Bad Is the New Good

A Hypothesis Is A Wish Your Brain Makes

April 2, 2011

‘Mommy, I have a hypothesis.’ Emilia is on a science kick right now. ‘What kind of hypothesis, sweetie?’ ‘It’s about Disney World.’ ‘Okay. Do you want to tell me what it is?’ ‘My hypothesis is that Disney World is where dreams come true.’ ‘That’s a very interesting hypothesis.’ ‘I think it’s a true hypothesis because [...]

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The Lonely Cry Of The Selfless Mom

March 25, 2011

The other week, my mom wrote about something that I’d been unable to write about: my sister’s struggle to cope as the single mom of a dying and disabled child, and the dark, difficult space of that struggle, and the breakdown that came when that space became too difficult to occupy. I’d been unable to [...]

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Stand In The Place Where You Drop Your Chocolate Nibs

March 16, 2011

That’s me, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto – which is, let it be known, a stadium – with a spotlight on me, and a microphone. And a tutu, of course. And a toddler, who couldn’t understand why Mommy got to stand right at the ice in the spotlight and he didn’t, because, seriously, if [...]

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Stories Hard To Tell

March 2, 2011

For all my talk of the world-changing power of sharing our stories, there are some stories that I have trouble sharing, because they’re too hard to write about, or because I worry about the impact of sharing them, or because they’re not my stories, and even if I have permission to share someone else’s story [...]

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I Can See Your Halo

February 24, 2011

Today, I’m flying to New Jersey, because New Jersey is awesome, but also because Johnson & Johnson is there, and I kind of work for them – as a social media ambassador slash advisor on all things related to moms in social media using social media for social good, which is one of those job [...]

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Things That Are Awesome, Random Wednesday In February Edition

February 9, 2011

Things that are awesome: 1.) Being asked to open Disney On Ice / Toy Story 3 On Ice – in a tutu – and knowing that a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy in Tanner’s name. I’m probably going to cry, which is going to be disorienting, you know, [...]

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I Can Hear Clearly Now

February 1, 2011

Another note from my sister, in thanks for all of your comments here… Thank you all for all the love and support; and thank you to my beautiful big sister. We are at BC Children’s Hospital this week getting further prognoses for Tanner, a measure of the time we have left…

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The Heart Is A Muscle (Pass It On)

January 31, 2011

From my sister: I read and reread the comments to all of my sister’s posts about Tanner. I do follow them but have never made one myself. I am a strong woman and a mother… I thought I knew what I was capable of, I thought I could beat my demons by pushing my body [...]

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You And I Were Meant To Fly, And, Also Tweet (On Wheelchairs And Internets And Raising Our Voices, Oh My)

January 19, 2011

Once upon a time, in an Internet far, far away – which is to say, 6 months ago – I tweeted about Air Canada. I tweeted about them a few times, actually – I tweeted that they’d broken my nephew’s wheelchair, and I tweeted that they were working to replace it, and then I tweeted [...]

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I Have Decided To Stick With Love

January 17, 2011

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Thus spake Martin Luther King. Sort of. He actually said this:

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