Just write. See what happens.

To my daughter, after your first week of school EVER

Posted on September 18th, 2016

Dear AB, It’s been an important week, your first week of school. Junior Kindergarten. Such a big step, but for you, who were so ready (even though you’re not yet four), the most natural thing in the world. When you first visited your class in June, you were really proud of how you walked right in, […]

5-Day Artist Challenge, Day 3: Visual Art

Posted on September 1st, 2016

It’s Visual Art for Day 3 of the Artist Challenge! I’m going to bend the art-as-bread metaphor a bit, and say that visual art… is a sandwich. Because it has to be. You take your deliciously blank bread/canvas/hunk of rock, add your ideas and effort, colour and texture, and make it something totally new that’s […]

5-Day Artist Challenge, Day 2: Drama

Posted on August 30th, 2016

Today on 5-Day Artist Challenge, I bring you DRAMA. If art is bread for the soul, I’m gonna say that drama is… French toast. You take some words/bread that someone else made a while ago, and make it your own. You give it new life with your own egg/milk mixture of interpretation. It might, in the end, […]

5-Day Artist Challenge, Day 1: Writing

Posted on August 29th, 2016

Okay, 5-Day Artist Challenge, here we go! In true OELC iArts fashion, I shall dedicate each of the five days to a different strand of art, and I decree that writing shall be first. Because obviously. If art is bread for the soul, writing is… let’s say sourdough. You get a starter of an idea, you […]

5-Day Artist Challenge Postponed Due to Hogwarts Sorting Incident

Posted on August 21st, 2016

My dear dance friend Mary nominated me, well over a year ago, for the 5-Day Artist Challenge on Facebook, in which you post a photo or so every day for five days, along with some interesting information or anecdote, to share with others the role of art in your life. I did not manage to […]

Sleep Apnea Test: The Best Sleep You’ll Never Have!

Posted on July 31st, 2016

I already know that I have sleep apnea, which is known as “a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep”. I know I have this, not just because my sleep doctor said so, and not just because several people related to me have it, […]

More Beauty

Posted on July 10th, 2016

As one of my dear Camp friends said to me today, I’m in the right place this week. Today, there was so much beauty – so easy to feel close to my Sebastian. An hour-long silent Meeting on the hill (silent but for cicadas, wind in trees, and riotous birds), looking at this. Circles holding hands. […]

Five Years to Miss You

Posted on July 9th, 2016

Dear Sebastian, It’s now five years since your birth day; five years and about thirty-seven hours since your heart beat last. There is something about this year that has made my baby memories extra-vivid. I have thought of you so much this spring. I feel your days coming the first time the weather gets hot. Despite seemingly constant […]

Such Outrageous (Good) Fortune

Posted on June 17th, 2016

I mentioned I’ve been absent from school twice within the last two months, for a week at a time. There are only good reasons for this, and this is what I wrote (and didn’t manage to post) when I came back from the first one – a rare and wonderful reunion of my dad’s side […]

Eight Grade 1 Boys Is Lots.

Posted on June 15th, 2016

Report cards and yearbook are finally done! There was a lot of work to crunch into the short period since I returned from OELC (more on that later), but still doesn’t feel like as much of a survival accomplishment as MY SEVEN-YEAR-OLD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY. This is the first proper party we’ve had for him, with […]