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Ruby McBeth: Happy New Year one and all

Happy New year 2022
Ruby McBeth: "This year, I have gained greater appreciation of home, husband, and health."

I arrive at the end of 2021 looking back and looking forward.

At this time last year, we were eagerly awaiting the vaccines which we thought would solve all our problems. The vaccinations came, but COVID didn’t go.

It is easy to lose sight of the good things that have happened as we get bogged down with the stress of going into and out of COVID restrictions. And there is always the temptation to find a scapegoat – someone to blame for the fact that our world is so difficult right now.

My brother sends out a daily quote and included one recently that sort of fits the times: “My tolerance for idiots is extremely low today. I used to have some immunity built up, obviously there is a new strain out there.”

I guess this is rather cynical but it is humour that I think is necessary now more than ever.

There have been some fun times this year. Lorne and I participated in the Masons and Shriner's Burns Night Drive-Thru supper. Thank you, Dan Davies.

Then in August, we took our vegetables, photos, and scarecrow out to the Fall Fair for a family campout. Thank you, Bruce and Cheryl Christensen for your work organizing the Fair.

We have other things to be thankful for: we did get our vaccinations and we had an excellent garden out at the farm. The grandchildren helped us with the garden. This year, I have gained greater appreciation of home, husband, and health.

Frank Oberle’s Memoirs

You may remember Frank Oberle as the Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. His memoir Finding Home: A War Child’s Journey to Peace takes us from his birth and childhood in Germany, to Canada, where he settled finally in Chetwynd.

Oberle was not bitter despite the harsh experiences in Nazi Germany and instead became determined to move and start over. The book was hard to put down.

Farewell to Rosalynn

I was saddened to read of the death of Rosalynn Baron. Although I didn’t teach Rosalynn, I remember seeing her working in the Bert Bowes library. Later, Rosalynn was a regular person at the A&W for breakfast when Lorne and I would go there occasionally before the pandemic. She will be missed.

Quote of the Week

"We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about." (Charles Kingsley)


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.