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Bullies: How You Treat People = WHO YOU ARE

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

For your reading pleasure today, we have a rant for and about BULLIES. Specifically, adult bullies who need to know better. I’m incensed after reading an article about disgusting trollery cropping up among Ontario doctors, targeting other doctors with whom they disagree on their internal politics. Click on over if you’d like to bear witness to some truly heinous […]

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, […]

How Not To Be A Douchebag: “FHRITP” and Other Issues

Posted on May 14th, 2015

Ever have the feeling that, as a species, we’re moving backwards? That we’ve had some dark, shameful times in our collective history… and that this is one of them? That’s how I feel right now, thinking about the guys who yell obscenities at female (or sometimes male) reporters on live TV, under the mistaken – and […]

100 Happy Days – Day 21: Uncomplicated Indoor Fun

Posted on November 21st, 2014

Is it awful that I took the kids out for sledding today and kinda sorta hated it? It was a sunny day but our park has no shelter and is very windy. We were all cold, especially AB because, against the odds, she had snow up her snow pants right away; E had to groom the […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

A Li’l Rant About Tantrums

Posted on February 6th, 2014

E is a pretty cool kid. He is also quite challenging at the moment. So far, we have not had any negative reports from his teachers in terms of his behaviour. Aside from that time in the fall when he didn’t want to participate in gym (it was understandably overwhelming, with 30 kids bouncing and […]

Oh, Rob. *Sigh*

Posted on November 6th, 2013

Dear Rob Ford, When you were elected as mayor of Canada’s largest city, all my Torontonian friends were aghast. They never thought you’d make it in. Having lived in Toronto for a couple years myself, I had to agree that you seemed pretty incongruous: Toronto is, after all, known for its diverse, savvy, cosmopolitan character, […]

How Eating Smarties Can Light Your Tap Water on Fire

Posted on May 1st, 2013

Do you ever have those times when you read or see something alarming and think, Shit, this is it. We are GOING DOWN FOR SURE THIS TIME. Humans are SCREWED. I have thought this many times. When I was a kid in the ’80s, raised (and homeschooled) by liberal activist parents, I was pretty well-versed […]

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