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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day to the women who shaped my life and helped me be who I am today. I love you.   Margaret Maclean Rayfuse Jones, my mother. (Taken in 1956 at Lac du Bonnet, Winnipeg, Manitoba)  Fay Christensen Smith, my foster mother. (taken in 2016 at Calgary, Alberta)  

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone out there.  I feel so blessed this year.  I have a wonderful family, sweet grandchildren, good friends, plenty of food and a comfortable home in a beautiful area where I enjoy so many freedoms.  I have a cute little dog who loves to walk with me.  I am thankful for my… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

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The Gift of Language

Today I was able to spend a lot of time writing. (Over 8.000 words so far for NaNoWriMo!)  I had so much fun! This month as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we stop and think about what we are thankful for.  I have been blessed so much, and just one of the things I am grateful for… Continue reading The Gift of Language

Book Reviews

The Christmas Pony

Book Review:  The Christmas Pony – Kristen D. Randle Xan (Alexandra) lives on a rescue horse farm, where horses and children get second chances. She has a warm, loving family, but she is restless and unhappy, yearning for something bigger in her life than unrequited love and dealing with her family and incompetent ranch hands.… Continue reading The Christmas Pony

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Happy Canada Day!

To all you Canadians out there, Happy Canada Day.  I hope you have a great time with your family and friends, barbequing, swimming, playing games, and all your other activities. I am thankful for my Canadian heritage, for my ancestors who came to Canada seeking a fresh start, freedom, and adventure.  Some were farmers and… Continue reading Happy Canada Day!

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On Gratitude

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...” So Charles Dickens begins A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859. As I look back on my life, I discover the same thing. Each phase is made up of both good and bad experiences, and what we take from both becomes our… Continue reading On Gratitude

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I hope you enjoy your feast today.  I'm busy making a pecan yam casserole and green bean casserole to complement the turkey.  This is a day to gather with family and friends and express gratitude for all we have.  So here are 26 things that I am grateful for (not necessarily… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

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Simple Gifts

Today a friend reminded me that amid the storms of life you have to stop and be grateful for the little things.  So I sat down and started to think back.  Immediately, vignettes burst into brilliant color in my memory.  On Sunday, I sat down with my class of Four-year-olds, and one little girl smiled… Continue reading Simple Gifts

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Music, please.

Music has been woven through the fabric of my entire life. When I was a child, my father formed a country and western band. They drove all over Alberta performing, and he played the drums. I was very familiar with his favorite country stars, such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash.… Continue reading Music, please.