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    “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.”


    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.



    “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 […]


    “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;”


    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 […]