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More of Our Canada January 2019

More of Our Canada is a companion magazine to Our Canada, the popular reader-written bimonthly published by Reader's Digest. Made available during the six months that Our Canada is not published, MOC is a venue where Canadians gather to share their stories, photos and interests—and pride of family, community and country.

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in your words

Mission Accomplished I wanted to write and say thank you for publishing my friend Frank Roden’s photos in the Birds and Blooms section of the May 2018 issue. I can’t tell you what this meant to Frank. He has cystic fibrosis. His lung function has decreased to the point where he can no longer work, so he tries to focus what little energy he has on photography. His passion is photographing birds, as he is able to sit in one spot and let the birds come to him. He doesn’t have to drag his oxygen tank all over the place. Last year was difficult for Frank. He spent a lot of time in the hospital fighting lung infections. As a result, he missed his opportunity to get out and take pictures.…

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meeting place

JOHN STAGER John is a retired provincial civil servant and an avid amateur photographer. He and his wife Jennifer have lived in Pickering, Ont., for the past 30 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Since retiring in 2012, John and Jennifer have travelled throughout Canada and all over the world, with John taking many photos along the way. He is active in his local photography community and is the current president of the Ajax Photography Club. His photo essay inter Wonderland on page 8 shows off his amazing photography skills. John’s other hobbies include hiking, playing bagpipes and golf. KIRSTIN LEHMANN Kirstin is an early childhood educator, amateur children’s book author and illustrator, and home-schooling mum to her son, Sam. Originally from Calgary, Kirstin, her husband, Mathias, and three-year-old Sam,…

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in our words

Making the List With 2018 exiting stage left and 2019 commanding the spotlight, I find myself wondering, do most Canadians still make New Year’s resolutions? It’s been a long-standing tradition for many, one in which honouring the resolutions can actually be easier than preparing the list of resolutions in the first place. Doing so calls for a certain amount of introspection and self-awareness, an admission to yourself that you are not perfect (in spite of what your ego is no doubt shouting in your ear internally), and that there are certain areas of your life, or your approach to life, that could do with some improvement. No matter who you are, where you come from or what you do for a living, that type of self-honesty is never easy to achieve. Sharing…

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veteran profile

Clifford Swarbrick Army Service Corps Clifford was born in Unity, Sask., and joined the Canadian Army in 1941. He served overseas with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps as a truck driver for the 65th Tank Transport. “We would haul tanks from one place to another. They would be battle-damaged or tanks that ran out of fuel… We couldn’t use our lights at night either—you just watched for the small slit of light from the rear of the truck in front of you. That’s tough when you are only feet away from one another and moving fast. If you were the first truck in convoy, good luck!” Cliff was discharged in January 1946. After the war, he lived in Lacombe, Alta., where he passed away on September 12, 2014. To see video interviews with war…

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winter wonderland

I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but given my busy work schedule as a senior executive in the Ontario government, my picture-taking opportunities and photography skills were both pretty limited. It wasn’t until after my wife Jennifer and I retired six years ago that I became much more interested in pursuing photography as a hobby. I invested in good camera equipment, took a number of courses to improve my level of understanding and joined the local photography club to learn from knowledgeable practitioners. I also spent considerable time taking pictures to further develop my skills. Over time, as I became more proficient with the camera, I developed a real passion for my new-found hobby. Jennifer and I have also been fortunate since retiring to fulfill our dream of travelling. We’ve taken…

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canadian rainbow

Comfort and Care Anna Barnum of Waterloo, Ont., writes, “Making these knitted hand-warmers (below) is a craft I have been doing for about a year and a half now. They are called Twiddle Muffs. I use bits of leftover yarn to knit them, then use buttons, bows and so on to decorate them. They are effective in minimizing agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. People suffering from these conditions can be quite fidgety and this gives them something to fiddle with and provides sensory stimulation. Some friends have donated their yarn to me as well, and many people have contributed to the ‘embellishment’ supply. I have donated most of the ones I’ve made—about 90 or so—to my local Alzheimer’s society. They are a joy to make and a worthwhile use…