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Happy Father’s Day, Dad

on June 15th, 2014 by admin

It’s Father’s Day. A year ago today I was with my parents in their condo, helping out with the parts of their lives that were becoming more difficult. . . cooking, cleaning, paying bills, driving. We had gone to church, of course. It was a rare time when my parents didn’t go to church on [...]

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Where is my mother when I need her?

on August 15th, 2013 by admin

I sit at my mom’s sewing machine. I wonder how long it has been since she used it. A year? Two years? I’m trying to figure out how to thread it. How to set the stitch length. I can’t believe that I am using her machine to modify a pair of her slacks so that [...]

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Break my heart wide open

on June 18th, 2013 by admin

“Where am I?” My mother turns her head towards me, eyes glazed over. “You’re in the University Hospital in Saskatoon.” “Why am I here?” “You fell and broke your hip.” “Why can’t I get up and go home?” “Well, Mom. You can’t actually walk.” “Why not?” “Because they operated on you. You have a new [...]

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Educating Rebecca

on December 13th, 2012 by admin

What do you do when you have a broken leg, find it difficult to navigate the stairs and sidewalk leading out of the house, and have a cast that forces the leg to be extended whenever you sit? I’ve taken to building a comfortable nest around my reclining chair with the food and drink to [...]

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Get a Grip

on December 6th, 2012 by admin

I’ve just moved from my reclining chair to the couch. It takes a little effort. Put the cast back on (fortunately I can take the immobilising brace off when I am sitting around), gather all the things I will want at the new location (water, suduko puzzle, pencil, phone, playbook), place all these things on [...]

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A free landline? Looking at how I communicate.

on November 19th, 2011 by admin

When Shaw called and offered to boost my internet speed and throw in classic cable and a land line for less than what I pay right now, I accepted their offer. Not that I will actually watch much tv or even use the land line. Land line? Who would I call? How would I use [...]

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Picked up BC spotted prawns at the Fish Market on Erie. #yyj

on June 11th, 2011 by admin

Picked up BC spotted prawns at the Fish Market on Erie. #yyj, a photo by Rebecca Kennel on Flickr. Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network

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Overleaf Cafe and Bookshop

on February 26th, 2011 by admin

Hidden away in the Medical building at the corner of Cook and Pandora in Victoria, BC is a little bookshop and cafe, The Overleaf. This snug little space, created by Barbara Julien, is now one year old and is celebrating with a show of gorgeous BIRD ART PHOTOGRAPHY by Elizabeth Woods and Caspar Davis (until end of March) [...]

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A Sestina

on January 13th, 2011 by admin

Thanks to June Swadron for introducing me to the sestina – a repeating style of verse. It is fun. I think I’ll try more. I could say I will do one a day for a month, but I don’t usually follow through on those kinds of promises to myself. I’ll just say I will do [...]

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Traumatized over Christmas Dinner

on December 26th, 2010 by admin

Ann says she talked to a doctor who treated soldiers after WWII. He claimed that little dints appeared several months later in the fingernails of soldiers who witnessed trauma. I will be checking my fingernails in the coming months. It all started with the turkey gravy. It was sick looking broth and Ann knew exactly [...]

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