grace in small things

Make A Joyful Noise

October 11, 2010

Giving thanks today, because, seriously, life is really pretty awesome, notwithstanding the bullshit that we sometimes get distracted by, and also because someone else is making the turkey. And because I have the luxury of measuring daily happinesses against the amounts of random bullshit that I need to cope with and whether or not someone [...]

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The Temptation Of Eve

October 8, 2010

Emilia contemplates an apple* in the abandoned orchard at the Samuel Wilmot Nature Area. From the looks of it, prelapsarian fruit** was probably not all that impressive.*** *I know, Eve was probably tempted by a fig, and not an apple, but the apple has kind of stuck in Western versions of the story, and there [...]

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Summer Is A State Of Mind

September 7, 2010

It’s still summer, right? It’s still hot, and school hasn’t started, and there’s a pair of white capris hanging in my closet that I haven’t yet had an opportunity to wear. So. I’m just going to go ahead and declare this week pre-autumn and anyone who has a problem with that can take it up [...]

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Sense Memory, Addendum

August 31, 2010

My dad wore Brut aftershave, the kind that comes in that opaque green bottle with the fake gold medallion. He didn’t wear it a lot, but it was the only aftershave that he used when he did use aftershave, and so it burned into my psyche – along with cigarette smoke (Players) and aged leather [...]

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When Mama’s Away…

July 19, 2010

… the kids will just end up in the backyard in diapers and bathing suits, faces unwashed, playing with sundry bits of Goodwill-bound baby equipment and also a skateboard.

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A Life With A View

July 15, 2010

We have a nice life, my husband and I and our little family, in our pretty little house in our pretty little town in Ontario. We have a verandah, which is something that I always wanted when I was growing up: a verandah with a pretty wicker bench and soft cushions and a hydrangea vine [...]

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Ice Cream Wishes And Waffle Cone Dreams

June 23, 2010
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The Darndest Things

May 28, 2010

It’s been a bad week. Jasper got sick, and then Emilia got sick, and now everyone is sick and I haven’t slept in days and I’m way behind on everything and have no idea when I can even begin to catch up because SICK CHILDREN and NO SLEEP make Catherine a DULL GIRL and I [...]

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Wasn’t That A Party

May 24, 2010

Rule #637 about partying hearty, kinder-style: it just isn’t a fiesta until someone ends up with shredded pinata remains on their head. (It’s a holiday today here in Canadialand, and I’m still off the grid, except to post pictures of birthday – birthdays, plural – debauchery and to weep pitifully about the end of Lost. [...]

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Nobody, Not Even The Rain, Has Such Small Hands

May 19, 2010

He blows kisses, and my heart, it stops.

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