An adopted child, I trusted God to look after me. Then my son asked me to find my “real” parents. Was I willing to open that door?

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My brain hasn’t been up to writing, so over the last few months I’ve used the energy I had to buy or design new covers for all my books.

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It’s been 30 years since my dad’s death. As his only child, I got to watch first-hand. Because I’m a writer, I wrote about it.

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After a year of side effects from cancer, my next three years included changes at home, Covid, Zoledonic acid, a heart problem, and other issues.

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In the fall of 2018, breast cancer took over my life. Since then, I’ve been very quiet, and I thought it was time for an update.

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Since I got breast cancer and then Covid arrived, Les and I have watched a lot of series TV mysteries and some comedies. Here are a few.

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June was four when she was taken from her family and made an orphan by the Child Welfare System in Canada. This is her poignant story.

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I had read many lists of possible side effects, so I was prepared mentally. But nothing totally prepares you for the actual side effects. Especially hair loss.

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Ray Wiseman spent years discovering that, at heart, he was a writer. This picture of Ray and his wife Anna was taken at the 2005 Write! Canada Conference.

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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 now 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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