February 2 question – Is there someone who supported or influenced you that perhaps isn’t around anymore? Anyone you miss?
Mark and Susan, my brother and sister ’n law. My brother passed away from cancer in 2017 and my sister ’n law passed away two years later, also from cancer.
I still miss them both.
They met when working at the CBC; Susan a writer, broadcaster and producer; Mark a radio technician and photographer. Later they a production company creating award winning documentaries and a food network series, “The Thirsty Traveller.” These films and shows took them world travelling including to Vietnam, Russia, Germany, and all over Canada . Their travels are reflected in Susan’s paintings, some that hang in my home.
Even when dealing with the pain and trials of cancer, they found ways to give back that includes publishing a cookbook of recipes by neighbours who showed up at their door with meals and treats. The cookbook’s tag line is “….neighbours helping neighbours.” Their pecan muffin recipe is my favourite.
Although I am inspired by their achievements, it is their pleasure activities and hospitality that influences me the most. My brother was a volunteer for their regions Folk Festival and he was on the board for the neighbourhood Lawn Bowling League. My sister ’n law, along with painting, in her 50th decade, found her love of equestrian, took lessons, and entered competitions. Some of her competitors were only 10 years old but that did not stop her. During my summer visits, sitting on their front porch surrounded by summer flowers (they loved to garden), a neighbour would always stop in to chat.
Experiences and relationships…life’s precious treasures.
It’s through those we have lost who teach us how to live.
Is there someone who influences you that is no longer around?
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A Treasured Experience in January 2022
Last week, my book club was honoured to have Bonnie Gray join us! Graciously she answered all our questions about her latest book, “Sweet Like Jasmine.” Her words were encouraging and ministered to each of our own stories. Our book club gave “Sweet Like Jasmine” a 5 star rating! You can purchase “Sweet Like Jasmine” at all major book retailers.
We are always looking for our next book club read! Any suggestions? If you are an author, have you talked to bookclubs reading your books?