A Giant in Sport

Health, Ottawa

When the kid was still a baby I made a mistake. I signed her up for gymnastics at eight months. I did it because I have always loved gymnastics and I had regrets that I never really tried doing them. I never really tried to do any sports, and so the kid had tried many, […]

August 21, 2016

Hey Ladies

Ottawa, Parenting

It’s a holiday Monday – I believe officially Colonel By Day in Ottawa? – and that means everyone is off, which means that the kid got to attend the RedBlacks game on Sunday night. It’s her first one in a while. It’s too much to take her to a game and then send her to […]

August 1, 2016

Because she’s a woman

Issues, Ottawa

So a thing happened in Ottawa this week. It was handled badly. The facts are this – Our Prime Minister strode across the floor of the House of Commons, grabbed the Opposition Whip by the arm while said Whip told him to let go, told the third party leader to “get the fuck out of […]

May 20, 2016

Politics and political people

Issues, Ottawa, Personal

Sometimes I meet people who tell me that they are not interested in politics. It’s fairly rare in Ottawa, giving how affected many of us are by government changes and decisions, but it still happens. And I find myself not believing these people. I am firm in my belief that anyone can be political, you […]

April 25, 2016

I read the news today, oh boy

Canadiana, Issues, Ottawa

I have been feeling sick to my stomach almost all day. I took a nap this morning and when I woke up there was a message from Joe asking whether I had seen what was going on at Postmedia. Mergers, layoffs. Very bad news. You see, I stopped being a journalist a long time ago. […]

January 20, 2016

She blinded me with science

Ottawa, Parenting, Sponsored

My kid loves science. She loves experiments. She loves learning in general. (Though she also seems to think she already knows everything sometimes). All of this means that I am very excited to take her to Maker Faire to see what she thinks. On November 7 and 8 a whole bunch of uber creative and […]

October 28, 2015


Ottawa, Parenting, Personal

I have tried to leave Ottawa four different times in my life, and the longest I managed to stay away was two years. (And that was when I lived close enough to visit regularly). I love this city. I loved growing up here. I love being in the capital. Obviously there are things that bother […]

May 29, 2015


Ottawa, Parenting

When I was a kid we used to go to this apple orchard every fall. It so happens that this orchard is quite close to where we now live, and I now have the chance to take my kid there every fall to get local McIntosh apples, cider and a pumpkin.

November 2, 2014

Puppet it Up

Ottawa, Parenting, Sponsored

Today is the second and last day of the Puppets Up festival in Almonte, and this is just to note that if you’re considering it you should head on down. The kid and her Daddy went yesterday and had a great time, seeing two shows and the parade. They went to see a third show […]

August 10, 2014