Erin's Journals

May 18, 2018

First of all, I want to wish you a very happy Victoria Day Weekend and a welcome to the unofficial kickoff of summer! Here in the Okanagan, where it's been in the upper 20s and low 30s, we've already had more than our share, so, fill your boots!
 

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May 17, 2018

Sometimes you make it into your forties, fifties, sixties, even beyond, and you see something that makes you wonder: now, why the heck didn't I think of that? I'm not talking the internet or virtual currency or even a pop machine that gives you about a hundred different drink choices with the push of a button. No, what I mean is much simpler. So obvious that you wonder how on earth it never occurred to you. In a moment, I'll share a few examples with you.
 

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May 16, 2018

For some folks, there's no place like home. Mike Cooper, my former radio partner, says that even as a kid, he'd be on vacation with his folks and the moment they arrived he wanted to know "when are we going home?" Not me. I love hotels, motels, the adventure of booking them and, of course, checking reviews (and having my say as roberin on Trip Advisor).
 

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May 15, 2018
San Juan Island, WA

 
I hope this day finds you in good spirits. Come on along as we continue our road trip, won't you? 
 

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May 14, 2018
Friday Harbor, WA

 
Welcome to a brand new week and let me start by saying I hope that you had a lovely Mother's Day. If you were without a child or children, I was thinking of you; not for a moment in my writing last week did I forget that there are so many others who walk this path with me as a bereaved mom.
 

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May 11, 2018
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May 10, 2018

Three years.
 
Three years ago today was our daughter's last day on this earth and it's one for which we will forever be grateful: a day spent celebrating her first Mother's Day with her sweet little son and her kind and loving husband.
 
Of course, so very much has changed since that day and, as I stressed in yesterday's journal, our challenge - our life's work now - is to find the positive in every day that we are given. This week, our tiny part of the universe helped to make that task just a little easier. Such beautiful timing!
 

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May 9, 2018

I'm going to call today's journal Wednesday Wisdom, although truthfully these words - not mine, mind you - are Monday Motivation, Tuesday Truth, Saturday Sanity - you name it. 
 
They come from the Dalai Lama. And although these words hit home when I first read them Monday, they hit even harder yesterday. I'd just come out of the studio after recording two-plus hours for a series of children's books. To say it went well was an understatement and I am just so excited about this project.
 

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May 8, 2018

We're learning a new language these days, you and I, and I wonder if you've noticed it in the way you type your communications with people of another generation. We sure have. 
 
Let me try something out on you. Someone says, "Sorry, I made a mistake in that last email. I've corrected it and you should be okay to go ahead now with no more problems."
 
You reply, "Thanks a lot."
 

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May 7, 2018

Here we go: the week that has our daughter's death date on Friday and then Mother's Day on Sunday. To say that May carries with it an extra heaviness is an understatement, but we will, to quote a song title from our favourite Beatles album (Abbey Road), "Carry That Weight." 
 

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May 4, 2018

Ah, yes, Star Wars Day. "May the Fourth Be With You," and all of that. I confess to having fallen into that little hammock of wordplay: March 10 is "Mario Day" (MAR10)...July 10th is "Julio Day" and so on. I just like dates and numbers and silliness like that. I always said, too, that March Fourth was the only day of the year to tell you what to do, although, to be fair, March First might well have fit that narrative, too. The point is, I'm a word geek.
 

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May 3, 2018

"Go make money talking!" Those were the last four words as my sister and I hung up the other night; she was heading to bed to get ready for an early morning seminar at her retail job and I had just been summoned to my booth by Rob to please come and do an audition. That's the thing with freelance work: you leap when the opportunity arises, to be one of the first hopefuls in on a job. And maybe - just maybe - you'll be the one to get it, out of the 200 who tried. 
 

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May 2, 2018

I started this journal no fewer than three times today and ended up saving the other two ideas - several paragraphs' worth - for journals down the road. May can leave me looking inwards an awful lot, so I'll be happy to have a few in my back pocket to share with you that don't have to do with love, loss, Lauren and Mother's Day. To the saved file they go!
 

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May 1, 2018

You have heard of the Six Degrees of Separation that we all have among us - or even from Kevin Bacon - but on Friday night we learned that one man linked Rob and our dinner guest, and had changed both of their lives for the better. You probably won't be surprised to learn it was a teacher.
 

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April 30, 2018

Here we are, final day of April. The last few days have been filled with a familiar bit of dread in our house, as Rob has had the dining room table covered with bits and pieces of paper. Yes, the tax deadline is here.
 

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April 27, 2018
Sidney, BC

 

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April 26, 2018

Oh, I've missed being in Toronto this week. I've missed being with you, feeling connected, listening to your thoughts and hearing your grief and stories of hope. I've missed seeing for myself in real time the outpouring of kindness and commemoration, of steely determination and softened sadness. Yes, of course, I'm online (probably too much) and can watch Toronto television from out here on the west coast. But it's not the same. I am there with you, though. 
 

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April 25, 2018

Like you, I have a lot to try to sort through as we learn more about the motive and the madness that went into Monday's devastation and horror. While we all try to do that, I'll share with you a journal I had prepared to run yesterday. Like so much of the conversation surrounding Toronto's horror, it is a reminder of connection and of the things that matter most in this life: love and kindness. E.
 
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Two blue suitcases.
 

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April 24, 2018

Ever since that perfect late summer day of 2001 was shattered by a spate of evil like North America had never seen before, I have wondered. I wondered how Toronto would fare in the aftermath of an attack - domestic or foreign, terrorist or otherwise - and what we, whose job it was to talk with those who suffered in fear and sadness, would say. 
 

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April 23, 2018

I'll call today's journal the Great Canadian Guilt Trip. And I think I might have been on it the past month or so. Here's what I mean: I realize, thanks to stats from my journal website that deal with times that it is read and listened to, that a majority of the people who come here every week are visiting from the eastern time zones.
 

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