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Spring in Canada. Or is it?

Barry and Denise Clermont Fall 2017

Is it really spring in Canada? Canadians just love to complain about the weather but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else! Spring in Canada I love having four seasons but some days…. It’s Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. This weather has been virtually non-stop for two days. On Friday, the ground …

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Suicide Is So Selfish! Isn’t It?

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Suicide Is So Selfish! Suicide seems to be in the news so much these days and I have to admit there was a time when I considered suicide an extremely selfish act. The loved ones of the person who passed are usually devastated and they have no idea why that person did this to them. …

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Things Have Meaning: Be careful what you make fun of and don’t touch that thing!

Things hold memories. We tie meaning to objects and get hurt when those are made fun or defensive if someone tries to take them away. Things Have Meaning Some things bring joy, others heartache. Most of us have at some time or another had things like paintings, records or maybe special sweaters that caused a …

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Family Affairs, The Years Just Melt Away

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Family affairs can be painful. Or, they can be refreshing and rejuvenating! How do you feel when family gets together and you meet people you haven’t seen in years or maybe even never met? Family Affairs Can Be Fun! Family affairs are an opportunity to reconnect. Sometimes there are issues that have lived beneath the …

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Memories can be painful. Should you feel guilty for sharing?

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Painful memories, we all have them. We live in a very “social” world today and often don’t think twice about sharing what used to be very private thoughts in a public space. This blog is exactly that. I share for two reasons. One, to release some of my own pain. Two, to let others know they are …

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Making Wine Can Be A Family Affair

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Having a glass of wine with dinner is just so civilized. Buying retail can get a little expensive and it seems that it’s never in the house just when you want a bottle to take to a social gathering. Making your own wine is definitely more economical and you can make it a family affair. …

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A Miracle Happened 25 Years Ago Today

Miracles Happen! Today marks the 25th anniversary of a great miracle. She said “I do”! We were married March 31, 1990. Actually, I married three people that day. That’s what made her accepting me into her life that much more of a miracle. I was blessed with two wonderful children at the same time. Denise …

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5 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Suffering The Loss Of A Child

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You want to offer consolation to someone suffering the loss of a child and don’t know what to say. Here are 5 things you should never say. Loss Of A Child Losing a child is like someone ripping your heart out of your chest while it’s still beating. Most parents I know see themselves in their children. …

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Sharon Nix, Artist Extraordinaire!

    My good friend Sharon is exhibiting her work April 27-29, 2012 at: CLAUSTRO Sculpted Paintings 372 Midland Avenue Midland ON, L4R 3K8 Tel: 705.527.4632 Come and meet the artist.  Click the Studio name above for further details. Make it a great day! Barry P.S.  What am I thankful for today?  I’m thankful for weekends. …

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The X Factor 2011 Auditions – Emmanuel Kelly

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