Every Family Needs a Dog

My twenty-year-old son asked for a dog every year since he was two. I did not grow up with dogs so I did not understand why having a dog was so important. My son begged me every year for a dog. I wonder now if life would have been different if we had adopted a dog years ago. Three years ago this beautiful girl, Molly (pictured above), joined our family. She was rescued from a shelter in North Carolina and I can’t imagine our lives without her. Why every family…

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What Does It Mean To Hold Space for One Another

I have to admit that in my (cough) fortieth year I have had some serious “Come To Jesus” moments—where I pretty much fell out and hit the dirt. I have to tell you after a series of events last summer (2016) I never thought I’d come out of my shell. Professionally, it was fab year.  But personally? You’ll have to buy the book. Stepping into 2017 and walking in a Women’s March on Washington was how my year began. As we all know, the rest is history (or so they say)….

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Date Night at the Aquarium? Yes, Please!

What wine would you pair with octopus? Are you in the mood for a sauvignon blanc? Have about a merlot? How does that sound with eight tentacles and two beady black eyes? What would you pair with a shark? Something strong and flavourful like a dark ale? Have a beverage that you would enjoy with jellyfish? Wait, what?! Jellyfish?! Are we eating the jellyfish? No. We are not. We are not eating the shark or octopus either. Where am I going with this? On the second Friday of every month, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in…

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No, the Second Kid Isn’t Easier than the First

You’ve seen the memes and advertisements. With the first kid, the mom is fussy and uncertain; by the second, they’re confident and together. But watching those advertisements or reading those little quips makes me want to throw something. My version would be the opposite—confident with a young toddler alone, ripping my hair out with both. I have definitely found having a second kid is much harder at times than the first one, at least in the beginning. There’s a bunch of shit you never really learned with the first kid Sure,…

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5 Reasons to Take a Break from Reality

I know. I know. You are convinced that your life does not afford for you to have the ability to get away from the rest of the world. Your life tells you that it would be selfish if you left your family for a couple days to do something for YOU, right? Sure.  Of course it does. But you don’t have to listen. You CAN make the time for you to find you!  I am the first to admit when I get away from my family too much.  I am…

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