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By: Laura Christie My great-niece Abby recently turned thirteen. I’m sure it was my imagination, but she appeared to have grown four inches in two months. She is a lovely, kind-hearted young lady. Very poised, confident and smart. Now in grade eight and in a class with all her friends, she is set to have a wonderful year ahead. Abby is the oldest...
By: Laura Christie I was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. We lived at 10 Alexander Street. My sisters do tell wonderful stories about living in that house. When I was one and a half years old, we moved to 804 Headley Drive in London. This is my childhood home; a red brick bungalow where my mom and dad raised six children. When a bedroom and shower...
By: Laura Christie  Since 1993, my husband and I have enjoyed the good fortune to spend time in a place that calms and recharges us. It’s a cottage on Cameron Lake, just outside of Tobermory.  We have recently returned from two weeks of gorgeous weather, and starry, starry nights. There is a deck that stretches the length of the cottage. In the...
I think it's because we all begin our socialization process with school and the 'new' year beginning in September that even when school is many moons behind us, the fall feels like the start of a new year.  For my family, with four children going into grades 2, 4, 7 and 9, this September like so many in my youth, has meant back to school, back to...
By: Laura Christie I came across a dog walker today when I zipped out to deliver meals. I was on my way back to work and had stopped at a red light, when I was instantly taken in by the scene before me. There were four small dogs of varying breeds. They were prancing along, loving life, sniffer’s in the air. They seemed happy, quite carefree to be...
By: Laura Christie I called them my “Charlie Brown” shoes. They were chocolate brown suede with orange suede sides. Quite a step up from Buster Brown white and black saddle shoes. Appropriately shoed, I was ready for grade eight at John Dearness Public School. I also scored my very first pair of “Levis” from a store called Thrifty’s – life was...
By: Laura Christie  At one point in life, let’s call this the “woe-is-me” pre teen years, my three brothers played hockey. A time consumming sport with practises, games & tournaments. My dad loved hockey, playing it, coaching it, and watching it. I bemoaned the fact to my mother that he spent so much time with my brothers and hockey related...
By: Laura Christie We arrived at the very busy emergency department waiting room in University Hospital at 6:30 p.m.  Our wait was long, which is the reason why it’s called, “the waiting room”.  At no time are you mislead to believe it’s “out in a jiffy room”. By the time we were seen by the emergency room doctor, and blood had been taken and the...
By: Laura Christie  At the August 8th Community Cooking Class at The Village Table, I had an opportunity to participate in the class myself. This session was for eight to eleven-year-old, “keen on food kids”. It was also an intergenerational session, and several parents stayed to take part. The first activity – was to individualize their Chef’s...
By: Laura Christie London business owner, Tony Cuzzocrea of Planmar Financial, is standing behind the local movement of ‘Love First’.  The premise is, “let’s make people happier through our good deeds” and encourage others to extend small acts of kindness, not once a year, but everyday. Simple gestures that allow all members of this community to...

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