Category Archives: Personal

St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2018

‘This looks like the first Memorial Mass in three years without a classmates name on the list.’ It has become an annual ritual to attend this Alumni event with my Toronto friend, John Macmillan. Thursday several of us linked through … Continue reading

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Never can say goodbye

No one wanted to leave. Not at the dinner the night before the wake. Not at the wake. Not at the graveside. Not at the Waterfront gathering nor at home afterwards. Repeated hugs; goodbyes. Forgot to tell you stories. Jokes … Continue reading

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St. Francis Alumni Mass – 2017

John chooses the red-white strawberry pancakes and passes on the red, white, and blue All-American stack. Every third year we are at Rooster’s Cafe on Ridge Road in Lackawanna, NY. I imagine steel workers packing the place early in the … Continue reading

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Speak out for love and against hatred

The Association of Ontario Health Centre’s statement on the rise of Islamaphobia deserves wide reading. Full disclosure, I work at a community health centre and live happily with  Muslims, a mosque and recent immigrants as neighbours. “The attack on the … Continue reading

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Christmas newsletter 2016

Been years since the last annual Christmas newsletter. Just over a year ago, we moved from our Toronto condo back into a Housing Co-operative in Ottawa. Leaving Toronto was a difficult choice. For years we travelled regularly to Ottawa in … Continue reading

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Rideau River Walk

Since last August, Sue and I have been living 50 metres from the Rideau River. Our Conservation Co-operative is blessed with greenery. On a day like today going to work is more meditation than walk. Moving alongside the river, nature’s … Continue reading

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Owen’s First Holy Communion

Life brings blessings small and great. This morning I enjoy the last of the St. Viateur Bagels Sue packed for our Toronto trip. Many years ago, Joel Verbin introduced me to the ‘poor man’s lox’, anchovies on bagel. Family support … Continue reading

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