July 29 16

At 4:45 this morning, I woke up in an unexpected full-body panic attack. I say unexpected because this week has been pretty great, I was a little surprised to see my good friend anxiety lurking around. But that’s the thing about anxiety, isn’t it? There’s no pattern to it, sometimes…

July 20 16

This week I gave $24.00 and my leftover lunch to two people who asked me for help. Many years ago, on an unusually cold winter night, a young girl showed up on my suburban doorstep. She had gotten turned around, confused by all of the streets that looked the same,…

July 13 16

I’m determined by nature and limited by finances and the Toronto nosebleed season of bad weather from November through June. Also, I’m what you’d call a little bit unemployed (read: not only a little bit) and I’m down 2/3 of my noisemakers and food consumers — one is off having…

July 3 16

summer mom guilt (suhm-er mom gilt) noun 1. How Facebook and other social media sites make me feel from the end of June until the beginning of September. 2. Something I’m losing this year. My friends’ kids are doing amazing things this summer — they are going to the zoo, going to Canada’s…

June 29 16

Once, at the zoo, wee Isabella had a predicament. She was thirsty, and wanted to drink from the water fountain, unassisted. (“I WANT TO DO IT MYSELF!“) (A little stubborn, that one.) The problem, of course, was that it was a little bit of a tricky challenge. She couldn’t quite…

June 27 16

In June 2006, my boy walked across his classroom in a paper hat and yarn tassel to officially become a junior kindergarten graduate. I cried, of course. He loved Star Wars, LEGO, The Packers, Superman and cereal. He hoped to become a superhero when he grew up. Tonight, in June 2016, my…

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