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    Bang Theory

    DAY 1:

    I was on the phone with my sister-in-law yesterday when my three-year-old daughter Sophie came up to me and said, “Don’t I look beautiful, Mommy?”

    February 16th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | Leave a comment


    “The more I love, the more I have to give.”

    W. Shakespeare

    Pip and I don’t have a lot of one-on-one time these days, which makes our ritualistic bedtime story a very special time for both of us. Typically, we read a book together and then wrap our arms around each […]

    I lied

    “Nothing endures but change.”

    Heraclitus (540 A.D.)

    I lied. I told you there would be a post at the beginning of this month, and I haven’t written a thing. The good news is that I’ve beaten the odds and maintained a blog for more than a year; much longer […]

    Ah beautiful Summer!

    Hello friends! Summer goodness has prevented me from getting an entry posted this week! The next month promises to be just as busy, so I’m going to take an August Writing Break.

    I’ll be back the first Monday in September with a nice juicy post for you! I hope you all enjoy the […]


    “When you love someone, all your saved up wishes start coming out.”

    Elizabeth Bowen

    I was changing Fig’s diaper after she’d had a fairly emotional morning. There was no apparent reason for her angst, she just seemed to be having one of those teary days when nothing satisfied her. As I […]


    Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.

    Sicilian Proverb

    You know you’ve hit the jackpot when you enjoy your work and your colleagues become some of your dearest friends. Before I moved back to Vancouver Island six years ago, I was teaching at a school […]

    Bad Luck

    “Did you ever stop to taste a carrot? Not just eat it, but taste it? You can’t taste the beauty and energy of the earth in a Twinkie.”

    Astrid Alauda

    We borrowed a fascinating ‘lift-the-flap’ book about sea creatures from the public library. One page illustrated how some predatory fish use light […]

    Ramblings of a Melancholy Mama

    “They paved paradise, and put up a parking lot.”

    Joni Mitchell

    My six-year-old niece overheard me telling her mom that I was feeling a bit melancholy. “Well, Auntie Karen, we don’t have any melons in our garden, but we are growing cauliflower. You could have […]


    “Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.”

    Richard Brinsley Sheridan

    Pip and Fig were colouring at the dining room table while I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth. Even with the electric toothbrush going, I could hear a faint, unidentifiable clicking noise. […]

    Demanding Mama

    “Have a vision. Be demanding.”

    Colin Powell

    Pip had chosen to do some ‘rip art’ in the living room the other day. Her process was to take different colours of construction paper, rip it up and lay it on the carpet in interesting ways. Fair enough. It looked like a lot […]