When I was running a half marathon last month, I took to people watching to block out the pain and it caused me to question, not for the first time, what it means to be fit and healthy. On my slow descent to exhaustion, I took in the runners around me (and the many overtaking … Continue reading Fit and Healthy: are they the same thing?
I'm having one of those days. I'm wrung out, everything feels like too much trouble and there's a low level anger bubbling resentfully in the background. My creative muse has fled and I don't feel like I could string a rhyme together if someone paid me (they won't). Inclement weather has invaded my brain and … Continue reading Beating the Overwhelm with Turtle Steps
As anyone who has felt the stamped foot of their petulant inner child can attest, being a grown-up is more a fluid state than a definitive destination. The more unresolved issues we keep inside from our childhood (and I’m not necessarily talking ‘big’ issues, things we deem insignificant can still push those buttons, raise those … Continue reading Is there a grown up in the room?! Parenting through the transition to high school
My husband found these crumpled and torn bits of newspaper from 1979 under a floorboard today. The words that jumped out at me were ‘torture,’ ‘attack’ and ‘terrorists.’ It seems some things really don’t change, unfortunately.
So my kids have taken up roller skating, which means I have also taken up roller skating. My daughter actually showed an interest in it a few years ago. We went out and bought skates, went to the local rink a few times, she grew out of her skates not long after she fell out … Continue reading Roller Skating as a Microcosm of Life
I've been looking for a platform for a while to share a very personal story. This week I have been lucky enough to feature as a contributing writer on WrongSpeak publishing, by author Adam B. Coleman. I first published a version of this story anonymously some time ago. As a beginner blogger, I was too … Continue reading Twins with Different Skins: Race, Ethnicity and Family Lineage
Photo by Shane on Pexels.com It is in my nature to try to look for the best in others. It's one of the reasons I became a Probation Officer. If someone cuts me up in traffic I'll reason that maybe they are on the way to the birth of their first child, or if someone … Continue reading Passing judgement or passing on judgement: when it’s time to take a closer look
My daughter was telling me about a book she and a friend found at the bus shelter today: “It was beautiful, it had gold writing on the cover...it doesn’t look like the kind of book someone would just have left.” They didn’t pick it up, thinking someone must have forgotten it and would surely return … Continue reading An Unexpected Gift
My first thought on seeing my daughter relaxing on my parents dining table was, 'Get off, we don't lie on the table!' Luckily, I'm now much more able to check my immediate thoughts before I voice them. I stopped and took in the view: Stuffed animal as a pillow, favourite soft toy to snuggle, a … Continue reading Relaxation is an Art Form
I woke up this morning with an old story in my head about my daughter. It’s a story that’s never left me, because at the time it made me feel like a bad mother. In that drifting place between sleep and waking, it occurred to me that this story is part of a much bigger … Continue reading Trust Issues