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Things I’ve Learned About Being A Baby Loss Mama – Three Years Later

Posted on October 15th, 2014

It is October 15th, known to some of us as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. On July 9th, 2011, as most of you know, our little Sebastian was stillborn at 35.5 weeks’ gestation. I have learned a few things, since then, about being mother to an invisible child. Although they are things that nobody hopes to learn, […]

Please Don’t Wish Me “Happy Turkey Day”

Posted on October 11th, 2014

Don’t worry: this is not an angry rant or even a grumpy one. A little persnickety, perhaps. It might not even qualify as a rant. I would just like to ask that you wish me Happy Thanksgiving this year, instead of Happy Turkey Day. I know y’all are excited about your turkey. Some of you look forward to […]

Autumnal Adventures, Part 1: Picking Apples and Petting Animals

Posted on October 9th, 2014

It says a lot about autumn’s charisma that I still love it even though it means the end of summer. I adore the open windows, bare feet, long evenings, singing crickets, and picnic-table dinners of summer. But then there are fresh apples, brilliant leaves, woodsmoke, and cozy sweaters, so it all works out. In the […]

Happy Second Birthday, Rainbow Baby

Posted on October 1st, 2014

Dear Delicious Little Girl, Two years ago yesterday, you came peacefully into the world, and immediately began howling. It was a day joyous beyond description for the people who love you. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about you. Some things we learned right away: You like to be snuggled – but not every second. […]

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 […]