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    Peter is the best husband ever!

    There are a million wonderful stories I could write about Peter, but this is one I just have to write down right now. One day in mid-August 2022, I went to the pharmacy, which was just a couple of blocks…

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    Poppy Gricken

    Poppy Gricken was my maternal grandfather. His parents immigrated to Canada from Germany in the late 1800s, and Poppy was born here. His name was Robert, but everyone called him Bob. He was born in _______ and died in 1972.…

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    Miss Post Office Department 1966

    I was one of those weird kids who loved school. One day, when I was 16, while at the dinner table with my family, I mentioned that I was looking forward to attending university. My dad put his fork down,…

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    Tiaras and Toe Shoes

    When I was 10 years old, I started taking ballet lessons. Little did I know then that it would become a lifelong love of mine. My ballet school was Ecole de Ballet Leduc, the first ballet school in the Ottawa-Gatineau…