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Purple Dreams

She visits her grandchildren while we are sleeping. Tonight it’s my turn. Everything glistens in shades of purple. Joan is waiting for me at the kitchen table, smiling, in a soft lavender blouse. New glasses, new hairdo, and perfectly plump.…

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Connie

I hugged a stranger today. Her smile was warm and sympathetic. The tag hanging from her lanyard said her name was Connie. She told me everything was going to be okay. Oh, how I want to believe her. The nights…

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Culture Days, 2018

I came to Culture Days somewhat apprehensive, not knowing what to expect. First came a smudging ritual. Then an impactful conversation about Indigenous historical experiences, to see how we got where we are now. We learned about the Dish With…

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Night Wait

Dear Mum, I keep having this dream: we’re waiting around for the night bus at 41st and Granville together, the two of us. Your memory’s unruined and the Shell station shines like an ember. The muggers are playing truant and…

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Blue Wings

The years all past in vain. Memories faded, but not the pain. Can you fly, Blue Wings, can you fly? Left alone to live your life, Loneliness, tears and strife. Fly! Blue Wings, Fly! Sounds can be heard When his…

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Sax ‘n Sync

It was such an honour and pleasure when our group Sax ‘n Sync was invited to participate in 2016 and 2017 Culture Days performing at Civic Square and Ireland House Museum respectively. Individuals who stopped by to listen to us…

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Retirement

Retirement came easier than I thought. Not a leap from a high cliff, but a stroll with family out a familiar door. Thus ended forty-nine years of United Church ministry. The last thirty of them at flagship congregation in downtown…

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Celebration

“Oh Canada” A chance to honour my country, and on Canada day 2020! It started with a new arrangement of “Oh Canada”. Videod myself singing my part. Excitement, trauma. Could I do It? I sent the invitation to several friends…

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Came a Lady

Came a lady Special as can be She came in and then Disappeared Again After being with me She was my Starfire Love that woman Gave her everything I know But when i woke up In the morning light I'd…

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