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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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How do I recognize a friend?

Well first, I love his company. I look forward To seeing him anon. I am enriched By spending time with him. And when confused, I wonder what he’d say. When happy, With him I share my joy. When he’s in … Continue reading

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That moment…

That moment The moment that affects all others That choosing of a different shade of life. The hair, a filament, That splits before and after. The root Of hesitation.

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How much I would miss her…

It’s been a sad few months, more so in the past few weeks, watching a mysterious cancer rage through my friend’s body.  I have kept expecting her to get better – she’s always seemed so strong and tough.  So much … 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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Reflections on a friendship…

At a cottage by a lake on the Precambrian shield we four longtime friends spent this weekend together.    Raising our children, we sometimes even lived in the same neighbourhood.  Over the years, we shared many concerns, cheers and tears.   Now … 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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Friendship is blind…

Sometimes I look back in wonder and appreciation for the people who’ve contributed to who I am today.  I owe so much to individuals who’ve come into my life and shared their thoughts and feelings, their experiences and insights. One … Continue reading

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Attack of stigma…

I have asked what changes we might be willing to make, as neighbours, as friends, as relatives, as a society, that would contribute to eliminating stigma*.  I didn’t ask the question because I had an answer, but because I wanted … Continue reading

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Open = Danger?

How open can I be? What are the dangers? Is being open a little like standing out on a balcony and shouting out to the world a plea to be rescued from myself? Is being open a pretense, a wish … Continue reading

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