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Anniversary No 12

Thirteen years ago I was launching my great grandmother’s story at my hometown, Glenboro. It was a hot Saturday afternoon and the friend I planned to visit didn’t answer her doorbell.  I turned to go and was stepping down the … Continue reading

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Deer Tick warning

Another adventure: I’ve been gardening in my yard here in Winnipeg and look what I found three mornings ago. A tiny little wood tick embedded in the skin of my upper thigh. sorry I didn’t get a picture at that … Continue reading

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Reading “For Elise”by Erin Unger,

I was excited to discover Erin Unger’s post  and I believe you will enjoy it also.         (with her permission) For Elise fell into my hands. Now what? This is a thick book, and I have a tendency to relinquish focus … Continue reading

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Greenhorn Teacher

First prize winner of CANADIAN STORIES VOLUME 24, NO. 143 YEAR 2022 MY TEACHING CAREER BEGAN  in a one room school in south central Manitoba. Those days are gone forever, but it is good to remember that although life is … Continue reading

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Childhood Mornings

Cold Dark Manitoba Mornings This winter of 2021-22 is an extraordinarily snowy, cold, old fashioned winter that reminds me of my childhood in the 194os. I have taken advantage of Covid19 isolation to write this little story. Did we ever … Continue reading

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Grasshoppers & Drought Part 2

1900, Chapter 26. A Prince For Elise Continued from Part 1 Pages 397-98. Late one evening a distraught Harry came in to talk to his mother, “I’m disgusted. We didn’t do enough last summer to get rid of the grasshoppers. … Continue reading

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Grasshoppers & Drought Part 1

Drought and Grasshoppers 1898 – 1903 Excerpts from For Elise The summer of 2021 with its drought and grasshoppers could be lifted right out of history. My great-grandmother Elise and family were brought to Canada by Englishman, Percy Criddle, her … Continue reading

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Lowly Servant makes the Free Press front page

The ‘Lilac and Lace Luncheon’ celebrating the first Nellie McLung Day.  The group from Manitou created a beautiful event to raise funds to support Nellie McClung’s homes and keep her legacy alive. Our Living History Society was invited to welcome … Continue reading

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Found: baby Mabel’s resting place

A Sad Mystery Solved Elise’s precious baby conceived in Heidelberg, was born March 1867 but died at 8 months in London. Where did the grieving mother take her little one’s body to be buried? I searched many records while I … Continue reading

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Another Brave Step

      Friesens have printed 2900 copies of my book and it has done so well, I am down to having only 15 left. Could I live without any copies to share? I tried to imagine life without, and it felt … Continue reading

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