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Living 2018 in the middle

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:15 -- Gayle Nichol

There are few feelings in life as satisfying as opening the cover of a new book; the smooth scrawl of a favourite pen on a fresh sheet of paper; or looking through the just-cleaned lenses of eye glasses that offer up the world around in crisp detail.

Oh, to start anew.

January allows us a deep sigh of relief as we seal the year past with a quick swig of spirits and move on to that which is (hopefully) better.

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We didn’t have to be told to celebrate Christmas

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:49 -- Gayle Nichol

Once a month, I write here, to the left of Chris Cooke. Every other day, I manage his graphics department at First Monday’s parent company, Huron Web Offset Printing and Graphics.

There are 30-plus colourful characters in my charge – a curious band of brothers and sisters who span forty decades in age and experience and who each bring something to the table. I value each and every one of them, for very different reasons.

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Take moments to remember

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 14:13 -- Gayle Nichol

Everyone wants to belong.

When I was a schoolgirl, I was a Brownie. I dressed every Tuesday night in my starched brown cotton dress, pulled up my matching knee socks and tied my white and orange neckerchief properly under my chin (right over left and under – left over right and under) to achieve the precise square knot of the sharp-dressed Brownie.

Membership was a source of pride, as it was for my brothers who were members of their own Cub Packs.

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Be Canadian, Build Canadian

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:29 -- Gayle Nichol

I’ve got my eyes on the strike at Ingersoll’s Cami plant.

I get why it’s not big news in Sarnia-Lambton as our industry is focused more on energy and less on energy-efficient vehicles, but I can’t help but watch what is going on there in the battle between Unifor Local 88 and General Motors Canada.

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It was better before

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 15:49 -- Gayle Nichol

Forty odd years ago from my writing this, I would be exiting the hallowed halls of Emily Carr Public School with squeals and shouts of pent up excitement following a year of dedicated learning.

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Show off your leafs, ladies!

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:12 -- Gayle Nichol

I love our flag.

That’s what my friend told me after I picked her up for a girl’s day away in Stratford. Zipping across the 402 overpass where the massive maple leaf billows in quiet – but suitably substantial – pride she was gushing. She loves this country. She loves the sight of the red and white, the peace of the leaf, and all she stands for.

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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


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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