Category Archives: It Really Did Happen!

The crumbs and animal hair of real life.

Progressives and Pleasure-Ways

During our stay in New Brunswick, Deb and I camped at an oceanfront campground. Unfortunately, the oceanfront was primarily reserved for RVs and trailers while our tent was relegated to what wasn’t so much “front of ocean” as “back of … Continue reading

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Sharks are the least of your worries, Mom

Before Deb and I left (alone!) for our vacation in New Brunswick, my mother sent an email warning that sharks now frequent the Bay of Fundy, our destination, including great white sharks, even in shallow water. Also, there are seahorses … Continue reading

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ABBA über alles

The first album I ever bought was by Valdy, a barely remembered Canadian folk artist, and it wasn’t even the album with that one hit. I have no idea what prompted me to buy it. I mean, Side 1 was … Continue reading

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Vehicular mans-laughter

Story one: We’ve been thinking of buying a pickup. We’re always moving kids back and forth, we’re considering getting kayaks, and, besides, doesn’t everyone secretly want a pickup? So I’ve been looking online, and by “online” I mean “lazily browsing … Continue reading

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Oil spill

It’s never good news when you walk into the kitchen and find your child wiping the floor. In this case, I had come in from the garden and found Abby on her hands and knees with a dish towel. I … Continue reading

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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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