Who I am

Parenting, Personal

My former director has written a book. I pre-ordered it as soon as I could and have been reading it. I haven’t even gotten to the time period where I was there working for him and it’s already stirring memories. There was a book launch downtown tonight and I went. All day I felt like […]

October 29, 2013

Her space, after


When we took the kid shopping for new accessories for her room I figured it would all be pink and purple, those colours she declares to be her favourite. But she also says she loves all the colours and she opted to pick out polka dot patterns. I’m happy, because I think this room will […]

October 28, 2013

Write on


If there is one thing I’ve heard repeating from various resources over and over again in my life as a writer it’s this: Write every day. Stephen King says so, Ernest Hemingway did it, John Steinbeck suggests writing a page a day. Writers of all sorts know that reading and writing are the best ways […]

October 28, 2013

Her own space


When we moved into this house I let the kid help me pick out the paint colour for her room, but that was about it in terms of decorating her room. Now she’s been having trouble sleeping and making strange statements like her stuffed animals don’t want her sleeping in bed with them. There’s always […]

October 27, 2013

Soooo Board


We have been going through something here. A kid who has always been pretty good about entertaining herself some of the time has been giving me a lot of grief about being “SOOOOO BORED.” “What can I do next?” Part of this, I think, stems from having her Grandma and Grandpa here visiting. For a […]

October 26, 2013

Edge of the bed advice

Parenting, Personal

When Drew Dudley started talking about edge of the bed advice in his closing keynote at Blissdom, I think everyone in the room started thinking about what they would say. He gave us the situation of sitting on the edge of our child’s bed the night before they leave home for university, moving out of […]

October 25, 2013

Definitely not


Lately the kid has been all about the definitives. Girls like unicorns and boys like Spider-Man, princesses can’t be superheroes. She knows that her Aunt loves Spider-man, and so does one of her good friends. I told her Wonder Woman was a princess.

October 23, 2013

O Canada Go


I have this tattoo on my left shoulder: A few times over the past year or so people have asked me about this tattoo, and specifically if I ever played for Canada. No. No I did not. I have never played hockey in my life. I don’t skate well.

October 22, 2013

A big thanks


When Drew Dudley started talking about lollipop moments, he started talking about a janitor at his high school what had made a big difference in his life without realizing it. The story immediately brought to mind my high school, and the English teachers I had through my five years.

October 21, 2013

Organization makes it happen

Parenting, Personal

I was in kitchen-induced rage a few mornings ago. It wasn’t just the leftovers over-filling the fridge. It wasn’t just that no one had taken a new loaf of bread out of the freezer. It wasn’t just the dishes over-flowing the sink. It was the total disorganized, overwhelming mess. And when I come across such […]

October 18, 2013