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450 PAPE

Last night’s news featured a story about this address – one many a Salvationist would recognize as the site of our unwed mother’s home from many years ago. Described in the media as a mansion – well old mansion – it is indeed a huge property and one that saw dozens of young women reside in during years past. It was also the place where Wendy’s Mom worked for a number of years. She was the house mother.

If you want to learn more about the current story you can go to .


A new start

In 2005 I started a blog – Hybrid Thoughts – on Blogger. It’s been 11 years of posting thoughts, photos, videos, and links. At times I’ve been serious and reflective, other times I have been a bit goofy….yes I admit this part of my personality.  Hybrid Thoughts began because we had moved to Calgary and I wanted my parents to be able to experience what our kids and we were in  our new home. At first, I had been emailing photos but those were the days of dial up and lots of buzz, click, buzz…taking a long time to get one photo across the internet.

The idea of a blog came from Jason who suggested I could post photos and then all our family could see what we were doing. I experimented a bit with this and that until Hybrid Thoughts was born.

The new start is a switch from Blogger to WordPress – a change of platform. My thanks to Phil who worked to help me pull over the past 11 years of posts – unfortunately, they did not all come over. Yet, I will pick this up and move forward. You’ll see some changes – some differences for sure. I am working at understanding how this platform works so if you can be patient, it will get better over time.IMG_0301

Our trip to Canmore


Our time in Canmore was delightful. There is something magical about waking up to little voices, and something magical about waking up in the mountains.

We were fortunate to be with our children and grand children. They live 4300 km to the west, and this time we decided to drive out. That in itself was an adventure.

While we were here Phil upgraded my blog over to wordpress. I hope you like the new look.

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