“Love your neighbour as yourself”. An oft quoted and treasured phrase across religious and secular spectres and an imperative in these difficult times. When I hear the phrase I usually think of Jesus’ teachings and the famous “Good Samaritan” story. Apparently I am not alone. My husband is ESL and one of our hobbies is… Continue reading Love
I was on a bed in the ER department with medical staff hovered around mitigating the effects of a Tylenol overdose. I had swallowed a whole bottle of Tylenol along with chocolate pudding while sitting in the food court of a mall. A few hours later when the effects started coming I panicked and called… Continue reading Hope
Happy Mother’s Day! When I was thinking about writing for this holiday I was overwhelmed with the literary possibilities- My Mom, me as a mom, the history of the holiday. How the day looks different for everyone and can bring pain as well as joy. I am supposed to be sleeping in right now. The… Continue reading Comfort
I am facing a dichotomy of realities. Yesterday we sat on our deck and ate BBQ in our bare feet. I felt like I was camping. It was glorious. Quality time as family. Not rushing around. When people ask how I am doing with all of these society pandemic changes my first response is “I… Continue reading An Unlikely Holiday
So I set out to write about Canadian holidays this year and honestly Easter is pretty daunting... what do chocolates, rabbits and Jesus have in common? Exactly. This is why I just share links to the history instead of trying to write it myself. There are several things I could have written about at length… Continue reading Tickling Toes in a bathtub
This morning at breakfast my toddler daughter took her socks off. Not unusual. When I looked again she had a sock in one hand, some egg in another and was just about to create a new type of breakfast burrito. Blue cotton scramble with chunks of toast? I intervened before she made it to the… Continue reading Want socks with that?
It would be easy to write about heroic health care workers, toilet paper wars, social distancing etc.. but sometimes our brains need a different type of news too. So happy St. Patrick’s day! (Tomorrow.... today was my day to write.) Green is not a colour I wear very often (I have an olive/yellow skin tone)… Continue reading Wearing green?
Happy Family Day to my fellow Canadians! I have to confess that when Christy Clark first announced this holiday in BC I scoffed. Don’t we already have enough holidays? People just want to take more time off of work. I was in my 20s then, a student and a care aide, I worked most holidays… Continue reading Family Day- A treatment for the Winter blues
When I travelled to China for a student program in 2006 I had the task of teaching Chinese students about Canadian holidays. What fun it was to research the history of these days and all the ways to celebrate them. So on the eve of Valentine’s Day we embark on a new series. I would… Continue reading Holiday Series
My baby will be 16 months tomorrow! I can say with gratefulness that this is a very sweet time. I was watching her sleep on her bed (yes, her own bed now) in awe that this little human is mine. Awe, delight, a bit of fear and weight of responsibility. Those long eyelashes predicting a… Continue reading Sweet 16 (months)