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Lake Huron: is she a person?

What if Lake Huron was to take the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to court for criminal negligence causing death of its biodiversity? Far fetched? Less far fetched than it used to be. In early 2021, a river—the Magpie River in the Cote-Nord Region of Quebec—was granted legal personhood status by a regional municipal government […]

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Aha!

Ahas!—those sometimes little, sometimes big jolts of surprise, realization, and joy that come with a new discovery—I gotta love em! I had an aha! the other day in the moment of realizing that having ahas! is one of the things I most enjoy in life. Experiencing them is a core value for me, right up […]

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The Great Reset – MAKE IT PERSONAL

In November 2020—as the second Covid wave was swelling in Canada—I had an enlightening phone conversation with my sister who expressed keen interest in “The Great Reset”. I had to admit at the time I was only passingly familiar with the term, but quickly came to learn either (A) it’s a conspiratorial, globalist plot for […]

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So, you’re not feeling appreciated or recognized

How is it that a single sentence in a book about a group of dogs granted human consciousness and language by a couple of gods can bring a grown woman to tears? More precisely, how can something so far-fetched lead me into an existential moment? One moment I was unsuspectingly relaxing in my bubble bath, […]

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Sudoku: the game of life

I swear it was Sudoku that held me together mentally and emotionally at a time when I was incredibly fragile. Literally, it saved my sanity. And it continues to be an oasis of tranquility for me, especially when times are tough. But before I get into that, I have to clear up a misconception. I’ve […]

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Phantom Emotion Syndrome: messages from a good ghost

I’ve been haunted by phantoms three times quite recently. They weren’t horror-movie ghosts. They weren’t figments of my imagination. They were emotions I’d amputated from my psyche but which came back to torment me (thankfully, only very briefly). I was experiencing what I call Phantom Emotion Syndrome. It’s like Phantom Limb Syndrome, which is the […]

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Standing on the fringe: no longer a place of not belonging

I’m standing with my toes curling into the now cold sand. Stars are multiplying in the deepening dusk. Behind me, small waves burble their embrace with the beach. In front of me, the bonfire crackles along with the chatter and laughter of encircling family and friends. I’m not in the circle. I’m on the fringe, […]

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Stop acting your age

One of the most harmful admonishments has to be: “Act your age!”  Who, exactly, gets to say how anyone is supposed to act at any given age? Where is that list of certified age-appropriate actions? I get the importance of responsibly acting in accordance with the role you’re in. For example, as a 65-year-old grandmother […]

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Friends: mirrors and shadows

Dedicated to my Deerhurst friends. It’s taken me a lot of years to appreciate the adage: a friend is your mirror and your shadow; your mirror never lies, reflecting back exactly what’s in front of it, and your shadow never leaves you, sticking with you no matter what you’re up to. There are exceptions to […]

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