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…
Two years ago, I suffered not one, not two, but three concussions. That’s right, three back-to-back concussions.
Now before you start wondering how I could be so unlucky (I’ve asked myself that many times) — you should know that the likelihood of getting a second concussion once you have had the first one is extremely high.
In fact, the British Journal of Sports Medicine recently studied this in children and found concussed children are four times more likely to sustain a second concussion. And the odds of getting a third or a fourth are higher still.
I was fortunate because…
Dear Teenager in Training,
You’re 14 years old — practically an adult. You are almost ready to go into the world and make your mark. And yet, I do worry about you. Our bathroom worries about you. Our shower, sink, and toilet downright shudder when you enter the room.
Because let’s face it, your bathroom etiquette has a long way to go. In fact, I’m not sure you know what everything in the bathroom does, so I thought I would take this time to spell it out for you.
1. That thing on top of the toilet — that’s what…
What is summer bliss? Endless frolicking
on Banff’s secluded trails, ‘neath cobalt skies.
We stride to Bow Falls with hoodoos lurking,
windswept and sun-kissed, they regally rise.
Across scree-laden passes, we scramble,
above Lake Louise’s turquoise veneer.
O’er jagged rocks to summit, we amble.
Through mist, the sun’s languid rays reappear.
From Vermillion Lakes to Sunshine we ride,
spellbound by verdant Rocky Mountain views.
We ascend to alpine meadows so wide,
bursting with lilac, rose, and golden hues.
Surely summer bliss is nature’s pursuit,
rambling through Banff’s wild and wonderful routes.
Thank you for reading.
© Courtney Burry 2021, All…
Dear Dr. Hicklerump,
I’m so glad I showed up on time for my appointment. Truly. I know you refused to see me last Tuesday because I was 10 minutes late.
So, I made a point of getting here today at 11am sharp. Only, it turns out you are running a little behind schedule.
You see, your clock just struck 11:55am.
Not that I am keeping track or anything. No. That would be silly.
Because, like all your patients, I came here today to hang out in your waiting room.
And don’t mind my sick toddler screaming in the background. …
You may be reading this article from the comfort of your apartment, decked out in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Perhaps you are even snacking on a roast beef sandwich and thinking about taking your car for a spin.
Life is good.
Or is it? Because many of these activities are negatively impacting our environment and wreaking havoc on our waterways and oceans.
It turns out what we eat, wear, put on our bodies, feed our pets, and the very houses we live in, all play a part in climate change. Thankfully, there are several ways we can…
Karen from Human Resources pulls out her laptop and strides across the room. She is about to have a difficult conversation with one of her employees. She gingerly opens the door, looks around nervously, and settles into the conference room to wait.
The door opens and she looks up, startled to see an employee enter the room. She was just about to contact him.
The employee looks down from on high to where Karen is sitting and greets her, “Hello Karen. You look like you have just seen a ghost.”
God smiles. He finds himself very amusing.
“Oh, hello, God,”…
Thank you for taking the time to interview me this past Friday. It was great to meet you. But I did want to apologize for some of the unfortunate things that happened.
After all, I obviously didn’t mean to steal your parking space out front. I had no idea you were waiting for that spot. Well I did see you, if I’m honest. But I didn’t know who you were at the time. In my defense, you were looking at your phone. So, naturally I figured it would be okay. Ladies first and all.
And I honestly wasn’t…
I often felt like driftwood as a child. My family moved every three years to a new city or country. And like sun-bleached and sodden tranches of wood, we were pushed and prodded along by the current until we landed on distant shores.
My father’s work took us to every corner of the globe. I was never sure where we were going next, but I knew it was just a matter of time before we would be swept along towards our next destination.
Gradually, I became accustomed to these shifts. I started to crave them. Like wood smoothed and polished…
Men of the workplace — you may be a big fan of women’s rights. You may even have a lot of women in leadership roles in your company. Congratulations. These are all laudable accomplishments.
But don’t think this means you are not making your female colleagues uncomfortable. They just might not be telling you. These women are founders and coders, marketers and developers — but they don’t always speak their minds. So, if you are doing even one of the following man-isms around the women in your workplace, you need to take heed.
Now, these items may sound obvious or…
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