You Can Do Anything…Maybe

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So I’m sitting here in the living room watching the eighth inning of the World Series. I’m not really a baseball fan, but Darcy is and it’s been a long day and I’m too lazy to go do something else. So I sit and I watch. Boston pulls their pitcher and puts in John Lackey. […]

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The Last Slice

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I started writing Slice of Life over 22 years ago in June of 1991. I had just completed a creative writing course at the local college. We all wrote under a pen name to make the group critiques more honest and perhaps less shameful to endure. I wrote the first three chapters of a heart wrenching […]

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Dancing in the Hurricane

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I am rapidly approaching one of those so-called milestone birthdays. The kind that end in a five or a zero; or in this case one that begins with a five and ends with a zero. I am only days away from turning half a century old. As my grandma used to say whenever something amazed […]

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Gaudy Garden Gumshoes

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While I always admire a nice pair of shoes I am not your typical shoe gal. Working out of a home office and spending my downtime in the garden does not require fancy footwear. I do try to keep a pair of decent shoes for when I go to town–which isn’t often–or out on the […]

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Spring Cleaning in August

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In my last column I talked about plans for our as-of-yet not-quite-finished honey house. While it awaits its future use, the building has become something of a catch-all. There is nothing more magnetic than an empty building. Bee equipment has been joined by an old television set, boxes of wool, buckets, hoes, shovels, rakes, boxes […]

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A Sticky Situation

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The building we have dubbed “the honey house” is the one where we store my bee equipment and where I one day intend to extract honey. We still need to put on the soffit and fascia and do some finish work on the inside before the building is reasonably bee-proof; and when you’re extracting honey […]

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What is the name of that song…

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  There are a lot of jobs that aren’t as easy as they look. So-called dream jobs that most wouldn’t consider jobs at all. Like singing. Who hasn’t entertained the idea of being a rock star? Arriving in a shiny bus or private plane and walking out on the stage to a screaming audience. Being […]

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Salt, Sugar, Fat; It’s All about That

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As a kid I always found the commercials for both Frosted Flakes and Kool-Aid a little terrifying. Waking up to find a tiger in your kitchen is never a good thing. Yet no one screamed or tried to phone animal control or worried about getting their heads chewed off. Instead they ignored the whole situation […]

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You Can’t Eat a View

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Growing up on a ranch was wonderful; wide open spaces, horseback riding, and the intoxicating smell of freshly cut hay on a summer afternoon. Those are the things I remember most. Of course, farming also meant isolation, sick animals and the nauseating sight of a crop ruined by hail, rain or drought. Farming can be […]

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This isn’t Camping

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Our first RV as a young couple was a tent. It came with a gazillion interlocking poles that had to fit together just so. Setting it up was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. If we were late arriving at the campsite we had to put it together by flashlight. It was a good thing […]

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We Are All Addicted to Something

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The loss of Glee star Cory Monteith at the age of 31 to an overdose of heroin and alcohol is heartbreaking. Here is a guy who had it all by North American standards; a flourishing career, a beautiful girlfriend, money, fame and what promised to be a brilliant future. All this and a humble personality […]

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Save the Lemonade Stand!

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Saturday August 10th is Lemonade Freedom Day; a day where people all over North America are encouraged to set up a lemonade stand to exercise their right to sell lemonade without a license. The idea is to make people aware that voluntary exchange is not a crime. It certainly is a grey area. As, I […]

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Not a Barter Queen

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I suck at garage sales. When it comes to bargain hunting I have a split personality. Or maybe split isn’t even right. It’s more of a fragmented one. I love a great bargain but feel guilty if I pay too little. I have the bartering skills of a chimpanzee. For me, the most dreaded words […]

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For the Birds

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This last week has been for the birds; first the tanager in the greenhouse that I talked about last week, and now a flicker woodpecker. Here’s what happened. I was bustling about the garden in my usual state of hair straight back not knowing if I found a rope or lost my horse. As I […]

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Mittens in June

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It is 26 degrees in June and I am heading to the greenhouse wearing a pair of barely-worn elbow length faux leather mittens I picked up at a garage sale a couple days ago. I knew I’d get good use out of them, I just thought it would be in November. And yes, I do […]

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Making Music Any Way You Can

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I come from a musical family. My grandfather and his brother played in a band—or orchestra as it was called back then. They often provided the music at the community hall for dances. My father plays “by ear”. He doesn’t read sheet music but is able to listen to a tune and pick it out […]

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I Left My Ice Cream in San Francisco

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  I had an opportunity to visit San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Between work and keeping up with things around here we rarely go anywhere, so despite being the busiest time of the year for gardening—not to mention work—I couldn’t resist. I have a good friend and neighbour who checks in on our horses […]

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Hello? That is all.

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Hello, hello, hello!  Interesting how this common greeting wasn’t even recognized as a word until the early 1820’s. And back then people used it as an exclamation rather than a salutation, as in “Hello, what do we have here?” Hello as a salutation came about during the late 1800’s following the invention of the telephone.  […]

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Feeling Crabby? Look Inside

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If you drop a crab into a bucket it will usually manage to climb back out. However, if you drop two crabs into a bucket the first crab to attempt to climb out will be pulled back down by the other. When you have a bucketful of crabs you don’t even need to worry about […]

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Four Seasons? Pffft!

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Ask people why they choose to live in the north and chances are—if it isn’t work related—they will tell you they enjoy experiencing all four seasons. I have said the same thing myself. However, after almost half a century of living and loving life in the north, I realize we rarely get four seasons. Usually […]

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