Back to normal?

Back to normal?

“Won’t it be great when we can get back to normal?” How often did you hear that as the COVID-19 virus disease has dragged on from what was originally thought would be a two-month outbreak to a full-blown, 18-month pandemic? The desire to “get back to normal” is so strong that many Canadian jurisdictions are…

Chickadee grace
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Chickadee grace

As I write this from Edmonton, Alberta, it’s looking to be a long, cold winter exacerbated by a pandemic that requires limited human-to-human contact. Normally our house is full on Christmas Day with our children, their partners and grandchildren, as well as a couple of dogs. Tables are stretched, extra chairs are hauled up from…

An uneasy Christmas
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An uneasy Christmas

“Let’s pack this Christmas issue, our last of the year, with uplifting content” (Angela Reitsma Bick, CC Editor, in her pre-Christmas email to columnists). I have always had an uneasy relationship with Christmas. Perhaps that stems from my childhood upbringing in a conservative Dutch Canadian Reformed family. We went out of our way to distance…

The Mail

The Mail

Writers write to be read. I’m not always certain that anyone reads my monthly columns but, from time-to-time, I’m pleasantly surprised to receive responses from you about something I’ve written either by means of a letter to the editor, an email or a personal comment.