Something that's been driving me crazy


Yesterday the Toronto Star hosted an online chat about Canadian democracy. The conversation between columnist James Travers and Green Party leader Elizabeth May was somewhat interesting, sometimes confusing (I get the feeling there was a delay, and May had some difficulty using the Cover it Live system). At the end of this chat, which lasted […]

April 22, 2009

10 years ago today

Issues, Personal

Ten years ago I got home from school, turned on the TV and was incredibly confused by what I saw. Police surrounding a school, kids running away from the building, climbing out the windows. I watched in horror as the whole situation at Columbine. I was 18, in high school, the same age as the […]

April 20, 2009

When I Grow Up

Issues, Personal

For as long as I can remember I have been trying to define what I want to be when I grow up. In the back of my mind I knew I always wanted to be a writer, but I also knew that is very, very hard to do, so I went through a multitude of […]

April 15, 2009

Under the needle


When Joe and I got married, we vowed to each other: “I will be the Bert to your Ernie, the Ernie to your Bert.” I walked down the aisle to the song I’m Yours by Jason Mraz (before it hit the top 40 charts, mind you). Combine a line of that song’s lyrics and those […]

March 20, 2009

It wasn’t just the kids he coached


When I was 14 or 15, I wrote a letter to Brian Kilrea telling him how he had inspired me to work in hockey. When I was 20, I interviewed Brian Kilrea after a game and when the interview was over I told him that, as an aside, I needed him to know that he […]

March 16, 2009

Can you tell me how to get…


A little while ago I was listening to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and they did their ‘Not my job’ feature using the book Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street which I immediately decided to buy and start reading. This was unusual for me, because I usually read fiction and rarely get all […]

March 11, 2009


Canadiana, Issues, Personal

Every time this happens, two days from my past flash through my mind. The first was a day that didn’t seem like anything when it started. I was in college, it was Friday morning – production day for the paper, and we were putting it all together. Two of my classmates were at the base, […]

March 8, 2009

My home and native land


As I mentioned before, I don’t do arts reporting. I read reviews, but I am incapable of writing them. Thus, this is not a review of the movie One Week, it is a telling of what One Week meant to me. I decided that I wanted to see this movie this morning after reading a […]

March 6, 2009

The day I knew I was meant to be a sports reporter

Canadiana, Personal

When I left high school, I had one plan for my life. That plan quickly gave way to another, completely different plan (something I might write about here later). I worked retail for a year, figured things out, and decided to go to journalism school. All my life I had been avoiding journalism school, because I did […]

March 6, 2009

My stories


As I lay in bed last night thinking about yesterday’s post and all the stories I have to tell, it occured to me that I should just tell them already. Mostly for my own benefit, so I can try to remember all the things I’ve done and clear up what precious space my memory has. […]

March 6, 2009