Time for a Little Talk

~ Fiction based firmly in fact…

The tree stood proudly in the corner, tiny lights casting a twinkly glow on glossy balls and finely detailed wooden decorations. The popcorn and cranberry strands had, despite the presence of half a dozen small children, miraculously remained intact. Donna’s swift glance took in the gifts under the tree, the music waiting on the piano, the couch, TV and bookshelves free of toys and books, the extra dining table set up in the middle of the room with another smaller one beside it for little people. Five-month-old Mikey was asleep in his baby seat at the end of the couch. Her husband, Jeff, was down in the basement, looking for more chairs.

“Mommy! Daddy! They’re here!” The chorus of excited voices came from the top of the stairs. [Read more…]

One Year Ago

It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since we lost our son James… and 5 years since I wrote the following… [Read more…]

My Greatest Burden is My Greatest Blessing

b2_sun_14A valuable and rather surprising lesson I learned from my daughter Irene in the spring of 2004…

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A Wild Walk

Teena & Snook

Teena & Snook

This happened 11 years ago, when moose sightings were rare. We see them often now. Teena and Snook were our dogs, who somehow managed to escape from the house whenever they thought I was going for a walk. Both dogs are gone now, but we have fond memories of their years with us. Like this one… [Read more…]

A Bit of Light Fun

candle (1)On a summer’s night five years ago…

The power went tonight. Now that we’re midway between summer solstice and fall, it’s getting dark considerably sooner at night. And with the heavy cloud cover, it was pretty dark when the lights went out at around 10:30pm. Given the night owl nature of my family, plus the fact that Ian wasn’t home yet, it’s no surprise that the boys came upstairs instead of just going to bed. [Read more…]

What’s in a Name

On this day 63 years ago, my parents were married. James Michael Cummins and Willena Mae Livingston… the best mom and dad a little girl could have had.

And now, a little story that tells something about my parents… [Read more…]

An Awesome Discovery

PrintThis is the story of an amazing day, spent a couple of miles north of home, at a neighbourhood potluck at Don and Irene’s farm. It happened 5 years ago. Don and Irene moved to town shortly after that, and Don has since passed away. I wish we could have taken pictures of them and their wonderful works of art.

Written in July 2010… [Read more…]

Remembering My Son

This beautiful hymn, written by Keith Green, was one of my son James’s favourites. In reading Keith Green’s bio online, I was surprised to find how close he was in age to our son, when he was taken in a plane crash, along with two of his little children. Keith was 28. Our James was 25. [Read more…]


Timothy (10)

Timothy (10)

Timothy is our “words” guy.

He’s always loved words, the way they sound, and the way they fit together. He won the family summer reading contest when he was around 12. [Read more…]


our front yard on July 3, 2014

our front yard on July 3, 2014

I couldn’t sleep last night because of the heat, and got up to write in my journal. To my surprise, I discovered I had the same thing, for the same reason, one year ago today. [Read more…]