Dad


Parenting, Personal

Today is Father’s Day, and for my husband it is not only his first without his Dad, but I’m also skipping town for a week with his daughter. But I think a week alone, with no nightly activity schedule will be good for him. When Joe and I met I was determined not to have […]

June 15, 2019

She ain’t heavy


Parenting

My daughter is an athlete. When she was a baby we tried a whole bunch of different physical activities in the hopes that a couple might stick and they have. She did gymnastics for years, she loves to swim, she plays soccer every summer. This year she’s doing another Pedalheads bike camp, a musical camp […]

May 24, 2019

My Wee Baby Girl and Our Gramps


Parenting, Personal

When the Baby Girl was born my Mother and my Gramps were living in Regina and were quite desperate to know what was going on with the baby. I was at home with my phone and computer and this little girl who had enveloped my heart, and so I started sending them pictures every day. […]

April 29, 2019

Dogged


Parenting, Personal

On February 1 we said goodbye to our puppy dog and none of us were sure when we would have another pet. Henry was a sweet boy and we loved him dearly. Saying goodbye was incredibly difficult, and so was the silence he left behind. As it turned out I started feeling quite desperate for […]

April 9, 2019

A Cuba


Health, Parenting, Personal

I am at my gate at the airport. (Super early, but with books to read and an episode of Drag Race to watch). I’m off to Cuba. My first time on a warm beach. My first time outside of North America. A solo vacation. Time to step away and break out of the brutal constant […]

February 9, 2019

And so you are nine


Parenting

Dear Baby, The memories of you being a teeny baby in my arms are harder and harder to find now. You have been tall forever. Talkative forever. That girl and this girl seem like two different people. It’s impossible that nine years ago I didn’t know you at all. You were this foreign object that […]

January 13, 2019

Honest, open and brave


Parenting, Personal

As usual last year, I set my three words I wanted to live by for 2018. I chose honest, open and brave. I said I was going to relish 2018. I had no idea that I would be ready to set everything on fire by the end of it. I feel like I failed all […]

January 1, 2019

Family Ties


Parenting, Personal

When my daughter was born she had three great-grandparents and four grandparents ready and excited to meet her. She had a Great-Grandpa Joe and a Grandpa Joe and her Daddy, Joe. She had two Grandpas, one whose given name was Thomas but he always went by his middle name, and one whose middle name was […]

December 6, 2018

To be otter-like


Parenting, Personal

This morning we took a very long cab right across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the far reaches of the island to visit the New York Aquarium. Had I done my research we would have taken the subway to get there – as it was we only figured out the subway back. The Q train […]

November 5, 2018

What’s Inside


Parenting

The first musical I saw was Phantom of the Opera in 1991 or 1992 at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Toronto. The first musical I took my daughter to see was Matilda, in the same theatre in Toronto, now renamed. I think the first musical I showed her (that wasn’t animated) was Annie – the […]

November 4, 2018