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Jan Carrie Steven
Sunday afternoons with Fred
November 20, 2013

Writing about Brad “Elvis” Rose and about my placement in a Chronic Care ward caused me to remember my friend, Fred Roden.Fred’s and my friendship had an unusual beginning. I...

Sunshine and a Purple Dress - Steel-haired wheels
November 04, 2013

When I ride my bicycle, I feel I am getting away with something — like I’m pilfering.This is why.Cycling is faster than walking and takes considerably less calories — what...

Sunshine and a Purple Dress
October 23, 2013

"One thing's for sure, we're all going to be a lot thinner." (Hans Solo)"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." a chubby 13-year-old girl tried to jog...

A Sonoran Saturday Night - Jan Carrie Steven
March 11, 2013

It’s weird!I didn’t even know it had happened until I said to Laurence, “It’s so nice to be able to visit Texas again” — as if Texas was a neighbouring...

Takeaways
February 14, 2013

What do you say about, how do you feel about, watching two very elderly handicapped people having a meal at a restaurant?He has Alzheimer’s disease and from time to time...

Dancing with Cacti
October 29, 2012

When my husband, Laurence, says, “I think I’ve got this figured out!” this is a good time to head in the opposite direction. What I’m referring to is going hiking...

Colin Bateman, Patti and me
October 26, 2012

So, my friend Patti and I (insert sound of gum being snapped here) have this great idea for a novel. It’s, like, about a cat store that sells books, or...

Bright-shining Laurence
October 09, 2012

There are many reasons to marry a rural-raised minister’s kid (RRMK). Here are a few of them-Poverty (by Canadian urban standards) is what they know. We are far from poor...

OMGY! (Oh My Golden Years)
October 02, 2012

There isn’t one bone, muscle or joint in my body that isn’t a little bit miffed with me right now. No, I didn’t careen into a steel beam (although I’ve...

Can anybody find me somebody to love?
September 21, 2012

I am so sad that the Rainbow District doesn’t have a spay/neuter clinic. Our Shelter is almost filled up with cats again. More than 15 cats came in today alone....

No appetite for change
September 04, 2012

I have many sets of eyes following me around the house.No, I am not a person who has gone crazy in a portrait gallery.I am a person who has changed...

The lazy vegan
August 23, 2012

Becoming a vegan was the easiest change I’ve ever made in my life.A vegan (pronounced vee-gan) is one who does not consume mammals or their milk, birds or their eggs,...

Tripping the Light Fantastic at the Rainbow Shelter
August 17, 2012

Eau de tomcat urine – that was my perfume by 5 p.m. Aug. 16.More on that later.As Tullamore Dew is to a dedicated Irish whisky drinker, so are shelter kitties...

Sunshine and kitty cats report from the Rainbow Shelter – The Sequel
August 07, 2012

My second shift as a volunteer and the Rainbow District Animal Shelter was another awesome day. See the wonderful selection of kittens and cats at http://gsshelter.ca/meetcats.html. Check out Lilac Lougheed —...

A Sunday Afternoon at the Shelter
July 27, 2012

This summer I am volunteering at the Rainbow District Animal Shelter on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons. What could be easier than helping to look after 30 cats, right?! Wrong! Here...

Adventures with Kim-Chi (fermented, spicy, pickled cabbage)
July 23, 2012

Stage One: First of all, the shopping for ingredients. They include (but are not limited to): -2 large nappa or Chinese cabbages-Korean red pepper powder-Asian fish sauce-Daikon radishChallenge No. 1...

Clambake
April 26, 2012

A year ago, if anyone had predicted I’d be happy as a clam in 100 degree Fahrenheit heat (mind you, a baked clam,) I would have told them they were...

Who saved whom, at Small Things?
March 28, 2012

Small Things didn’t start out as a kitty shop. Initially it was an Arts, Books, Crafts & Delights shop – that happened to have a resident cat – Kumquat. (Our...

Oui, Wii
March 19, 2012

I am told I need to have a bucket list – of list of things I want to do before I die. But, more importantly, I need to actually do...

Jan’s World: Clickety clack
March 19, 2012

Clickety clack. Clickety clack.Nope, it’s not Laurence and I line-dancing to Southbound Train by Travis Tritt down at our Arizona trailer park.It’s something almost weirder – me with cleats. Ice...

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