Posted by on Oct 22, 2016

My lucky number is seventeen. I am hoping this continues as this weekend the Carpenter and I celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary (and by celebrate, I mean give each other a high five as we wait for the coffee to finish brewing). Here’s hoping this year brings us good things. My fondness for the number 17 began […]

Lead then follow

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016

The thick frost of the early morning draped the windows of my car in a white veil of crystals. Beautiful. How very Canadian to be excited by the familiar sound of the snow scraper, made only more spectacular by the fact that my teenage son was excited to be given the task (he won’t love […]

Reverse psychology

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016

Life is full of choices. Gratitude is one of them. This got me thinking that perhaps this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for everything I don’t have, but have always actually wanted. Things I believed I needed to be happy. Shining the light on what you have versus what you do not can be a gratifying experience. […]

Love trumps loss

Posted by on Oct 22, 2016

Not all funerals are sad. Sometimes a death in the family brings with it long over-due forgiveness and, as a result, closure. It offers peace to those left behind. Most importantly, it has the power to reunite those who have loved and supported one another through a shared history. Together we honour the past, but our lives […]


Posted by on Aug 26, 2016

I couldn’t stop myself. It was as if I was possessed by the spirits of cranky ghosts of shopping trips past. I became that mother. In my defense, back to school shopping makes me insane. Every ounce of cool, hipster, I’m-still-with-it youthfulness died the moment I reached for the price tag and saw the digits […]