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March Forth

I’ve been in a weird place, lately. Somewhere where I don’t know where I am. I’ve fallen off my anti-cancer wagons. And then beaten myself up, accordingly. I’ve slipped into my pre-c self-loathing. And then beaten myself up, accordingly. I’ve … Continue reading

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Bellyflop… On Ice

Me, zipping home from work on the perfectly groomed canal. One skate-sized hollow. Crack. Me, on my belly wondering if my knees still work. It’s been 20+ years, and thousands of kilometres, since I’ve been blades-up on the canal. And, … Continue reading

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Preventative Compassion

In minus a million sunshine on the gloriously glassy canal, two Rideau Canal Skate Patrolers took time out, today, to patiently teach a newcomer to skate. Not much makes me happier than a frosty afternoon on our fantastic skateway. That … Continue reading

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Posts I Didn’t Write

My new-found respect for sleep means my waking hours are (unevenly) divided between parenting and working. And that writing and reading and sewing and building and lots of other projects are put off to another day. A cancer-free day, thanks to … Continue reading

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Happiness Is…

First skate of the season. Related Posts: Escape from Sudden Valley Frozen Forgiveness Breaking the Rules We Interrupt This Program

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We Interrupt This Program

Ok. Maybe I’m getting bored of chemo or forgetting how absolutely lucky I am that I’m not throwing up or laying in bed moaning — but this round seems very different. Digestive distress or no, the chemo cravings (for pizza, … Continue reading

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Breaking the Rules

Have I mentioned that I love the canal? As I walk and jog at its edge each day, it rarely fails to share a story. Tales of hopeful preparations and thwarted plans. Spunky students risking shortcuts. Rogue skaters and mysteries. … Continue reading

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Frozen Forgiveness

There are tonnes of things I love about living in Ottawa, and the Rideau Canal Skateway is number one, hands down. In twenty-four winters of hopes dashed or bettered, I have never had a harsh word for the skateway. Even … Continue reading

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Escape from Sudden Valley

Recovery from chemo2 has been miles better than chemo1. Correcting my inadvertently doubled steroid prescription allowed me to sleep the nights immediately following my infusion and to skip the hangover that kept me moaning on the couch days 5, 6 … Continue reading

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