“So few things are fulfilled: what are most lives but a series of incomplete episodes.”

February - 8 - 2014
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Last week we lost Pete Seeger. I cried that day, because I had grown up with the man’s music. It had served as the soundtrack for much of my childhood and I couldn’t help but think of my father’s passing that day. It seemed logical that I would mourn his passing, even be it at  [ Read More ]

Let’s *really* talk…

January - 28 - 2014
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So today is the day in Canada that a massive corporation in Canada, who shall go unnamed, has pledged to give a $0.05 donation to a mental health organization for every hashtag #lets talk that appears in social media. I used the hashtag myself, as anything that takes money from one of the most morally  [ Read More ]

So this is happening!

January - 28 - 2014
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Oh, the things you learn at the dog park. Admittedly I become a wee bit of a hermit in the winter months and tend to keep to my own ‘hood, so it’s not entirely unexpected that this little gem of a culinary event nearly passed me by. But I do feel somewhat ashamed as a  [ Read More ]

Happy holidays everyone!

December - 14 - 2013
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Much joy and love to you all this season, and in the new year!

The monster formerly known as Dreamy

November - 7 - 2013
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Welcome to Fizzgig. This little nutbar has come into my home, courtesy Animatch (who rescued her from a puppy mill), and my mother (who funded her adoption as an early Christmas gift). It appears already that she is more than a suitable namesake for the monster of The Dark Crystal fame, and every bit as adorable.  [ Read More ]

My thanks…

October - 29 - 2013
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I have been positively overwhelmed by the literally hundreds of notes and messages we have received since Lucy’s passing. It is a testimony to her incredible soul that she made such a lasting impression on all those who met her. Even those who had the briefest of encounters with her knew there was something special  [ Read More ]

“This dog watched beside a bed Day and night unweary”

October - 28 - 2013
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There is a blessing inherent to the passing of a pet that we are not afforded with a human loss. We are not left to dwell, as we so often do in times of grief, on that one argument we wish we’d never had, or those words—even be they the rarely spoken between you—that were  [ Read More ]

We will walk together

September - 21 - 2013
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I do not mistake her for a child (though certainly my sister’s time as preschool teacher was a fairly vivid reminder of just how similar dogs are to three-year-olds). I don’t call her a fur-baby. She is a dog. And I owe her nothing less than to treat her as such, because to do otherwise  [ Read More ]

To breed or not to breed—not really the question.

September - 17 - 2013
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Breaking news! Women’s fertility may have been…gasp… manipulated by patriarchal institutions! I admit it—I dropped the ball on this one, academically speaking. When I was teaching I did spend a great deal of time talking about the medicalization of women’s health (as well as a host of other health issues that become a public health  [ Read More ]

Culinary chaos for a semi-domesticated diva

September - 6 - 2013
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One of the things I enjoy about working for my sister is the wide range of clients she has as a publicist. Authors, actors, and cooks, to name a few! I particularly love the food-related clients because it gives me a chance to delve into the gastronomical vortex that are food blogs (although on those  [ Read More ]

Roger’s Cup madness once again…

August - 22 - 2013
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2011 Cup, up close and personal with Roger!

    So an unexpected pleasure of living here in Montreal, is the fact that every August, the Roger’s Cup master’s tennis tourney takes place here at Jarry Park. The men’s and women’s rotate between here and Toronto each year, so that means every two year’s my mother flies out here and we go hardcore  [ Read More ]

Rachel getting married

August - 18 - 2013
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From a distance, oh so classy!

So a little caveat on the title of this post: it is not in any way meant to reflect the psychiatric health of her younger sister (aka: me). But yes, my big little (shrimpy short) sister finally got hitched! And ‘twas a lovely day indeed! Although I, of course, could have beaten my sister to  [ Read More ]

London calling?

August - 17 - 2013
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So this summer, after faaaaar too long, I had the opportunity to reconnect with a cousin of mine who lives just outside of London. She was to be the envoy for the European contingent of my family from my mother’s side (really the only family we’re still close to, but that’s another story). It was,  [ Read More ]

Bad acting makes me cranky.

July - 17 - 2013
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I picked up that t-shirt quite a few years back at the Edmonton Fringe festival—for some reason they only ran that print for one year, but it remains my favourite. Because, you see, bad acting really does make me angry in some settings, though it rarely did so at the Fringe—annoyed? Sometimes. But angry? Never.  [ Read More ]

A therapy dog’s work is never done

July - 15 - 2013
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Lucy taking a much earned lunch break on the mountain.

I found myself unexpectedly overwhelmed today. I decided to head up Mont-Royal with Lucy today (yes, topographically-speaking, it’s not a mountain, but it’s still a perfectly lovely oasis in the middle of the city). Along the way, the usual number of drivers whipped out their smartphones to snap pics of the “scooter dog” in action  [ Read More ]

To wine walk once again…

July - 6 - 2013
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It is like being cheated and gifted simultaneously. I am infinitely angry that this brilliant and beautiful man was stolen from us. Yet somehow the fates saw fit to allow me to spend the last days he would see by his side. It is a rare and painfully beautiful gift I was given—one for which  [ Read More ]

Reason for Rhyme…

June - 30 - 2013
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One of the amazing things that came out of Darren’s illness and passing, was what happened around him over the year that preceded his death, with his galaxy of friendlies. In an odd quirk of fate, a friend of my sister’s had been present on the night he and I met, some 18 years ago.  [ Read More ]

Discontinued

June - 12 - 2013
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My close family and friends knows that should I pass on, my obituary most certainly must read: Discontinued. They also know that I’m not joking about this. I will be quite put out if it’s not. It has been the bane (and admittedly as banes go, it’s pretty minor) of my existence that any time  [ Read More ]

On fire…

March - 23 - 2013
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Thrilled to have caught Whitehorse last night at Sala Rossa. I love this husband-wife duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland anyway, but live they really are exceptional. The two of them are able to replicate a full-piece band experience using some crazy cool live sampling (I have no idea the technical term for what  [ Read More ]

Jason Kapalka on talent, time, and not getting enough Darren Zenko

July - 20 - 2012
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We will all mourn the incredible worlds and words that did not find purchase on paper. Thank you, Jason. Jason Kapalka on talent, time, and not getting enough Darren Zenko A friend finds an urgent message in the loss of a gifted writer. Darren Zenko was a friend of mine. He died of cancer July  [ Read More ]