The Bond – A (Very) Short Story

The Bond – A (Very) Short Story

“Bury me there beside him,” she said, pointing over the horizon to the tall elms wearing scant offerings of stubborn yellow leaves- soon to be bare. We stood in her kitchen, socked feet on the cold, white ceramic floor. Looking through the floor-to-ceiling...
Our People

Our People

Who can say why you have these people in your life? The ones who comfort you, challenge you, love you, trigger you. And maybe why isn’t the question to ask. Maybe deep down you feel the perfection of it. Perhaps beneath the ways you try to spin it and make it...
Simply Compassion

Simply Compassion

“The secret of true prayer is to forget the things you think you need.” ~A Course in Miracles There is nothing for me to do. Not a thing. There’s no justifiable reason for sadness, nor anger, nor fear. There is simply compassion. It’s just that...
And Love is Our Anchor

And Love is Our Anchor

Gorgeous girls laughing, lighting up the muted afternoon. Dirt, water, buckets and warm air. And I am at peace. Our house is almost always filled with children: different ages, different needs, different temperaments. Rough and kind-hearted kids. Emotional and...
Hug the Mother

Hug the Mother

I waited for my friend on her front step while she spoke to a neighbour on the sidewalk in front of me. I could hear pieces of conversation depending on how strongly the wind blew. And the breeze was a blessing. Heat had settled in. The sun was nearly a summer...
What She Said

What She Said

The chess board sat between us untouched. I still hadn’t mentioned that I didn’t know how to play, but she didn’t seem concerned. Perhaps she already knew. I told her what my daughter had said. The wisdom that can fall from a little girl’s...
Recommitting to Love

Recommitting to Love

I didn’t want to hear it. My brother sent me a text: “Hug Noelle and Ivan extra tight tonight. CT is the worst I’ve ever seen.” “I don’t even want to know,” I texted back. But eventually I did. I took out my phone again and...
Same Mistakes

Same Mistakes

Please baby girl, don’t make the same mistakes as me. And I cannot help but feel it is a selfish plea.  I would suffer.  I would suffer to see her float aimlessly through life looking for love in all the places it is not.  But who am I to judge her journey?  Who...
Learning Lessons All Over the Place!

Learning Lessons All Over the Place!

So I’m doing a course called Overcoming Negativity Addiction with Denise Coates.  I love it.  It’s helpful and healing beyond words.  I was listening to the recording of the latest class the other day and Denise and another woman were talking about getting...
A Mother’s Time

A Mother’s Time

“I’m so happy already!” she says as she looks up at me with those wide, blue and sparkling eyes.  We are off on an adventure!  We are off to explore the treasures of small island in Northern Ontario.  Off we go… And it’s so simple to...