Dark circles


Parenting, Personal

Lately I’ve been lying awake at night a lot. Actually, I’ve been staying up late avoiding sleep knowing that when I finally try I’ll lie there, awake. I’ve got a lot on my mind. Reverberations from my Dad dying; nervous energy and anticipation before school starting in September; desire to have the best summer possible with […]

June 30, 2015

The Blink


Personal

On my way to my Dad’s house last week I drove past my high school. As I was passing it occurred to me that it was June 25, 2015. I graduated from that school on June 26, 2000. I had such a plan for my life back then. I was ready to spend the next […]

June 27, 2015

The music of the night


Personal

Last night my sister and I took in the last show of the NAC Pops’ season. It was an evening my father had bought tickets to and we sort of inherited them. The night was called ‘Broadway Standing Ovations.’ It was the orchestra, four great singers and some great songs from broadway shows, including Music […]

June 26, 2015

Why I hate brand journalism


Issues

Both Joe and I trained as journalists before switching to other fields and journalism remains of utmost importance to us both. In fact, one of our main connections early on was our desire to criticize bad journalism while defending the work of journalists to outsiders. Watching journalism change over the past decade and becoming content […]

June 22, 2015

Dear virus,


Parenting

Dear viral conjunctivitis, I just wanted to say that I never new you existed until this week. I mean, I had heard of and experienced your cousin, plain old pink eye, but I didn’t know that there was this extra bit of fun to experience on top of the pain and itching and awful drops […]

June 19, 2015

Stop the world, I want to get off


Personal

I need everything to just stop for like an hour, maybe? I’m tired and I’d like a second to just think about all of the things that have been happening over the past couple of months. I’d like for there to be no news for a little while. No more shootings or attacks on black […]

June 18, 2015

Dear people of Ontario:


Issues, Parenting

I have heard reports from multiple teacher friends now that they have been on the receiving end of abuse from parents and I am now really, really angry. Let me state right out: I am a supporter of unions. Though they have their issues, unions have done amazing things for people’s lives and the work […]

June 18, 2015

In the pink


Parenting

This kid has been very healthy her whole life. I think I can count the number of times she’s thrown up on one hand. Even when she is sick, she’s very bad at being sick – the relaxing, resting… staying still. When I noticed the other morning that one of her eyes was swollen I […]

June 17, 2015

When things just make sense


Personal

After my dad died one of my nieces got a tattoo in his memory, and I started thinking about what I would get if I did such a thing. After all my tattoos all have some meaning – the forget-me-nots for two grandmothers lost to Alzheimers, the monkey for my kid, the Bert and Ernie […]

June 15, 2015