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Those that know me, or follow me on social media, may have heard that I've had a bumpy few weeks. There seems to be a lot of change in my life at the moment - some welcome, some wary. I'm officially an empty-nester (which I...

“Ladies and gentleman, rock and roll.” It is hard to imagine that August 1st, 2021 marks 40 years since that phrase was uttered atop the flickering footage of the space shuttle launch countdown and the Apollo 11 moon landing—the neon MTV logo symbolically replacing the American...

I’ve been thinking about roots these days and how much my (very large) extended family has shaped the person that I am today. You see, I am the youngest child of the youngest child on both my mother’s and my father’s side. My Dad, the...

I recently read a book Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, about a therapist talking to a therapist, and in it the author, Lori Gottlieb,  references the four ultimate concerns identified by the psychiatrist Irvin Yalom: death; isolation; freedom; and meaninglessness—hmmmm, I don’t know about...

How are you? It’s a common enough phrase - probably asked and answered a dozen times every few days. You know… back when we left the house. In fact, across time it is probably one of the most asked questions around the world; that’s an...

Have you ever had an intimate encounter with an animal, particularly a wild animal, that left you profoundly moved and affirmed your belief in the divinity of nature? Of course you have. Whether the bottomless compassion found in the eyes of a family dog, or...

As any sibling understands, there is no level playing field when it comes to parental attention, but instead a constant battle for Mom or Dad's love as expressed through: who got to sit in the front seat of the car/who got to sit on Mom's...

Another year has passed and it is Pink Shirt Day again in Canada (Feb 24, 2021). I continue to struggle with any kind of 'forced awareness' marketing campaigns as I fear the issues are always more complicated than that. BUT, of course, I wholly support...

I was thrilled to have my If I had a million dollars story published in the Globe and Mail today. My 2nd ever byline! "THAT'S what she said" has been my standing joke today as I work to reclaim this phrase to my feminist sensibilities. Between...