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In my Dec. newsletter: Let go of the stocking

All this week, Facebook has been showing me festive photos I’ve posted in previous years. My dog staring longingly at my older son’s Christmas stocking, shown here, is a classic. In the December issue of my newsletter, Wordnerdery, I share what Jake and letting go of the stocking have to teach us about living in […]

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Cleanses or colons, it’s time to talk about tushes

It breaks my heart when I read that colon cancer is 90% preventable if detected early. The fact that my brother didn’t find his in time, sadly, puts him in an uncomfortably large crowd. According to Colon Cancer Canada, about 24,400 new cases were diagnosed in Canada in 2014, and more than 9,200 Canadians lost […]

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Undies and tushes and butts, oh my

You have to joke when it comes to talking about a disease that affects your butt. That means there are no sedate names for the 5K events raising awareness of colon cancer and money for colon cancer research and support. Nope, we’ve got the Undy Run, raising money for the Colon Cancer Alliance in cities […]

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Push For Your Tush results are in

After almost 14 years of walking a dog three times a day, walking 5K is a piece of cake. So earlier this month I laced up my walking shoes to do the 5K Push For Your Tush in Burlington, Ontario, raising money for Colon Cancer Canada (tagline: We’re behind your behind). This was my second […]

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Runs with undies

The issue is serious — colon cancer — but those of us running/walking to raise money for the cause on February 28 couldn’t resist a little word fun. Thus The Turdles were the top team in the Sacramento Undy Run, and the field included Heidi’s Hineys, the Semi Colons, the Stolen Colons and Team Pooper […]

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My new mantra is, ‘Why not?’

If you read this blog, you know that it’s been one helluva a year. Recognizing the fragility of life, my new mantra (“a frequently repeated word, phrase, etc.; a slogan,” to quote the Canadian Oxford Dictionary) is “Why not?” When an invitation for something unusual arrives, I will not think of the many reasons — […]

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Lessons from the Dogfather

Jake was our first dog. He’ll probably be our last dog, too. Long before we got our black Lab, I was already imagining the pain of saying goodbye to a treasured member of the family. Our youngest son was just 10, so I figured by that time, he would be old enough to handle it. […]

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Remembering my Dad

My father — Grant Cunningham — was always the go-to guy for anything that needed fixing. His day job for more than 30 years was with Bell Canada (which he always called “Mother Bell”), but on the side he fixed stuff. In his prime, he built a deck, installed deck lights, added telephone outlets, hung […]

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Life is short; get screened

In the end, my big brother had less than a year to live from the first signs that something was going wrong. Gallstones, maybe? No. Colon cancer, which had already spread to his lungs and liver. He was 61. Don moved to California years ago, and being on opposite sides of the continent didn’t support […]

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Round 2 of how to support a friend with cancer

My last post was a reminder about why we need balance in our lives. The timing is unexpectedly appropriate, because I’ve just been hit hard with another reason to treat life as precious: My brother has cancer. Familiar feelings of helplessness are compounded by the fact that Don is miles away, so I’m looking for […]

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