I’ve always loved sunflowers since I was a youngster. The towering yellow flowers make me smile. Dad wouldn’t plant them in the front yard like I requested back then. However, in later years, he always planted a row of sunflowers at the edge of his vegetable garden right up until his last summer. This year,… Continue reading A Growing Tribute
Valuable life lessons were demonstrated in a garden last Monday. 1200 pounds of brick edging had been dropped off in my driveway by the Home Depot delivery truck. I was eager to start my project. I planned to replace the naughty black landscape edging that kept heaving itself out of the ground. I had grown… Continue reading Lessons Learned from Bricks!
Funny how motivation can be found in unusual places. And, likewise how easily one can become discouraged. Even though I had driven to the pool and changed into my Speedo, I almost decided to go home. I realized I’d forgotten my goggles. A back-up pair was in my gym bag but a voice in my… Continue reading Through Amber Goggles
Ryan was barely able to keep his eyes open as he ate his lunch at the homeless shelter. He bought his shoes from his friend recently. What is your biggest struggle with poverty on a daily basis? “Shelter. I’ve been living on the street on and off for about five years. Sometimes I crash at… Continue reading Their Shoes #39
I don’t think I’ll give up my career as a nurse to become a wedding planner any time soon. But, things went well; great, even! There was never a more joyous bride than my daughter, Giselle. As far as for wedding planning, it all came down to logistics. The mother of the bride—that’d be me—couldn’t… Continue reading Wedding Planning 101
Windsor, Ontario. © Rita Jacques 2017
Mixing things up a bit for this week’s edition of Their Shoes. A follow-up good news edition! Cynthia from Their Shoes #29 rushed to the counter while I was serving sandwiches recently at the homeless shelter. She could hardly contain herself waiting for me to be finished talking to a young man being served. “Guess what?… Continue reading Their Shoes #38