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Goodbye, my friend

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:42 -- Gayle Nichol

As I sit writing tonight, Callie the Wonder Dog is laying on the rug at my feet. She’s limped to the spot on her crippled legs, the dysplasia making her gimpy walk a stagger with an alternate delay as her left side is pulled along.

Her spirit still mighty, her flesh is now weak.

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Just say YES!

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 11:30 -- Gayle Nichol

Legalize marijuana.

It’s time. It’s half past time.

The federal government’s push to legalize the sale, purchase and use of marijuana is a massive step in a progressive direction. And it looks like that step is coming soon. Finally.

Get weed out of the hands of children and the profits out of the hands of traffickers, and into the purview of licensed dispensaries and government coffers.

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No Silence For The Universal Roar Of Anger

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:22 -- Gayle Nichol

Stop.

Just stop.

Take a deep breath and think about what you’re about to say.

Will it help? Will it edify the person you’re speaking with? Will it shine a light of truth on a matter? Or are you just ready to jump on the bandwagon of bashing that has seized the world in a frenzy of negative madness in the last year.

In my 30 years of gathering around the workplace water cooler, I have never known the conversation to be so pointedly angry. At everyone. At everything.

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Life finds a way in the balance of business

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:42 -- Gayle Nichol

I speak with dozens of business owners and opertors in the course of a month.

I hear struggles and challenges, and government gripes.

In business, there is a general community of forward thinking movers. Push, grow, succeed. More. Always more. I have seen relative kingpins bowed under the weight of their worry that the better of bigger was not being achieved.

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A New Year focus

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:14 -- Gayle Nichol

Oh, January, you harbinger of change, improvement and declarations of future failures.

Welcome 2017!

As I write this, people around me are itching to scratch open their Christmas presents to discover the jewels inside. Such is the reality of deadlines. Print still needs time to… well… print, deliver and land in your hands.

But in the last day or so I am starting to hear the familiar refrains of the season: Starting January 2, I am off carbs! I’m going vegan! I’m cutting up my credit card! I am committed to working out 6 hours a day!

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The present of Christmas past

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:48 -- Gayle Nichol

So there I was, sitting on the couch polishing off the last of the Halloween treats when my phone chimed the incoming text alert.

My friend was decorating her Christmas tree and wandering down memory lane, remembering when getting the shimmery bulbs on the perfect branch included her folks. Time marches on and some of us are lost in mind or body or spirit. As much as my friend was enjoying the decorating, she was desperately missing her mom.

Memories, I posited, are the great gift of Christmas.

If I’m right, I’m greedy with my gifts.

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Social Media Heightens Political Heckling

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:19 -- Gayle Nichol

My social media feeds are choked by Wynne-hating memes, headlines and video clips.

Sometimes its Hillary Clinton, but Wynne seems to win the contest for most social media shout-outs from politico haters.

I should say up front that every month when I open my hydro bill, I rethink my political bent. Nothing about the total in the bottom right hand corner makes me feel very liberated. Although it does make me see red.

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Have hope for a cruel world

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 09:44 -- Gayle Nichol

My niece is packing her bags.

At 16, the lucky pup is off with a cast of schoolmates to delve into the histories of France, Italy and Belgium. I offered to come along as chaperone. She gave me that look. If you know a 16-year-old girl, you know the look I’m talking about. It lands somewhere between, “I’m sorry, I didn’t want to hear a word you said.” – and – “Something stinks.” Trust me. I was a 16-year-old girl. I know that look. She didn’t want me on that trip.

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I have a few words for you

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 09:14 -- Gayle Nichol

I’m a words girl. Always have been.

I was sitting in the blazing afternoon sun of my birthday, replaying the story of my life when I remembered the rush of excitement when my Grade 2 teacher, Mrs. Loosemore, promoted me to the advanced reading group. I had made the big time.

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