Only the Good

“I’m angry,” he said. “I know.”  I put my hands over his clenched fists. “How did you do it?” I shrugged.  I don’t really know. “Positive thinking?” I ask.   The whole Universe rushes forward to shush me. He growled.  In only the way he can. And that is the last time we talked. See you…

Stray Dog

What do you think happens if you chase a stray dog?  Does running towards that dog allow you to catch her?  Not usually.  They can outrun us with their four legs.  In order to secure the dog, you have to run away from it – preferably in the opposite direction of the street – and…

A Modern Woman’s View of Valentine’s Day

I didn’t have time to write this yesterday – for February 14th – but here it is a day late and a dollar short… My February 14th started at 5:00 AM without me remembering that it was Valentine’s Day.  My work/life balance has been off as I pour myself into hard work and my weeks…

Commitment

A Facebook friend was moaning about an endless roll of Christmas wrapping paper she bought years ago at Costco.  It seemed to keep going and going … and going.  “This thing never ends!” she cried.  Can you imagine wrapping in the same paper year after year after year? I commented “I can’t commit that fully…

Best Before Date

I have this “thing” for Best Before tags …  You know, those little yellow, red, green, white or blue plastic tags stamped with a best before date … which apparently are colour coded based on the day the bread is baked.  I saved an entire box of them during my early childhood years.    Milk bags…

Be Still, My Heart & Mind

As we rush madly into the holiday season, I am taking a step back.  Since my father passed away in 1995, it’s been part of my journey to pause around Christmas. Reflect. Look back on the year and see where it has taken me.  New heights and depths?  If not, I am not trying hard…

FEARLESS 2019

My Chosen Word.  It’s more than than a New Year’s resolution.  It’s the one little word that you want to write on your soul.  Something to live with and embrace in the coming year.  It’s a word that might find its way to you on its own, and keep showing up on your doorstep, waiting…

As I usher out November

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could only say good things?  I still – occasionally – have an angry mouth. November is THE most painful month for me.  It’s always full of loss, endings and chaos. I will miss your awesome coffee, especially at 3am.  I wrapped both hands around each mug in gratitude. And…

The Privilege of Being Canadian

I was falling asleep in the backseat of an Uber ride, my flight having landed well past midnight after a long and weary day of travel. Uber has streamlined its mobile application, so I was connected with my driver as soon as I hit the confirm button.  It told me his name, car make and…

LinkedUp

/incoming rant I’m a competent professional, sought after for my business acumen and technical skills.  As an extrovert, I relish connecting with people through my work.  I (like to think) I am skilled at effective communication, with sincerity and warmth.  Sure, I can manage a difficult project, but I usually try to succeed with respect,…

Tea Time

My best friend and I have been through hell and back together.  When one of us is overwhelmed, the other reminds her of Step One:  Tea It’s the most relaxing way to start the day.  Rather than a bitter jolt from coffee, tea soothes, comforts and revives. Step One is sit down and have a…

The Meaning of Life

If you happened to see someone dancing on the street this morning as she walked her two dogs  … that was me.  Headphones and iPhone, two bewildered dogs and a dozen cars honking because I was just that happy!  I hope I made someone’s morning.  But I am also content to beat my own drum…