Fuel


Health, Personal, Women's Issues

The other day Joe said something to the kid and it pinged something in me. She asked if she could have a doughnut when we stopped for hot chocolate after the Christmas parade (this was not just a Santa Claus parade, there was a girl dressed as Mary riding a donkey in the first group) […]

December 4, 2017

The year ahead


Health, Personal

I went to New York by myself, and I spent a lot of time walking around, surrounded by people but alone, listening and experiencing. I cried when it was over. Now I’m in bed, sick with a bad cold, and thinking. I’m thinking ahead. I’m thinking about my baby girl growing, and what comes next […]

November 22, 2017

Breathless


Health, Personal

As a kid I was diagnosed with asthma. They do this thing where you have to breathe into a computer and it tells them how pathetic your lungs are. And then it got better. I assume because I exercised more and lost weight in high school, the asthma went away. For years I lived inhaler […]

November 10, 2017

All Hands on Deck


Health, Issues, Personal

One of the fantastic things about my job is the opportunity to work for and with youth. When you get a group of engaged youth into a room together amazing things can happen. After a full day of engagement this week, we had a performer come in, one Cody Coyote. Cody is a young Indigenous […]

November 9, 2017

One Thing To Hold On To


Health, Issues

I was listening to What’s the T? – The Rupaul podcast, which I regularly enjoy in addition to my viewings of Drag Race recently. It was an older episode, but Michelle Visage was talking about taking her daughter to see Hamilton. Her daughter ended up sobbing her way through the show because she has been […]

November 7, 2017

Dostadning


Health, Personal

A friend of mine posted a link to an article the other day on Facebook. The article itself is about a book and a new trend – the new form of decluttering – called Swedish Death Cleaning. This is the art of slowing riding yourself of things as years go by so that when you […]

October 12, 2017

Take My Wisdom Teeth, Please


Health, Parenting

When I was a kid I didn’t hate going to the dentist. It was usually just fine. Until I had to get a retainer. Actually, even then I didn’t really mind because I always wanted to be like my older sister. But I grew to hate my retainer, and when they told me they wanted to put […]

October 11, 2017

Fear, Itself


Health, Personal

I took the puppy to get his haircut today, and before I dropped him off I took him on a bit of a walk around a park, down a path, because we were a bit early. I’m trying to take him for more walks. He’s getting old and he deserves it, and I deserve that […]

August 2, 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

A piece of wax


Health, Personal

There are a lot of things that I haven’t been doing enough of lately. Blogging is one. Writing in general, really. But I have been reading a lot. I haven’t been exercising, but I did spend a lot of the last week cleaning and doing home improvement projects. To celebrate Canada Day the whole family […]

June 28, 2017