Granting permission


Parenting

I remember turning 18 when I was in high school (because I went to high school in Ontario when you did that) and suddenly having the power to sign for myself. If I felt sick, I signed myself out, if I got my report card, I handed the slip right back with the signature I […]

September 27, 2017

Capable


Parenting, Personal

My grandfather would probably scoff, loudly, if I even insinuated that he is a feminist. That’s not the world he grew up in. He went to university, got married and took care of his family. He still does. He spent his life doing what a man is supposed to do. But without my grandfather in […]

September 22, 2017

Strands of time


Personal

I seem to have moved from finding my first grey hair to rapidly going grey over the past year or two. I was excited to find my first grey hair – or white, really, though it’s hard to tell against my medium brown. It felt like something concrete to demonstrate my adulthood. Like people can’t […]

September 13, 2017

Words on a page


Personal

I have a bullet journal that is not as grand as those kinds of bullet journal you see on Pinterest. It houses lists and calendars. I try and fail to keep track of things, like how many books I read each month. The one thing I have been consistently using is my task list. This […]

September 11, 2017

Where you lead


Personal

I had a bit of a flashback yesterday at the mailbox. I took the dog over, as is our routine, and pulled out two envelopes, including my ballot for the NDP leadership this year. In truth, I didn’t think I would be voting this year, but a membership that I had thought was expired turned […]

September 10, 2017

Someday we’ll find it


Parenting

Anyone who knows me knows that I am still in love with many of the things from my childhood. I saw something on Twitter tonight that said a little something to me about the things that I learned as a child, watching television and movies – Paul Williams posted his support for DREAMers. Paul Williams, […]

September 7, 2017

A place to call your own


Parenting, Personal

When I was a kid and I had a room with three painted walls and one wall covered in wallpaper I asked to change the colour all the time. I think that room was, at times, yellow, blue, purple, peach, pink, all with different wallpaper to match. For one birthday I got to choose my […]

September 4, 2017

New year


Parenting, Personal

I celebrate the leap from one year to the next in January, but the real ‘new year’ for me has always started with back to school. It’s a change in seasons, back to cozy sweaters, and it’s time to clean out, clear out and shop for new supplies. There is little more that I need […]

September 3, 2017