Category Archives: It Really Did Happen!

The crumbs and animal hair of real life.

A sizzling heap of…

Considerate person that she is, Deb offered the man with only two items to go ahead of us at the grocery checkout. But first, a condition: “You’re not getting lottery tickets, are you?” she asked. The man, one of our … Continue reading

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Driveway food for the ages

It’s a bumper crop for driveway food at the Murray house. Running along the southwest edge of the driveway – just this side of the abandoned basketball hoop and not to be confused with the (presumably) non-edible weeds dominating the … Continue reading

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My neighbour, cancer

As a writer, I strive for accuracy. So it’s been a bit of a struggle to find the right expression to describe my life since prostate surgery six months ago. Am I living with cancer? No, the cancer is out … Continue reading

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Notes from an ongoing territorial dispute with the cats

Background The queen-size bed situated within the master bedroom (hereinafter known as the Territory) has been officially occupied by two economic partners for more than two decades, and clear title and ownership of said Territory is undisputed, with divisions between … Continue reading

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Finding some direction

My high school piano teacher would often become exasperated with me, and not just for the usual reasons that go along with being an exasperating teenage smart ass (me, not my piano teacher). She would become exasperated when I couldn’t … Continue reading

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The Haskell and The Beatles: In Search of a Meeting That Never Happened

In preparation for my play, All Together Now, based on the local legend that the former Beatles almost met at the Haskell Free Library, I’m sharing an article I researched and published in the Stanstead Historical Society Journal in 2017. … Continue reading

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Might as well face it, you’re addicted to tubs

I’m somewhat reluctant to broach this subject because it’s not a particularly masculine one, but let’s be honest: that ship sailed a long time ago to the tune of poetry readings and beloved standards of American musical theatre. So here’s … Continue reading

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