October 2018

November 1, 2018

Hello from the road. From Kingston we go today to Ottawa at long last to spend time with our sweet four-year-old Colin. His Halloween costume yesterday was perfection: a Mountie! I wish we'd been with him for trick-or-treating, but it was too hard a push. Maybe another year?
 

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October 31, 2018
Debbie Cooper sign

 
I love that quote. I had it at the ready in case I was crying yesterday but managed not to need it. Well, mostly...!
 

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October 30, 2018

I'm sorry - I thought that I would have an entirely new journal for you today. Instead, I am here in Toronto, getting set for a funeral. I have written and rewritten something I want to say about the parting of a dear friend - her life, her love, her immense spirit - but sharing it here before I say it at her funeral just doesn't seem to fit.
 
So here's what I'll do: I'll share with you a very special piece of writing that someone sent my way. It is attributed alternately to Rev. Luther F. Beecher and Henry Van Dyke; it depends which part of the internet you believe. 

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October 29, 2018

What a weekend. Just when you think the insanity is going to take a breather after they find a suspect in a rash of bombings, we learn Saturday of the shooting tragedy at a synagogue that claims 11 women and men aged 54 to 97 years old. The sadness out of Pittsburgh is palpable, even though the anger and rhetoric just keep building, despite brief and unkept promises by a so-called leader that he'd "tone it down."
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 26, 2018

Well, we come to the end of a week that is just so filled with emotions that it's difficult to put them into words: vast sadness, deep gratitude and so much in between. I know that it's Friday and you'd undoubtedly like to start off your weekend on a happy note. I hope that this week's remembrances of Debbie have also given you reasons to smile. 
 

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October 25, 2018

Oh, my.... I have to thank you for your overwhelming support of Mike, Christopher and Sarah Cooper over the passing of dear wife and mom Deborah. They have thanked me - and you - for that journal and the responses yesterday. I know from personal experience just how far support like this can go; the quiet hugs and thoughts from people we've maybe never even met can mean so very much at a desperately sad time.
 

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October 24, 2018
Deborah Cooper 
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October 23, 2018

Welcome in to this Tuesday. Do you ever have something happen to you that makes you wonder just what it is you have encountered and what, if anything, it means? I have two examples to share with you of incidents that made me shake my head and think, Who are these people and how is it that I just had a friendly exchange with them?
 
I'll tell you one that happened about two months ago. We were in our local grocery store and I got overly excited about seeing a flavour of ice cream that was new to me. 
 

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October 22, 2018

Welcome to a brand new week and I hope you're getting set to vote! Our municipal elections were held on Saturday here in BC. Has there ever been one on a weekend in Ontario in recent memory, I wonder? Good luck to all - may the best man or woman win - and here's to grateful real estate agents who will happily rule the curbs once again with their signs instead of those of all of the candidates! Today, as so many look ahead to new governments, I'd like to reflect, if you will, on the weekend.
 

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October 19, 2018

On the road again...and a ferry...and off we go to the mainland! Tonight marks sort of a quiet "coming out" party as the Vancouver Writers' Festival continues. Rob and I have been invited to a little soirée that HarperCollins is throwing and we decided that we'd just dive right in. I'm not going to know a soul there except for the VP of Publishing (my guardian angel through all of this) but we'll give it a go.
 

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October 18, 2018

I'm hearing of snow and ice pellets in my former home province. I thought today maybe you could use something a little warming to the soul. It's a story that will perhaps even put a song in your heart for a bit today. There's a story on the BBC that I came across recently and it rang so many bells I thought I was living near a fire hall. This is surely going to resonate with you on some level, too.
 

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October 17, 2018

Well, that was a surprise: went to see A Star is Born a second time. I haven't seen a movie twice in close succession like that since Dunkirk. But we were in downtown Sidney, BC (our closest town), it was $6 matinee Tuesday and we had nothing to do. Perfect. And better still, I enjoyed it more the second time around, having a new appreciation for the music and Bradley Cooper's massive achievements in that area, as well as direction and acting. Of course, Gaga left us gaga again.
 

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October 16, 2018

So, tomorrow's a big day - good or bad, depending on your take - in Canadian history. Actually, in world history: we're only the second nation on Earth (besides Uruguay) to fully legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. In case you've been under a rock (or are already an overly enthusiastic user) you probably know that as of tomorrow...well, I'll let this post, courtesy CBC, fill you in.

Adults in Canada will be legally allowed to:

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October 15, 2018

Welcome to a brand new week! Here on Vancouver Island, we've been treated over the past few days to blue skies and temperatures in the low teens: chilly enough for a spring day, but warm enough in the fall that you can't resist the call of the convertible!
 

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October 12, 2018

Well, what a fun - if shortened - week that was! And if it ever seems as if I'm complaining when I write about travel (including the journal a few weeks back when someone refused to put his phone on airplane mode) please don't get me wrong. As I wrote on Tuesday, I'm truly pursuing what I hoped this chapter in my life would bring. But that doesn't say it isn't without speed bumps and they're things I love to bring to your attention.
 

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October 11, 2018

This is a day that is so filled with love and joy and bittersweet memories that I hardly know how to process it all. So, as always, I'll focus on the positive: thoughts of how incredibly happy this day was four years ago.
 

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October 10, 2018

Hello from wintry Winnipeg. We don't have the snow here that greeted us during a brief transfer in Calgary yesterday (briefer than planned, as my WestJet flight was uncharacteristically late in taking off from Victoria), but it's cold - near freezing. Honey, I am not ready for this! But the reception last night from folks at CREA was warm enough to keep me cozy all the way home.
 

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October 9, 2018

I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend. Ours was spent with friends and extended family and it was boisterous and spirited and wonderful. We couldn't ask for more. We even got to take home leftovers!
 
After a joyously social weekend, this work week begins on a busy note: provided snow in Calgary (where I'm catching a connecting flight) doesn't get in the way, I'm on my way to Winnipeg this morning for another in the Canadian Real Estate Association series of talks.
 

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October 5, 2018

There are many things in this life - this rich, varied, glorious and painful life - that I am thankful for this weekend and always. But if you're like me, chief among those things are people. Those who love us. Those who support us. Those who understand, tolerate, entertain and encourage us. Those who make our lives better simply by being there, either in person or in spirit.
 

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October 4, 2018

I thought I'd take a turn today with a bit of a laugh: something that happened that I was telling my sister about and she was doubled over in laughter. So I figured I should share it with you - and add that I'm glad I can laugh at it now, too!
 

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October 3, 2018

Last week when my dad and sister made the nearly one-hour flight from the interior of BC (Kelowna) to visit Rob, Molly and me here near Victoria, we had another constant visitor in our house. Or, more aptly visitors: Jake Tapper. Anderson Cooper. Don Lemon. Chris Cuomo. The anchors and interviewers on CNN.
 

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October 2, 2018

Sometimes the weather gods decide to give you a big, fat break and that's exactly what happened to us last week in our tiny corner of the world.
 

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