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

Pride of Place

Learning, Personal

While I find it very difficult to be proud of my own accomplishments, I find it very easy to be proud of others. I also get jealous. I take no great issue with where I am in my life. I have done a lot of things. A lot. I’m tired just thinking about it. But […]

November 9, 2017


Learning, Parenting

I have joined the parent council at my kid’s school. This is not something I ever expected myself to do, but then she went to a coop preschool and I got the taste for knowing her teachers and what was going on in her day to day life. When she started kindergarten we just put […]

November 5, 2017

Listen and Learn

Issues, Learning

I have taken to listening to podcast that teach me about cultures different than my own. I’ve loved podcasts for a long time, and they’re a great place to learn. I listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which keeps me informed on the news of the week. I used to listen to This American […]

November 2, 2017

Once Daily

Learning, Personal

I’ve been trying to get this bullet journal thing down. I love having to-do lists, and when I did a weekly list in university I was usually very successful in getting things done. In theory a bullet journal is just extending my weekly lists into monthly lists. I have also learned a lot about the […]

October 25, 2017

The Why

Issues, Learning

Working with business coaches, the first thing they’ll ask you is about your why – why do you do what you do and why should people hire you to do that instead of anyone else. I have struggled with this question. Why do I do what I do? Because I love doing it. I love […]

June 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

Manning Centre Conference: On Comms

Issues, Learning

I had the opportunity to attend the Manning Centre Conference in Ottawa last weekend. A conference like this is a great opportunity to sit back and listen to how others approach certain issues. A bit of opposition research if you will. The first and possibly most interesting session was a journalist panel that touched on […]

March 1, 2016

Three Words, 2016

Issues, Learning

It is early to be doing a post about my three words to focus on in the New Year, but the semester is coming quickly to an end and there are things I’ve learned over the last part of this year that I need to transfer to the work I’m planning to move into in […]

November 22, 2015

Building my visually literacy

Issues, Learning

Through some work I was very lucky to do a few years ago I learned about the power of neuroplasticity – the power of our brains to adapt and learn new things in new ways. This summer I am using my neuroplasticity to work on some things to help me hit the ground running when […]

July 8, 2015