I remember when I first injured my back in 2005. I was a practicing chiropractor unable to practice. Ugh. I had a lot of cringe-worthy encounters with people who would chuckle and say, "Isn't it ironic, a chiropractor with a bad back?" I would try to smile...

Plato, it turns out, was a pretty smart guy. While "nerding" out on the weekend reading yet another science/biomechanics/health and wellness text, I came upon this quote by none other than the Greek philosopher Plato: "Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being,...

I am fascinated with people's stories. That may explain my penchant for memoirs and obituaries (my Saturday morning ritual along with the crossword puzzle!). I love to learn from their experiences and glean a deeper understanding of what makes them tick. My boys and I love...

*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...