I remember

Canadiana, Personal

Remembrance Day is always a time of ghosts. I have always felt heavily the sacrifices that were made. Maybe more heavily than ever right now, as the world marches in what seems to be the wrong direction. I knew from a young age that my grandfather had gone to war. He and his two brothers […]

November 11, 2018

This is our home

Canadiana, Personal

I find it difficult to vacation. I find it difficult leaving work behind. I like to be in control of the things I should be controlling and leaving someone else to take care of things is incredibly hard. I find it difficult too to be away from the news. I hate not knowing what’s happening […]

November 7, 2018

Sundown in the Paris of the Prairies


I first heard about the bus crash late at night. I had fallen asleep in the early evening and woken around 9 or 10. Joe didn’t mention it, but when I looked at Twitter later than night the news was everywhere. It was clearly a very bad accident. The news was that many had died, […]

April 8, 2018

Always remembering

Canadiana, Learning

After we cleaned out my father’s house I became the de facto keeper of papers. Mainly because I have them, and room to store them. I also volunteered to scan all the pictures that we found around the house – hundreds of family pictures, slides. We found, in a bag, the things my father had […]

November 11, 2017

The Political and The Self

Canadiana, Issues

I read a snippet of a column this morning written by a well-known, and apparently still widely read, Globe and Mail columnist. This snippet was from a column about public perception of Jason Kenney, former federal minister and newly elected leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. The UCP. Reminiscent of the CRAP. (The […]

October 31, 2017

Moi, j’aime bien sur lire

Canadiana, Parenting

The kid is in immersion, just like I was at her age. She started with a bit of French in kindergarten and now she spends half her days immersed in an entirely new language. We weren’t at all worried about this, since she loves learning and she’s still young enough to catch on quickly. In […]

October 24, 2017

Passion and Poetry, and Grace Too

Canadiana, Personal

I will not claim to be the biggest Hip fan in Canada, or even in Ottawa. I never saw the band in concert. I knew them. I knew their songs, but I didn’t own all their albums. Only a few. But I loved their songs. You could hear it on the radio and instantly recognize […]

October 18, 2017

Taking An Opportunity

Canadiana, Ottawa, Parenting

My husband went out on Friday night and the kid was feeling restless. I wanted to just lie down and read my book, but she wanted to do this or that. Finally at around 6:30 pm I started googling and I decided we would go on an adventure, the kid and me. I picked out […]

October 10, 2017


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