Loss is the theme for this post. When thinking of loss of life, relationships, precious items, I recall the ache that goes along with those sad moments of our lives.

Sometimes, in the midst of a moment, we also find out about other people’s losses.

This theme today led me to think of a memorable holiday in Canada‘s amazing province of Newfoundland Labrador. Please drop by their site to find out more about the province!


In 2008, my husband and I visited the western coast of Newfoundland. From the moment of landing at the small Deer Lake airport, there was a sense of being “at home” in this rugged province.

Meeting the people as we travelled the west coast from Deer Lake and Gros Morne, north to St. Anthony and L’Anse aux Meadows, only heightened that feeling of well-being.

We found many treasures of people and culture and geography there.

We also learned of the loss that Newfoundlanders had experienced in the fisheries. This government-imposed limitation on the industry severely impacted individuals and families. To regain financial stability, some families re-invented their materials for the tourist industry; some moved away. Whatever they decided to do with their situation, many turned their loss into more positive event with their creativity and ingenuity.

In reflecting on this trip, I realized that I had found so much in this last province to join Canada. I also learned that loss can spur people to use their energies to get past that loss and to move ahead.

Today’s prompt inspired me to finish this little poem that I wrote  as a tribute to all those who did manage to adjust to the challenges of such huge change! Happy Canada Day, All!

How I learned of loss in my Finds!


Music of ancestors and Irish descendants—

That’s what I learned in grade 3

When Mrs. G. taught us to sing I’se the bye.


I never knew about


Wildflowers and whales

Melt-in-your-mouth pastry

Partridge berries

Bakeapple jars of jam

Seafood chowder

Catfish and codfish

Kitchen parties

Viking settlements

Magma on Gros Morne Mountain

Former fijords at Western Brook Pond.

It is all digitized now on the machine* but in that summer

We learned about the loss of the cod fishery from a son who showed us

The lobster traps and the nets and the old shacks

We saw and felt and touched the artifacts of days gone by

Near green mountains with spots of snow

Rippling waters

Misty hazy foggy weather over

Bogs nestling practically perfect pitcher plants,

Growing there, in the rich peat soil of Newfoundland,

With not so purple flowers, in the real.

*machine—slang for a computer

©  2013 Patricia A. McGoldrick

Posted in response to a prompt at


Hi to all on this blustery cold January day! Actually, I know some people who will be travelling soon to sunnier climes such as Hawaii; for the rest of us, the winter has taken a nasty turn.

Meanwhile, for those readers who continue to stop by my blog, I have made a decision to focus more on some reads with  reviews or recommends for reading here along with some reflections, maybe even a poem or two.

Just amended this WordPress theme with one of my photos from Newfoundland! This was the view from the cottage we rented when visiting that beautiful province. In the background, clouds

To begin this new phase, I have some recommends for Slow cooker users. It’s time to celebrate with a trio of books in which recipes abound for holidays and in-between days.  With a wide selection of starters for visiting relatives and friends, Phyllis Pellman Good has a winning combo of recipes in the Fix-It and Forget-It books pictured below.

As Good writes in the Appetizer book, “These dishes are so easy to prepare and require so little last-minute work, that you won’t be laboring in the kitchen, overhearing the fun.” Stuffed mushrooms and stuffed acorn squash are only two of the tempting side dishes one can make year round along with any of the main dish meals in the Holiday book. Today, would be a good day to make some Crockery Cocoa!

In a book, full of Main dishes for the holidays, the recipes work for any season. With the Super Bowl approaching, there are many ideas for crowd appeal. Company seafood pasta and Wine Tender Roast would be excellent dinner ideas.

By the way, in this new year, you can check out the Fix-It and Forget-It Pink Cookbook, as well, a book with some of the proceeds going to the Avon Foundation for Women, Breast Cancer Canada.

 All 3 books have much in common:

    • Colourful covers and photos
    • Easy-to-follow instructions
    • Available in Ebook format
    • Cost is low!

Check out these books at and . Enjoy!

Cover photo, NetGalley.

Cover photo, NetGalley.

Cover photo on NetGalley site.

Cover photos, NetGalley.
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