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Jun

2022

Who I am, and how I got there

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday, June 23, 2022

 

I started writing a journal in December 1964. Ironically, I didn’t set out to chronicle my life. I intended to write a magazine article. For fame, or glory, or something.  

            That autumn, I had taken a night-school course taught by author and ghost-writer Raymond Hull, co-author with Lawrence J. Peter of the best-selling book, The Peter Principle. I never completed that course, because I got a new job in Prince Rupert, far up the northern B.C. coast. 

            During my first weeks in that rain-soaked, rock-hewn, isolated city on an island in the Pacific, I compiled my impressions into a magazine article, following the conventions Hull had taught me. I sent it to his class. 

            I never heard anything more about it. But that article established a habit of writing down my impressions. And so I continued. 


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24

Jun

2022

Paying back 12 years of transfusions

Author: Jim Taylor

Sunday June 19, 2022

 

“The best laid plans o’ mice an’ men,” wrote poet Robbie Burns long ago, “gang aft agley.”

            Canadian Blood Services and I laid plans for celebrating the one-year anniversary of opening the new Kelowma plasma clinic, this coming Wednesday, June 22. Alas, life had other plans. Things went agley.

            I wanted to be the first plasma donor, when the clinic opened in 2021. My wife had been receiving plasma transfusions for 12 years, while she had chronic lymphatic leukemia (CLL). The plasma contained immune-globulin, antibodies distilled from about 1000 donors per transfusion, to supplement her weakened immune system.

            I wanted to repay some of that debt, if I could.


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17

Jun

2022

A difference that makes a difference

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday June 16, 2022

 

It was not a typical breakfast conversation: But then, we weren’t a typical breakfast group. 

            For around 25 years, a group of guys -- who all worked for, with, or in Canadian churches -- have met at least once a year to talk. About almost anything. 

            We haven’t solved any of the world’s problems. But we’ve had a good time not solving them.

            And so, on this particular morning, we found ourselves wondering about the difference between guilt and shame.


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17

Jun

2022

Playing a duet with the great ones

Author: Jim Taylor

Thursday June 9, 2022

 

Piano recitals are back. 

            My church has a wonderful grand piano. Piano teachers love to bring their children to play on it, to the applause of their admiring parents and adoring grandparents.

            Until Covid-19 came along, we used to have up to a dozen piano recitals a year. During the pandemic, some teachers abandoned recitals altogether. Others did virtual recitals.

            But as the pandemic restrictions eased, the recitals have come back. 

            I’m the sound man. I get to attend, without having to play anything.


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17

Jun

2022

The Queen and I

Author: Jim Taylor

Sunday June 5, 2022

 

England is having a grand party to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum anniversary – 70 years on the throne. (TV doesn’t tell me how enthusiastically the Scots and Welsh are joining in.) 

            “Lillibet” and I don’t have a long personal history. Minimal, in fact. Our life stories intersect at only two points. 


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