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I'm currently on vacation (planned last spring before Rob and I made the decision to move). Darren and I will be returning to CHFI on Tuesday, December 6th, as I begin my final eight morning shows. If you're interested in reading my reasons for leaving mornings, click here.
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So...this is a little awkward. Last week I told you I'll be saying my goodbyes. And now I'm off on a vacation. Before you go, "Wait, what?" let me explain.
One of the things I may not miss about fading into the background (although there will be a lot to miss) will be constantly biting my tongue. That may sound like a contradition considering I talk for a living and am generally pretty open about what's on my mind and in my heart, but I'm talking about speaking up when service is sub par or a wrong needs to be righted.
I learned something this week: some people don't reuse boxes.
I found out when my radio partner Darren stopped me in my tracks while talking about us having to find some for the second part - the condo end - of our move. I mentioned having found some all bundled up by the curb, fresh off someone else's move. We felt like we'd hit a jackpot that night as we walked home from meditation class; we also found long, lidded boxes outside a florist's store. Perfect! Or so we thought....
Welcome to Tuesday. These are such busy times: one appointment after another as Rob and I get through our list of things to do and people to see before heading off Friday on a rather ill-timed vacation (that's carved in stone because of reservations and tickets paid for) that we booked back in the spring! We're really just trying to get through one day at a time, as we all do, in all ways.
I wish I could tell you that it was a good weekend, but with the birth of a new life for Rob and for me came the terrible pains of saying good-bye to a dream. Yesterday we left the keys and drove away from a home that we built from the ground up.
On the shores of Lake Simcoe, it was the place where we were supposed to have so many joyous occasions and we did get a taste of a few: Lauren's wedding, her baby's first Christmas and my father's 80th birthday.
My Dear Friend -
You may have heard my announcement on CHFI today, Wednesday Nov. 9. Here's all that I have to say...more than I could have gotten through on the radio, but everything that's in my heart. Please take a few minutes to read this. I mean every single word.
In 1988 I came to CHFI to do morning news with Don Daynard. I was 25, he was 54, our ages reflecting the exact demographic that our show was hoping to attract: 25-54.
I'm sorry to do this, but my journal is on hold until 7:30 am. There's something I'm going to share with you, but the radio show will be the place where it's said first. Please come here at 7:30 to read a longer, fuller version of what's in our hearts. There will also be an audio version.
Thank you for coming back - and have a gentle Wednesday.
At long last, after months and years of campaigning, US Election Day is finally here.
I got an email from an irate listener south of the border on Friday asking us not to comment on their election, as it's stressful enough for them. But I had to write back and tell her that - whether she knows it or not - the whole world is watching very carefully and waiting to see if the electorate makes the right decision. The markets are on edge. The fear factor is high. And worst of all, either way the election goes tonight, it's going to be messy.
Wait, hold up Mr. Hood...that was an amazing weekend. Birds, sunshine, leaves even - all golden and hanging on for dear life - I'd say November definitely has had its pluses this year!
I'll let a few pictures and videos do the work today (which means no audio journal) as we share highlights from a spectacular morning (so we're told) at the Oakville show home in the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Dream Home Lottery.
The "Dream Team" is taking our morning radio show on the road today as the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre gets one last big push before its Early Bird Draw Deadline at midnight tomorrow night. Apparently we're their good luck charm, having done the show from their Dream Home last spring just before sales closed. And we're doing it again this season.
I thought you might like to know what happens a little bit behind the scenes when we do something like this.
Do you ever get the feeling you've been put in a specific place at just that right time? That's how I felt yesterday.
Once again, your messages to me are dictating what's in the journal today! After writing of Amy Sky's parents' connection to music, and how their passing coincided with, or was followed closely by, her hearing her own songs on CHFI, I got a number of "me, too" emails.
This one came yesterday and with this being All Saints' Day (which follows Halloween on many religious calendars) I thought you'd enjoy this story as much as I did. I'll call the woman who wrote it N.