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Cheap Seats: 39 Hours on the Greyhound – With a Toddler

Three summers ago, I took the Greyhound from Vancouver to a family gathering in Winnipeg with my two-year-old son. When I mentioned to friends that I was taking the bus, they were surprised. With a toddler? Was it safe? Did the passengers stink? The choice wasn’t difficult. My partner and I didn’t own a car. […]

Curtis Gillespie receiving a haircut from his father circa 1968

The Memoir Bank: In the Chair

I grew up in a lower-middle-class western Canadian home with a limited haircut budget for male children—zero, to be precise—which meant a tension-filled hour for me and my four younger brothers whenever our father brought his Sears  Craftsman thirteen-piece barber kit out of the closet, the one that claimed on the box to contain “all […]