September 2018

September 28, 2018

Welcome to Friday. It's felt like a month at times, but we've made it to the end of the week. And it's been one with plenty of highs to match some of the hardest lows (like yesterday's Kavanaugh hearings). I'd like to share with you a couple of them.
I got a special tweet on Wednesday. After he or she read my journal about the wisdom of being who you're meant to be, @childoftheuniv5 sent me a screen grab of a tweet that he or she said made him or her think of me. Thank you for this: in it are the words above from Vancouver Fire Chief Darrell Reid.

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September 27, 2018

Thank you so much for your birthday wishes yesterday. I am humbled and touched by your kindness.
I thought today, since I am entertaining my dad and younger sister from Kelowna, I'd borrow from the upcoming book Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy (due out Feb. 26 2019 HarperCollins). Why? Because it's a memory of my favourite birthday. And it happened six years ago yesterday. I'll be back tomorrow to wrap up the week with you with just about the funniest ad I've ever read - from a local buy and sell site. You'll love it. 

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September 26, 2018

First of all, I want you to join me in wishing Olivia Newton-John a happy 70th birthday. As you probably read recently, she's fighting a new battle with cancer. If anyone can win, it's Olivia. Please send love. I've always remembered her birthday because I happen to share it. Oh, and statistically? This is the most common birthdate on the planet. I'm afraid my parents were just a bit predictable....

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September 25, 2018

You've seen ads like these. They are everywhere. 

Bogus ad


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September 24, 2018

My thoughts - and yours, too, I'm sure - are with the people of the Ottawa region who were hit so hard by two tornadoes on Friday. As I write this, Phil, Brooke and Colin are safe and cozy at home in one of the areas affected by the storms, but are in Day 3 without power. That's a lot of wasted food, I'm afraid. And they're without WiFi, too, which Brooke tells me is the hardest part.

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September 21, 2018

Welcome in - and why not a Friday free-for-all today? After a week of travel, adventures and mishaps of my own making, I wanted just to wrap (and clear) a few things up.
I posted a picture of a heart-shaped bruise on Facebook on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, I didn't say it was a bruise (just a reflection of how we all can feel at times) and some thought it was a melanoma. I love how caring you can be and am grateful for the advice and concern. 

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September 20, 2018

And hello from the beautiful Hotel Saskatchewan. After a two-hour flight yesterday from Vancouver (following ten minutes in the air on an ocean/puddle jumper from Victoria) I arrived at Regina's airport. Quite similar to that in Kelowna, I didn't really have a chance to take in its offerings (but will today as I fly out early this afternoon).

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September 19, 2018

Well hello! It's funny how this "reWirement" thing has been working out: months after I'd decided to call it a wrap on my radio career, a publisher comes to me out of the blue with an idea that I should write a book.

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September 18, 2018

Oh, the irony: I'm in a time zone where shows like the Emmy Awards begin at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and are done by 8, and I have no alarm set for 3:30 am to get up and talk about them! Ah well. Hope you enjoyed last night's show, if you even remembered to watch. With so many non-network offerings out there, it's not surprising that TV awards shows are seeing their ratings slide. It's likely a direct correlation with viewership of regular network shows.

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September 17, 2018

Welcome to a brand new week! Not often this year have I felt a twinge of envy about the weather in the place I used to call home, but hearing about temperatures in the upper 20s made me a little wistful. While we were treated to two days of on and off rain (mostly on), I still couldn't complain: Alberta had snow last week and it's still summer! And, of course, one needs only turn on the news to see how a few days of intermittent rain is nothing like what's happening in other parts of the world. I love a tweet from former CBS news anchor Dan Rather yesterday:

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September 14, 2018

Well, it's Friday. And how are you spending your weekend? Perhaps taking part in one of the many Terry Fox runs that are happening across Canada and around the world? If you are, I wish you sunny skies, comfortable shoes and good luck.

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September 13, 2018

Well, here we are at Thursday. I know this week's journals have been a bit on the heavy side with the emotions that accompanied Lauren's bench installation and then yesterday's letter from Barbara about her friend's medically assisted death. I was astounded to see that every email, Facebook post and Tweet was in support of MAID.

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September 12, 2018

Unless you've been extremely fortunate, you have loved someone who has died by suicide; in my own family, a close relative has attempted to take his own life at least twice in the past few years. The struggle to save him, to make him want to live, continues.

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September 11, 2018
 Sidney, BC

So many memories of this day 17 years ago. We have an understanding of loss now that we could not have imagined when terror hit US soil on 9/11 and our hearts are with those whose grief knows no end.

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September 10, 2018

Well, hello there! Hope you had a restful weekend, as the process of "getting back to" continues in so very many lives. It's as if, with the flip of a calendar, the weather also flipped a switch: from slathering on sunscreen to layering with windbreakers and vests in about a day. We follow Toronto weather, of course, and couldn't help noticing pleas for school air conditioning amidst record-breaking September temperatures one day, and lamentation about the onset of sweater weather just a few days later.

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September 7, 2018

How can a short week feel so full, so busy? I guess as everyone settles into the "new normal" that the first week after Labour Day brings, I'll tie up a few loose ends here today, too. How's that sound?

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September 6, 2018

Do you remember where you were 30 years ago today? How about 13? In both cases, I can tell you exactly where I was: shaking like a leaf, starting at CHFI. First in 1988 and then again in 2005. This date is a very special one in our lives.

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September 5, 2018

It's Wednesday already! And, oh, I love your notes and emails. Yesterday, after the journal that I freestyled about the first day "back to" everything, I got the most wonderful private Facebook note. It comes from a woman named Karen and this story should go viral, it's so beautiful. But I'm just fine that it stays among us!

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September 4, 2018

"Welcome back, welcome back, welcome ba-a-a-ack...." How many years did we start an hour or a show with that refrain of the theme from TV's Welcome Back Kotter? More than I can count. But it still resonates today. It's a day of butterflies and excitement, seeing your crush again after a long - too long - summer apart and finding out who grew a shadow of a moustache (likely me) or if your bestie was going to be in your class. 

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