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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...
By: Laura Christie Notoriously known as someone with a messy desk, I like the quote from Albert Einstein. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" This said by the man whose desk was piled with papers. Through the ages, long has been the debate (with research money to prove it), of the conflict...
By: Laura Christie As my blogs have revealed in past writings, breakfast visiting is my way to catch up and stay connected to people that I love. Last Sunday, I sat across the table from my friend Jill. She and I met when we started Grade 9 at Oakridge Secondary School. Jill sat in front of me in English class. I was fascinated by her braces and...
By: Laura Christie When I first started, it was clear co-workers felt that the sun rose and set with a volunteer named Fred. I called to make his acquaintance and had to leave a message. I did this several times and never got a response. Finally, a return message! Alas, from the woman who had received the messages.  “I am not Fred and you have...
By: Laura Christie On the last two occasions when I pulled out the mower, I cut the lawn cross-wise instead of length-wise. It certainly didn’t make the task any more pleasant, but I had it in my head that cutting it this way made the chore shorter in duration. And just the feeling of it being shorter was good, as there were still the flower beds...
By: Laura Christie Soon to begin at The Village Table location, will be cooking classes for children and youth. We’ve partnered with Growing Chefs Ontario, Old East Village Grocer and London Public Library to run the sessions. Two community oriented classes take place in the afternoon on Tuesday, August 8th & 29th.  Participants are encouraged...
By: Laura Christie If the title of this blog was accurate to the statement I remember from the past, it would state “Laura, life is not a Harlequin Romance”. This was part of sage advice offered by my father when I was in my early twenties. I’m sure he chose this segue into the conversation about marriage because the females in the Froats family...
By: Vanessa Cullen   When I started planning to write as Laura’s guest-blogger, I knew right away I would want it to be about storytelling. After all, Laura’s blogs usually stem from a great story so I have the theme correct! I also wanted to continue encouraging everyone – volunteers, staff, clients – to share their stories. I started with a...

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