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I forgot what I was supposed to remember

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice on November 20, 2017

Seriously there are days I think I must have had a frontal lobotomy, but someone didn’t tell me. I forget stuff. All the time. I walk from one room to the next, and then forget what I went there for in the first place. And that’s not the worst of it. Not only do I […]

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Rod’s Ramblings on quatumnmechanics

By Rodney Martin in Rod's Ramblings on October 20, 2017

Let’s talk about something unimaginably complex!  Here, take a look at a single cell on a maple leaf. Inside, there are a number of microscopic blobbies called “chloroplasts.” Inside those are wrinkly stacks of “thylakoids.” Embedded in the thylakoid membranes are a host of protein complexes, which are, you should know, nothing more than teensy weensy […]

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Flour power

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice on October 20, 2017

My beautiful, caring son was trying to be kind and I think I ruined the moment. So the text went like this: Trev: Random question, Mom. What’s your favourite flower? Me: Now don’t do anything silly. Carnations & gerbera daisies, maybe. Trev: I’m not. Just a random question! Me: Actually, my favourite is really Robin […]

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Rod’s Ramblings on canning

By Rodney Martin in Rod's Ramblings on October 20, 2017

‘Tis the season for tropical days in the kitchen, tending to the rolling boil of one canning recipe or another, the accumulated learnings of many a generation. And a sublime and domestic scene it is! The cozy aroma of Uncle Harry’s harvest apples steaming in the food mill, Great Aunt Beatrice’s bubbling salsa, Papa’s eye-watering […]

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Vanity unleashed

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice on October 20, 2017

I was in my early thirties. I thought I had wrinkles. I was a fool. I have just barely stepped into my sixties (ugh). I really do have wrinkles. I know so much more now. Back to my thirties. As I gazed into the mirror that day and squinted, I saw them. Squiggles at the […]

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Sugar & Spice: The Canadian Way

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice on June 27, 2017

1967. I had just emigrated to Canada with my family. My poor mom. Four kids, a dog, a Singer sewing machine in a heavy wooden case—that for some reason, Mom had decided would be ‘carry-on’ luggage—crate loads of furniture and suitcases for everyone. She was a brave soul sailing on the Empress of England ocean […]

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Rod’s Ramblings on the Beaver

By Rodney Martin in Rod's Ramblings on June 26, 2017

I know that among those who own property that features a creek or other such lowland, there is often little love for our national symbol, the beaver, but let’s pay due respect. Here is a rodent—a mere rodent—that might waddle up to the rim of a flood plain, survey it gamely, and conclude that the […]

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Sugar & Spice: Tattoo Miscue

By Glynis M. Belec in Sugar & Spice on May 28, 2017

I seriously have a tattoo. I got it in my ‘former life’ when I was a mere kitten of a girl. At 18 years of age I was rebelling – well actually, not really. I just never thought about what my mother might say as I blundered on and said ‘yes’ to the tattoo artist. […]

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Rod’s Ramblings on Parenthood

By Rodney Martin in Rod's Ramblings on May 27, 2017

It’s basically impossible that I have anything to say about parenthood that hasn’t already been said in better ways by wiser people, so maybe this one’s a bit self-indulgent.  But we had Mother’s Day last month and we have Father’s Day this month, so I think I’ll just go ahead and self-indulge. I’ll say this, […]

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Sugar & Spice: Flashback – Citizenship Class

By Glynis M. Belec in Columns, Sugar & Spice on May 1, 2017

“Hello?” The person on the other end of the phone cleared his throat before identifying himself. “Good afternoon. This is Mr. Brown from Immigrations Canada office in Kitchener.” In a somewhat kindly yet serious voice, the caller proceeded to ask me a few simple questions to confirm he was speaking to the correct person. He […]

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