The Green Chair


Personal

At the end of March we brought Frank the dog into our home. I found him while looking but not really looking for a rescue dog, because I wasn’t sure the family was ready for a dog that wasn’t Henry. But there he was. We drove all the way to Toronto to meet him and […]

November 17, 2019

These are the people


Parenting, Personal

We watched the Sesame Street 50th anniversary special tonight. Now I love Sesame Street. I love the Muppets. I love Jim Henson. All of these things were a major part of my childhood. These shows introduced me to so many things – not the least of which is my sense of humour. I still remember […]

November 17, 2019

Get your brave on


Personal

I had two conflicting experiences online this past week and I’m trying to wrap my head around them. On the one hand, I was named by several people who I know, like and admire, as one of their list of inspiration women. Five lists of ten I was on. I felt like a fraud. I […]

November 16, 2019

Old Myths


Personal

I found out that it’s likely I’ll be sent to Toronto for work in the near future and I was thinking about that, and my dislike of the city, and that it’s good I’ll have a colleague to help me make sure I don’t get lost. And then I thought to myself – I haven’t […]

October 8, 2019

Almost 100


Personal

One of the last few times we went to visit my Gramps, my kid asked him if he was going to live to be 100. He replied, “I’ll give it a go.” Today would have been his 99th birthday. The year he turned 90, he was still living in Regina and my sister and I […]

July 26, 2019

A Veranda


Personal

When we lost my Dad in 2015, we also lost his house. It was the house my parents bought together as they started their new life, the house I came home to as a newborn. He lived there for 40 years – almost to the day. They moved in on May 1 and he died […]

July 22, 2019

Step on the stones


Personal

Life ebbs and flows and recently it’s done a lot more ebbing and a lot less flowing. I’ve spent the last several months getting more and more frustrated and stressed and it all came crashing down around me. The crash has left me wondering, again, who I am supposed to be. I’ve found her a […]

June 23, 2019

Dad


Parenting, Personal

Today is Father’s Day, and for my husband it is not only his first without his Dad, but I’m also skipping town for a week with his daughter. But I think a week alone, with no nightly activity schedule will be good for him. When Joe and I met I was determined not to have […]

June 15, 2019

Gone but not forgotten


Health, Personal

There are days when I just need to sit back and cry and miss the people who are gone. I have recently been struggling with a lot of things that weigh heavily and I have been pushed to make decisions about my life path. There are people I usually would have consulted about things like […]

June 11, 2019

Two dogs, one heart


Personal

Frank has now been part of our family for almost two months. He seems to be quite comfortable with us and we have all grown quite fond of him. He’s a very good dog. If a bit vocal. He’s had a few trips to the vet now and a good haircut. But the haircut made […]

May 24, 2019