Wisdom from mom to children

Just over eleven years ago, I gave birth to an amazing baby girl. Her birthday is a gut-check for me as a parent and I’m never sure that I’ve said or done enough. I’ve penned this column, to her and her brother, as though it were my last, to really cut to the chase. Be yourself: originally you. You are …

Enjoy your snow days

I know that I’m not the only one who is getting down about the amount of snow we’ve had so far in November. Sources vary on the extend of the dump, but it is safe to say that we’ve had over 50 cm more than we would normally have by now. Since there are on average 81 days of snow …

Circus different, joy the same

As a child, a trip to the circus was marked by smells and colours, sights and sounds. This past week, I took my kids to their second Cirque du Soleil show, Dralion, and I can’t help but reflect on the differences and similarities in the experiences. The most remarkable part of my first circus experience was entering the big top …

Home is not belongings drop the s and it becomes clear

People say that “Home is where the heart is,” but I want to restate it to: “Home is where the fart is.” It’s a bit crude, but truthful. I got there after careful consideration and a greeting card-style poem. Home is a place: a physical structure that houses our belongings and lives. We look for a solid foundation to build …

Happy hunting ladies

One in four new hunters in Ontario is female, according to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. This was one of the interesting statistics presented during the Hunter Education course that I took in September at Sault College from Jane and Reg Perry. Looking around my classroom, where women outnumbered the men, the numbers would actually show that 2.56 …

More women take aim

When I walked into the firearms safety course last weekend, imagine my surprise when I saw that the women in the room outnumbered the men. Like the Aerosmith song says: “Janie’s got a gun” or at least she wants to get one, or else she wouldn’t be in this room. Why were so many women interested in the ability to …

September is about learning

It was just two years ago when I learned about the little arrow on the dash of most vehicles that indicates which side of the car the gas tank is on. It was but four months ago when I noticed that my car gas tank panel had a slot to hold the gas cap while fueling. It’s back to school …

Cold bucket, warm hearts

On social media lately, I’ve been deluged with posts of songs from the movie Frozen and now most recently, with the ice bucket challenge. If you, like me, have been living under a rock, let me bring you up to speed. The movie Frozen has one really great song, “Let it Go,” that children and parents everywhere are singing and …

Don’t use your tablet to swat a fly

While I certainly don’t want it to happen, it seems inevitable that printed newspapers are going the way of the dodo bird. Preemptively, I’d like people to consider what we’d be losing, and perhaps we can have a renewed renaissance and remove newspapers from the extinction list. There was a joke circulating on the Internet, of a man asking his …

I’m working on running

I recently decided to take up jogging. The thing is, I don’t like jogging. My joints don’t respond well, I have zero cardio ability, and shin splints abound. So why do it, you ask? I’m also asking that question. My butt is resoundingly happier when firmly seated on the couch, but even it knows that exercise is key to a …