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    Poor Rubies

    “Irony is just honesty with the volume cranked up.”

    George Saunders

    I made a big mistake the other night. I took Fig’s diaper off and let her dance around the living-room in her birthday suit. It was just before the girls’ bath and she was only going to be naked for […]

    Tall Buildings

    “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” Erma Bombeck

    During our recent family trip to Vancouver,we were lucky enough to stay in our friend’s beautiful condo at the foot of Denman St., near Stanley […]

    Our tiny parent

    “We’ve had bad luck with children; they’ve all grown up.”

    Christopher Morley

    I’m not sure if Pip has sensed that I need her to be ‘low maintenance’ lately, but she has been an angel. (Possibly because she doesn’t usually get to watch back-to-back episodes of ‘Blues Clues’ while Fig naps!) She […]

    Finding the gratitude

    “Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be […]

    Shoe-love

    “I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”

    Oprah Winfrey

    I’ve never been a shoe-girl. I can think of one pair of slick black boots that I had a lengthy love affair with, but it ended badly when Lefty’s seam split up the back. I still […]

    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 […]

    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 […]

    Rubies

    “It is our illusions that create the world.”

    Didier Cauwelaert

    Pip’s obsession with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ hasn’t waned since she first saw the stage production last summer. She constantly wears her (purple) ruby red slippers, she frequently assumes the role of Dorothy, she likes […]

    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 […]

    Tender noses

    “Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.”

    Saint Teresa

    Sometimes I marvel at the unlikely situations that fill me with pride. Nose-blowing for example.

    Pip has maintained a fairly positive attitude despite her nasty cold. I feel as though I’ve been wiping her nose intermittently for the past two weeks, […]