Growing up

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016

Despite the fact that I only graduated like 10 years ago (what? It could be true), I am suddenly struck by the reality that, effective next week, I will no longer have a child in elementary school. Beginning next fall, both of my children will be in high school. Gulp. People say childhood will go by […]

Things the Carpenter taught me about parenting

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016

In honour of Father’s Day, I have drafted a brief essay: “Things the Carpenter taught me about parenting.” Won’t he be thrilled? Not likely. Let me begin by thanking the Carpenter for tricking me into motherhood in the first place. Did I say trick? Sorry, I meant coerce. Perhaps seduce is a better word. Encourage. […]

One star at a time

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

“It was in Bobcaygeon, where I saw the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time.” That’s my happy place. On a late August night, on the shores of Sturgeon Lake, I stood alone and looked up at the sky, a wide velvet expanse of midnight blue, dotted in a road map of stars, layer […]

Batter up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016

The family that plays together, stays together. That was my theory and the inspiration behind my idea to pack up my family of four and head to the local ball diamond for a friendly game of softball on a Sunday night. The only caveat? I wanted to play and they had to let me. To […]