Author Archives: Christine Goodnough

About Christine Goodnough

I'm a wife, mom & grandma, homemaker, avid reader, blogger, and nature lover enjoying country living. I write short stories, poems, and share life experiences, adding a dash of humor whenever I can.

Against His Inclination

Dad tried his best when I was young to fix it in my mind that “as the tiny twig is bent, so is the tree inclined” And when he’d lay me ‘cross his knee on punishment intent, I used to … Continue reading

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Generational Wisdom

“I don’t know who my grandfather was. I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” —Abraham Lincoln “Parental advice is passed from generation to generation— each hope the next will heed it.” —Frank Clark

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Circus Memories

by Edgar Guest Oh, never comes the circus with its wonders into town but I recall a little boy who longed to be a clown, and high above the heads of all an acrobat I see that little lad of … Continue reading

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Beware the Dark Furry Beast!

Hello Everyone! It’s been a long time since we cousins have posted anything on this blog, so I’m wondering how many Followers we still have. But for those of you who are, and for readers who have just clicked on, … Continue reading

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A Walk on the Dark Side

When Hugh McKervill was in training to become a minister in the United Church of Canada, he was sent in the summer of 1955 as a student minister to the people of the Smoky Burn-Battle Heights-Papikwan area (at the edge … Continue reading

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Harry’s Hotel Etiquette

Hotel Fort Macleod CODE OF RULES 1. Guests will be provided with breakfast and supper, but must rustle their own dinner. 2. Boots and spurs must be removed at night before retiring. 3. Dogs are not allowed in the bunks, … Continue reading

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Clearing the Land

My Uncle Fred (Dad F) sold his farm back about 1958. This was the original home place, the farm he’d inherited from his father, Thomas Forsyth. The impression I gleaned over the years was that Dad’s health was bad after … Continue reading

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Women and Work on a Prairie Homestead

In the mid 1800s in the large Eastern American cities, some young women were pushing for the right to higher education – and meeting stiff opposition.  Some educators claimed that a basic Grade 8 education was all girls could handle. … Continue reading

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Two Things I Won’t Tell You About Canada

Sam’s father was killed in India so he spent his boyhood with his uncle on a farm in Galloway. (This is an area in southern Scotland where our great-great-great grandfather David Vance was born.) As a young man Sam attended … Continue reading

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Great-Grampa’s Brother James Vance

When Great-Grandpa was killed in a hunting accident, the newspaper article mentioned that he was visiting his brother out West at the time. This would have been James, who lived near Neepawa, Manitoba. Two generations later our Uncle Steve met … Continue reading

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