“Playing with Fire”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010

Bon fires are one of my favourite things about summer. There is something so mesmerizing about staring at a crackling fire; the lure of the glowing orange ambers, beneath the white stars, while slowly turning a sharp pointed stick in your hand with a gooey marshmallow on the other end, getting it just the right […]

“Bubble Wrap”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010

I’m not sure how this happened, but it seems that I gave birth to an athlete. It’s almost as perplexing as realizing that my beautiful, perfect, totally charming son does not, for reasons of his masculine chromosomes, think at all like I do. Despite our shared compassionate nature, somewhere deep beyond his awesome green eyes […]

“Oh Canada”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010

Oh Canada, my home and native land, as I prepare to celebrate your beauty by decorating my entire family in tacky flag clothing and slapping them head to foot in maple leaf peel-and-stick tattoos, I need to take a moment to declare my patriotic passion. It is important for me to honour your awesomeness with […]

“For the Carpenter”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010

Imagine being married to someone who publishes your personal life in a newspaper that goes county-wide every week. The Carpenter, my spouse, is a real trouper. So I ask that you allow me this forum to wish the Carpenter a happy Father’s Day. Parenting is not for the weak of mind or stomach. What should […]

“Romeo oh Romeo”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2010

My life is a Shakespearian comedy. Take last Friday morning, for example. Everything was going according to plan. Lunches were packed, school bags organized, children fed, even I was dressed for a client meeting. It was an otherwise typical day in the plot of my story. Then I heard these fateful words; “My hamster is […]