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Tulips and other Small Things that bring Joy

Dear Vi, Yesterday was the official first day of spring.  The sun has crossed the celestial equator, moving northward. I celebrated the Vernal Equinox by going outside to inspect my flower beds. Were my tulips poking green tips up through … Continue reading

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Good Bye, Dawson City (until next year)

Dear Vi, Our Yukon summer sojourn is over. We drove away from Dawson City two days ago. Tomorrow will see the Yukon behind us for another winter. I took a lot of walks, saw two parades, read a lot of … Continue reading

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The Streets of Dawson City

Dear Vi,You might have heard that the streets of Dawson City are paved with gold,but the truth is, they aren’t paved at all.Here’s evidence: boot brushes outside the door of every establishment.And miles of boardwalk.This summer has been a writing … Continue reading

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Dawson City, Yukon: old and new, side-by-side

Dear Vi, Dawson City sits at the place where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers merge. The Klondike River is on the left, the much larger Yukon River on the right In many ways, the town itself mirrors this merging. The … Continue reading

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Living Small in Dawson City

Dear Vi, You probably already figured out that Kelly and I are spending the summer in Dawson City, Yukon, where Kelly is flying for Great River Air, but I heard you were wondering what our housing situation is like. We … Continue reading

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Dawson Blooms

Dear Vi, This morning, the radio reported that it was overcast in Dawson City when in reality the sky was blue, blue, blue with not a cloud in sight. Our weather reports come from Kelowna, BC, over a thousand miles … Continue reading

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Good Grief: when the story is over

Dear Vi, I just finished reading the Best Book. Really good. You should read it, too. Except…I was nearing the end when I read the last two words on the left hand side: “It’s okay.” And then I shifted the … Continue reading

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Bye, Sam! Leaving the dog at home

Dear Vi, Every time we leave the house, we have a conversation with Sam first. Sam sees us getting ready and starts his little happy dance. Sam: oh boy oh boy oh boy, we’re going somewhere! Us: Oh, Sam. Mommy … Continue reading

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Two Quilts for Two Sisters: warming the heart with hearts and chains

Dear Vi, Last spring I made two quilts that I haven’t shown you yet, and since it’s getting close to the end of the year, and considering these are the only quilts I finished in 2017, I thought maybe I … Continue reading

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Head and Shoulders, Knees and…Elbows?

Dear Vi, I hate to be a complainer, but I just have to tell you: Too much hand quilting, knitting, typing, and gripping heavy weights at the gym have given me tennis elbow in both arms and caused the arthritis … Continue reading

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All the miscellaneous bits and pieces

Dear Vi, Today I sent out another query letter for Holding Space. That makes nine. Out of the nine, I’ve received two rejections and one request for a Full. That means the agent liked the query enough to want to … Continue reading

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Rain!

Dear Vi, It’s been the most awful summer of heat and heavy smoke every day, and then…just this very minute…it started to rain! REAL rain, not an intermittent shower. Steadily dripping, sizzling on the roof tops, glorious, cool, wet, rain! … Continue reading

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