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#MommyScholar, Personal

I’m taking these singing lessons and every week I think I should just stop. There is no reason for the lessons, except that it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally decided maybe I could use that time for me. I’m not planning on dropping everything and recording an album, I’m not going […]

January 20, 2019

This is the end


It is now past midnight on November 12, which means I’m graduating today. I never intended to do a Masters, but here I am. I get to add letters after my name. I’m graduating today, and neither my father nor my grandfather will be there to see it. The man who helped to raise me […]

November 12, 2016

A Whole New World

#MommyScholar, Personal

This has been quite a week. I marked the five year anniversary of my former boss’ death, the first anniversary of burying my Dad, Joe and I watched the Tragically Hip concert and heard Gord Downie’s lyrics explain to us how to mourn him. This week I have found a job, arranged for childcare for […]

August 26, 2016

At the end of the tunnel

#MommyScholar, Parenting, Personal

It has been a long couple of years. I have finished two years of university work. I have worked an election. My father died. I have sought out work to earn money on top of being responsible for myself, my schoolwork, my daughter and the house we live in. It has been a very long […]

August 7, 2016

My summer of feminism

#MommyScholar, Books

Last summer I had a goal of reading a while whack of books about politics and politicians to help me get ready for my Masters, but I planned, god laughed, etc. I ended up picking up new books for that pile from my father’s collection, some of which is still in my basement. This summer […]

August 5, 2016



Three times in my adult life I have planned trips to New York City. The first time we were going to go with friends and explore for a couple of weeks, and then I found out I was pregnant and budget priorities changed drastically. The second time Joe was going to have a work meeting, […]

July 20, 2016

And in the end…

#MommyScholar, Parenting, Personal

I am reaching the end of a few things. The end of my daughter’s school year, the end of my internship, the end of the final project that will mark the end of my Masters degree. At these ends marks the launch of a whole new beginning of things, again. A big blank slate stretched […]

July 2, 2016


#MommyScholar, Personal

I went to visit my Dad today. Joe wanted to go for a drive and that led to a plan and we ended up in Pakenham meeting my mom and my Gramps for ice cream (at Scoops, the best ice cream place in the Ottawa Valley). Dad is buried in Almonte with his parents, my […]

June 19, 2016

Started from the bottom, etc.

#MommyScholar, Personal

I had two very different conversations today on two different mediums. One was with someone who is just starting his career and trying to figure out the right path, the other was with a former colleague who has moved onward and upward. Talking to one about the other, talking about our career paths and where […]

June 15, 2016

Three quarters

#MommyScholar, Personal

Dear Dad, Today I went to Blog Out Loud Ottawa and read the post I wrote after I graduated with my B.A. (Hons) in June last year. The post was a letter to you, telling you about making it. At the time I had finished my exams, graduated and gotten accepted to the MPM program. […]

April 17, 2016