I miss my dad so much today. I miss my dad for himself, and I miss his love. I miss his “Hi, Sweetie!” when he answered the phone, and I miss the emails he would send with articles that he knew I’d find interesting, or thought I should know about. I miss how he wanted … Continue reading
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name? Quite a lot, it turns out. Last week, I wrote my first opinion piece for The Flin Flon Reminder, “What’s in a name?“. I looked at the concept of changing one’s name after marriage, and my own struggles with what to do now that I am (just) married. I enjoyed writing (and rewriting, and … Continue reading
Winter, without her
Two nights ago, the snow started to fall. Yesterday afternoon it came down in earnest, and as we enjoyed our dinner at our friends’ house, the snow continued to sprinkle the ground, covering our car windows, our walkways, glistening and sparkling, and transforming our hilly Flin Flon roads into slick, scary rollercoasters. When we got home, … Continue reading
Why Does Belonging Matter?
I would be the first person to argue that travel and new experiences, meeting people different from ourselves, being open to alternative ideas and perspectives, are all essential to personal growth. But still, no matter where we go, I still find I prefer to spend my time with people who share common interests, common politics, … Continue reading
Ass on Chair: Motivation on Day One of NaNoWriMo
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo and I am so pumped and…scared. How am I going to motivate myself to write 50,000 words in a month – or 1,667 words a day? Never mind the fact that I don’t have a subject or a plan yet, beyond just starting to write and hoping that … Continue reading
Lessons from No Impact Man (and Woman)
The other day, Dan I watched No Impact Man, a documentary that follows a writer, Colin Beavan, as he attempts to strictly limit his impact on the earth – while living in a New York City apartment with his wife and young daughter. Over the course of the year, Colin and Michelle gradually shed the layers of … Continue reading
Tonight, forty Flin Flon residents were gathered in a cozy family room, wine glasses and cheese-and crackers in hand. But this was no committee meeting or book club: this was a professional concert, a performance by two musicians, Kyle Carey and Craig Werth, who had driven together from New Hampshire to perform for this appreciative … Continue reading
Life Lessons: What do you wish you knew 5/10/15 years ago?
What are the most valuable things everyone should know? I recently came across this question on a website called Quora (the premise of this website is that visitors post questions on any topic – from practical to philosophical to ridiculous, and a number of people answer the questions, then readers then vote on the answers). I thought … Continue reading
I saw Santa on Bay Street
It was 9 a.m. this morning, at the corner of Bay and Richmond in downtown Toronto, when I saw Santa for the first time this year. He was wearing walking shoes and travelling pants, the kind that have zips at the knees so you can convert them to shorts, and a few sensible layers under … Continue reading
11:00 on November 11th marks a rare moment when a city of five and a half million people can be unified by shared experience and shared thoughts. Walking back to work after today’s Remembrance Day ceremony, I was struck by the number of people adorned with poppies, many of whom, like me, seemed lost in … Continue reading