I’d had one injection of zoledronic acid and was due for another. But while I was at the hospital to see my oncologist before having the injection, my heart took centre stage and I was off to Emergency.

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Over the past two years, I’ve read a lot of books. I felt the need to share some of the nonfiction books I thought most worth reading.

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I know know why they talk about the problems some parents have to get their adult kids to leave the “nest.” Getting baby birds out of their nest is a lot of work!

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My grandfathers died before I was born, Granny Shaw was quite elderly, and I rarely saw Granny MacDonald, but I had Aunt Margaret and Uncle Albert.

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Even though Jennie Shaw, my dad’s mother, was 80 when I was six, she still managed to be a powerful influence on my life.

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Because my grandmother turned 80, I got to know dad’s family better, and learned I had a cousin my age.

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We survived having a nest of robins’ above our front door that spring, but we didn’t expect them to return in July!

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Instead of being color blind, let’s choose to love all skin colors and to encourage everyone to become the best person they can be.

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When I was 6 1/2, my life started to change: a new church group, a new cousin, starting school, and a book that helped make me who I am.

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When I think back to who I was at six, I have to say that I was probably very much like I am today.

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I’ve heard that a child’s personality is formed by age 6, so I find it surprising that I have only a few memories & a handful of pictures from my 5th year.

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My mother left our visitors in the kitchen, took me up to her bedroom, got a new picture book from the bottom drawer of her dresser, and sat down to read it. Needless to say, I was very puzzled.

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Apart from moving to a brand new town, the most memorable event for me in the summer of 1952 was my being a flowergirl at my Aunt Brucie’s wedding.

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In my short life, we’d already moved from Indian Head, Saskatchewan, to Wolseley. Now, we moved to Crystal City, Manitoba.

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As always, the new year began with my birthday. But it also began with my parents wondering if they should make another change in our circumstances.

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The next morning, I came downstairs and was shocked to see the baby robin huddled on the narrow window above our front door.

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