Who is the Magpie?

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. let me tell you a little about me.. my passions include photography, painting (both acrylic and watercolor) and writing. I started this blog because I wanted to share my work with the hopes of improving.

I live just outside a small village in rural Ontario.  I am retired, I have 3 grown children and 7 beautiful grandchildren. I love to travel and spend a few months in Mexico every year. When at home, I spend my days simply. In the summer, we enjoy time at the lake. We do a lot of hiking and take long walks along the river. In the evenings, we watch movies or play cards. I enjoy a variety of exercise including hiking, yoga and Zumba and go to a gym regularly. I am encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy foods, often organic, by my wonderful (he says amazing) new partner.

My favorite saying is “Life is Good“.  It has not always been this way. My miserable life changed dramatically a couple of years ago. My world has improved steadily since that horrible day and for the first time in my life I am truly happy.

YES… I am happy and enjoying life even though I am afflicted with a very strange chronic condition called brachioradial pruritus or BRP. This strange name is the medical term for itchy arms. I refuse to allow this affliction to hold me back and I am lucky because while I am active during the day, I am fine. It is when I sit down at the computer or try to watch a movie or play cards, and especially when I lay down to go to sleep, that the itching starts. It is a burning pricking painful itch that will not be satisfied unless I apply a cold pack. In my post I Want a Cure not a Band-Aid I describe this condition in more detail.


Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.


Playing bartender in Los Aminas, Mexico


31 thoughts on “Who is the Magpie?

  1. Interesting amongst other things is that you mention living in a rural part in Ontario and near the lake. Which lake I wonder? My wife’s family (Dutch immigrants) are all living in West-Lorne, Rodney and Ridgetown (one hour drive from London towards Detroit). It could be a co-incident ….. Have been there several times in the past 25 yrs and know the area fairly well.


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