*With a few "edits", this essay is an encore edition Who's writing your story? And, more importantly, what is your story? Robb and I have been discussing this very topic the last few days. No doubt, it has been influenced by the inevitable reflection that comes with the...

I have various love languages with my boys. Sometimes, they're shared activities. Sometimes (often) it's about food or our shared love (bordering on obsession) of dogs. With my son Will, an endearing part of our love language has to do with memes. Will will frequently send me...

Being the self-described nerd that I am, I love documentaries. You can imagine my delight when the annual Hot Docs Festival announces their lineup! This year, as with many things, the format was online. We really enjoyed two documentaries, one about runner/coach Alberto Salazar and the...

A friend recently overcame seemingly insurmountable odds, and after several years, multiple setbacks and more than a few tears, he has finally adopted his son. Deeply moved by this beautiful story, I am reminded once again that we can do hard things. I have witnessed people overcome...

Living at the edge of the forest certainly has its benefits. We get to explore and soak up the goodness that surrounds us. Enjoying my first spring living amongst the trees, I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Ontario's official flower, the trillium. On each...

It's never easy having things forced upon you. I think we can all agree that this past year has forced many things upon us, and it's been hard, really hard. Along with many, we've been clobbered and have had to pivot, shift, pivot, shift. No...

I remember so clearly tentatively entering the room for our first cross-country team meeting at university. I had flown across the country on invitation to join the national middle-distance running program at the University of Victoria. From a small, protected pond of Leaside to the...

I'm a sucker for serendipity. I absolutely adore stories of "happy accidents" that defy simple odds or logic for that matter. A particular form of serendipity that pleases me to no end is when I see/hear/read the same message a variety of times over the course...

We were sitting in a parking lot, of all places, blissfully unaware of the magic that was about to happen. It was the Blues Festival that was being held in Orillia and the first time we had the pleasure of listening to Shakura S'Aida. Wow. She...

Kula really loved being an "only dog." It suited her well. She had our undivided attention and ruled the roost. Her world came tumbling down when Ziggy the wonder dog joined our family. To say she was unimpressed would be an understatement. She has always...

A few years in to my yoga journey, I was having a talk with my boys about my experience with yoga thus far. "I find that yoga has helped me get stronger and softer, too." Fully anticipating that my statement may have sounded contradictory, I...

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Aging Successfully lecture series recently held by Lakehead University. It was wonderful to "see" the featured speakers that I have long admired for their important work. It was a welcome nudge and acknowledgement that the foundation of all that we...