A picture at the top of the stairs


Personal

Dear Gramps, I know that you hated having your picture taken, and I saw the frown on your face those times when you realized I was trying to be sneaky with my camera, but there are pictures of you in this house that make me smile every time I see them. A picture at the […]

January 27, 2019

Permanent Ink


Personal

This morning I was looking through Reddit and someone posted a question – in relation to recent current events – wondering if people were forced to get a tattoo of a political figure who would they get. I┬áhave many tattoos, most of which are in memory of some person or another in my life. The […]

January 26, 2019

Body image


#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

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

A pie, marked with a G


Personal

As far back as I remember, whenever my family gathered for a homemade meal – me, my sister, my mother and my Tutu and Gramps – at some point one of us would ask what was for dessert and my Gramps would answer – every. single. time. – “Hot mince pie and ice cream.” And […]

December 24, 2018

Hallowed Halls


Ottawa, Personal

When I was a kid, my Gramps tried to convince us that the work my mother did on Parliament Hill included setting the Peace Tower clock. Like leaning out of the Peace Tower and moving the hands on the clock. What she actually did was research for Mr. Gordon Fairweather, MP for Fundy-Royal. She spent […]

December 12, 2018

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

By the book


Personal

When I was in high school I carried around a notebook at all times. Sometimes it was a legal pad, sometimes it was a pad of graph paper, but most often it was a notebook. I still have many of these notebooks. Some are in my office in a drawer, some are in storage in […]

November 26, 2018

Push


Health, Personal

I have been a bit out of control for several months now. We’re been so stressed, first with the house on the market, then moving, getting the kid to start school and all the anxiety issues that have plagued us since. We haven’t had respite since May, I think. It’s been constant change and upheaval. […]

November 25, 2018

A Bigger Mood


Personal

When I had my first voice lesson this fall (shout out to ASNY) and while we were talking and warming up and practicing and my wonderful teacher said to me: “You have a bigger voice in you.” This is not the first time Jennifer Fontaine has said something to me that means so much more […]

November 24, 2018