Author Archives: clubfredbaja

Safe

Stay safe. Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing that or any of the variations on that theme. I’m tired of hearing it and I’m tired of saying it. Safe. There’s no such thing as safe in this world … Continue reading

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The Perimenopause Diaries Part III – Bringing the Heat

I am about to do something radical. I am going to share something positive about menopause with you. At the age of thirteen, after my math teacher noticed that my neck appeared swollen and a little green (ick), I was … Continue reading

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The Perron Family Holiday Letter 2020

Dear family & friends, Happy Ho Ho Ho-lidays! This year, Fred and I decided to send out our annual Christmas letter early because we won’t be making our usual trek south for the winter and also time has lost all … Continue reading

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All the Beautiful Losers

It seems impossible to believe now but there once was a time when beauty pageants commanded the TV spotlight and families gathered in the glow to see which woman would tearfully accept a crown and ascend to her role as … Continue reading

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This Post Is For One Person

Waiting for a bus, a woman says to the man next to her, “Wow, it’s twice as cold today as it was yesterday!” Yesterday it was 0 degrees Celsius. What is the temperature today? This is the question that changed … Continue reading

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It’s Just the Flu

Jan 2, 2007, somewhere in Oregon, I noticed my throat was sore. Probably just a cold, no big deal, I thought. This is where the narrator of my life should have said, “But it was not just a cold and … Continue reading

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The Letting Go

I’m grieving. Again. Not for the dead but for the loss of the living. Fred says I should get over it, ignore it, not talk about it. There’s a logic in that, I guess. But I keep coming back to … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Dirt That Feeds Us

Rain is coming soon. I’m in the garden, rushing to fertilize, seed, re-pot, plant and organize before Saturday, when the skies will darken and burst. My six broccoli starts are getting “leggy”–a term I’d only associated with a particular brand … Continue reading

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One Door Closes

I’d planned on closing out the Coconut Chronicles permanently on May 17th, the day we left Canada fifteen years ago, for the symmetry and symbolism. That was my plan. I am good at mistakes and bad at plans. Continue reading

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Broken

Packing up has begun over here at the Coconut Chronicles. Slowly, I am organizing posts and putting them into boxes. I seal them with tape and mark in black felt pen “Bahamas”, “Florida”, “Ucluelet”, “Baja”, and so on. There are … Continue reading

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