Category Archives: Personal stories

Third Beach in the summer of Covid-19

Being at Third Beach in Stanley Park this year seemed like an escape to a fantasy world. I always try to make the trip to Stanley Park to swim at least once every summer. I’ve never left it to September, … Continue reading

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The aging athlete: protests and silver linings

I have found that being an athlete over sixty means feeling a mixture of conflicting emotions: gratitude, exhilaration, disgust, sadness, sometimes even despair. I wasn’t sure whether to write this post because in public we are always supposed to be … Continue reading

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Three unexpected gifts

For nine years now, I have been keeping a journal I call “Three Good Things.” I write in it every night before going to bed, sometimes for less than a minute and sometimes for much longer. The only requirement is … Continue reading

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Life in the time of coronavirus

We are living in a reality that seems unreal. It’s a dystopia like something out of the imagination of Margaret Atwood or Stephen King. Those of us who didn’t live through a world war (that is, most humans alive today) … Continue reading

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My son in Japan Part 2: adapting to another culture

This post continues from my previous one. In that post, I described Abebe’s ten years (so far) in Japan. He completed university there and has achieved his dream of becoming a director of Japanese videogames. My previous post expressed my … Continue reading

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My son in Japan Part 1: emotions

  The day my son Abebe left home in September 2009 marked the end of our unconventional family. Abebe was 18 years old and he was going to university in Japan, the first step towards achieving his dream of becoming … Continue reading

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Teasing similarities out of Swann and Suzanne: the insomniac book reviewer

Swann: A Mystery by Carol Shields and Suzanne by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette The two books I’ve just finished reading, Carol Shields’ 1987 novel Swann: A Mystery and Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s Suzanne (published in 2015 in French as La femme qui fuit), could … Continue reading

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A few notes of jazz

Two days ago I was in transit from Toronto back to Vancouver. I had been staying with my father for a few days after he had heart valve replacement surgery (TAVI). It was a day to make me sorry I … Continue reading

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Sixty! Running, struggling, & striving

Completing another decade of my life is sobering! It seems natural to look back on the past ten years and take a reckoning. At fifty I went through a dramatic midlife crisis where too many changes happened at once (but … Continue reading

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The euphoria of evening races: from fleet to faltering

The euphoria of evening races: from the fleet to the faltering Pacific Distance Carnival: June 13, 2019 Last Thursday I celebrated my birthday by going to watch some of the races held at the newly-minted Pacific Distance Carnival at Swanguard … Continue reading

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