Life With Georgia

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Life as a Prompt-o-Tron

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On the weekend, Georgia and I had a Kramer vs. Kramer moment. Of sorts. The scene I’m referring to is close to the end of the movie: Dustin Hoffman’s character and his son make breakfast together. They work silently, in complete coordination with a smooth choreography that only comes from a shared routine. The scene is… Read More »

Live Your Dreams, Even the Weird Ones

Whose Dream Should I Be Living?

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about modern messaging about ‘Living Your Dreams.’ If you’ve ever been on a social network, you’ve already seen the taglines that triggered this post: Give it all up. Get off the grid. Be more courageous. Travel now. Live authentically. Close your computer. “You don’t have to be a millionaire to… Read More »

Georgia Loves Me: Let Me Count The Ways

Georgia Loves Me — This I Know

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One day last week I asked Georgia, as I do every day, what she did at school. Typically her answer is one serious word: ‘Work,’ without any further elaboration. But that day when I probed further, she said she had been in art class. I asked what she was making. “A Mother’s Day card,” was her reply.… Read More »

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Hope Is A Thing With Spokes

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It’s spring. Well, it is spring some places in the world. We in Toronto are enduring the season finale of “Grey and Rainy,” but the farmers’ market opens tomorrow and hope springs eternal. Hope for lovely fresh spring days when you can linger on a patio, go for a walk, plant flowers or even ride your bike. For many, spring is the… Read More »

photo (c) 2001 Nancy Walton

On Guilt

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Just a few weeks ago a new study confirmed that the benefits of breastfeeding have been overstated. After reviewing decades of research, the researchers say that previous claims to better outcomes and other advantages of breastfeeding over bottle-feeding are not true. Studies up until now, they say, have failed to capture other contextual factors leading… Read More »

Nancy and Georgia - then and now

Mixed Signals

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how we see our kids, and how the rest of the world sees our kids. And mostly how we see our kids as we envision them growing up, becoming adults, and living lives of their own. I think about this in a very nebulous, general sense. And then I… Read More »

Saying Goodbye to Seeku

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And then there was one.   Until a few weeks ago, we had been a two-cat family for years. Walter, our newest addition, was a two-year-old rescue, fun-loving and goofy and uber-friendly. We added him to the family and quickly couldn’t remember when he wasn’t around. Seeku, our old cat, was about thirteen when Walter joined us.… Read More »

The Reason I Translate: Martie Swart's photograph of hanging animal wind chimes

The Reason We Translate

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So I wrote and rewrote a whole column for this week. And then I scrapped it. Around midnight, what it was that I really wanted to write about came to me. I got into bed and noticed the book The Reason I Jump beside the bed. I’ve read this book, have given it to others… Read More »

In between days: Georgia has a very big and very warm hat

In Between Days

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I know early adolescence is a difficult, challenging and complex time. For the adolescents and the parents, that is. I never imagined that the health care system would find the whole kid-with-a-developmental-delay-and-autism entering adolescence such a huge challenge. But apparently, it does. I haven’t quite figured out how to maneuver through the place we’re in,… Read More »

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Fork On The Floor – Memes Mean So Much More

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According to Richard Dawkins, who first coined the word meme in 1976, the term is derived from the Greek word mimëma, meaning ‘something imitated.’ Memes can be dispersed vertically from parents to children, or horizontally spread through means like the media and peers. And of course, memes can be spread via a 14-year-old for whom repetition and… Read More »

Georgia and Nancy

Almost-Resolutions and Luge Rides

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It’s a New Year. Again. I’ve always been one of those people who resists making New Year’s resolutions. But towards the end of December, I inevitably start to think about what I’ll do better or more of or less of in the coming year. I tend not to call these resolutions or write them down,… Read More »

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“Ears. Pierced.” Georgia Makes A Plan

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A few years ago, Georgia admired someone’s earrings and so we explained to her what was involved. She listened(ish) to us, looked back at the shiny earrings and said plainly, “Georgia. Ears. Pierced.” At that moment the campaign began. Over the past few weeks she was asking more adamantly. Or rather just stating, “My ears… Read More »

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