Tag Archives: Canada

Sober Vacation

I have returned from what is becoming a yearly sojourn to the cabin on Lake Superior. This year, I took my twenty-six-year-old niece, daughter of my brother Steve, who died in 2013. She’d never been to the cabin. Her father … Continue reading

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Freeloading Family

My nephew is a freeloader. Yesterday, after years of back and forth, I traveled to Houston to put a stop to it. My mother’s oldest grandson, in his early thirties, has lived in her home (in a garage apartment) for … Continue reading

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Lawyers At Sunset

I read an article in the Texas Lawyer yesterday: The Graying Tsunami: As Baby Boom Lawyers Reach 65, More Choose to Work Into the Sunset “In the past 10 years, the state’s over-65 lawyer population has grown from 8 to … Continue reading

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Spirit Bear

To atone for my earlier post snafu, I bring you one of my prize photographs from my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in September 2013. The Great Bear Rainforest, in British Columbia, Canada, is one of the largest coastal … Continue reading

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Gitche Gumee

I just returned from a short trip to my father’s cabin on Lake Superior in Northern Ontario. The last time I was up in August 2011, my father and brothers were still alive. My parents went up every summer in … Continue reading

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Great Bear Rainforest Day 4 Part Deux

Here we go, the next installment of my Great Bear Rainforest adventure. For those of you who missed it, the rainforest is located on Canada’s west coast (British Columbia) between the southern tip of Alaska and the north end of … Continue reading

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Restoring My Soul

I’m lying on the sofa in baby cat’s room. She’s cuddled up to me, purring, as I write. If I go too long without petting her or kissing her head, she presses her wet nose into my arm. The little … Continue reading

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My gift to my brother

Today was my brother’s memorial service. He died 11 days ago on March 25 of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). He was 52. My brother had struggled with alcoholism for many years. He tried going sober once and it lasted a … Continue reading

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Ontario Summers

What I remember most about my childhood is moving vans and boxes. But no matter where we lived—Chicago, Saginaw, Denver, Long Island, Houston, Charlotte—we always spent our summers in the same place: Lake Superior, Ontario. Here are some photos from … Continue reading

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