dodging drives<br />

and dancing on diamonds.<br />

Yes, when it comes <strong>to</strong> violent sports,<br />

forget football, forget tennis and give<br />

me a big green outfield <strong>to</strong> play in with<br />

a designated hitter ready <strong>to</strong> go <strong>to</strong> bat for<br />

me any time I ask. After all, if winning<br />

isn’t important, then why are we even<br />

keeping score? And if practice makes<br />

perfect and we all know that nobody’s<br />

perfect, then why practice? What<br />

sportscaster was it who revealed <strong>to</strong> us<br />

that “Sports is really 80% mental and<br />

only 40% physical”? I suppose I’m in<br />

no position <strong>to</strong> dispute even this logic.<br />

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“Twas <strong>The</strong> Night Before Christmas”<br />

...and all through the house<br />

Not a creature was stirring<br />

Cranky Cat ate the mouse.<br />

My girdle was hung<br />

by the chimney with care,<br />

in hopes that Saint Nicholas<br />

would notice it there.<br />

Cranky Dog was nestled<br />

at the foot of the bed<br />

while visions of doggy bones<br />

danced in his head.<br />

And I in my jammies and<br />

a whiskey night cap<br />

dreaming of Santa,<br />

sitting right on my lap.<br />

When out on the lawn<br />

there arose such a clatter<br />

I tripped over Cranky Cat<br />

who was now much, much flatter.<br />

I <strong>to</strong>re open the window<br />

not a second <strong>to</strong> miss<br />

I hoped I could catch Santa<br />

and blow him a kiss.<br />

A bright moon was lighting<br />

the new-fallen snow<br />

It looked like Santa was<br />

beginning <strong>to</strong> glow.<br />

Cranky Dog was beside me<br />

looking up <strong>to</strong> the roof<br />

and there plopped Santa<br />

looking quite aloof.<br />

He was a little old man<br />

With a beard that was thick<br />

Now I knew why they called him<br />

Old Saint Nick.<br />

Like a bolt of lightening,<br />

the reindeer they came<br />

I tried <strong>to</strong> yell out at them<br />

and call them by name.<br />

Hey, Masher, hey Stancer,<br />

hey Minnie and Vixens<br />

I lifted my glass added<br />

more whiskey and mixins.<br />

Get off of my roof<br />

or the cops I will call<br />

Hit the road, fly away<br />

and don’t ever call.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y <strong>to</strong>ok off as I staggered<br />

and tried <strong>to</strong> stand up<br />

Those stale twinkies I ate<br />

were trying <strong>to</strong> come up.<br />

So off of my roof<strong>to</strong>p,<br />

the deer, they did fly<br />

Rudolph’s nose lifted up<br />

with not a goodbye.<br />

And then in a twinkling,<br />

I heard on the roof<br />

<strong>The</strong>y had forgotten old Santa,<br />

Oh gosh what a goof.<br />

I reached for my arrows and<br />

a rifle as well<br />

And just then Old Santa,<br />

By Liz Underhill, Vienna<br />

from Daytripping<br />

Nov-Dec 2010<br />

A.K.A. Ms. Klara<br />

down the chimney, he fell.<br />

With a huge bag of goodies<br />

tied <strong>to</strong> his back<br />

I <strong>to</strong>ld Cranky Dog,<br />

Santa wasn’t a snack.<br />

His breathing belaboured,<br />

his feet were a draggin<br />

Cranky Dog was delighted<br />

his tail was a waggin.<br />

He was dressed all in red,<br />

and a sloppy old hat<br />

He could hardly move,<br />

cause he was <strong>to</strong>o fat.<br />

He groaned as he brushed<br />

against our huge Christmas Tree<br />

And politely informed me,<br />

he just had <strong>to</strong> pee.<br />

He had a round face and<br />

a huge rotund belly<br />

That was looser and floppier<br />

than any bowlful of jelly.<br />

He came <strong>to</strong>wards me,<br />

his lips held a smile<br />

I could tell by his breath<br />

he hadn’t brushed for awhile.<br />

How he came down that chimney<br />

without getting stuck<br />

Is a wonder <strong>to</strong> me,<br />

he was such a schmuck.<br />

I said not a thing and drank<br />

from my glass<br />

My speech it was slurring<br />

I let out some gas.<br />

As he flew up the chimney,<br />

I got <strong>to</strong> thinkin<br />

He must have discovered that<br />

I was a drinkin.<br />

He yelled for the reindeer<br />

not <strong>to</strong> forget him that night<br />

To come back there <strong>to</strong> get him<br />

and they could continue in flight.<br />

I ran outside and raised my<br />

glassy eyes <strong>to</strong> the sky<br />

Merry Christmas <strong>to</strong> all,<br />

can they really fly?<br />

I turned <strong>to</strong> the tree<br />

and saw with delight<br />

Presents for all of us,<br />

it gave such a fright.<br />

A dog bone for Dog,<br />

and Cat Nip for Cat<br />

And a huge bottle of Whiskey<br />

wow, I could drink that.<br />

I ran <strong>to</strong> the window and<br />

smiling out there<br />

was Santa, waving<br />

his hair in the air<br />

Merry Christmas Ms. Klara,<br />

he laughed with good cheer.<br />

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For the last year or two, bags of<br />

flannelette seemed <strong>to</strong> be arriving at<br />

the house and put behind the den<br />

door where I had my “<strong>to</strong> do” pile of<br />

fabrics waiting <strong>to</strong> be made in<strong>to</strong> bags,<br />

blouses and blankets. “It’s for Dan’s<br />

quilt,” I was <strong>to</strong>ld. It was never made<br />

clear <strong>to</strong> me who was going <strong>to</strong> make this<br />

quilt, albeit daughter or granddaughter.<br />

I had announced my retirement from<br />

quiltmaking when my back complained<br />

vociferously about sitting at the frame<br />

for several hours a day, all winter long.<br />

However, that was a bit of subterfuge,<br />

for I had, over the last two winters,<br />

made quilt <strong>to</strong>ps which were now down<br />

at Elmira being “finished.”<br />

It wasn’t until Oc<strong>to</strong>ber, when it<br />

was casually mentioned, when was I<br />

starting Dan’s quilt? I didn’t know that<br />

I was. Well, it was Dan’s Christmas<br />

present, didn’t I know that? Actually I<br />

didn’t. But knowing how quickly those<br />

last eight weeks before Christmas can<br />

speed by, I announced <strong>to</strong> the other half<br />

that we had one more quilt <strong>to</strong> make. For<br />

many years he was my cutter, so with a<br />

shrug of his shoulders, he retreated <strong>to</strong><br />

the back shed and brought in the old<br />

picnic table and propped it up in the<br />

living room. I’m not fussy on assisting<br />

with the cutting out but my nature tells<br />

me <strong>to</strong> stick with it, get it all done at<br />

once. And so we s<strong>to</strong>od an entire day,<br />

me with measurements and number of<br />

strips from each fabric, ten fabrics in<br />

all as Papa meticulously and perfectly<br />

cut out the entire required number of<br />

strips.<br />

I, Grandma, sat at the machine and<br />

sewed and sewed. <strong>The</strong>n the sewn<br />

strips had <strong>to</strong> be cut crosswise, more<br />

measuring. <strong>The</strong> pattern of Trip Around<br />

the World, then began <strong>to</strong> take<br />

shape on the living room rug<br />

and slowly each strip was<br />

sewn <strong>to</strong> the next one,<br />

followed by another.<br />

As the quilt grew,<br />

it became more<br />

and more difficult<br />

<strong>to</strong> manage on my<br />

lap at the sewing<br />

machine. Finally<br />

the <strong>to</strong>p was completed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> backing was a challenge<br />

as there wasn’t quite enough of one<br />

material, so that it had <strong>to</strong> be pieced.<br />

And there it sat.<br />

I mentioned several times that Dan’s<br />

quilt had <strong>to</strong> be assembled and tied<br />

and Christmas was fast approaching.<br />

No results. Finally I was <strong>to</strong>ld someone<br />

would be here <strong>to</strong> put it on the frame<br />

on the 22nd. I always hate the<br />

“Putting the Quilt on the Frame” day<br />

and adamantly said I would not be<br />

involved, I had done my part. Papa,<br />

fearful that this quilt would never get<br />

done, started thumbtacking the <strong>to</strong>p of<br />

the quilt <strong>to</strong> the frame slats. I watched<br />

from afar. I whispered <strong>to</strong> daughter that<br />

he should know better that the backing<br />

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goes on first, good side facing down,<br />

followed by the batting followed by the<br />

<strong>to</strong>p facing up. I casually mentioned this<br />

<strong>to</strong> his nibs. He corrected me saying as<br />

the entire quilt was bigger than the<br />

frame (it was), that this was the way<br />

<strong>to</strong> do it. I shrugged. <strong>The</strong>n ensued a<br />

rather loud outburst about the size of<br />

the quilt, him saying it was 110 by 110,<br />

and me getting the instruction book<br />

out showing the pattern I followed.<br />

Later I discovered he was talking about<br />

the size on the batting bag and when I<br />

again thought he was commenting on<br />

the size of the <strong>to</strong>p, he was meaning the<br />

backing which I had not trimmed <strong>to</strong><br />

size as yet and neglected <strong>to</strong> tell. With<br />

batting and backing sounding similar,<br />

hearing losses and one upstairs and<br />

the other downstairs, one wondered if<br />

a divorce was imminent. <strong>The</strong>re were<br />

several phone calls <strong>to</strong> daughter, “What<br />

about this quilt?” and “I’m not getting<br />

involved with THAT frame.”<br />

“Leave everything Mom, I’ll be over<br />

at 5 p.m.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> living room a disaster, two days<br />

before Christmas, lots of instructions<br />

from Father and Odette quietly put the<br />

quilt on the frame, backing, batting,<br />

<strong>to</strong>p, et al. Granddaughter showed up<br />

and I relaxed in the tv room away from<br />

it all. At ten p.m., Dan showed up <strong>to</strong><br />

pick up Kayla. “Oh we were just tying<br />

a quilt for Joshua for Christmas” said<br />

Kayla, referring <strong>to</strong> her brother. Dan<br />

was unconcerned.<br />

Next day a neighbour was coming<br />

for tea at eleven a.m. I quickly tidied<br />

up the living room and thought, just<br />

perhaps, if she didn’t stay <strong>to</strong>o long, I<br />

could stitch the hem before we went <strong>to</strong><br />

Odette’s for 2 p.m. It was not <strong>to</strong> be. <strong>The</strong><br />

unfinished quilt was put<br />

in a green garbage bag<br />

and presented <strong>to</strong> Dan<br />

by his lovely wife on<br />

Christmas morning.<br />

He was genuinely<br />

pleased as punch.<br />

That night back came<br />

the quilt <strong>to</strong> Grandma’s<br />

house.<br />

Being of Scottish<br />

descent I like <strong>to</strong> go in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

New Year with all my debts paid<br />

and all unfinished chores completed.<br />

On December 30th, after a trip <strong>to</strong> the<br />

bank <strong>to</strong> pay the bills, I managed <strong>to</strong> slip<br />

from the settee <strong>to</strong> the foots<strong>to</strong>ol <strong>to</strong> the<br />

rug so that I could manipulate the quilt<br />

edges, trim them up and pin. at 82<br />

and a knee replacement in the offing,<br />

getting down <strong>to</strong> that level was certainly<br />

a challenge, getting up was impossible<br />

without husband’s strong arms. Next<br />

day, December 31st with the assistance<br />

of the man of the house, I sat at the<br />

machine and stitched the hem. Mission<br />

completed before January 1st.<br />

Am I really out of the quilt-making<br />

pasttime? <strong>The</strong> stash behind the den<br />

door is nudging!<br />

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this Christmas, why<br />

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Christmas is for love. It is for joy, for<br />

giving and sharing, for laughter, for faith,<br />

and for reuniting with family and friends.<br />

But, mostly Christmas is for love. I had<br />

not believed this until a small elfin like<br />

pupil with wide innocent eyes and soft<br />

rosy cheeks gave me a wondrous gift<br />

one Christmas.<br />

Matthew was a 10 year old orphan<br />

who lived with his aunt, an older woman<br />

seemingly annoyed with the burden of<br />

caring for her sister’s son. She never<br />

failed <strong>to</strong> remind young Matthew, if it<br />

hadn’t been for her generosity, he would<br />

be a vagrant, homeless stray. Still, with<br />

all the scolding and chilliness at home,<br />

he was a sweet and gentle child.<br />

I had not noticed Matthew particularly<br />

until he began staying after class each<br />

day (at the risk of arousing his aunt’s<br />

anger so I learned later) <strong>to</strong> help me<br />

straighten up the room. We did this<br />

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quietly and comfortably, not speaking<br />

much, but enjoying the solitude of that<br />

hour of the day. When we did talk,<br />

Matthew spoke mostly of his mother.<br />

Though he was quite young when she<br />

died, he remembered a kind, gentle,<br />

loving woman who always spent time<br />

with him.<br />

As Christmas drew near, Matthew failed<br />

<strong>to</strong> stay after school. I looked forward <strong>to</strong><br />

his coming, and when the days passed<br />

and he continued <strong>to</strong> scamper hurriedly<br />

from the room after class, I s<strong>to</strong>pped him<br />

one afternoon and asked him why he<br />

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no longer helped me in the room. I <strong>to</strong>ld<br />

him how I had missed him, and his large<br />

brown eyes lit up eagerly as he replied,<br />

“Did you really miss me?”<br />

I explained how he had been my best<br />

helper, “I was making you a surprise,”<br />

he whispered confidentially. “It’s for<br />

Christmas.” With that, he became<br />

embarrassed and dashed from the room.<br />

Finally came the last school day before<br />

Christmas. Matthew crept slowly in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

room late that afternoon with his hands<br />

concealing something behind his back. “I<br />

have your present,” he said timidly when<br />

I looked up. I hope you like it.” He held<br />

out his hands, and there lying in his small<br />

palms was a tiny wooden box.<br />

“It’s beautiful, Matthew. Is there<br />

something in it?” I asked. “Oh you can’t<br />

see what’s in it,” he replied, “and you<br />

can’t <strong>to</strong>uch it, or taste it or feel it, but<br />

mother always said it makes you feel<br />

good all the time, warm on cold nights<br />

and safe when you’re all alone.”<br />

I gazed in<strong>to</strong> the empty box. “What is it,<br />

Matthew” I asked gently, “that will make<br />

me feel so good?”<br />

“It’s love,” he whispered softly, “and<br />

mother always said it’s best when you<br />

give it away. So I am giving you mine.”<br />

He turned and quietly left the room.<br />

So now I keep a small box crudely<br />

made of scraps of wood on the piano<br />

in my living room and only smile when<br />

inquiring friends raise quizzical eyebrows<br />

when I explain <strong>to</strong> them there is love in it.<br />

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A Christmas Concert in the Thirties<br />

Whenever I conjure up the Spirit<br />

of Christmas Past it’s invariably<br />

the annual Christmas concert that<br />

materializes. Weeks of frenzied<br />

preparation led up <strong>to</strong> it. Teacherdirec<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

wildly waving scripts,<br />

student-ac<strong>to</strong>rs hamming it up with<br />

half embarrassed bravado and a choir,<br />

as huge as it was unaccomplished,<br />

thundering out carols.<br />

<strong>The</strong> concert gave everyone a welcome<br />

break from chalk-dry subjects. Never<br />

was there a more dedicated group<br />

of thespians. Let decimals and long<br />

division be forgotten. Let participles<br />

dangle. Split the infinitives - full speed<br />

ahead!<br />

To a country girl, the upcoming<br />

concert meant long winter evenings<br />

pondering over the mail order<br />

catalogue. Would the plum velveteen<br />

catch everybody’s eye? Or would<br />

the green taffeta be more dramatic?<br />

Finally, I’d leave the choice up <strong>to</strong> my<br />

mother. Whichever one she picked, I’d<br />

order the other.<br />

On with the rehearsals. Good King<br />

Wenceslas is taking a beating. “No!’’<br />

shrieks the teacher, stamping a highheeled<br />

shoe. “No, no, no. It’s ‘cruel’ not<br />

‘crool’. All <strong>to</strong>gether now.” Obediently<br />

we start again and thunder in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

homestretch “gathering winter fu-u-el.’’<br />

At last we are as ready as we’ll ever<br />

be. <strong>The</strong> big night arrives. Pre-schoolers<br />

are scrubbed and polished, bright eyed<br />

and ready for whatever adventures<br />

lie ahead. Self-conscious in our new<br />

clothes, we leave coats and overshoes<br />

noticeably unfastened as we saunter<br />

out in<strong>to</strong> the cold winter night.<br />

Our dad has the old green truck at<br />

the ready, sending puffs of exhaust<br />

fumes in<strong>to</strong> the frigid air. We kids ride<br />

in the back, under blankets and stars,<br />

singing Jingle Bells at the <strong>to</strong>p of our<br />

lungs. At school, we walk silently<br />

beside our friends, as though seeing<br />

them with their parents makes them<br />

somehow different.<br />

In that enchanted land behind blue<br />

velvet curtains, chaos reigns supreme.<br />

Red-cheeked boys in the blue and<br />

crimson uniforms of <strong>to</strong>y soldiers<br />

march beside angel-girls wearing<br />

starkly coat hanger wings and dresses<br />

made from white crepe paper. An old<br />

lady of twelve adjusts her powdered<br />

wig and practices walking with a cane.<br />

Near the end of the evening, a seven-<br />

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year old boy begins <strong>to</strong> sing Away<br />

in a Manger in a small, clear voice.<br />

He’s holding a shepherd’s staff and<br />

standing beside a cradle containing a<br />

baby doll. <strong>The</strong> light shining down on<br />

his blonde hair makes him look as<br />

though he’s wearing a halo. I can hear<br />

the sound of sniffles and see the flash<br />

of white hankies all over the darkened<br />

audi<strong>to</strong>rium.<br />

When the carol singing ends, we<br />

hear the jangle of bells as Santa Claus<br />

arrives in a flurry of excitement.<br />

Names are shouted out, and the huge<br />

pile of gifts under the corner tree<br />

begins <strong>to</strong> diminish. But the best is yet<br />

<strong>to</strong> come for every child - a bag made of<br />

red cheesecloth tied with golden twine<br />

and bulging with rare and marvellous<br />

treats. Chunky pink creams, peach and<br />

lime-green <strong>to</strong>o, sparkling like pasteltinted<br />

snow crust. Walnuts as big as<br />

ping pong balls. Rosy filberts. Thick,<br />

oval almonds. Rock candy shaped like<br />

little animals. Red and white candy<br />

canes. And an orange! An orange was<br />

something special then. Something <strong>to</strong><br />

be treasured.<br />

Bliss was it in those days <strong>to</strong> be alive.<br />

And <strong>to</strong> be young was heaven.<br />

“He who has<br />

no Christas<br />

in his hear<br />

will never find<br />

Christas<br />

under the tee.”<br />

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