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Italy brought to life

Mon, 05/27/2019 - 15:03 -- Gayle Nichol

These frantic mid-life days get us all tangled in knots. We work to keep schedules that intersect the demands of work and family while tapping into the activities that keep us going on a practical level – groceries, gas, bank, dentist, doctor, laundry. We are a people at the mercy of our schedules.

And then we go on vacation.

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The Italian Affair

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 08:52 -- Gayle Nichol

To be fair, I was warned.

I was told it was contagious, and once I had been exposed, the chance of returning to life as it was before was remote.

And so it was with all this foreknowledge that I packed my bags and headed for my first trans-Atlantic flight to see the sites of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales eight months ago.

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Life lessons at the pump

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 13:51 -- Gayle Nichol

I love to drive.

I have never lost the absolute joy that driving brings. The thrill of independence. The anxious anticipation of what adventure awaits. The simple pleasure of a great car song (as in… songs that are always better when played in the car than in any other venue).

I do not love getting gas.

It is one of life’s great time-wasters. Like waiting for paint to dry or putting on socks.

I hate pumping gas.

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Cheerio, auld lang syne

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:25 -- Gayle Nichol

The ball is about to drop on 2018. I’m good with that.

The latter part of this year has known its trials, failures and losses. I count so many left turns in life’s journey I forget it sometimes goes right. So I’m just fine with crawling into bed early at the end of the month, hoping for the best in the next, last year of this century’s teen years.

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The ups and downs of the long goodbye

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 16:01 -- Gayle Nichol

My dad has Alzheimer’s. I have contemplated sharing his story for a long time. The words have just never come. Even now, it is a slippery foe that is often vague and confusing, cloaked in denial until it can be denied no more. I’m not sure how to tell his story yet.

He hates the disease that has addled his sense of reason and recognition. We can’t even say Alzheimer’s disease in his presence. We call it his brain disease in order to avoid a boisterous outburst of denial. Brain disease he can accept. Alzheimer’s? Never!

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Talking the talk

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:13 -- Gayle Nichol

“It’s not fashionable to be kind,” the man tells me. He states it like he’s spouting a statistic gathered at the hands of professionals


“It’s not,” he confirms for me. “It’s fashionable to mean. To be rude.”

I disagree, I say.

I don’t think kindness is a trend. It’s just one aspect of being human, and not required in every setting. But I reject the notion that it is cool to be mean and hip to be kind. These flaky generalities are accelerating the swirl of our downward slide.

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We are not the enemy

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:20 -- Gayle Nichol

There is a frightening trend taking hold in North America – a “with us” or “against us” mentality that refuses to validate the existence of an opposing opinion, even while disagreeing with it.

It casts shades of an ugly and deadly European past. If you are not “one of us” than you are the enemy. It is a lunacy that is taking us to the edge of civility.

Ironic that in the age of global communications that we choose – even refuse – to hear each other anymore.

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I’m having one of those birthdays

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:55 -- Gayle Nichol

I’m having one of those birthdays.

A big one.

The kind that makes a cluster of tiny little candles on a cake impractical, and two large candles – one of them a zero – a more fire-safe choice.

The kind of birthday where people buy you joke canes with horns attached and t-shirts emblazoned with “Over The Hill”.

Yeesh. I am officially looking middle age in the rear-view mirror.


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