May 2016

May 31, 2016

Last day of May - we've made it! Tomorrow I have for you a story that could make for a Tim Hortons commercial, but before I suggest anyone shoot it, we'll have to see what the ending is for it first! Today, though, when one of those "work nightmares" comes true.
I bet you've had them: the dreams where you're at work and something you can usually do easily suddenly becomes impossible. For my dad, who was a pilot for a living, it was that the runway lights were suddenly turned off and he couldn't see where to land.

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May 30, 2016

If I'm a little wistful or dreamy today, you'll have to pardon me; as I write, I'm sitting outside on a beautiful summerlike day, listening to cardinals chipping, the squeaking flight of two busy doves building a nest over one of our windows, and the gentle sounds of a day that makes no demands. And, of course, it gives one time to think: about you, about me, about this place I call a journal....

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May 27, 2016

How to make a four day work week feel like two weeks? Add as many events as your day can hold, rinse and repeat. So today, a few notes to wrap it up and swing into the weekend.

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May 26, 2016

Welcome in. It's the 21st century's version of a yard sale. Call today's journal "Kijiji: how to - and how not to - do it."
By now you're familiar with the websites that connect people who are getting rid of stuff with people who need it: Castanet, Craig's List, Kijiji and more. We've sold a few things on Kijiji, bought a few things through it, and have generally had a good experience.

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May 25, 2016

Tonight, I'm hosting a fundraising gala for a very special cause. Not much new there, but it's the way I became involved that's noteworthy.
We were at another event last November, when I was approached by a young woman who asked if I'd consider hosting a spring gala for an organization called Daughters For Life. The irony was almost overwhelming, considering the six months we'd just been through, and I was decidedly noncommittal.

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May 24, 2016
Erin Davis & lilacs

Wasn't that a treat? From start to finish, an incredible (and long overdue) blast of true spring warmth - and talk about timing! Oh, how we have waited. On a weekend that was a treat for the senses, especially the touch of the sun on our skin after so much dreariness this spring, I thought I would share with you a few highlights of a colour-drenched weekend in Ottawa.

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May 20, 2016

Ah, the Friday before a long weekend. Thoughts of sleeping in, eating outside and, at long last, warmer spring weather for a few days. There's nothing like hearing the birds singing before the sun rises until it goes down, especially the chip-chip-chip of cardinals, but today I want to share with you a bird sighting that made my heart soar and sore at the same time.

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May 19, 2016

Don't think I'm nuts - okay, there's a good chance you already do, as do I - but there's an awful lot going on right now that shows the whole "Mercury in retrograde" thing is in full swing. It ends next week, but until then, a couple of things that point towards the cosmos, and a few tips at saving yourself a lot of pain.
It's certainly nothing new; my husband was told about it by a radio engineer decades ago. The man said he always noticed problems - electronic ones - at certain times of the year and linked it to, you got it, Mercury in retrograde.

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May 18, 2016

Twitter was going crazy over a letter than our mayor wrote to CBS Sports execs yesterday and I wanted to share it with you today, along with some of the reaction to it. Of course, being social media, it was mixed. Does no one have a sense of humour any more?

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May 17, 2016

There have been a few very interesting bird encounters in the past few days - one exhilarating, one perplexing - and I thought I'd share the perplexing one with you today. Of course, the fact that it happened last Friday the 13th means that I should have Dateline's Keith Morrison narrating this, but I'll do it instead!
It was Friday and we were finally bunking down for that great late-week nap. The bedroom at the cottage was quiet and dark (thank you, blackout blinds) and we'd been asleep for about an hour when an unfamiliar sound began to enter my dreams.

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May 16, 2016

Well, here we are: second half of May and waiting for the average temperatures of 19 to kick in. After yesterday's flurries (rude!), we're told to be patient. But for now we just look at the blossoms and will them to "hang in there".

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May 12, 2016

Thank you for coming by. I've lots to share with you (so many wonderful "winks" yesterday), but I'm drained of words for this week - at least here, where I've poured out my heart and you've been so kind, so patient, in sharing in this difficult journey.
Today, we hope it begins to get a little easier again. We also hope that words don't fail me on the air; it's time to get back at it (whatever "it" is). But I'll return to writing here on Monday. Thank you for understanding.

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May 11, 2016

Here we are. One year to the day since our world stopped turning. And yet, on we go. Despite the darkest days of winter, we see the leaves and shoots starting to spurt in joyous shades of green. And nature - not cruel, merely indifferent - reminds us that there is always hope, always a rhythm to which the earth keeps moving, whether we will it to stop or not.

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May 10, 2016

I'm not on the air today; perhaps you've noticed and thank you to Michelle Butterly for jumping in with Darren B. Lamb. I thought I could do it, but my body decided to show me who's boss - with a vengeance - and it was determined that it's in my best interests to listen to a voice other than the stubborn one inside that keeps pushing me onward.

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May 9, 2016

Welcome in - and I hope your weekend was good. For me, it was just a rotten Sunday. But perhaps not the the reasons you'd think!
On Thursday, I noticed my neck getting a little sore. I wasn't surprised; I store a lot of my emotions in my neck and shoulders and there's a lot to be stored these days. Friday it was sore again, but rather than go to the chiropractor as I should have done, Rob and I thought the best treatment would be cottage therapy, so we hit the road north.

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May 6, 2016

I've gone back and forth on what to write here to you as we get ready for another first in our lives: Mother's Day. I don't need to tell you the weight of the days ahead, with Lauren passing away just hours after her very first Mother's Day, which fell on May 10 last year.

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May 5, 2016
Rob & Colin at Swiss Chalet

It's about time for another video - a new adventure with this little guy - and that's on the way. First, what would you take if you had to get out?
The devastating stories and pictures out of Fort McMurray, Alberta sparked a conversation in our own home yesterday, and maybe it did in yours. I had actually thought of this a few weeks ago.

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May 4, 2016

Over the past eleven months, Rob and I have received countless messages of kindness, compassion and support. But some have reached out, telling us their own stories of losing a child. And, in so doing, we've been made to step outside of our own grief and think about others who walk this path of sadness, of loss, of recovery and, yes, even of hope.

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May 3, 2016

This may sound strange, but sometimes I forget just how many people hear our radio show or read about our lives here on this website. Sure, there are numbers that I can check daily here or that come to our radio station on a regular basis, but sometimes just in sharing a slice of daily life, you can hope that a message hits home. But you never really know. Yesterday, I found out: yes, it does.

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May 2, 2016

Today I need to share with you a story that drives home (literally, as it happened in a cab) a message we've been getting so clearly over the past eleven months. And I would love, instead of reading, if you'd allow me to tell you in my audio journal. Just click above and enjoy.
It's a message of compassion. A reminder, if you will, that everywhere you turn, people are in need of sympathy, kindness and understanding. And it's a lesson that will help us make it through this month of May.

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