Oblivious

Never mind the coolness of that breeze as it swept clouds across a winter's sky. Never mind the clouds as they passed in front of the sun to block the sun’s rays from warming the mere mortals below. And never mind the added chill from sitting outdoors in the shade: five men are playing cards.…

Just because…

It isn't Christmas. It isn't Easter. It isn't even someone's birthday. But for me, it is a special time. Months have passed since the last time I saw my niece. A niece who from the very first time I held her in my arms as a baby still occupies a special place in my heart.…

The Adjustment

The house seems unusually quiet these days. A month ago senior mutt passed away two days shy of her fifteenth birthday. And the household is adjusting to her absence. Still, younger mutt no longer checks each room (searching for senior mutt) whenever us humans come home after work, shopping, or other outings. As for the…

Changing Tack

Change: sometimes it is embraced with joy; other times it is not welcomed, at all. Recently, senior mutt had a check-up. For nigh on fifteen years senior mutt has been a loyal companion, a trainer of three puppies, a watch-dog, and a valued member of our family. And now she is dying from an ever-growing…

The Gossipers

Every Tuesday morning they gather. Fine weather and they sit around one of the round, wooden tables just outside their favourite café. If inclement, or if a chill winter wind blows, they head indoors into the café. Willing hands help to rearrange a table and chairs while some sit on the long bench seat which…