Anxiety can be a living breathing organism moving through our body as if skateboarding in our veins, not afraid of collisions or falls, not concerned with injury it may bring to its host. Anxiety and I are well acquainted, are on a first name basis. I wish that weren’t so. […]

I went to the ocean today. The heat was severe at home. The trees, weary from the heat, curled their leaves in protest and seemed to bow to the heat as if conceding. “You win,” the trees whispered to the sun. There weren’t many at Bachman’s Beach on the south […]

When my daughter became an educator, her goal was to save the children of the world. How does one go about such a Herculean task? One child at a time, I told her. My children grew up listening to the music and playful yet thoughtful lyrics of Raffi. Raffi Cavoukian, […]

I am on my way home from my long journey to Churchill – The Great Northern Adventure, I am calling it. It has been an adventure for sure, with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. I’ve learned a few tips that I’m going to write down in […]

My first train trip was fifty-seven years ago. From Winnipeg to Vancouver. I was ten years old. I don’t remember many of the details of that trip, but the journey was the highlight of our family’s adventures. I know we boarded the train late at night, my sister and I […]

Most of us who have had children are familiar with Goodnight Moon. The book was originally published in 1947, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. I was surprised by its publishing date. I read the book to my children no less than 3,759 times, a story […]

It seems with greater frequency I am telling the story of fallen comrades. “We are of an age,” I am told, though that offers little comfort. When someone leaves us in our youth, the shock is severe, the heartache suffocating, but it was rare, thankfully, and we were observers of […]

One word plays in an unending loop in my head these days, for many days, days that add up to years, decades perhaps, and that word is … kindness. I can only imagine the worry and stress Fort Frances residents are experiencing as flooding disrupts life in frightening and chaotic […]

June is National Indigenous History month, a time when we express solemn and celebratory focus on the lives of Indigenous peoples, their rich and diverse history, the many contributions Indigenous peoples have made, and perhaps above all – the resilience of Indigenous people around the world. June 21st is dedicated […]

It is hard to feel whole these days, with more school shootings in the United States. It is impossible to fathom the level of grief and heartache, of loss and absolute despair those involved feel and those who have been witness. I wonder when enough will be enough, when enough […]

I had the lucky opportunity to visit with two of my grandchildren recently, a five-day immersion into chaos, a bit like Survivor but without the chance to win the immunity idol. They are busy boys, with an all-in attitude for living, with no self-preservation gene. There is only one speed […]

Have you heard of the World Central Kitchen (WCK) organization? Neither had I until I listened to Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s The Current and he told me all about it. The not-profit WCK organization was founded by Jose Andres, a well-known chef with restaurants in Spain and in the […]