I know it’s the middle of summer and the last thing on anyone’s mind is the thought of the school year, but a study just released this week confirms my long-held suspicion about kids in this generation. For too long,...
It’s been a year of pretty extraordinary eulogies. Between the funeral services for people like Aretha Franklin and Sen. John McCain and Anthony Bourdain, I’ve logged a few hours watching and reading tributes. What struck me with all of them...
Aside from parents, few people spend as much time and have as much influence on children as teachers. Teachers are the most seen and heard authority figures during the most important years of a child’s development, and aside from...
I may be making more of this than I should. It’s probably nothing, but there it remains, a burrowing fear that gnaws at me in unlikely moments. I suspect the concern is common amongst people in my age demographic. I...
It is exhausting being worried and stressed out about the state of the world all the time, isn’t it? I have been consumed with news since the beginning of this year, even more so than usual. Between the teachers’ labour...
Our flight to Las Vegas was scheduled to depart early in the morning on what was forecast to be a miserable day in Nova Scotia, weather-wise, with that dreaded term no one traveling in February wants to hear –...
As Canadians usher in the holiday season, we have much to be thankful for. While many places in the world are in turmoil, we enjoy relative prosperity and comfort. Despite the less-than-ideal economic conditions, Canada, and especially Nova Scotia,...
We need to talk about parking.   I will confess: I used to be a “curb parker.” An “I’m only going in for one second, so I’ll pull up and just run in and out right quick” parker. I may even...
One of my friends announced good news the other day by posing her youngest daughter in a pink dress and with a sign that read: “Soon-to-be middle child. Good thing I can’t read yet.” Predictably, justifiably, people in our group...
This was the first year in almost two decades that neither of my kids filled out Valentines. It didn’t even occur to me until I started seeing pictures and status updates on Facebook referencing the once-grim task of having a...
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