What to do with what spooks you?

“Nanas never get scared, right?” one of the Beans asked a while back. With Halloween lurking, our previously safe-looking neighbourhood had morphed into one haunted by witches and goblins, ghosts and skeletons. As much as I would have loved to reassure her that I never feel fear, I couldn’t. My …

Taming the cell phone habit

 At two this morning – rather, six minutes past – I lay awake. Outside the curtain-less bedroom window the night sky appeared almost dawn-ish. Sleep had galloped as fast and far as the horse and wagon that had surprised me by racing past our house a few hours earlier. Not long ago …

Every mother changes the world

My small and quiet (but extremely determined) mother adopted a baby several years before marrying my father at age 32. She later had three babies of her own, and chose a lifelong career of mothering. I’m beyond grateful for that. She and Dad fostered well into their eighties. I long …

Missing Stuart McLean

I heard the news on CBC Radio as I pulled into Pita Pit for supper. First came the familiar music of my favourite radio show. Then the voice I and millions of listeners loved so well. “I’m Stuart Mclean and this is the Vinyl Cafe.” The newscaster cut in. “A …

Love and learn

Just one word – the word that makes the world go round. LOVE. They asked if I’d speak on that. For forty minutes. I don’t accept many speaking engagements these days, but I said yes to that one. The mission of the event and the organization echoed my own: to …