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BANG Music Review: James Hill – The Old Silo

Posted on September 21st, 2014

  Y’all already know I’m an ardent fledgling ukulelist and, as such, a James Hill fan. (Actually, I was a James Hill fan first.) Therefore, I need to tell you that his new album, The Old Silo, was released on Tuesday. Even better, you can stream it live, RIGHT NOW, at jameshillmusic.com. As it happens, […]

Why Teacher Incentive Pay and Standardized Tests Don’t Help Kids

Posted on September 13th, 2014

  The Fraser Institute, a Canadian public-policy think tank, has just released a study recommending something called “teacher incentive pay”, based on student achievement. The idea is, teachers would be paid bonuses based on high scores in their students’ standardized test results. This, they say, is key to Canada staying competitive on the world stage. […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Posted on September 7th, 2014

Ahh, summer. As a teacher, I had two months of glorious relaxation punctuated by regular days of satisfying productivity. Here’s a little example, typical of this summer. Dilovely’s To-Do List: Fold/put away laundry from yesterday Do another laundry, hang to dry Work out Tidy living room Finish blog post Answer pending emails Take kids to […]

CN Tower EdgeWalk: Facing your fears, or enjoying adrenaline?

Posted on August 20th, 2014

We did it! On August 10th, we did the thing we’ve been planning for over a year (since we couldn’t swing the money for our anniversary last year): the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto. Yes, it’s pricey. It comes to almost $200 per person with tax. It’s also a pretty cool experience. I […]

Rest in peace, Robin.

Posted on August 12th, 2014

What a shock, to learn that you’re gone from us. We are sad about it – devastated, bereft – all over the planet. We have not yet had time to process how much the world is depleted by your absence; we only know that when we found out, we could hardly believe it. Our jaws […]

Remembering What We’re Built To Do

Posted on August 5th, 2014

When I was 18, a boy at Camp wrote a poem for me. Although I didn’t requite his crush, I still consider his poem one of the most romantic things I’ve ever received, because of its candour. The second line was “She’s just like sunshine through the trees,” and to this day I still feel […]

Black Raspberry Cobbler: Summer with a Spoon

Posted on July 19th, 2014

This week, in Southwestern Ontario, has been that magical time of year when strawberries and raspberries overlap in their ripening. Last Tuesday, I finally got to pick black raspberries at our local berry farm. Just to clarify: black raspberries are not to be confused with blackberries, which look similar but A) are not raspberries, B) […]

Three Years.

Posted on July 9th, 2014

Dear Sebastian, It’s been hard to write today. Not just because thinking of you can be hard. It’s also difficult to find the time, with your brother and sister around, and life being the overwhelming To-Do list that it is. I feel drained, and the words feel awkward under my fingers. It’s been three years […]

Summer Sequence Initialized: Check.

Posted on June 29th, 2014

Summer has begun! Favourite Last-Day-of-School Moment: All the Grade 5 boys from the 5/6 class, who were actually getting along for once in their alpha-dog lives, TOTALLY ROCKING OUT to Beyoncé (All The Single Ladies). They danced and they knew the words. Summer: Day 1 and 2 are IN THE BAG, folks. Daddy had to […]

Dear Five-Year-Old: I sure love you, even when I don’t like you much.

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Beloved E, I started writing a blog post in your honour just over two weeks ago, when you turned five. Part of the reason it didn’t get done in a timely manner is because your birthday happened to fall between two disparate weeks of insanity. The other reason is that I wanted to write something […]