Category Archives: Love

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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I Want It All!

Something pretty great happened last week. Great, unexpected, awe-inducing, and more words that describe an event so completely out of left field that almost a week later I am still shaking my head and asking myself, “Really? Did that happen?” … Continue reading

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One Year Later

I am writing this post two days early.  On June 8th, two days from now, I will remember. What that will look like or how I will react, I don’t know. What I do know is that I have the … Continue reading

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Worse Than Death

Anniversary season has begun. “This time last year…” But that is not why I’m writing this. Well, it is and it is not why I am writing this. Two important movements are happening in North America right now, both of … Continue reading

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Sins of the Grandfather

My Grandmother, on my mother’s side, lived with me for all of my childhood and to this day I do not know my grandfather’s name. While organizing some of the boxes I kept from my Dad’s place, I came across … Continue reading

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The Road

You say, “The Road won’t win this time. I will nail my feet to the ground. I will hold fast. I will be normal.” You make plans and you imagine yourself the star of a movie where nothing changes and … Continue reading

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Mind Killer

What scares you? Not in the big, metaphorical sense but in an immediate, palm-sweating, heart racing kind of way. Spiders? Heights? Water? In Frank Herbert’s classic novel, Dune, fear is described as “the mind killer”. There is some truth in … Continue reading

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This First Birthday

Today, October 28th, 2015 marks the first time I will not be able to call my sister and wish her a happy birthday. I feel as if I need to do something meaningful to honour and celebrate her. I also … Continue reading

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Friends Like These

Imagine you are going to throw a party. You make a list of fifty of your friends. You send out invitations to those fifty friends. How many do you reasonably expect will RSVP with a Yes? How many Maybes? How … Continue reading

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Grief and the Disbeliever

What is it like to grieve when you don’t believe in heaven or hell, reincarnation, spirits, ghosts or any other form of life beyond the world of the living and breathing? I imagine some people must wonder if it’s more … Continue reading

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