A letter


Personal

Dear Dad, As the French would say, you have been missing from me lately. I’m sick. I’ve been exhausted this week and the hard things seem to be mounting. I haven’t been able to get to the gym, I haven’t been doing anything for myself, really. Yesterday I felt happy. I woke up in the […]

February 16, 2018

Love of self


Parenting

I left the house early this morning, which is rare since I work from home. I had a meeting downtown and my husband was staying home with the kid for her PD Day off from school. I got up, got dressed, and went in to say goodbye to her. I won’t see her until late […]

February 16, 2018

Inside Politics


Issues

I remember an exchange from several years ago, when a new pundit had appeared on one of the political shows for the first time and had, apparently, been as confrontational when the cameras were off as when they were on. The person telling me this story informed her to tone it down, because we’re all […]

February 11, 2018

Love is love


Personal

I remember hugging my father one time. I’m sure it happened more often when I was little, but I have no recollection of it. My grandfather is not much of a hugger either, though I do remember evenings sitting on his lap while he read the paper. Overall, I don’t remember much hugging and kissing […]

February 5, 2018

One to grow on


Health, Personal

The beginning of January was great. I set out a plan and I enacted it. Not all of it, but I was getting started and it felt pretty good. Some days it felt awesome. The day my friend Laurie died I went into aquafit and punched the water with everything I had. I needed to […]

February 4, 2018

Overwhelm


Personal, Women's Issues

I am a news hound. I always loved breaking stories and sharing news with people. That’s one of the reasons I went to journalism school, and definitely one of the reasons I was so great at writing breaking stories and an awesome media monitor. I enjoy paying attention, knowing what’s going on, seeking out the […]

February 3, 2018

Marching on


Health, Issues, Parenting, Personal

I took the kid up to the Hill on Saturday to experience the Women’s March. I had wanted to go last year but I was sick or something and didn’t make it. I knew it wouldn’t be exactly the same this year, not being the first of the movement, but I also knew I wanted […]

January 24, 2018

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