Archive for November 7th, 2008

Another Auntie is gone

Friday, November 7th, 2008

OLSON, RUTH OLIVE Ruth Olive Olson, of Camrose, Alberta, passed away on November 5, 2008 at the age of 91 years. She is survived by one son, Roger (Carol); four grandchildren, Kaele (Shawn) Rogers, Erin, Rachel and Michael; five stepgrandchildren, Dolores (Ken), Joe (Marg), Terry (Jean), Elise (Ernie), Dale (Sally); numerous step-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren; one brother, Phil (Gladie) Sollid; one sister, Esther (Alan) Danielson; five sisters-in-law, Arna Sollid, Ruth Sollid, Helen Olson, Esther Tjosvold, Irene Archibald; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her first husband, Benjamin Olson; second husband, Maynard Olson; five brothers, Conrad, Lawrence, Orvid, Ken and Art. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. …

… etc. (full obituary can be found here for a limited time.)

I’ve only seen Auntie Ruth a couple of times in the last ten or so years as she’s lived in Camrose, but I’ve got good memories of time spent with my cousin Roger at their house in Saskatoon when I was in my teens and 20s.

This picture was taken in the summer of 2007 when we dropped in for a half-hour visit on our way to Pigeon Lake.

Auntie Ruth with Roger and children

Auntie Ruth was a truly saintly woman.

Peace to her memory.

I love the CBC

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Sometime in the early 1970s I heard a song from Bruce Cockburn’s “Joy Will Find A Way” album, I think it might have been “A long-time-love song”, on the CBC radio program “Touch the Earth”.  To the best of my knowledge I hadn’t previously been exposed to Cockburn’s music, and I wanted to hear more.  When I had enough money scraped together, I went out and purchased that LP, one of my first ever.

CBC radio has continued to provide a welcome alternative to the mainstream radio alternatives ever since, and for that I’m grateful.

I heart CBC

However sometimes tough love is required.  That’s why I’ve been known to criticize Canada’s national broadcaster.