I was born in White Plains, New York to Canadian parents. Both of my parents came from big Catholic families and had 5 brothers and sisters apiece. Interestingly, my father’s sister also married my mother’s brother. This just goes to show, you don’t have to go to Tennessee to see people keeping it all in the family.
Our family stayed in New York for a year before moving to Rotterdam, Holland. Fun fact: our house in Holland had a secret room in the attic that had once used to hide Jewish children during WWII. Our house also looked out onto…
My body is a landmine.
It’s been battered black and blue,
from some unknown affliction
that has torn my life in two.
I wallowed in self-pity,
finding solace in the grey.
I sat and mourned my losses,
losing sight of every day.
But then my daughter woke me
with her words so black and white.
She said, “Mom, please live your life.”
And I knew that she was right.
I gave myself the green light
to banish the grief and pain.
I set about finding ways
to reclaim my life again.
I know I may be different from the person…
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pimpleton,
Honestly, I wasn’t sure I wanted kids until today. You see, they pee in the pool and often have their fingers up their noses. But I’ve always thought they looked rather cute from a distance — like pint-sized people.
However, your two precious darlings have changed everything for me.
I believe you should contract them out. Because they are a walking and talking commercial for why birth control is so important in this country.
I’m convinced of this. …
This post is an entry in Modern Parent’s “Am I Doing This Right?” writing contest.
Covid-19 and the pandemic have brought my family closer together. Home-bound, we have all found a rhythm to our day. We eat dinner every night together like clockwork. We take walks, strolling alongside the palm trees in our neighborhood. And we banter about work, life and the trials of online school.
But the pandemic has also turned us into screen junkies. Our devices are perpetually fired up, and like addicts we seek out our phones, iPads and laptops. …
Japan is sometimes called the land of the rising sun. It’s the 11th most populous country in the world, even though three-fourths of the country is covered in mountains. This leaves very little land to live on. Interestingly, the country was not officially open to outsiders until United States Commodore Matthew Perry and his Black Ships arrived in 1854.
And well into the 70s and 80s, very few foreigners could be found living in Japan. As a child living in Tokyo, I rarely saw other travelers or tourists outside of the American School I attended.
But today, Japan has become…
Moms are often described as child-bearers and care-givers. We are one unified group of women.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Because moms are as varied as they come.
In fact, some might say we are like wild animals. You see, we do run in packs. And if you look closely enough, you just might see us cruising through your local school yard, mall, or gymnasium.
But if you are not familiar with these mom packs, here is a little guide.
Hot-mess moms are like dogs. They see squirrels and take off. These moms don’t preen themselves like…
How’s it going, eh? It’s me, Canada, your gal pal from the North. It’s been a while. I must say, I’ve enjoyed the break. You were a very bad boy these past few years, breaking your promises and calling me difficult and spoiled.
You were putting up walls. You wanted everything on your terms. You were making it hard for people to get through to you.
Basically, you were a total nightmare boyfriend.
Thankfully these days you seem like a whole new fellow. You’re older and less of a hoser.
And I know you want us to be…
Playing Monopoly with my son when he was in elementary school was a nightmare. In fact, the same could be said for just about any board game. As soon as it looked like he was going to lose, he would abruptly leave. He was a sore loser. There were tears. Sometimes game pieces would go flying. His door would slam shut.
My husband and I would look at each other. It was the look that said, he must have gotten this from you. But we both knew that this was not the case. I am not a sore loser. I…
Today, I rarely think about the microwave sitting in my kitchen or the lights in my house. As a working mother, I am more focused on things like equal pay, equal access, taking down sexual harassment and the ability to control what goes in and comes out of my body.
But let’s be honest. I wouldn’t be where I am as a woman, without my washing machine, my computer or my car. Without these things, life would be a whole lot harder. In fact, most of us would still likely be stuck at home toiling over housework for 58 hours…
We see all kinds of people when we are on the road. Stereotypes abound. It’s one of the best things about traveling. In fact, sitting in local cafes with a cup of coffee just watching people pass by can be as fun — if not more so — than going to any museum or gallery.
And when it comes to our fellow travelers, there are some easily distinguishable groups. Like famous bands, these travelers march to their own beat and evoke a certain style.
They can be found grooving out in the far reaches of Africa with their backpacks in…
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