When You Sell a House, You Keep the Memories

Saying goodbye My parents built their dream house. A smaller home in the woods. Surrounded by trails and bulrushes - and black bears. Which means they sold their house and acreage on Highway 68. The acreage even had its own business name, "Karatchuk Acres." On September 30th, mom and dad went to their former home.... Continue Reading →

My Last Real Doughnut: The Celiac Realization

In 2010, I had my last real doughnut. It was an éclair from the Arborg Bakery when my friends and I were in town for a college project. I told them, “Before we leave, we have to stop at the bakery!” While my friends cooed in doughnut heaven, I drove back to Red River College,... Continue Reading →

Hey, You Want a Time Machine – A Chance to Return to High School, Yes or No

"If you could, would you go back to high school?" Adults are often asked this around graduation season. As social media fills with photos of newly minted graduates, some of you become nostalgic about your own high school experiences. A time when Hypercolor shirts, Fat Emma & Pie Face Chocolate bars, leggings, bell bottoms, paisley... Continue Reading →

It’s Time to Rename “Fad Diets” as “Treatments” – You’re Not on the Real Keto Diet

Meet the keto diet. However, in the epilepsy community, it's known as the ketogenic diet and it can be traced back to the 1920s and 1930s. But, hey, someone said they lost 120 lbs on keto. So, toot, toot! All aboard the temporary weight loss train! The ketogenic diet is not a diet. It's a... Continue Reading →

Losing Grandparents Doesn’t Become Simpler with Age

My Gigi Karatchuk died on December 2, 1984 when he was 67 years old, and Baba died at the same age on October 12, 1982. Pictured are my older sister (brown overalls) and me (sucking thumb) with my paternal grandparents, 1980   "Grandparents are only with us part-time." That was the gist of a late-80s MTS... Continue Reading →

Worship at Home, Not in a Parking Lot – Manitoba isn’t “Attacking Your Religion”

My maternal Baba and Gigi were staunch Jehovah's Witnesses. Every Sunday, they used to attend services - referred to as meetings - at the Kingdom Hall. However, my grandparents developed health and mobility issues, making it difficult to drive into Arborg for meetings. The Kingdom Hall solved the problem. My grandparents were provided with a... Continue Reading →

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