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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 10 … A CAT, A RAT AND A NEW BORN SON, Part 2

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Caliope’s long reach gave her a big advantage in her fight-to-the-death struggle with the rat. But he was simply to big for her to bring down. Soon the fray turned into a bizarre boxing match in which she’d thrust, jab and … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 9 … A CAT, A RAT AND A NEW BORN SON, Part 1

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Moments come like snowflakes falling in a vast, dark forest. A few of these flakes freeze and hang suspended on limbs and shrubs, frozen as memories that linger long after the deed that created them has passed. We all have … Continue reading

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A New Life In A New Land, Chapter 5 … LEARNING HOW

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I walked into the small, one-man daylight basement office excited but apprehensive. This was my first go at office equipment sales, my first “cold call” in my brand new territory … in this case a section of Vancouver, B.C. This … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 4 … MY FIRST DAY IN THE FRAY

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My first day in the hurly-burly world of business took place in a small, windowless room. I spent a week in that tomb-like setting sitting in a suit and tie while adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing on various machines arrayed around me … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 3 … INTO THE FRAY

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The classified ad stated Monroe, The Calculator Company needed a salesman. I needed a job, and I figured sales would be a good place to start. So off I hustled to the library to find out something about Monroe. Monroe, it turned out, was an old, … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 2 … TIME’S UP!

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Up until that point I’d successfully avoided the necessity of getting a real job, aka a career! Sure, I’d had great part-time jobs and cozied-up to a full-time job when, for a year or so, I sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door for a couple weeks a month. In retrospect that wasn’t such a … Continue reading

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A New Life in a New Land, Chapter 1 … RAKING LEAVES IN FALLING SNOW

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It was late October in North Vancouver, Canada. My long underwear, wool watch-cap, wool shirt, wool scarf, wool gloves and old army field jacket didn’t help one bit! I was freezing to death and my teeth were clattering like a drunk flamenco dancer’s castanets! It … Continue reading

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