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    Letting Go

    “In the end these things matter most:

    How well did you love?

    How fully did you love?

    How deeply did you learn to let go?”

    Buddha

    When I was staying out at my parents’ beach house recently, I went for a […]

    Hot-blooded

    “Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”

    Ambrose Bierce

    My daughter is a furnace. It’s Fall; people are starting to wear toques on their heads and Pip still wants to wear shorts and a t-shirt when she goes outdoors. She doesn’t like the feeling of clothes […]

    With abandon…

    “Rain usually makes me feel mellow: curl up in a corner time, slow down, smell the furniture. Today… it just makes me feel wet.”

    Chris Stevens from ‘Northern Exposure’

    Does anyone remember the show, ‘Northern Exposure?’ I was a fan. My girlfriend Desiree and I even took a small detour during […]

    Holiday after holiday

    “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

    Thornton Wilder

    Does anyone else feel as though they need a holiday to recuperate after a holiday? We went ‘away’ for the long weekend. We only drove 10 kms to my […]

    Perspective

    “There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

    Minnie Aumonier

    We went for a gorgeous, fall walk in the forest and Fig had a spill. She tripped on a root and rolled, head-over-heels, in beautiful form. It […]

    Power

    “Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.”

    Amelia Burr

    I try to take the girls on an outdoor adventure every day, rain or shine, and last week was no exception. It was a blustery day when I packed a lunch and the three of […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Baby Steps

    “Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.”

    Walt Disney

    Fig is making big, bold, beautiful steps toward independence. She’s walking, talking, napping without nursing, and the other day we took our first ‘baby-carrier-less’ hike. It’s true. No stroller, no […]