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Who\'s Afraid? Not Grandma!

Who's Afraid? Not Grandma!

My grandson is a brave little soul. At 18 months, Kieran greets most new experiences with a fingers-spread, wide-eyed curiosity. But last week we discovered an environment that he didn’t like. We’d been exploring Grandma’s backyard together, when we reached the trampoline. I helped him up through the gap in the safety net, thinking he would enjoy the novelty of crawling over a bouncy surface. He did not. Instea...
posted: Jul 4, 2016  |  views: 3119  |  comments: 0
When Mom Goes Green

When Mom Goes Green

Over the last year and a half, my three teenagers and two preschoolers have gamely participated in a long list of family “eco-challenges.” We’ve tackled everything from our water and energy consumption, to what we eat and how much garbage we produce. The teens’ cooperation has been mostly voluntary, so I don’t think they feel too hard done by. Still, I’m not sure they entirely buy into my green agenda. Th...
posted: Apr 27, 2011  |  views: 1290  |  comments: 0
One-Car Family

One-Car Family

With 560 cars for every 1,000 people, Canada ranks fifth in the world for car ownership per population—ahead of every G8 country except Italy. If our family of seven were keeping up with the national average, we’d have four vehicles on the road. Instead we share a single car, which has been the norm for most of my 20-year marriage. But don’t feel sorry for us. We’re a one-car family by choice, and we’ve ben...
posted: Mar 31, 2010  |  views: 1666  |  comments: 0
The Little Things

The Little Things

Years ago, when my daughters were on the edge of adolescence, a neglected item of clothing allowed me a moment of time travel. In a burst of spring cleaning, I found one of my old jackets wedged deep in the back of a closet. When I searched its pockets, I discovered a tiny doll. In an instant I was transported back to the season when my pockets were perennially full of little toys, bits of driftwood and pretty stones...
posted: Jul 17, 2018  |  views: 597  |  comments: 0
Where the Wild Things Go

Where the Wild Things Go

Every now and then I like to take our wild things (ages three and five) into the wilderness. All right, maybe not the wilderness, but somewhere less tame than our backyard, or the beach around the corner. I like to give them a real outdoor adventure occasionally, the kind that involves a little bushwhacking, a little exploration off the beaten track. There’s a forested gully with a creek about a 20-minute walk f...
posted: May 2, 2012  |  views: 1181  |  comments: 0
She Says, He Says

She Says, He Says

In many ways my brother Matthew and I are opposites. I’m an introvert, he’s an extrovert. I’m drawn to words and stories, he likes numbers and data. I lean to the left, he leans to the right. It’s hardly a surprise then that our conversations often turn into spirited debates. But even when we disagree, I appreciate his perspective. His arguments keep me honest, encouraging me to re-examine the assumptions tha...
posted: Mar 30, 2016  |  views: 792  |  comments: 0
Undriving: Cutting down on car use

Undriving: Cutting down on car use

What would it take to get you out of your car—at least some of the time? Would you do it for a wallet-size laminated card with your name on it? These were the questions a Seattle neighbourhood group asked back in 2007. In an attempt to encourage people in the community to drive less, they set up a photo booth at a local festival and issued passersby with “undriver’s licenses.” The quirky idea was a success. O...
posted: Feb 25, 2013  |  views: 1209  |  comments: 0
Words to Live By

Words to Live By

In the space of two years, I lost my mother to cancer and became a grandmother for the first time. I was present for my mother’s last breath and my grandson’s first, and both moments marked me in a profound way. My mother was only 65 when she died, following her third go-around with breast cancer. The last months were painful—physically for my mother, and emotionally for those of us who loved her—and yet I...
posted: Jun 29, 2015  |  views: 1140  |  comments: 0
Lessons from the Wild Berry Patch

Lessons from the Wild Berry Patch

It’s the second day of summer vacation. After a quick breakfast, my two youngest and I head for the steep embankment on the other side of our road. Our quarry this morning is Rubus ursinus, aka the trailing blackberry. Unlike their more well-known and aggressive Himalayan cousins, trailing blackberries are native to Vancouver Island. They ripen at least a month earlier, and have a lovely, subtle flavour. But the be...
posted: Jul 31, 2015  |  views: 1066  |  comments: 0
The Art of Unconsumption

The Art of Unconsumption

There are times I’m tempted to take a snowplow through my house. I can spend hours tackling the clutter—cleaning, tidying, shoving things into cupboards—but when I turn around five minutes later, the living room floor has invariably disappeared again. It would be easy to blame the mess on my kids, but the truth is they aren’t the only guilty parties. Quite frankly, like most families, we’ve accumulated too ...
posted: Feb 1, 2012  |  views: 1073  |  comments: 0




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