Paian and Zotikos walked in silence to the clinic on Harbour Street. It was a magnificent boulevard off Curetes Street.
The administration of a proven tonic and a good night’s sleep can do wonders for the body and spirit.
He was finally here. After all the research, time, and planning, he was about to see Ephesus and walk its streets.
Brigid had been busy since she joined the Flannigan’s practice.
Early on, Brigid noticed Gran had some unique qualities. She had a very strong “mother’s intuition”. Almost a sixth sense. Gran said Brigid had this trait although Brigid wasn’t so sure. Maybe it was what made their bond so strong.
His head was pounding, the kids were talking far too loud, his wife wasn’t happy and he was sure he was going to be late for work. He’ll never mix beer and brandy again. He forgot the old adage “Beer and whiskey, kind of risky. Whiskey and beer, have no fear.”
He was a robust looking fellow of indeterminate age. His hair and beard were pure white and well trimmed. His clothes were well tailored, and he carried them smartly. He would never be mistaken for a beggar. He had the look of a wealthy man but never appeared aloof. Everyone was comfortable around him.
They’d planned this trip for a long time but they knew this was one trip he would take alone. In their fifty plus years of marriage, it wasn’t unusual for … Continue reading
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I forgot to mention the Captain did the highest speed of 18.6 knots between Greenock and Portree. While it wasn’t the greatest distance we had to cover, it was still … Continue reading
I thought I’d go a little off the beaten path in my postings and give you a travelogue or two, or three. Linda and I recently returned from a cruise … Continue reading
Dear Younger Self: Compared to you, I’m an old man. I’m knocking on the door of senior citizenship and looking forward to getting my first Old Age Security cheque. Woo … Continue reading
There are certain words that can strike terror into the heart of a 17 year old. I was fortunate enough to be raised by parents who believed that guidelines and … Continue reading
I love traveling. OK, truthfully, I used to love traveling. Now I think I’m more in love with the idea of traveling. As I wrote in a prior post, air … Continue reading
Miranda knew that voice! She turned from where she was sitting to see her most beloved Gramps standing on the pier looking down at her. She jumped to her feet … Continue reading
Miranda, steaming mug of tea in hand, walked outside through the old screen door her Grandfather had hung when he built the cabin over 60 years ago. She paused to … Continue reading
For my friends on Facebook, you can go back to your regularly scheduled programming as this post is a rehash of my Facebook post. Well my friends, the deed is … Continue reading
Just when you thought it was safe to open your email without seeing a missive from me, I reappear like a Nigerian Prince offering to make you rich beyond your … Continue reading
Last November I wrote a post called “What’s a Guy to Do? http://ow.ly/oIljB regarding prostate cancer and the Movember movement in support of prostate cancer research. I had no idea … Continue reading
I admire people who live in a “glass is half full” world. But, that’s not me. I’ve discovered there two indisputable truths: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong” … Continue reading
He was excited! Today was the day he got to go to “the City” with his Dad. Usually it was a family affair with Dad, Mom and himself. He had … Continue reading
I thought starting out with Johnny Horton singing “North to Alaska” might be appropriate. This is a very good music video as it shows the country the gold seekers had … Continue reading
I started writing this post onboard the Holland America Line MS Zuiderdam as Linda, her sister Debbie (who had her own cabin BTW), and I sailed the inside passage between … Continue reading
Dear Dad: Well Dad, it’s hard to believe that over 34 years have passed since you shuffled off this mortal coil. I guess in your case it was more of … Continue reading
In the past two weeks, I’ve heard from two women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. One is a friend of ours that we’ve known for over 20 years. … Continue reading
I read Anka’s post over at http://keepingitrealmom.com/2013/05/09/mothers-day-will-look-like-this/ and it brought back some good memories for me about Mother’s Days past. I’m fortunate enough to have two Moms; my first Mom … Continue reading
How often have you heard someone, usually a politician in my experience, say “at the end of the day…” whereby they follow it up with some profound statement related to … Continue reading
There was a point in our lives when getting there really was half the fun. No long line ups for security; no worries about getting a pat down that your … Continue reading
On my post front page I used the Mr. Rogers quote that so many are using right now and none more eloquently than my friend Andrea at: http://fromplaygroundstopolitics.com/2013/04/16/love-wins/ to remind … Continue reading
I saw a man today. He was sitting on his walker next to one of the “Stop” signs at a four way stop. This man sat in the pouring rain … Continue reading
Have you ever heard someone ask that question? Or, maybe you’ve said it yourself in a different way. “What are we leaving the kids?” Or perhaps thought about it and … Continue reading
You may have seen an updated story about the 1995 birth of twin girls. One of the girls wasn’t doing well and her sister was put in the incubator with … Continue reading
She lay quietly in bed wondering what to get for their first anniversary. It should be quite simple really. After all, the first anniversary is a “Paper” anniversary so any … Continue reading
Today is our beloved sister-in-law’s 70 something birthday. I understand you never ask a lady her age or give it away so that’s as far as I’m going. Donna is … Continue reading
For all my friends and family who are reading this, yes she knows I’ve written this and her first comment was that she thought I was being generous on the … Continue reading
I know, I know, people have been talking about this for a long time but what can I say, I procrastinate. I guess I better get ready for the end … Continue reading
That is a phrase that I never want to hear or have to experience. It is however, something that many of our seniors and physically challenged people in care facilities … Continue reading
I had this question posed to me after I sent a tweet to fellow blogger Renee A. Schuls-Jacobson. I asked her if it was timely to wish her a Happy … Continue reading
For years I’ve read and seen stories about how seniors and the visually impaired have mixed up their medications and suffered serious consequences. I didn’t understand this until recently. One of the things that … Continue reading
I have two brothers that I’m very proud of and if I had sisters, I’m sure that I’d be proud of them too. However, today I want to acknowledge my … Continue reading
This is “Movember” when Canadian men grow beards and mustaches to raise awareness of prostate cancer and urge all men to get tested with the dreaded DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) … Continue reading
I’m a big fan of the movie White Christmas starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kay and Vera Ellen. Bing sings a song call “Count Your Blessings”. In the interest … Continue reading
When was the last time that you said to someone close to you “Thank You”? Just a simple thank you for some small thing they did. My guess is not … Continue reading
I was prompted to write this post by a story coming out of Calgary. It’s not a new story. It will be repeated. It is sad. A young woman was … Continue reading
Author’s note: David may still be with us and if so I hope he appreciates the story. As you will read, he had a great impact on me. It’s interesting … Continue reading
Author’s note: This is the third and final chapter of Addy’s Hill. If this is your first time here, please start with Chapter One farther down this page. Kathleen walked … Continue reading
They stood on the deck and watched her slowly climb the hill. They’d watched her do it countless times before but this time something was different. A few minutes earlier, … Continue reading