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Rosemary Sexton
Author, Society Columnist and Gossip-writer
Author, Society Columnist and Gossip-writer

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# peacock needlepoint 

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Thornton Cliff


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Edgar's 80th birthday in Brockville, October 2016

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Today's article by Robin Levinson-King in the Toronto Star on Sophie Trudeau's visit to Washington.

Chicken-artichoke casserole

A tasty go-to luncheon recipe with rice and a kale salad. For dinner, I add a roast pork shoulder or leg of lamb slow-cooked all day.

4 skinned boned chicken breasts
2 cans artichoke quarters
2 cups chicken stock
¼ cup butter
¼ cup white flour
½ cup white wine
½ cup whipping cream 
zest and juice of two lemons
2 garlic cloves
Fresh bread crumbs spread with butter

Cut breasts into pieces. Cook for 30 minutes in stock in 350 degree oven. 

Melt butter, Add flour and heavy cream. Heat 10 minutes until thick. Add wine, chicken stock, lemon juice and lemon peel. Add chicken and artichokes. Top with garlic and bread crumbs. Bake 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.

This can be assembled and baked ahead of time and then frozen. Reheat for several hours at 300 degrees.

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Some well-chosen words from my daughter:

Don't be Greedy

Letting Go When It's Time

My mother shared some wisdom recently when contemplating being disconnected from or even losing people she loved. She reflected, "You can’t be greedy about your time with people. I had over two decades with one family member and five with another and I am fortunate and should be grateful for that. It is enough.”

Words we should all heed. It speaks to not holding on too tight and to allowing what happens in life and in our relationships to change. They can grow or dissolve. Just as nature has its patterns throughout the seasons, so do human beings. It also speaks to not focusing on what is broken or doesn’t work any longer but to focus on what is right and be grateful for the time you had with someone you loved. There was a reason for it. There always is.

Not all relationships last forever. Some may be brief, only a moment in time, such as when children die after childbirth. Or they could take months or years- a first romance, perhaps. Or they might last decades - a child living at home who leaves to make his or her own mark in the world. We must learn to love without holding on too tight. 

People leave us or pass on and we can feel solace in the times we held their hand, kissed their forehead or wiped away their tears. That never really goes away as the memory of loving or being loved cannot die. It’s always with us; we just forget. So, let’s not be "greedy" about expectations of how long a relationship has to last or how it ended. Let us instead be grateful for the deep pleasure we took in it while it lasted and for the profound lessons that its ending  has left with us forever.

#Don't Be Greedy

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An articulate philosophy of life espoused by New York Times columnist Roger Cohen on Sunday, June 14, 2015. It is entitled Here's My Secret: Mow The Lawn. One paragraph reads:

I've grown suspicious of the inspirational. It's overrated. I suspect duty- that half-forgotten word- may be more related to happiness than we think. Want to be happy? Mow the lawn. Collect the dead leaves. Paint the room. Do the dishes. Get a job. Labor until fatigue is in your very bones. Persist day after day. Be stoical. Never whine. Think less about the why of what you do than getting it done. Get the column written. Start pondering the next.

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A vintage sailboat passes our vintage ice-house. Perhaps they are both the same age. This beautiful photo taken yesterday (by our neighbour Richard Tudor-Price) of the St. Lawrence River with the US on the opposite shore.

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