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

Dear Evan Hansen,

Parenting, Personal

Basically I saw the show on Tuesday night and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. And my complete certainty that I will never see anything like it again. Now that I’m home I’m almost in disbelief that I even got to see the show. I have wanted to since the first time I heard […]

November 17, 2017

The Greatest City in the World


Here I am, sitting in Laguardia, with my flight now delayed by an hour and ten minutes. This is the first semi annoying or bad thing that has happened during the course of my trip, and I don’t even really care. It just reduces the amount of time I’ll have to wait in Toronto. I […]

November 16, 2017

Words Fail


I was driving in to work once day last year with the Broadway channel on my satellite radio and on came a brand new song from a brand new show that hadn’t even opened on Broadway yet. The song was Waving Through a Window and it immediately meant something to me. I learned a bit […]

November 15, 2017

Leaving on a Jet Plane


Since I was a kid I have wanted to visit New York City. I have wanted to see this place that I have visited so many times on screen in person. I have wanted to pack a bunch of Broadway shows into a few days, stroll through Central Park, see how tall the Statue of […]

November 13, 2017

Always remembering

Canadiana, Learning

After we cleaned out my father’s house I became the de facto keeper of papers. Mainly because I have them, and room to store them. I also volunteered to scan all the pictures that we found around the house – hundreds of family pictures, slides. We found, in a bag, the things my father had […]

November 11, 2017


Health, Personal

As a kid I was diagnosed with asthma. They do this thing where you have to breathe into a computer and it tells them how pathetic your lungs are. And then it got better. I assume because I exercised more and lost weight in high school, the asthma went away. For years I lived inhaler […]

November 10, 2017

Pride of Place

Learning, Personal

While I find it very difficult to be proud of my own accomplishments, I find it very easy to be proud of others. I also get jealous. I take no great issue with where I am in my life. I have done a lot of things. A lot. I’m tired just thinking about it. But […]

November 9, 2017