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Taller than I

I took my niece to the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage at the Alberta legislature, and as I stood behind her, with my hands on her shoulders, I joked that I needed to weigh her down. By this time next … Continue reading

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Welcome Home

In early University I dated this guy and he was from a farm in Saskatchewan. Well, his family was. He was from the suburbs. Or Mars. It might have been Mars, come to think of it. That’s not the point. … Continue reading

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And so it is

I had to admit one of my garden plants was dead tonight. The sedum was one of the first plants I bought – tucked in the corner, covered and shaded by the spruce tree. I couldn’t get anything to grow … Continue reading

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Plant Therapy

My mother came over to help me medicate the cat, and she saw the bedding plants on the front porch and maybe she kind of gasped a little bit. (Therearemaybealotofbeddingplantsonmydeckrightnow.) It’s cheap therapy says I. You put these things in … Continue reading

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A Poem As Lovely

The tree is coming down today. I’m glad that I didn’t find out until about late last night – I haven’t had to spend the days thinking about it. As I get older I give myself permission to feel sad … Continue reading

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Oh Right, Like YOU Never had a Zuchini in Your Purse

Oh, you haven’t? Really? Oh. Well, Kuri had it in her purse first. Tell me oh, wise internets, you do have something strange in your purse right now, yes?

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All I Know About Gardening

Is contained in this post from May 2008 What I would have taught him I would have had him weed with me. A horrible form of child abuse, accompanied by protestations of “Aww mum, other families just buy their food … Continue reading

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Growing In

My yarrow hasn’t died, but it might as well have. There’s a few bits coming up, but not much. It’s really annoying – this yarrow is new, and it replaces the yarrow that kicked the bucket last year. That yarrow … Continue reading

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Just Thursday

Mr. Spit made me supper and then I went and sat in my garden this, carefully not thinking about the work still to be done (although it’s work I like, it’s still work) and not thinking about the grass, which … Continue reading

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Weekends are For Quotes

It’s spring fever.? That is what the name of it is.? And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want … Continue reading

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