Ontario kids deserve better

Health, Issues, Parenting

The thing that perhaps upsets me most about the debate around Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum (you know, the sex ed one) is that there are parents out there who don’t want their children to have as much information as possible. There are parents who don’t want their children to know the proper names […]

July 18, 2018

The Word

Books, Personal

There was a time when I forgot how much I loved to read. As a kid I would read constantly. I would stay up late reading by nightlight, I would go to the library regularly. I spent a Saturday moving around the house in various sitting positions reading John Grisham’s The Client. We got gift […]

July 13, 2018

Try and try again

Parenting, Personal

The kid is in her first week of a long camp this week. It is full of things she’s never done before. On the Monday she came home excited. On Tuesday she seemed fine when I picked her up. And then on Tuesday night she started thinking all the negative things she could possibly thing. […]

July 12, 2018

Movin’ on up


In one month we take possession of our new house. In one month we will move. One month. I’ve moved a few times in my life. When I was a kid we moved twice, when I was a young adult I moved cities three times (four if you count my aborted move to Toronto). I […]

July 12, 2018

What I don’t have


When we went on our vacation last week I was feeling very fragile. A few days before we left I had a breakdown, crying over my Gramps. It took me days longer than usual to pack. It was all harder for some reason. I expected it to be hard to see my husband’s grandfather. Grandpa […]

July 9, 2018

The end is the beginning


In 2003, I graduated from college. From the end of my internship to the day of my graduation ceremony I applied to 60 jobs. I kept a list. Sixty jobs. One or two applications resulted in interviews. It was incredibly frustrating. And so, when I finally got a job offer I went. I moved to […]

July 6, 2018

False starts

Health, Parenting

I am attempting morning pages – three pages of stream of consciousness writing soon after you wake up – to try and push myself forward a bit. I have been rather stuck. Stuck or falling further behind where I want to be. Losing myself. Part of that is the move, but part of it is […]

June 19, 2018

Someone think of the children


Obviously the world’s attention is on the United States right now, where we are seeing children taken away from their parents and placed into a system from which they may never emerge. It’s horrifying, and I absolutely think we should be speaking out, educating ourselves about what’s actually happening and why, and calling on leaders […]

June 19, 2018



It is the legend of the supermom. She knows all. She can be everything to everyone. She can be everywhere at once. Except I can’t. In the middle of working and parenting, and selling a house, and trying to treat myself properly, I tend to fall by the wayside. I have lost myself in the […]

June 18, 2018



We have two months before we move into our new home, which means a lot of time for thinking about all the things we’ll want to do with the space. We plan to build a deck in the backyard right away because it’s made such a difference for us in this house. We’re going to […]

June 17, 2018