Monthly Archives: April 2011

No dumb bones on him.

Washing dishes and looking out the window, a big blue truck pulls up the driveway. Mustache, a faded Budweiser t-shirt covering a beer belly, hunched over with two canes and a can of Molson Canadian in each pocket, an old … Continue reading

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Class of ’49

A white-collar shirt, a Scottish Hunting Stewart tie (from his days at the ‘dizzying heights of a Corporal’ in the Canadian Scottish Light Infantry) and a Free Mason medal for his 60 year membership hanging from the chest pocket of … Continue reading

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There was never a love like ours.

–       Time for your memory patch, Pa. –      Nevermind the patch, I forgot you were here! I was 16 the first time I sat near death. My Granny died at 89 years of age. The timing was unfortunate … Continue reading

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How the mighty have fallen!

–       Dad, you have to stop taking your Warfarin pills for three days before your dentist appointment. –       Rat poison. I’ve never liked going to the dentist without a prescription for Valium but this time I wasn’t scared of needles. … Continue reading

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Lucky Days

Waking up to an eccentric old man usually involves some self-chatter. He mutters random words here and there and on lucky days he sings: – Lord I’m Coming Home. Dad stays in the car while I unlock/lock the church- that … Continue reading

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Hello world!

My name is Katryna Mary Brooke Ormiston. I am 35 years old and after living in Vancouver for a decade, I am returning home to my 81 year old father’s hobby farm on Vancouver Island to care for him in … Continue reading

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