My Life In Song

I grew up in a musical family. Not just by-the-book kind of musical, but the feel-it-in-your-soul, play-by-ear, never-learned-to-read-music kind of musical.  So I learned to play music.  Technically.  I took piano lessons and got to Grade Five (which, if you’re not a musical person, is actually not too bad), and I sang in the elementary…

{Encore} That Place We Go …

This was originally posted July 26th, 2011. According to family lore, my grandparents had a very eventful honeymoon. “Oh?” I can hear you saying. “How so?” The story goes like this.  After a beautiful ceremony and reception attended by close family and friends, Don & Marie left amid cheers and the clatter of tin cans…

Priceless

I went to a friend’s graduation ceremony today.  Except, it wasn’t just any graduation. When the processional of graduates came in accompanied by bagpipes, I joked with the man next to me about how long the line was.  But the graduates just kept coming.  We were both waiting to take pictures of the graduate we…

Sun and Dust

Sometimes life makes things seem meaningless. But then again, sometimes they are.  From what we can see anyway. The sun beat down, and the dust swirled past my eyes, clinging to my skin, crunching between my teeth.  Precariously perched in the awkward position I had become accustomed to, I held a trowel between my blistered…

Family Dinner

The table is set, the lasagna is hot, I need only to say that single word that will bring our family together for that daily ritual of eating, sharing, laughing and encouraging one another. “Suuupppppeeeerrrr!!” I bellow, standing at exactly the one location that everyone in the house SHOULD be able to hear me, both…

That Place We Go …

According to family lore, my grandparents had a very eventful honeymoon. “Oh?” I can hear you saying. “How so?” The story goes like this.  After a beautiful ceremony and reception attended by close family and friends, Don & Marie left amid cheers and the clatter of tin cans to head off on their honeymoon.  Except…