Category Archives: experience

The auntie thing…

As my nephew and I sat on the back deck drinking beer, watching the trees, and discussing the state of the world, I remembered my relationship with Aunt Mabel, when I was his age – mid twenties. We’ve lived nearby … Continue reading

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A little democracy….

One of the things I love about  Alternative Grounds (the café where I spend most mornings), is the egalitarian, democratic attitude of the patrons. I just enjoyed a discussion with one of the city’s maintenance workers  about Iceland  and how … Continue reading

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Omar

Omar.   He spoke English, French, German Arabic and Russian well, and a few others passably.   Born in Jordan of ‘ethnic Russian’ parents, he was my ‘exotic flame’. Omar’s passion at the time was writing plays, and he supported himself as … Continue reading

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Imperfection welcome

I am wearing a simple ring that I made possibly 25 years ago.  For decades it lay in the dark, unworn, because it was a failed, imperfect piece.   It was hidden, in the same way I hid occasional creations – … Continue reading

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Reality check…

Here’s a sad but true fact of life:  everyone farts, and no one looks good flossing.  Once you accept that reality,  the world is your oyster. You can look in the mirror, and realize you are perfectly normal.  No matter what. … Continue reading

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Witness to poverty #2

I first met June when she arrived in my grade five class at Bronx Park School.  Fresh off the boat from Scotland, her accent was so thick we could barely understand her and she made us laugh a lot.   She and … Continue reading

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Longing, before…

When I was young, longing was a weakness – a character flaw.  One would sooner express anything embarrassing, than admit to any kind of longing. Instead we admitted nothing,  closed our eyes in the dark, and listened to the poetry … Continue reading

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