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Dear Ricker, I love you

I have been fortunate enough to dine on Ricker cuisine for just under a year now. And yet, every time I walk down my three flights of stairs, generally wearing PJs, I feel a significant rise in spirits. Whether it’s exchanging smiles with Mary, Ricker’s fearless and devoted General Manager, or chatting with Chris about…

Life overheard

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, someone living an isolated life with nothing but time to focus on the craft of creating stories. I took this separatist approach during the early years of my writing, safely tucked away at my desk scribbling down poems in the requisite moleskin, my door closed, my thoughts growing…

Taking breaks

My immense pleasure at the quality of my time this long weekend prompted me to reflect on the ideas behind taking a break. We all seem to regard Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as times for exercising a way of living life different from our normal existence. The bliss of a three-day weekend, or any weekend…

Ups and Downs

It’s a beautiful sunny day, and I get up at noon. Suites boys are playing “Johnny B. Goode,” and I break the tea-cup my best friend from high school got me as a gift. Tonight my boyfriend and I will celebrate a friend’s birthday and cuddle; tomorrow I will spend the day in bed, feeling…