The moon of wintertime

For those interested in music and a little history I must tell you about a wonderful Canadian Christmas carol!  I’m posting it in honour of my brother’s beautiful children who have First Nations status from their mother. This haunting hymn is the first North American Christmas carol also called The Huron Carol. It was written by  a young…

I’ll be home for Christmas

Sometimes it’s like yesterday, so close, you need only shut your eyes for an instant, whisper Christmas, and you are back.  This is a nostalgic time. Our little house on the hill near the University exists only in my heart now, having been put to rest by urban development.  There is Mom at the window waving…

Flores de noche buena

The  beautiful Christmas Pachelbel What is Christmas without the wonderful Poinsettia?  It was known to the Aztecs of Mexico as ‘cuetlaxochitl.’  They used the red leaves to dye clothing and made a healing potion of the milky sap. Anyone wearing red was considered sacred and pure.   The “cuetlaxochitl” was also a symbol for lactating mothers. Later,…

My Beautiful Christmas Angel

Robin has been laid to rest.  It was a life that ended much too soon – but was a splendid journey, with scuba diving in Cozumel ( I dove with her in Victoria), sky diving, a safari in Africa, getting her teaching degree and much more. -And she still had time to make me a lovely little…