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Marion has waited over fifty years to fulfill a childhood dream to learn to ski, and the resort in the majestic Canadian Rockies fulfills all her expectations of a winter wonderland. However, danger and disaster lie ahead in this magnificent white world, and by the end of day two, humiliated and exhausted, Marion admits defeat.
With the help of her newfound friends and the strength she has gained from life's adversities, Marion finds the courage and determination to return to the slopes and discovers a heaven on earth far beyond her wildest dreams.
A short story.
Sally is having a bad day. Her car has developed an ominous rattle, her husband Dave is in one of his “I told you so moods,” and Sally is suffering from an excruciating bout of sciatica. To make matters worse, the annual Father’s Day barbecue is looming and Sally knows that Dave’s promise of “don’t worry dear, I will do all the work,” will involve him donning his “I’m the King of the Barbecue” apron and standing in front of the outside appliance for an hour or two; performing a few tricks with some cooking tongs, looking for all the world as if he was a finalist on Master Chef.
After days of agony and very little sympathy, Sally finds help from an unexpected ally, and discovers that the challenges that come our way are often gentle nudges to move us forward into the next phase of life.
Mother's Day is an unhappy time for Stella, who is approaching mid-life and is grieving the loss of her mother and her job. After reminiscing on the history of her larger-than-life mum, Stella looks to find the courage to believe her 'season for singing' has finally arrived. A work of short fiction from our Nibs literary line.