This Too, Shall Pass

I smiled to myself while driving home after work, admiring my squeegee job I just did on my windshield while getting gas—I had to use the hard edges just to get off the guts from a cloud of bugs I had driven through the day before. Ah, life is good, done work, finally driving home,…

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The Hair on my Chinny Chin Chin

As an intro, I’d like to comment that I’ve taken on some satirical writing lately as I’ll be writing articles for Syndrome, an online magazine (‘just satire, just for women’) that’s well-known in Italy and has been introduced to North America recently. It raises awareness around women’s issues and matters in a fun, satirical way….

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Honouring My Dad’s Dad-isms

Ack, why is it always shocking to me how busy June is as school and kids’ activities wind to an end? You’d think I’d know by now. (Yes, that’s my pathetic excuse for not posting anything recently.) Thankfully, a contest through my workplace resulted in the perfect way to put something on my blog and also celebrate Father’s Day. The…

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Reinventing My Fountain of Youth

Recently, I went to Winners to look for a sports bra for my daughter. It was the Wednesday before the Easter long weekend and I was in a great mood—life just looks better right before an extra-long break from work. Though I’m normally a thrift store junkie, I came across a cute pair of jeans…

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From “Impostering” to Empowering

We’ve all tried to be people other than ourselves, whether pretending we’re Australian Olympic divers at a hotel pool during a sibling’s softball tournament or pretending we’re Danish exchange students when we’re 15 so as to buy booze at a liquor store. (I know, very common examples, right?) But have you ever experienced feeling like an…

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Failing Amazingly: Shifting My Perspective of Failure

When was the last time you heard something like, “Hey, that was awesome, you failed so amazingly!” My guess is: never. Most of us aren’t strangers to hearing advice on how to succeed, having heard those key success words since we were young, like ‘hard work’ and ‘determination’. Who doesn’t want to be successful? I…

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My Front Bumper: Reflections on Image

Written several years ago, updated recently… There is no other object in my life that has caused me to contemplate my image as much as my front bumper. Two winters ago, I was backing out of my driveway and I partially ran over a large rock covered with snow. The kids and I heard quite a…

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