Mug

The longest relationship I’ve had with a non-living entity would be with “Mug”. Purchased in the summer of 1974 in Edmonton, Alberta, it has been by my side ever since.  Certainly, there are other possessions that have been with me longer.  However, they sit hidden in cupboards, drawers, boxes, and places where they will probably…

Zone Out

Madison Square Park, 8:00 PM New York City An evening walk in New York City to see the Flatiron Building led us to Madison Square Park.  We decided to take a break and sit on one of the many benches. The park was bustling with people.  Everyone was taking advantage of the beautiful evening with…

Joani’s Kitchen

My current cooking interests are about par with ironing clothes.  I know I need to iron that cotton shirt before I can wear it.  However, I’ll look in my closet for something else to wear. If I serve baked beans as part of an evening meal.  I question whether I need to heat the beans…

The Coke Box

In the Chinese tradition, it is expected for family members to pitch in and work at the family business.  As with many Asian families, this was the cafe. At our cafe, we were always well-stocked with all the chocolate bars, potato chips, pop, and cigarettes.  It was my job to work at the cash register…

Jumping the Clouds

As kids, we would play a game in the neighborhood.  Since the name of the game is considered politically incorrect, I will call it “good guy chases bad guy”.  This was a more elaborate game of tag as we had our toy guns and water pistols. I remembered being the victim of a shooting and…

A Little Tummy Ache

In our youth we challenged the unknown adventures.  In some cases these were not our choice but expected in life, like the first day of school. Along the way, we are challenged with new adventures like learning to drive, learning to ride a bike, our first date, our first kiss, our first love, our first…

Dad

l to r.  Unknown little girl, my Mother, my oldest sister “Lucy” on my paternal Grandmother’s lap, my Father The last time I was with my Dad, I was 5 months old.  Since I’ve seen photos of him, I knew he existed. When my family immigrated to Canada 56 years ago, he stayed in China…

If you blink, you might miss it

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan November 5, 2010 5:47 PM After living in the condo for about 5 years, I have witnessed hundreds of beautiful sunsets.  Last night I sorted through over 200 photos of these sunsets that were taken over the course of these 5 years.  There were difficult choices to make but eventually I narrowed them…

Americano? or Espresso and Hot Water?

New York, NY April 25, 2011  7:47 AM In search of the perfect cup of Americano.  A challenge we presented ourselves in our recent trip to Boston and New York. At home we indulge in our own version of the Americano.  First thing in the morning with my newspaper and another mid-afternoon with a tasty…

Amber, The Happy Camper

A recent camping trip made me revisit a memory which occurred in the year 1983. We had gone to Waskesui Lake for the annual family camping trip.  We acquired a campsite right next to the washroom facilities for a possible Amber bathroom emergency.  Amber, at the age of 3, was fully toilet trained but my…