Great Eight

Parenting, Personal

A friend of mine is currently on maternity leave and posts a lot of pictures on Instagram of her adventures. It makes me think of my year on leave with my brand new baby. It was a wonderful year, though at the end of it I was very much ready to go back to work. […]

January 12, 2018

Living out loud

Ottawa, Personal

My friend Laurie passed away this week. It was not unexpected, but still devastating to know that such a kind soul has left the world. She was a dear lady, kind and friendly. Every evening I’ve been thinking about Laurie, about her boys who she loved fiercely, about her husband and how quiet things must be […]

January 11, 2018



New Year’s Eve for me is a day of tidying. I tidy the house, I take care of myself a bit, I plan a bit, I make sure the family calendar is up to date. This year I am laying out a plan. I need to figure out the best way to get through my […]

January 5, 2018

Our tree, a tour

Parenting, Personal

My friend Lynn (did you know she wrote a book?) posted a little tour of her family Christmas tree and I thought it was a lovely idea. Our tree, whose name, apparently, is Bob, according to the kid, is pretty awesome. When I was a kid, my mother would get us each a new ornament […]

December 25, 2017

It’s Christmas, all over


Today is Christmas Eve, which is weird because it feels like December just started, and I’m not actually sure what happened to November. But overall we’ve been doing Christmas well, I think. We’ve packed a lot of great stuff in. The kid and I had a night together when I took her out to see […]

December 24, 2017


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

Hasthtag Fail.


I did not complete NaBloPoMo. I am not going to make 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo. November, with the exception of my trip to New York, and perhaps because of the let down when I got back, has been a month of suck. I’m not the only one who feels that way. I’ve had multiple people […]

November 30, 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

Eight is enough

Parenting, Personal

This morning I took a good look at my kid this morning. She’s doing that growing up thing. Her friends are too. It’s astounding to me that this tiny baby became this full human person in such a short period of time. She was brand new to our lives but then it was as though […]

November 22, 2017

Who Tells Your Story


Last week I went to see two fantastic musicals – Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen. Both won the Tony for best musical, and Hamilton won its creator Lin Manuel Miranda the Pulitzer Prize. At the same time, travelling back and forth to New York City, I was reading two books, both non-fiction, Tanya Talaga’s Seven […]

November 20, 2017