All Hands on Deck


Health, Issues, Personal

One of the fantastic things about my job is the opportunity to work for and with youth. When you get a group of engaged youth into a room together amazing things can happen. After a full day of engagement this week, we had a performer come in, one Cody Coyote. Cody is a young Indigenous […]

November 9, 2017

Clocked


Personal

I was inching my way along, trying to do NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo and also helping to organize one of the biggest events of the year at work, and I missed a day. It is very frustrating to feel that there is no time, when you know that when you have taken on more you have […]

November 8, 2017

One Thing To Hold On To


Health, Issues

I was listening to What’s the T? – The Rupaul podcast, which I regularly enjoy in addition to my viewings of Drag Race recently. It was an older episode, but Michelle Visage was talking about taking her daughter to see Hamilton. Her daughter ended up sobbing her way through the show because she has been […]

November 7, 2017

Where Are All The Women?


Issues, Women's Issues

I had a conversation a few weeks ago about women in politics. The conversation was started by a very smart woman, she runs her own business, she’s engaged in the community, and she happened to hear how few women are involved in American politics. She was surprised, and that low number made her question how […]

November 6, 2017

The Reader


Books

For the past few years I have sent a goal for myself – to read 50 books between January and December. I didn’t make it in 2015 or 2016, but I also didn’t include all the readings I was doing for school in those two years. But this week I finished by 50th book of […]

November 6, 2017

Joiner


Learning, Parenting

I have joined the parent council at my kid’s school. This is not something I ever expected myself to do, but then she went to a coop preschool and I got the taste for knowing her teachers and what was going on in her day to day life. When she started kindergarten we just put […]

November 5, 2017

You get through it together, or don’t


Personal

We just had our tenth wedding anniversary. Last night 27 Dresses was on TV and I watched it. Today I picked out a documentary on Netflix, 112 Weddings, by a man who acted as videographer at all these weddings and went back to talk to the people years later about marriage – the reality vs. […]

November 4, 2017

Listen and Learn


Issues, Learning

I have taken to listening to podcast that teach me about cultures different than my own. I’ve loved podcasts for a long time, and they’re a great place to learn. I listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, which keeps me informed on the news of the week. I used to listen to This American […]

November 2, 2017

Post Halloween Blues


Parenting

We had a hiccup today. Halloween went swimmingly, the whole family had fun and I made the night for three kids who didn’t think anyone would get their costumes (One Cousin Itt and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin). The kid even got to bed basically on time and fell asleep quickly after all the […]

November 2, 2017

The Political and The Self


Canadiana, Issues

I read a snippet of a column this morning written by a well-known, and apparently still widely read, Globe and Mail columnist. This snippet was from a column about public perception of Jason Kenney, former federal minister and newly elected leader of the United Conservative Party of Alberta. The UCP. Reminiscent of the CRAP. (The […]

October 31, 2017