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    Singing

    “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

    William James

    When I was a teenager, I was really interested in the performing arts. I loved music. I wrote songs, I played guitar, I acted in plays, I danced, but I did not have a very powerful singing […]

    I love Chinese Food!

    “Everyone eats and drinks, yet few appreciate food.”

    Confucious

    Big Daddy-O was away and the girls and I had to run an errand in the late afternoon. It took longer than I had anticipated, so at 5:20 pm I decided to pick-up Chinese food for dinner instead of cooking at home.

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    Nostalgia

    “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.”

    Peter De Vries

    When we were in Vancouver the week before last, my husband and I were filled with memories of our lives in the city. For some reason, we were often compelled to share little snippets of our past lives with our daughters. […]

    Grammar Mama

    “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.”

    Andrew Jackson

    For some reason, Pip uses the phrase, “Alls I need…” My husband never says, ‘ALLS,’ I’ve never used it, and I haven’t heard anyone else use it around Pip, so I have […]

    Structure

    “When kids play they remember, they may not be aware that they are learning, but they sure are aware that they are having fun.”

    Rebecca Krook

    I was inspired by my sister yesterday. (It’s not unusual, I’m frequently inspired by her!) She’s home-schooling my five-year-old niece as well as working part-time […]

    Standing Tall

    “Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you too.”

    Patty Lovell

    I love places where books live. The girls and I found a gem at our local library called, “Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell, illustrated by David Catrow. Pip was the one who spotted […]

    spirits of trees

    “I am in love with the green earth.”

    Charles Lamb

    Fig greets everything; people, geese, trees, slugs, flowers, bees…you name it, she’ll say ‘hi’ to it. I remember when Pip was her age she did the same thing. Isn’t it lovely? We should all be spreading our good energy […]

    The Greatest of Love

    “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs…since the payment is pure love.”

    Mildred B. Vermont

    Pip told me that I was ‘the greatest of love’ when I was tucking her into bed. The greatest of love. How does she do it? How does this tiny person […]

    Foul mouths

    “Profanity is the common crutch of the conversational cripple.”

    David Kueck

    As my little family arrived at our favourite river-swimming hole, we were greeted with the sound of boisterous male voices having a conversation that was punctuated with profanity. They were across the river from us, but their voices carried as […]

    What’s in a name?

    “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;”

    Juliet

    from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    It’s official. I shall no longer refer to my second daughter as, ‘Crazybaby’…she will hereafter be known as ‘Fig.’ After […]