Time For Play

Time For Play

  “Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults — and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.”  – Dr. Stuart Brown, physician, clinical researcher and founder of the National Institute for Play.                              If you’re like … Continue reading

Honouring Loss

Honouring Loss

I had an empty nest piece all set to post today but I’ve changed my plan. On Sunday, a life changed abruptly. Today, my heart is with one of my best friends whose partner passed away suddenly on the weekend. Out of respect for her and for the life of her partner, I’d like to … Continue reading

Blissful and Blessed

Blissful and Blessed

I haven’t quit smiling since I left Calgary for Slave Lake yesterday. After a week of connecting with family and friends, I am feeling truly blessed.   I can’t express these feelings any better than Janelle Ross has in her post, All My Blessing Breathe. Thank you, Janelle, for allowing me to share it with … Continue reading

My Two New Loves

My Two New Loves

Dear Buddy and Princess, Sorry kids, I have two new loves. When you started moving into your “big people” lives, there was plenty of room for a mom to fill and I’ve been determined to fill it with good stuff. I had to dig way back in time to reconnect with that person I was … Continue reading

Finding Peace in Places

Finding Peace in Places

“I need peace in my life.” This is the silent prayer that has looped through my head for years. Ever since I was in my teens, I’ve sought out perfect spots to find the silence needed to think. The first I can remember was just a few short blocks from home, in a city park, … Continue reading

Mother to a Son

Mother to a Son

Growing up, I didn’t know boys. My family was made up of girls – my Mom and three sisters. The lone male of the household, Dad, moved out when I was 14. As a young girl, I thought boys were immature and rude. They laughed at things that weren’t funny, like farts and boogers. Boys … Continue reading

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

In Calgary, we can pretty much guarantee we’ll have winter – cold, snowy or otherwise challenging. But spring? Now that’s another story. Buddy’s birthday is mid-April. Some of his birthday parties were spent stuck indoors due to snowstorms and at others, the kids played basketball out in our backyard, wearing shorts. Due to it’s unpredictability, … Continue reading

Do My Kids Need a Better Life Than Mine?

Do My Kids Need a Better Life Than Mine?

One evening a while back, I was sitting around with friends after a Calgary Stampeder football game when one of them said, “All we want for our kids is that they have a better life than us, right?” Actually, when I think about my life, I have to wonder whether it is possible for my … Continue reading