Away we go


Parenting, Personal

Some of the things I most vividly remember from my childhood are the trips. I remember driving across the country to visit PEI – five of us and my grandmother falling asleep on me in the backseat. I remember my mom taking my sister and me to Toronto. I remember two cottages that my grandparents […]

January 18, 2018

Great Eight


Parenting, Personal

A friend of mine is currently on maternity leave and posts a lot of pictures on Instagram of her adventures. It makes me think of my year on leave with my brand new baby. It was a wonderful year, though at the end of it I was very much ready to go back to work. […]

January 12, 2018

Living out loud


Ottawa, Personal

My friend Laurie passed away this week. It was not unexpected, but still devastating to know that such a kind soul has left the world. She was a dear lady, kind and friendly. Every evening I’ve been┬áthinking about Laurie, about her boys who she loved fiercely, about her husband and how quiet things must be […]

January 11, 2018

Burn


Women's Issues

I’m building up a slow burn. My rage is levelling and I need to place it somewhere. Right now I feel very much all talk and no action, and I need action. I’m tired of domestic violence not being taken seriously – of abusers murdering innocent children because the women they felt they owned decided […]

January 10, 2018

There is only the trying


Issues, Women's Issues

I watched the Golden Globes last night, I saw Oprah’s speech, I saw all the reactions on Twitter and read articles about the Time’s Up movement. At the same time I’m currently reading Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, and delving back into the campaign that was. I read an article about the men who chose […]

January 9, 2018

It’s all Golden


Issues

Awards show night on Twitter is my favourite. I mean, I always watch the shows and I used to just talk to the TV or my sister, but now I get to say my thoughts out into the ether and have people talk back. I wasn’t sure I would watch this year’s Golden Globe, which […]

January 8, 2018

Fair Wage


Issues

There is much debate here in Ontario about the changes to the minimum wage that came in on January 1. Some employers are cutting other employee benefits (like breaks or tips) so that their costs don’t go up. People are saying that an increased minimum wage will kill small businesses. Others are pointing out that […]

January 6, 2018

2018


Personal

New Year’s Eve for me is a day of tidying. I tidy the house, I take care of myself a bit, I plan a bit, I make sure the family calendar is up to date. This year I am laying out a plan. I need to figure out the best way to get through my […]

January 5, 2018

Ottawa


Ottawa

I love this city. I am proud to be from here. I am glad to have grown up here. I love the resources we have here, the museums, and Parliament. I am thrilled to have grown up with Parliament in my backyard. Being the capital, Ottawa has been the centre of a lot of the […]

December 26, 2017

Our tree, a tour


Parenting, Personal

My friend Lynn (did you know she wrote a book?) posted a little tour of her family Christmas tree and I thought it was a lovely idea. Our tree, whose name, apparently, is Bob, according to the kid, is pretty awesome. When I was a kid, my mother would get us each a new ornament […]

December 25, 2017