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The perfect rose

The last couple of months have been a rather busy time at the church and at home. It seemed that every week was crammed full of not just our usual routine, but additional meetings, church events, and appointments. And while most … Continue reading

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Purple haze: an Ontario farming tradition

If you drive past the city limits of many Ontario towns, you will see lilac bushes. Some of them are in lovely gardens of course, but many are standing alone in a field or surrounded by a tangle of weeds. They are often all that’s … Continue reading

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Winter, Forget Me Not

This winter-that-wasn’t seems to be hanging around an awfully long time. After some warm April days that felt like summer, gardeners like me have been itching to get their hands dirty. Thankfully, I was wise enough not to go planting anything too tender to withstand a … Continue reading

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Explosive eggs: why my Easter bombed

On my Easter weekend, I created homemade bombs. Yes, right there in my kitchen, with some ingredients I had on hand, I concocted small packets meant to be thrown at a target. Upon impact, they will explode, sending their contents far and wide. … Continue reading

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Parents, let my shrubs give you some child-rearing advice

The recent warm spell has coaxed local forsythia bushes into blooming, even though it is only March. I have always loved their bright, cheery arrival while the grass is still brown and the weather is still cool, especially when there are nearby … Continue reading

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A plant with guts

Coming home from church last week my daughter said, “Mom, do you know those purple flowers outside the window in your office? They’re blooming!”  I thought that it was a sign of mild weather. The large carpet of vinca minor (also called periwinkle or … Continue reading

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On being married to a funeral director

There are some things about being married to a funeral director that are not so fun. Like when they go to school to learn their trade, for instance. I spent two years listening to my husband say, “You won’t believe it. … Continue reading

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