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CIRQUE DE “OI VAY”

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 | 1 Comment
    No matter how dark my mood, a visit to my exercise studio always transforms both my body and spirit. There, I am immersed in the present tense of boxing drills and weight classes, each session different, driven by the particular group of read more »

“Minor” Expansions

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 | 0 Comments
   At least eighty eager hands and arms waved like ornamental grasses in a breeze.  All these keen, empathetic children had questions. They had just finished watching a student presentation about a teenage Afghani girl who witnessed her father’s murder by the Taliban. read more »

Money for Art’$ $ake

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | 0 Comments
“That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” said Little Guy, gazing at the face of William Lyon Mackenzie King. “I need it.” “Why?” I asked my son, incredulously. “So, I can look at it every day.” What is art, really? If something catches your read more »

Something’s Burning and I Think it’s Your Pants!

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 | 0 Comments
  If you’re expecting a blog about a Viagra overdose, sorry to disappoint. But, if you’re the parent of a teen, you know that the something burning is a lie. “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” is a rhyme mainly chanted by small kids read more »

The Oscars According to Scowl

Monday, February 27th, 2012 | 0 Comments
  Fifteen year-old Scowl agreed to watch The Academy Awards, this past Sunday, not because he has a particular fascination with celebrity fashion or because he put money down on the wins; my son was simply in it for the sociability. And the pleading read more »

His Punishment/My Pleasure

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments
The “punishment” belongs to Little Guy, my nine-year old son, and the “pleasure” is all mine. Recently, my son inadvertently reminded me how important it is to be present in my children’s lives, how much there is to gain from 100% attendance. My read more »

Lavatory Lament

Friday, January 27th, 2012 | 0 Comments
Ever since Scowl and Little Guy were old enough to stand on a footstool in front of the toilet and do their “whizzness”, I have instructed, encouraged and implored them to put the seat down when they are done. Yes, I am out-numbered read more »

Childhood Unbound

Sunday, January 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments
  I gave birth to Little Guy at the age of 43. I remember over- hearing one of the supervisors on the delivery floor direct a nurse to prep the “senior mom” for a C-section. “Good morning, Mrs. Ancient One. It’s a great day read more »

Humanity is a Bully

Monday, June 13th, 2011 | 0 Comments
Humanity is a Bully This past Sunday, I took eight year-old H to the zoo where we met up with his best school bud for a lengthy safari through 200 animals and 20,000 sunburned, whiney Canadians of the Homo sapiens species. The place was read more »

Be Careful What you Throw Away . . .

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 | 0 Comments
“Mom, can I keep this?” eight year-old H asked, his hands clutching a Styrofoam ant missing several legs and one antenna. “No” I said. “It‘s from the science project I did in Grade One.” “I know that, Sweetie. But, it’s broken and dirty.” “But, I need read more »

Guerilla Green

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 | 0 Comments
I am often amazed by how much I learn from my sons. I segued into motherhood expecting to be the teacher, but my experience has proven to be reflective; as I teach so am I taught. It is humbling, thrilling and sometimes read more »

Son on the Run

Monday, May 9th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  My fifteen year-old son, C, and I completed our first 10k run two weekends ago; just us and about 14,000 other dashing Canadians. With a time of 55 minutes, I felt exhilarated and proud as I ran across the finish line despite read more »

Perfect?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sometimes, a common word that has been taken for granted becomes infected with a virus of misuse and caricature. It needs a champion. At this moment in history, there languishes one such word that pleads to be healed. It’s the P word. No, read more »

Springing Ahead

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  Ah, spring, the season of rebirth and colour, hope in buds, youth in convertibles, sunshine. For most of my adult life, spring was my favourite season. A few years ago, feeling brave and sophisticated, I switched to fall. I used to not trust read more »

Kids With Quirks!

Friday, April 1st, 2011 | 0 Comments
  During the last couple of weeks, I have purchased eight different “flavours” of women’s deodorant. It’s not that I have a perspiration problem. What I have is Harrison, a quirky eight year-old kid with extraordinarily sensitive senses. The child, who always snuggles read more »

Frightening With a Chance of Fun

Monday, February 7th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  “You promised, Mom”, said Harrison, tugging on my bathing suit as we ascended the tower towards the Mexican sky. I nodded solemnly and continued to climb. I had given my word to my son, an oath which took me so far out of read more »

Zip It!

Monday, January 17th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  Knee-deep in the frigid Canadian winter, I am reminded of what it feels like to clean out the freezer: fingers numb, nostrils stuck together from cold, and frozen peas reminiscent of the suspended boogers hanging from children’s noses. I love the crisp read more »

A Consideration of Nicknames

Monday, January 10th, 2011 | 0 Comments
  Why isn’t anybody called Butch anymore, unless she is a lesbian wearing spurs?  What happened to “Freckles” for kids with, you know, freckles?  And, why is Bubba only used for little old Jewish grandmas? For the most part, individual nicknames have gone read more »

Down with “Resolutionaries”

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 | 0 Comments
It is early days, 2011, and my weight management has already gone on strike. I began its execution way back in the last decade though, so there is no risk of breaking a New Year’s resolution right out of the gate. Besides, I read more »

“Is it Just Me?”: Being Himself

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Being Himself Each year, Chanukah happens in eight blinks of an eye, maybe because events that occur annually turn time into greased lightning. I love helping my children build menorahs, all the while rehashing the story of Chanukah. Everybody loves a good yarn about read more »

Is It Just Me? – Staying Steady

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Just last week, I found a warning note in my mailbox alerting me that there have been a number of break-ins on my street. Both day and night, brash thieves have invaded homes where they steal belongings and frighten the occupants. One read more »

Is It Just Me – The Job I Chose

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | 1 Comment
The question is the portent to a series of symptoms. First, my throat constricts as if I’ve tried to swallow a pill without water. Then, my heart belly flops into my stomach, causing acidic waves. Finally, I perspire from read more »

Is It Just Me – Gripes of Wrath

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
“What is wrong with this dealer? Everyone else gets good cards except for me. I’m going to have to take out a second mortgage on my house.” “What is wrong with my parents? They won’t buy me Air Jordan basketball read more »

Is It Just Me – Face to Face

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 | 0 Comments
Last week, I met an old friend for dinner; we’ll call her: She-who-knows-me-very-well-but-not-as-well-as-she-thinks. I secured a table facing the doorway and smiled and called, “Hi” when she walked in. She approached, scowling. “What’s with that face?” She-who-knows-me-very-well-but well, you see the read more »

Is It Just Me – Digging Deep

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 | 0 Comments
I’ve never enjoyed much success with fall planting. After puzzling out which side of the bulb is up, I add the fertilizer and water. But, the following spring, the glorious waves of daffodils I envisioned are a mere ripple of one read more »

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