Category: Old Sage Musings

Remembering Donna

My wonderful sister in law Donna passed away on April 7, 2018 at the age of 79 after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.  Hap and his family asked me if I’d do the eulogy for her. I was honoured. We held a Celebration of Life for her on Sunday,...

I saw a man today…

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 holding a hand lettered cardboard sign. The sign read “I am a Veteran and any help would be appreciated....

So, what are you leaving your kids?

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 not mentioned it to anyone because you didn’t want to go there? I know it’s crass but it does...

The Power of Human Touch

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 her and hugged her.  This hug literally saved a life. http://www.planetdeb.net/spirit/rescue.htm CNN recently did a followup on the girls...

Today is a Special Day!

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 the elder stateswoman of my sisters-in-law.  I’ve known her since I was eleven years old so that is now...

Happily married for 37 years…however, we’ve been married 42!

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 37!  Nice! Anyway, yes, today is our anniversary and yes, we’ve been married 42 years.  I quite honestly have...

10 Things to Do Before the World Ends!

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 of the world.  This is really a dumb statement when you think about it.  If the world truly does...

Count Your Blessings…

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 of full disclosure, this isn’t something that I do well or often but I think I’m getting better at...

The Power of Thank You!

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 only didn’t you say it but you also probably haven’t heard it for a little while. Even though I’m...

“Put your hands in your pockets…”

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 involved in a long term abusive relationship.  Her former fiancé allegedly killed her and then tried to kill himself. ...

Most of the Time…

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 how some thoughts stay with us and just pop into our mind for no apparent reason.  Recently, I recalled...

Addy’s Hill – Chapter 3 -The Head Master

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 across the bridge that spanned the small stream in this place that she had worked so hard to build. ...

Addy’s Hill – Chapter 2 – The Guardians

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, they’d invited her and her kennel mate Jazz into the house.  She was usually more than anxious to get...

Addy’s Hill – Chapter 1

She slowly made her way up the hill.  Today seemed to be particularly challenging.  Her old bones were sore and her muscles weren’t what they used to be.  She couldn’t remember how many times she’d made the climb.  She’d climbed it at least in the hundreds and perhaps the...