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Lovechild 17: A Fairytale Romance

He was 26, a quiet country boy with only grade 8, still living with his very religious mother and working at a job he didn’t like. She was 27, a thoroughly modern girl who’d left home at 16 to work at Eaton’s, and loved to be out dancing. But it was love at first sight for these two very different people.

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LoveChild 14b: Our Sherritt / Baird Heritage Pt. 2

“We’re all ghosts. We all carry, inside us,people who came before us.”Liam Callanan, The Cloud Atlas In Part 1 (my last post), which was primarily about our Sherritt ancestors, I mentioned that George Sherritt married Sarah Jane Baird in 1873.   Side Note – In case, like me, you’re wondering why so many first names […]

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Feeling Overwhelmed These Days? I Am.

Mature, sad woman sitting on her bed feeling overwhelmed

At my core, I’m a fiction writer, but over the last three or so years, I’ve pretty well given up the struggle to even try to write anything fun because there’s just too much harsh reality going on around me. And so many lies….

So I’ve decided to write about how I feel and what I see.

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My One-Year Breast Cancer Anniversary

Me in the Maritimes September, 2018.One year ago today, Les and I were driving a sturdy rental car through a barren stretch on the north shore of Newfoundland when my cell phone rang. First, I was surprised that there was any cell coverage—for much of this trip there wasn’t. Second, since I rarely give out my number, […]

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Growing Up Adopted: An Interview with N. J. Lindquist

Last October, my daughter-in-law Elle Lindquist interviewed me about growing up as an adopted child in the years before open adoption and how that has impacted my life—which is related to the memoir I’m blogging here.  This interview was planned in the summer before I had the routine mammogram that indicated I might have cancer. And […]

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LoveChild 13: Our Shaw / Brown Heritage

“No journey is too great if you find what you seek.”Anonymous Since Dad rarely spoke about his background, almost everything I know about it was told to me by my mother (and inevitably coloured by her perspective), picked up through my own observations, or overheard when members of Dad’s family were talking.  In addition, the Shaw […]

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LoveChild 12: My Mother’s Story

“I’m just kind of taking whatever life gives me and hoping that I make the right decision.”Amy Smart Margaret MacDonald, my mother, left home when she was 16 to go to the city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and start a new life. On the surface, her story was a simple one.  Eldest child of a 17-year-old mother […]

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LoveChild 11: My Mother’s Parents, Bruce and Alice MacDonald

“You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared.”Robbie Robertson Read my post about Bruce’s family – Our MacDonald / Casselman Heritage.Read my post about Alice’s family – Our Agnew / Shaw Heritage.Wapella, SaskatchewanAs I indicated in the two previous posts, Alice was born in Wapella, Saskatchewan, and had […]

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