Merry Christmas from my little piece of the #notrealworld

Checking the kitchen counter quickly one last time, I grabbed the leash from the hook on the wall and whispered to Rollo to come. Time for his last bathroom trip of the night, he quietly walked to the door waiting for me to get my flip flops on, looking at me eagerly with his big …

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‘Twas the night before Christmas….’

... Passed on by a dear friend 😉 'Twas the night before Christmas...   'Twas the night before ChristmasAnd all through the land,Pipelines ran everywhereExactly as planned. LNG sat in stockpilesOn the shores of the bayJust waiting for tankersTo haul them away. Princess Christy was lyingAll snug in her bed,While visions of revenueDanced in her head. When she heard jolly …

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“A gift from the heart” – 2013 edition.

It's no secret to scientists and psychologists that scent can trigger memories as vivid and real as the day they were created. Although my maternal grandfather died more than 12 years ago, pulling his suspenders out of the bag I keep them in engulfs me in a scent of Old Spice and Players cigarettes so …

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“Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.” ~ unknown.

"At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." ~ …

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BC Government denies cancelling gifts for kids in care

A joint effort today, proving that when the going gets tough... the bloggers get going!  It started with a really pointed post at The Gazetteer, picked up over with the  indomitable Ian Reids, continued with a new tip and email here on my site and was carried on over at Norm's.... And the Ministry of Children and …

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Two precious gifts – one of hope… the other of healing.

As I wrote last weekend, in the annual re-post of " A gift from the heart " - the story of how an anonymous Christmas gift provided me with something far more precious than soap - the most valuable gifts are always ones given from the heart. Little did I know, when I posted that story, that …

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Who’s been naughtiest in B.C. Politics?

  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/laila-yule/santas-naughty-list-bc-liberals_b_2252877.html "The holiday season is here and children everywhere are writing to Santa, hoping that they haven't made the naughty list. It turns out that it's not only children who should be worried this year! I received a tip recently from a source in the North Pole and Santa is more than a little …

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One from the archives,to get into the spirit of Christmas… ” A gift from the heart.”

As an adult, I think I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Christmas. Don't get me wrong - I love the festive lights, the excitement of seeing my children enjoy the holidays, get-togethers and all the cooking...but I  really, really hate the commercialization, obligation and fake sentiment that also seems to have come to accompany the entire …

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Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

It's 6 am, and as I usually do, even when I'm ill, I'm sitting downstairs at my office armoire in front of the computer.  It's still dark out, of course, and only the glow of the Christmas lights and the small light above my desk are on, giving a glow that warms the room like candle-light. I slept …

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