Letting go is liberating, and makes you feel lighter

There is a saying by an unknown author that goes: “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.” Considering this last month of my life, and that the trees in my backyard suddenly look like their tops were dipped in red and orange paint, I’m reflecting on this quote. Recently, I had to …

Winds of change blow hard this September

I am shocked that school is starting again in September. I am even more surprised that they have chosen to start classes earlier in the morning for my teens. Anyone with a teen knows that earlier in the morning does not work well for them. I’m currently grappling with what’s right for my family given the pandemic and I’m questioning …

Making most of time during pandemic

Staying at home during COVID-19, while challenging, offered opportunities for those of us who used the time wisely. When it all started, my teens had dreams of our time at home being an extended vacation. I told them that whatever this time was, we would make the best of it. I wrote up a guideline for our time, saying that …

‘Criminal shame’ to let culture of silence continue

In June, you may have found yourself reading about the CHL, OHL, WHL, QMJHL class action lawsuit over allegations of abusive hazing. You may have been instantly relieved that your son/grandson never had to experience the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse that is outlined in the class actions claims. A comforting thought, indeed, though perhaps not entirely realistic. Or maybe …

Party prep made me especially proud of Pride

I’ve always been an LGBTQ+ ally, but this past weekend, I attended my first Pride party. What I saw in the preparation and execution of the party made me feel proud of the Sault’s Pride. I was honoured to be asked to be involved in helping one friend choose his outfit as it would be the first time he’d do …

Food baby nesting offers delicious sense of satisfaction

When you’re pregnant, you enter a nesting phase where you have a palpable need to get your house ready for the impending bundle of joy. Setting up a beautiful, functional room for the baby is top of mind, including cleaning, painting, and buying a lot of gear. My nesting right now is kitchen-related, as I seem to be getting ready …

Affordability one of shampoo bars’ ‘mane’ perks

As I age, there have been very few physical changes that make me feel more confident. COVID-19 stay at home measures further impacted my waistline, work attire, and hair. You may recall my article on the clothing mullet or #jammiesmullet. I also trimmed my own hair during quarantine. Luckily, I was able to resist the siren-like call from boredom telling …

Let’s be more prudent when pinning on hero medals

As our elementary and secondary schools are approaching the end of the school year, I appreciate that those who are graduating Grade 8 or high school are missing some rites of passage, but I think we need to be careful about the language we accord to their circumstances. Words matter. When I read the director of education’s May 26 message …

Tightening belt during pandemic doesn’t have to be painful

Perhaps you, like me, are in a household where the monies coming in have been reduced or cut off completely by COVID-19. Or perhaps you know someone in this position. If you’re facing a tighter belt, here are a few things I’ve done this week to save money. Before we get started, this is a great time to get a …

‘Hair’s’ hoping mighty mullet won’t make return

For many of us, quarantine and working from home looks quite similar. There’s a lot of eating, way too much screen time, and some lax grooming. My days are quickly blurring together where I: wake-up, eat, maybe shower, and then get dressed. Then I “attend” one or more video conferences, and I inevitably have to ask at least one person …