A pie, marked with a G


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


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


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


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

End of an era

Ottawa, Personal

Wong’s Palace opened in 1978. That same year my grandparents started going there to eat. When my daughter was born we took her there and put in her the same high chairs I used as a baby. It has been our family place my whole life. Every Christmas Eve dinner, birthdays and other celebrations. When […]

November 24, 2018

Marriage, that blessed arrangement


A few weeks I went to an event for work. This event involved me greeting some guests in the lobby of the hotel where it was being held, which also meant I got to do some people watching. It was pretty great considering our event was for kids and a lot of them were wearing […]

November 22, 2018

Baby It’s Cold Outside


It’s November and we had a snow day last week and a frostbite advisory today. I’m confused. It feels intensely cold, and I think part of that is that I was so totally unprepared for it this early. It makes it very difficult to leave the house when you don’t have to. Or get out […]

November 21, 2018

Being loud

Health, Personal

This fall I started taking voice lessons. It’s something I have wanted to do most of my life, but never wanted people to know it’s something I wanted. It’s been good, fun some days, but this weekend it was different. This weekend I walked into the room feeling unbelievably uncomfortable in my own skin. I […]

November 20, 2018