Though Halloween is classically meant to be eerie and dark, it is quite depressing when you live on a street that is deserted on Halloween. We moved into the 500 block on Kelly Street last summer and were very disappointed to have less then 10 trick or treaters come to our new home. Having grown up in a bustling Halloween street, I remember the magic, sense of community and fun … [Read more...] about Rest in Peace on Kelly Street
I am a tattooed, vegan, babywearing, bedsharing, crunchy mama to a biracial toddler. Guess what part of the above sentence usually gets me the most heat? Choosing to raise our son vegan wasn’t an easy decision; my husband is an omnivore but does not cook or keep meat in our home and I am a vegan. We respect each other’s dietary choices but live a mainly vegan lifestyle. Feeding … [Read more...] about On Being a Vegan Mom
My son is eight now but that doesn't mean I can't sign you the Bubble Guppies theme song. 🎶Bubble bubble bubble guppies guppies guppies 🎶 I'm pretty sure we have watched every single episode and if he were younger he'd be completely thrilled to hear that the Bubble Guppies are coming to New Westminster on February 18. Don't know the Bubble Guppies? It's an Emmy-award … [Read more...] about Bubble Guppies! Live at the Massey Theatre!
Paul wasn’t supposed to live. And then not past three. And then not past six. And now he’s thirty. My new brother-in-law Paul has a disability, or to use his more enlightened vocabulary a ‘diverse-ability’. It’s a one-in-a-million condition, for real. We can talk about the science later, or not, because in some ways the details don’t matter. It’s like when the end of a movie … [Read more...] about Joining Houses
Six years after the end of our relationship, I found myself awkwardly seated at a table on the fringes of my son’s father’s wedding hall. His bride was a mysterious but beautiful young Ukrainian woman I’d only met a few months earlier, and frankly the whole thing intimidated the pants off me. The day of the wedding, there had been a massive windstorm, and stray branches were … [Read more...] about Family: You Keep Using That Word
On January 21, 2015 I held a small plastic stick in my hand. I held my breath and waited to see if a plus sign would appear and turn my life, and my husband’s, towards a new path. Little did I know then, that as soon as I saw that plus sign, I should have put down the pregnancy test and immediately picked up my phone to call midwives’ offices. Throughout my first … [Read more...] about Everything Changed