It’s nice to be nice

Two lovely scenes of human kindness that I witnessed today just made the world a hopeful place (amid the horrific UK Parliament tragedy that rocked our sense of calm anew). In the supermarket, a Caucasian gentleman cared enough to move his stuffs on the till to make room for my groceries, handed me the stick…

Milestone Birthdays

Milestone birthdays are due for three special women: my mother-in-law will celebrate her 90th, my paternal aunt is still undecided if she will have a party for her 70th birthday, and yours truly is turning a new leaf to mark 55 seasons in a fun and memorable way. I don’t know why all of a…

Where have they flown?

Our skies here are empty. The familiar squawks almost unheard of. A pair or two of these migratory geese and a few birds is what I have seen so far. Oh, where have all the geese flown this time? From what I remember, the inflight of the Canadian geese heralds spring inasmuch as their exflight…

Different ‘peg folks

“Do you eat chicken?” an old man addressed me with that odd question as I went about my duties as a meat clerk in the top-selling supermarket in southern Winnipeg. “What?” (with that quizzical look on my face like saying, “Are you talking to me?), I responded by reflex. “Why, yes, of course, sir. Why…

A Fish Out of Ice

Stargazing was not just a favorite pastime that both relaxed and entertained me while I agonizingly waited in my home country for the approval of our immigration application to Manitoba. It was a ritual of hatching that dream to fruition. On good nights, I enjoyed my time in our balcony, watching the heavens passed me…