Sparkles And Glitter And Other Things Little Boys Are Made Of

August 16, 2012

Jasper likes dresses. Princess dresses, mostly, but sometimes also fairy dresses, and tutus. He also likes toenail polish, and wigs, and my high heels. He has always liked these things. I’ve never questioned his liking these things – these so-called ‘girly’ things – because Emilia has always liked ‘boy’ things, and it’s always just seemed [...]

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We Are Vast, And We Contain Multitudes

August 9, 2012

Sometime, about two years ago, I started closing comments on posts. Not all of the posts, all of the time, but some of them, some of the time. I started doing this, not because I’d stopped loving comments – who, who has ever blogged, has not loved comments? – but because I loved them too [...]

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All The Blog’s A Stage? On Strutting And Fretting Our Virtual Lives (And Also Honey Boo Boo)

August 6, 2012

I was asked by a reporter this past week whether I was worried about  the stories about myself, the stories that I tell online, about myself, that my children will one day read – whether I had any reservations about having talked about sex or abortion or depression in a public forum, given that my [...]

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A Bear-y Happy Birth… Oh, Never Mind

July 31, 2012

Today is my husband’s birthday. Apparently, God or Mother Nature or whomever controls the wildlife in the Catskills decided it was the perfect occasion for sending a bear-o-gram. Which was more than I got him. I mean, I could have sent wildlife, sure, but I couldn’t be sure that he was going to be at [...]

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Apparently, It Doesn’t Get Better: On You And Me And Us And Dan And All The Bullies In Between

July 16, 2012

UPDATED BELOW. BECAUSE I SLEPT ON IT. When I was nine years old, I saw Bigfoot. That is, I thought I did. I think. I can’t fully recall exactly what I saw, but my nine year old self decided that it was the Sasquatch, and so that was the story that I told. I told [...]

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10 Summer Memories My Kids Won’t Have

July 5, 2012

The other week, Emilia and I went on holiday in the Canadian Rockies with Adventures By Disney. We did awesome things like raft whitewater in the Kicking Horse River, climb up to the Cosmic Ray Station on Sulphur Mountain, throw snowballs at each other on the Athabasca Glacier, and mountain-bike along the Bow River. I [...]

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On Mountains High

June 21, 2012

Today, Tanner graduates from seventh grade. My sister says it best: an epic event in our lives, for him, for me. The road has been heartwrenching, heartfelt and totally awesome. All of that, and more. What for many of us is just one small hill on a long road of many hills and valleys, for [...]

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Love Lifts Us Up

June 18, 2012

On the day before Father’s Day, I stood on top of one of the Rocky mountains, and I thought about my dad, who loved the Rockies, and who would have loved to have stood atop one. And I thought, too, about how so many of my experiences are colored by his absence, by his total [...]

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Home And Native Land

June 14, 2012

This is where Emilia and I are today. Yoho National Park, British Columbia. I grew up in this province. My family camped around Yoho and Banff and Jasper when I was growing up, and the landscape is as familiar to me as the faces of my children. And so sharing it with my children – [...]

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A Week Is Seven Days. I Think.

June 11, 2012

I was on my own with the kids this weekend, which was interesting. I haven’t been on my own with the kids since sometime last summer, I think. I actually can’t remember. Which is kind of terrible, isn’t it? I can’t even REMEMBER what it was like to work from home and be the primary [...]

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