Generation X

Blame it on a Millennial. It was a colleague's casual comment that got me thinking about the markers of my generation. She said that she was born in 1980 and so wasn't sure if she was really a Millennial or more of a Gen Xer like me. Flashback to a work party a couple of Christmases ago -- I was chatting with librarians my age when The Knack's My Sharona came on. Of course, we started doing a little dance. An older colleague walked by and commented that we were too young to know this song. Without missing a beat … [Read more...]

The Best of 2016: Beauty among the ruins

If I was the type of person who looks for signs of the apocalypse, 2016 might have blown my mind. As it was, I had to turn off the world from time to time in order to salvage my sanity. The first big shocker was Prince's death. Yes, I know … [Read more...]

Scotlaaaand!

You know how sometimes once you notice something, suddenly it's everywhere? That's what's happening with me and Scotland these days. I don't know if Scotland is having a moment, or if it's just that I'm having a private Scottish renaissance -- I suspect it might be the former. A few years ago, it was all Iceland all the time. Something about that sparsely populated island with the fiercely independent spirit had definitely captured imaginations. And now it feels like Scotland's turn (even if it isn't the most exotic locale for many Canadians). But there is something in the air... and it's not sheep shite. … [Read more...]

Ambivalent Advice from a 40 Year Old

Here I am, I am 40. This didn't happen today but a few weeks ago. I had fully intended, in the days leading up to my July birthday, to write a brilliantly insightful post about getting older, imparting all the wonderful wisdom of my 40 years. Ha! Staring at the screen in defeat, I was forced to admit that I was more confused than ever. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons the New Ghostbusters is Magic

While I have fond memories of watching the original Ghostbusters at a sleepover party when I was 10 years old, I've never really had the urge to revisit it. So when this new all-female ghost busting movie came out, I was only mildly curious. Then I watched the trailer and thought, hmm, that looks like fun. Well, I went to see it on Sunday with a girlfriend and... OMG I did not know how much I needed this movie … [Read more...]

Tiny Pleasures, Beautiful Routines

When was the last time a book changed your life, or at least your perception of it? Last month I found myself deep into two books that took me to places I hadn't visited in a long time. I struggled to put my finger on what it was that I had been missing and that was revealed to me in these books. The best I can do is this: I was reminded of what it was like to live in a not-connected world. I wasn't sure what to expect when my turn came up on the library waitlist for Patti Smith's M Train. To be frank, I didn't think it would be … [Read more...]

A [Bed]Room of One’s Own: Why I Sleep Alone

I'm coming out of the closet. Finally, I am ready to share my dirty little secret with you -- My mate and I sleep in separate bedrooms... and I like it that way! Would I love to snuggle up at night next to my Monsieur, fall gently into a blissful dreamworld and wake up 8 hours later resplendent and gazing deeply into his big heavy-lidded morning eyes? Yes, yes I would. Sadly, that is unlikely to ever happen. I am a notoriously … [Read more...]

2016 Oscar Fashions

We can't talk Oscars without first applauding that opening monologue. Wowza, talk about not skirting the issue, Mr Rock. (I believe Fight the Power played as he walked onto the stage.) Chris Rock managed to be funny while putting things in perspective and just flat out saying Hollywood is racist. Very high energy. I felt a bit bad for some presenters who appeared staid and stiff next to him. Of course, I couldn't watch to the end, sleep being more important to me than Hollywood. But I saw ALL the clothes. So onto to the frou frou -- let's talk style! … [Read more...]