Category Archives: loss

Things that give us pause…

I haven’t posted here for so long that readers may have assumed I had quit. “Fearless” just couldn’t hack it! I confess to being distracted since January. On April 1st after a 15 year battle with prostate cancer, my brother … Continue reading

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An Uncle like Harold

Harold passed away yesterday morning, which I’d been anticipating for a few years.  But it still seems unfair – as if certain people should live forever. My earliest memory of him goes back to the summer I turned 13.  He’d … Continue reading

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“Do unto others…all the rest is commentary.”

Okay, folks; it’s been a tough-ish few months, I admit.  At times it’s been challenging to focus long enough to write a paragraph. On March 22nd, it was Raymond* whose twinkling eyes and affectionate smile would no longer warm our … Continue reading

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Isabel, then and now…

At times it’s easier to reflect on the past more than  the present because the past contains more pleasure, less sadness (in some ways). Recently I visited my 92-year-old aunt*, whose mental state  – which used to be  sharp for … Continue reading

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The People of the Kattawapiskak River

I sit here in my large, comfortable, well-heated home, almost trembling with reverberation from seeing Alanis Obomsawin’s film, “The People of the Kattawapiskak River” at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto. Every Canadian needs to see it. It’s late, and … Continue reading

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Lost friends #2

Seems to me there’s a lesson learned with each lost friend – as with all of life’s significant experiences. When the friendship is lost through death, there are perhaps different types of lessons, but they are there for the plucking … Continue reading

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The feel of love…

I have  kept the lace jacket for almost 50 years now.  It was made by my mother’s hand, to go with the peau de soie wedding dress she also made for me. I knew she was doing it partly to … Continue reading

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