School Lunches

During my early formative years in elementary, we lived right next door to my school, which meant I went home for lunch. I grew up in a quiet, english speaking suburb on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec.  You could only stay at school for lunch if you lived farther away or had no one […]

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It Can Always Be Worse

My feet suddenly slid out from under me, and I crashed down to ground with a “thud”.  Stunned, I sat in the thick mud puddle, trying to figure out what the hell happened.  Did I break anything?  My legs were splayed out to the side and my left hand was buried in the sludge on […]

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30 New Experiences

Did I post my 1 Second Everyday video here?  I know I put it up on Facebook … but #chemobrain has fogged out whether I put it up here.  1 Second Everyday is a phone app which let’s you mash a couple of seconds of video together.  The premise is that you take video every […]

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Dawn of a New Year – 5778

Shanah Tovah!   Yesterday – at sundown – was the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.  The sun dawned this morning in the new year of 5778 according to the Jewish Calendar. My middle name is Dawn. 5777 signified – to me – a blessed year.  Five symbolizes God’s grace.  The number five shows […]

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Relaxed to Rad

Ahhhh.  Can you feel it?  The heat of summer has slipped away, only to return for a last hurrah.  The welcome warmth after a cold spell.  Sun.  Heat.  Humidity.  Solar radiation.  People smile and say “Summer is finally here!”  I nod and sniffle with my hayfever and scratch my wig covered head.  Humidity makes me uncomfortable […]

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The Resilience Factor

While once having a deep and philosophical 5-hour telephone conversation with a potential date, we discussed the role of resilience in our lives. He had suffered huge losses. Marriage breakdown with a wife from Japan who wanted to go back, and take their 10-year-old daughter with her. He loved them both enough to say yes. […]

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September Blues

There is something different about a blue sky in September.  Perhaps – like polarized sunglasses – the approaching equinox changes the light.  The blue deepens.  There is less glare from summer heat waves.  The sky is cloudless.  And empty.  And eerie. TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival – was in town, as it always is […]

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