Friends & Family

Graduation Present

I suppose this whole chain of events began when I tried to contact my Auntie Micki. I lost touch with her after dad passed away. While I loved her dearly, she would keep me on the phone literally for hours, no matter what I said (I have to go in 15 minutes; I’m meeting someone […]

Let Down

In the last week of February, I walked into a hornet’s nest, figuratively speaking. I was having a conversation with a friend and made a comment about getting together for coffee after she returned from a business trip. She then proceeded to bring up an issue she had with a habit of mine. I listened […]

Common Grace with Friends

On Friday I had the pleasure of meeting up with a friend who no longer lives in Vancouver, but she and her husband make it a point to visit the city every so often. We were roommates in university in the early 80s, and stayed in touch through the years. In light of the kind […]

Hello, My Name Is

I’m adopted. I’ve gone through cycles of wanting to find my birth mother; not caring about being adopted; not wanting to find my birth mother; feeling disenfranchised; feeling like I belong to my (adoptive) family. For 11 months of the year, including birthdays, anniversaries and other family-related special occasions, I can mostly curb my temptation […]

Living to 100

It started as an off-the-cuff remark. It was Wednesday, July 5, 2000. Relatives I hadn’t seen since I was a child had gathered at my sister’s place in the early evening of the day of my mother’s funeral. I sat beside Dad, a plate in front of him, empty except a few scattered crumbs playing […]

Angry Birds as an Allegory for Anger

Since I started playing Angry Birds about three years ago, a friend and I occasionally discuss the nature of this very addictive game. My friend thinks it has more to do with geometry and physics than with anger. But I beg to differ. The back story is: the birds are angry because the pigs invaded […]


“You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.” ~ John Green Today being Father’s Day, it’s easy for my mind to drift back to some memorable times I shared with my dad. I have so many tales I could tell about Daddy-O, as he often referred to himself in later years. But […]