April 25, 2017

My 6 year old recently had a two week long Spring Break. Eighteen days off if you count the weekends.  That’s like 250 in Mum years.

Her first week was spent at a lovely Broadway music day camp. But our second week was a bit of a scramble.  And since my (and my hus...

June 15, 2016

I am an improviser and I hold an artsy theatre degree so for me, anything remotely related to math feels like the 19th hour of treading water in the middle of Lake Ontario in the month of February.

To this day I flip numbers and have difficulty carrying the one.

I rememb...

June 29, 2015

I am on vacation.


I am writing this blog because I’m supposed to.


I’m also supposed to call in, check emails and finish an outstanding proposal.  I’m supposed to book appointments for my kids, follow up on some test results and update my outlook calendar. And even as I...

June 11, 2015

My Mum was raised in an era where minding your manners was paramount.  Saying please and thank you, meant you respected your world and in turn, your world respected you.


My Mum was famous for her hand written notes.  


She wrote thank you’s to friends, family, neighbors...

May 25, 2015

I got an email out of the blue from my old friend Sam yesterday. In his former life he was a stand up comedian, flat broke but completely happy. And now, many years later, in a lucrative and highly demanding corporate career he confessed to feeling completely overwhelm...

May 12, 2015


"An unexamined life is not worth living”- Socrates


My daughter's Montessori class spent the better part of the last month researching Greece for their International Day. That meant we spent the better part of the last month at home immersed in Kalamata olives, worry b...

April 30, 2015

I am a staunch pro-vaxer. 


I have witnessed my own child turn blue and struggle for breath after contracting whooping cough (pertussis) from an unimmunized person. It was terrifying and infuriating.


I was vigilant and made sure my entire family, especially my daughter...

April 14, 2015



On a late August day in 1987, I found myself on the second floor of the Arts building at McGill University with a crumpled yellow sticky note clenched in my sweaty palm. As I searched  the dark hallway for my new academic advisor's office, the sound of a bad frosh we...

March 30, 2015

One morning in the middle of our 82 day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), I was hit with some pretty difficult news.


The previous twenty four hours had been rough for my very preterm daughter. Her monitor alarms became more frequent, her body more lethar...

March 17, 2015


Long before Al Gore invented the internet, Seanchaís, Irish storytellers, passed along history, laws and information through oral verse.  In Irish folklore, it’s unlucky to tell a story before sundown. So, the greatest tales were shared throughout the night with famil...

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