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...]

8 Travel Tips for Homebodies

It’s that frozen time of year again, the time when I start to look at all-inclusive vacation deals in tropical climates. Alas! This year, we're being responsible and saving our pennies for house repairs rather than spending them on mojitos and sun block. I really can't complain though because I got back not so long ago from a lovely Turkish vacation with my mother. This was the kind of trip I rarely go on, one where nothing was pre-packaged and I organized all of the travel with lots of potential for things going wrong. … [Read more...]

Nature, Prince, and Pig’s Blood

On this, the last day of my mini summer vacation and a few days past my 39th (gah!) birthday, I sit by an open window, a soft breeze blows in despite the oppressive heat outside, and birds, crickets and a buzzing fly provide the soundtrack. Since moving to the country almost one year ago, I've often experienced the strange feeling of being away while at home. It's a summer cottage sensation, a lazy dream state in which my body feels pleasantly heavy, my mind at peace. I look out at the trees and wildflowers and my eyes rest in a way that is impossible in a busy city landscape. It is lovely. … [Read more...]

Leaping into 2015

As I peer around the corner at 2015, I have to catch my breath a little. These last few years have been crazy in ways both good and bad. The first thing is that I feel a lot better now than I did one year ago and that is more wonderful than words can express. The last time I rang in the new year, I didn't drink, couldn't have caffein or sugar (no chocolate!), and I stayed away from vinegar, legumes, most fruit, most dairy, anything not fresh caught or grass fed. Holy moly. This year … [Read more...]

When to Follow the Dream (and when to give up)

Bloody serious I lived in fear of having to clap. Flamenco, that passionate, heartbreaking dance was kicking my butt. A dream since I was a teen had been to learn this exotic dance. And here I was -- I knew the steps, but the rhythms were an unsolvable mystery. My worst nightmare became being asked to do palmas! I had started taking flamenco dance classes before a trip to the Andalucía region of Spain … [Read more...]