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After 38 years of teaching, I now happily indulge myself with the recreational pursuit of writing free verse. When work crumbles into retirement leisure, an altered shift of life invites new states of creativity. Seniors' fitness classes always bring the hope of physical regeneration - but if that ideal is pie in the sky, there's always the social benefit of communal grunting trying to make aging limbs stretch satisfyingly. Hobbies are the small measured steps of full days.
My grandparents are of British stock (paternal) and Ukrainian (maternal). All struggled with immigrant poverty but persevered. My parents continued that journey of disciplined striving. All worked with intensity and made Canada prosper with stirring pride in its immigrant newcomers - their momentum + tireless labor on which to build a country. I am forever grateful.