We’re not that cute

About 22 years ago this week, he asked me on our first date. For those doing the math, he was 14 and I was 16. We have been together ever since. “Awwww… that’s so cute! High school sweethearts!!” I hear that all of the time, then I tell people we met when he was in … Continue reading We’re not that cute

Proud Sister Moment

Today, something special happened! I had the extreme privilege of watching my sister in her element as she presented her academic thoughts on decolonizing medieval studies. Her panel was engaging and interesting and I could not be more proud of my baby sister, who is clever and intelligent and well spoken! As a non-academic this … Continue reading Proud Sister Moment

This is true insanity

Can we talk about this nonsense????? Seriously!!! Mental health does not negate physical pain!!! Prejudging his health based on his honest disclosure of his medically-controlled bipolar disorder is a further example of why Canadians living with mental health issues are reluctant to share. The stigma does not end with friends thinking you are “crazy”. The … Continue reading This is true insanity

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathingby Frank LaRue Owen Winner 2017 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize There is a way of entering the forestwhen the breeze of the treesbecomes your guide when the cool gray-green daysand humid blue-green nightsbecome your own skin where the unfurling pathsthrough the emerald lightbecome flowing streams. Paths as luminous riversfor your two uncovered feet,salmon-like and … Continue reading Forest Bathing

It’s a monumental night

Tonight is monumental - it is the last night that one of the craziest people on earth has access to nuclear launch codes. It’s the last night that a woman of colour has never served in the 2nd highest office in the United States. It’s the last night that I will go to bed thinking … Continue reading It’s a monumental night

Cute Boy

My silly raggedy old man likes to shove his head into his bowl and ends up with what looks like a tiny white feather on the top of his head. While this may not be earth shattering news, he is way too cute and the world needs more of that. So as you head into … Continue reading Cute Boy

It’s My Birthday

Today started with a my favouritest cupcakes in the world, a Stanley/Pretzel Day Birthday card, and a brand new Smash + Tess romper from Danielle on my porch before I even woke up. It just kept getting better and better as kind words and thoughtful posts and birthday/birthday-ish phone calls were made. My brother found … Continue reading It’s My Birthday

Black Shirt Day 2021

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 15th is #BlackShirtDay to honour and commemorate BIPOC and racialized Canadians. As the struggle to dismantle a colonial, white supremacist, heteronormative, cisgendered, Judie-Christian society continues, many of our … Continue reading Black Shirt Day 2021

Yesterday… she turned 13.

Yesterday… yesterday my baby turned 13. This amazing, stubborn, creative, kind, hilarious, silly, clever, empathetic, beautiful young woman is has graced us with her presence for 13 years. Yesterday… yesterday, I brought her home from the hospital with no idea what I was getting myself into. I was happy, grateful, scared, and deeply in love. … Continue reading Yesterday… she turned 13.

How Do You Measure a Year?

Welcome to 2021. This year will be… 365 days, 52 weeks, 12 months, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes, and 31536000 seconds. Some of these moments will inevitably be wonderful, amazing and transformative. Some of the moments will inevitably be hard, awful and transformative. This is life. This is what John Lennon said happens when we are … Continue reading How Do You Measure a Year?