Bicycle bicycle bicycle


Parenting, Personal

When I was a kid I used to live on my bike all summer. Our neighbourhood was pretty safe, with paths and parks, we even lived down the block from the parkway they would shut down for Sunday bike days. My sister and I would meet up with friends and just take off. At some […]

July 30, 2017

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Personal

I’m a bit stuck. I’ve been in bed most of the day because my tendonitis has reared its ugly head and my neck isn’t doing that great a job of supporting my head comfortably. Spending the day in bed was certainly not what I planned to do with my Saturday. More than that, I ended […]

July 30, 2017

Forest for the trees


Personal

Last week I took a mental health day. I had been getting sick, I hadn’t slept well the night before, and I have discovered that parenting a 7-year-old is rather difficult. I went back to bed for a while, then I watched some TV, and then I decided to get out of the house for […]

July 25, 2017

Leaders


Canadiana, Personal

Two things came together in my various timelines today that made me think back. The first was a reminder, on Facebook, that on this day six years ago Jack Layton held his final press conference. It is a day I remember vividly, as I had been planning to take it off, but I got a […]

July 25, 2017

I’m holding on


Health, Issues, Personal

When  I was 17 or 18 my father turned to me after a dinner at his house and asked me, point blank: “When was the last time you thought about killing yourself?” I was shocked into just answering, honestly. It had been about a year before. By the time he asked I was over that […]

July 20, 2017

As always, The Doctor


Personal, Women's Issues

Last weekend I was in Montreal. I had arranged to go for work, and then for my family to join me, specifically so I could be there for Montreal Comiccon. I have never gone to a con outside my own city before, never even really considered it, but there was a draw I could not […]

July 17, 2017

In stacks, on shelves


Books, Personal

I have a very great desire right now to read all the things. I have so many books on my shelf that I want to get to. Some have been sitting there for years and some are brand new. I’m currently reading three books and I want to be reading more. I want to have […]

July 16, 2017

A sharp point


Personal

I experienced a little loss today, unexpectedly. I bought some carpenters pencils, excited to use them in some kind of creativity. I used to sketch all the time – my grandfather taught me. He taught me about the best paper, the best pencils, the best erasers. Never colour. Pure sketching that his father taught him. […]

July 13, 2017

The Great Canadian Novel


Books, Canadiana

So, Canada celebrated 150 since since confederation last weekend. Living in the capital, this is something we’ve been talking about for YEARS and I had gotten a little tired of it all. (Especially since, in my opinion, if your going to celebrate 150 years for a whole year, at least start on July 1 and […]

July 5, 2017

I’ve got a blank space baby


Personal

I was reading a long post last night about how keeping a journal can “change your life.” I am a lifelong diarist. Since I could write, misspellings be damned, I have kept some sort of journal. Even when I blog, I usually have a notebook. Pen on paper is never quite matched by a keyboard. […]

July 4, 2017