Happy Birthday Mr. Goddard


Today is my grandfather’s 95th birthday. I’ve written here before about how important he’s been in my life, but a 95th birthday is worth sharing some more. My parents separated when I was three and after that my mother’s parents stepped in to help her whenever they could. That was my family – sister, mother, […]

July 26, 2015

A lady, her daughter and a Rainbow Loom


Last year we inherited a Rainbow Loom from a friend who’s son wasn’t interested anymore. We decided to put it away for a little while since the kid was only four at the time, and many people told me that using the loom requires a fair bit of patience and dexterity. For the past week […]

July 24, 2015

Feminist harping, apparently

Parenting, Personal, Women's Issues

There was a discussion in one of my Facebook groups today that I didn’t want to get involved in. There’s something about community Facebook groups that just seems to bring out the worst of everybody. But after hemming and hawing a bit I decided I had to say something. The thread was started by a […]

July 21, 2015

Dear retailers,


I have been visiting different stores recently trying to find clothes that I like, that fit my style but will also make me look a little more professional that my recent student attire of yoga pants and hoodies. But, you see, I am one of those ladies that you call plus sized. For years I […]

July 21, 2015

Just the two of us

Parenting, Personal

I was taking a walk down a local path the other day, getting some exercise in before it was time to pick the kid up from the rec centre I was walking around. I had my music playing and I walked around and around just thinking about whatever popped into my head. There was a […]

July 17, 2015

Give me a head with hair


If there is anything that regularly knocks me down a peg as a parent it is my daughter’s hair. Hair was one of the reasons I was terrified of having a little girl. I can do pig tails, I can do a pony tail, I can do a basic braid, and that’s it. I’ve never […]

July 15, 2015

Fog lifting


I seem to be coming out of the other side of something. For weeks I was having trouble sleeping, I was easily overwhelmed. I was really freaking irritable. It all seemed to be a fairly normal way to grieve, but that, of course, didn’t make it any easier. Yesterday I went to see my doctor […]

July 14, 2015



Sometimes I want the kid to have everything in the world she could ever want. I walk through a store and I see something I know she would love and I battle with myself – she doesn’t need any more stuff. In fact, she has too much and we really should purge, and the house […]

July 12, 2015

Building my visually literacy

Issues, Learning

Through some work I was very lucky to do a few years ago I learned about the power of neuroplasticity – the power of our brains to adapt and learn new things in new ways. This summer I am using my neuroplasticity to work on some things to help me hit the ground running when […]

July 8, 2015

Movies in my mind

Parenting, Personal

I was worried when my father died that I wouldn’t have any real memories of him. I was too young when my parents separated to ever remember living with him, and I was so angry at him for a lot of my adolescence that I didn’t enjoy seeing him. But lately things have been flashing […]

July 6, 2015