Grandparents Are a Precious Unrenewable Resource

“Grandparents are a precious unrenewable resource.” That’s how an uncle put it when I lost my second grandfather. Somehow, I reached the age of 30 with 4 grandparents still living. And then at 40, I still had 3. There is no doubt that some magical thinking began to take place, because although my Nannies andContinue reading “Grandparents Are a Precious Unrenewable Resource”

Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)

I’m a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. And I’m a twin from Newfoundland who has lived in a lot of different places. Toronto, Tokyo, Texas, and Newfoundland… to name just a few. I’m an alum of The Banff Centre, The Humber School for Writers, The Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, andContinue reading “Who Am I? Why Am I Here? (for Blogging U 101 – not existential crisis!)”

Fifth Anniversary – Happy Memories

We waited until we had been together for 10 years to get married – but I think we knew pretty quickly. Two Canadians meet in an Irish pub in Tokyo (Paddy Foley’s in Roppongi, in case you’re wondering) – that’s a ‘meet cute’ if ever there was one. First remembered conversation: Him: “Will you marryContinue reading “Fifth Anniversary – Happy Memories”

My First Mittens

Readers may find it beggars belief, but these same hands knit both of these mittens. Sadly, the perfect mitten was the first ‘knitten’. It took me all of twenty-four hours under the watchful eye of my expert Nanny S. in Newfoundland. Clearly, I was able to channel the skill of my Newfoundland Foremothers on thisContinue reading “My First Mittens”

The Fruits of my Knitting Frenzy

These are the amateur but much appreciated results. (note the pattern is the same though size, colour, function altered – manly afghan for Poppy, feminine walker seat cover for Nanny) Managed to finish these during my two weeks in Newfoundland for the family reunion/65th wedding anniversary celebration. While others were dancing and whooping it up,Continue reading “The Fruits of my Knitting Frenzy”

Knitting with my Nannies in Newfoundland

My Nannies are my grandmothers. I have two, and one grandfather (Poppy) here in Newfoundland where I have come for two weeks. After a frenzied week of preparing for a clan gathering where we hosted approximately 300 guests at a hugely successful 65th wedding anniversary reunion, I am just now coming down from the highContinue reading “Knitting with my Nannies in Newfoundland”