Whose Dream Should I Be Living?

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 »

And Sew It Goes …

My daughter was sick the other day so I stayed home too, and we spent much of our day together on the couch. I tackled work email and leftover chores, while she watched endless episodes of My Little Pony — a fringe benefit of not having to share the television with her brother. In the… Read More »

Knock Knock

“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” “Your daughter.” “Your daughter who?” “Your daughter who knows more jokes than you do.” Of course your five-year-old knows more jokes than you. How could she not? You’ve told her every single joke you know, a dozen times over. And be honest: You don’t know as many jokes as you used to. You spend… Read More »

A Family By Any Other Name

If there’s one constant running through the wide-ranging stories in the new anthology, A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, it is the words of editor Bruce Gillespie in the introduction: “Family isn’t one set thing.” In the book, families are ‘any or all of the above’ type units. They may or may not be connected by… Read More »

Am I Doing This Right?

A Lament For (and By) The Terminally Self-conscious Dad. Rationally, I understand that no one is paying attention to me or my daughter when we’re out together. That is, unless she muscles in ahead of another toddler in the queue for the slide, hunkers down with somebody else’s favourite shovel or makes an impassioned plea for… Read More »

Georgia Loves Me — This I Know

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 »

Nerd Mom Alert — Toronto Comic Arts Festival!

As nerd culture seeps into the mainstream like an oozing dead tauntaun, the notion of a family outing to a comic convention has almost become unremarkable. So you probably already know that both Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Toronto artists, creators and fans from around the world converge on the Toronto Reference Library for the FREE Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). You should totally… Read More »

How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Disneyland

My husband’s company sends our whole family to a trade convention once a year. It’s always in the United States, usually in a resort town on one of the coasts. This year it was in Anaheim, California. So I asked my Californian girlfriend what people with small children do in Anaheim, like an idiot. “Uh, Disneyland?!”… Read More »

Hope Is A Thing With Spokes

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 »