The Suburban Newspaper

The Suburban Newspaper

The following articles have been published in The Suburban Newspaper at www.thesuburban.com
My Column is titled:   Living in the Now

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Published on November 13, 2022

Easy Wear’in

Easy Wear’in
Once the jeans were on and the zipper was closed, I could barely breathe. That was the point. I knew, as the day went on, my jeans would soften and become much looser.
Such clothing restrictions and discomfort caused other related problems. The occasional visit to my dermatologist settled the flair ups. The Doctor’s suggestion: Wear looser clothing!
Ya, right! And give up that tight jean look and fit?
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Published on October 30, 2022

My Kind of Sexy

My Kind of Sexy

As a tween, an almost adolescent, I didn’t really understand what sexy was. All I knew was that Elvis Presley made me feel differently. For some reason, I wanted to kiss him and my eyes were glued to his body when he performed. Once I fully understood what sexy was, Elvis was gone, never to return. Left to seek out other sexy avenues I stumbled upon, David Cassidy, John Travolta, Tony Defranco, Davy Jones, and the super cute guy down my street.

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Published on October 16, 2022

Coloured Cauliflower

Coloured Cauliflower
One of our yearly autumn outings is to find COLOURED CAULIFLOWER.
You might be wondering if we are looking for a specific vegetable. Nope! Are we looking for a flower? Nope! We are in search of a spectacular and particular display of fall foliage.
Many conditions need to be in place for this to happen. Firstly, the leaves need to be at the height of their foliage coloration. The sun must be shining brightly with hardly any fallen leaves on the ground. It might take a few road trips, but we are hoping to capture it.
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Published on October 3, 2022
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Published on September 18, 2022

The Ultimate Lesson

The Ultimate Lesson
The Fall Courses are about to begin and I have butterflies in my stomach!
In truth, if all we have gained is not from the curriculum content but a new friendship or two, I feel we have been successful. For it’s not always the prescribed lessons you’ve sign up for, perhaps it’s the rich exchanges and life perspectives you have learned. That in turn is…the ultimate lesson.
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Published on September 14, 2022
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Published on November 22, 2016
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Published on September 7, 2022

Meliorism

Meliorism
I love her words, “We can meet together in a great disco of the mind, fueled by the conviction that one day, in the not-too-distant future, that beautiful, fragile, craved-for togetherism we all so desperately miss, will resume again for real.” – George Eliot, aka Mary Ann Evans.
Does this capture our time in 2022?
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Published on August 28, 2022

Melting Sunsets

Melting Sunsets

This sun setting looked as though the sun melted into the sea. I watched and wondered and watched as it slowly sunk into the depths of the ocean.  When the last of light was gone, darkness loomed all around me. I became overwhelmed with emotions and started to cry.  I cried for many reasons.  I cried for those who will not have another day of light. I cried when I thought this sunset will be the sunrise for someone, somewhere else in the world.  Simply, I cried because the beauty of the sun’s melt was truly overwhelming

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Published on August 14, 2022

Lessons from the Canoe – 2022 – Finding Your Passion

Lessons from the Canoe – 2022 – Finding Your Passion
It’s a slow cast into the mildly choppy lake as the wind is quite present. It’s a little bushy on the water, but Noonie is reassured as long as we stay close to the shoreline, we will be fine. Our life jackets are on tight.
We paddle and paddle and paddle. While listening to the water wake against the canoe, specific drop, drop, drops fall off the paddle with every stroke.
I ask Noonie, “Are you happy?”
She takes a deep breath and says, “There’s no measure of this happiness.”
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Published on August 7, 2022

Esther From the Old City

Esther From the Old City

It’s been five years since I’ve seen Esther. I wonder if she actually remembers me. Esther meets hundreds of people every day and I’m just another North American tourist passing through the Old City of Jerusalem. Each time I see her, she makes me feel welcomed as though we are long lost friends. “Welcome back! How have you been? Do you need a new menorah, candle sticks, tallit? I have gorgeous new jewelry. Come, come, let me show you.”

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Published on August 24, 2022
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Published on July 28, 2022
Published on July 4, 2021

First in My Life

First in My Life
So, this is the process: You will be called by radio station producers across the country. You will be interviewed for 5-8 minutes with approximately the same questions 7-8 times. Please wait for the calls and be prepared in a quiet place to speak without disturbances.
-Bear, my dog, you must be quiet for two hours please.
Turn your phone to silent and speak clearly, be patient and poised.
-I have my notes ready and my hair still looks polished. I’m ready to roll. I’m ready for my close up.
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Published on July 11, 2022
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Published on July 3, 2022

A Spiritual Oasis

A Spiritual Oasis

Cheers was an amazing American sitcom that was on television from 1982 to 1993. The show was about a bar, called Cheers, where a group of locals met to drink and hang out. It was the kind of bar where, “Everybody knows your name.”

There are wonder places like this in every city and town. There are also unique places and spaces which hold a “beautiful spirit”. Places that go beyond knowing your name. More like places which clearly understand your soul and being.  Here are some of my favourite spaces and places which I LOVE!

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Published on June 29, 2022
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Published on June 22, 2022

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Very slow, verrrrrrrry slowwwww

Naturally, I’m already on a slower speed than the rest of the world. In truth, this annoys people who know me very well. I have a tendency to get lost in the moments. I putter, think, wait, watch, listen, contemplate, and daydream, a lot. You remember, the kid the teacher always told to stop daydreaming. As a student, I preferred to sit next to the classroom window. Frequently, I gazed outward, wondering, thinking, pondering, and then alerted to stop daydreaming. I wasn’t daydreaming, I was creating!  Pink Floyd The Wall, “Hey! Teachers! Leave them kids alone!”

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Published on June 17, 2022
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Published on June 11, 2022
Published on September 9, 2019
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Published on June 3, 2022
Published on June 13, 2021

Gotta Get a Green Thumb

Gotta Get a Green Thumb

Gladys Presley gave her son Elvis a guitar at a very young age. He was born with music in his blood. At first his famous dance moves were not purposely part of his stage act. The music he was creating made his body move in those very interesting ways. Actually, he found it hard to control his body when he was performing. The music controlled him. Without a doubt, he had it!  Naturally given talent!

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Published on May 27, 2022
Published on August 12, 2019
Published on July 3, 2018