Cinema Classics


This morning I came across a post from Entertainment Weekly listing 55 movies they call essential for kids to watch before they turn 13. I know I saw a lot of these as a kid and they were awesome. I also know that some of them I didn’t see until recently and felt as though they […]

April 27, 2016

Politics and political people

Issues, Ottawa, Personal

Sometimes I meet people who tell me that they are not interested in politics. It’s fairly rare in Ottawa, giving how affected many of us are by government changes and decisions, but it still happens. And I find myself not believing these people. I am firm in my belief that anyone can be political, you […]

April 25, 2016

Dotting Is and crossing Ts

Issues, Learning

I’m working on a grant application today, putting into action all the things I learned from helping my father finalize many a SSHRC proposal. Those who work examining such applications are looking for reasons to deny your application right off the bat. If they can deny your application, they they have a smaller pool to […]

April 25, 2016


Health, Parenting, Personal

I have always been the fat kid. At least it feels that way for me. There is photographic evidence to the contrary… …but I have certainly always been fatter than my brother and sisters, and way fatter than the sister I grew up with. I am now the mother to a thin, healthy, strong and […]

April 19, 2016

Three quarters

#MommyScholar, Personal

Dear Dad, Today I went to Blog Out Loud Ottawa and read the post I wrote after I graduated with my B.A. (Hons) in June last year. The post was a letter to you, telling you about making it. At the time I had finished my exams, graduated and gotten accepted to the MPM program. […]

April 17, 2016

A Master


I had a great conversation today and I volunteered myself for something that I think is going to be awesome, and it got me thinking. I learned a lot of things doing my Masters degree. I re-learned some things too. I put together documents that I didn’t have experience with, I learned about things like […]

April 8, 2016

The final countdown


Two years ago I sat on the front porch with my Dad, trying to figure out what exactly I was doing with my career and where to go next and it was decided, somehow, all of a sudden, that I should really do the Masters in Political Management Program. Two years ago I re-applied to […]

April 7, 2016

What do you mean?


On the second day of panels at the Progress Summit I opted to spend my lunch hour with the people from Food Secure Canada. I missed Food Secure’s session last year but it’s a topic I’m interested in, especially after I learned more about it in a course I took on the politics of food, […]

April 2, 2016

Socialist Serenade

#MommyScholar, Issues

I was at Progress Summit this weekend. It’s a nice time to get into the weeds a little bit on lefty politics and see people that I don’t get to see often. Also this year I got to see Gloria Steinem and Cindy Blackstock speak. But then came one of the main events – the […]

April 2, 2016