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I am on the outside looking in

I can’t bear to drive by my old house. My husband tells me they have replaced the front door and painted the garage door white, but that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is that they have also pulled out … Continue reading

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The lost art of walking (in suburbia)

It all started with a new pair of shoes. I had an appointment in the south end of town, which means paying for parking. I realized too late that I had nothing in my wallet but a quarter, a dime … 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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Leaf thief

Some people are very good at raking leaves. They collect them into little piles, put them into compostable bags, and leave them in tidy rows for the trucks to pick up. Some people are so fanatic about raking, in fact, that they … Continue reading

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Know who grows your food: Egg Edition

I love eggs. It doesn’t matter how you cook them. I love them poached, fried, hard boiled, soft boiled, scrambled, pickled…OK, I don’t love them pickled. But you get the idea. I think eggs are a food group. I think my love … Continue reading

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Children in my garden

When I was about five or six years old, I discovered that there were carrots growing in my backyard. They were out behind the shed and the little green tops were only a couple of inches high when I came … Continue reading

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My garden’s first vandalism

Our house and our neighbourhood are about 16 years old. Many people moved in here when their kids were babies, which means we now have roving bands of teenagers on the streets during the summer. These kids, who seem to have very little … Continue reading

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I’m not going to move to Elliot Lake

This morning I was reading about how great it is to leave Toronto and retire to Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario, several hours’ drive away. It’s cheap, the article said, and showed pictures of happy, healthy people riding bicycles and walking their dogs. There is lots … Continue reading

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New roofs make good neighbours

There has been a rash of roofing in our neighbourhood this summer. I can count at least five houses on our street that have had trucks deliver big skids of shingles and a garbage bin to their driveway. Not long … Continue reading

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