Instant Pot Moroccan Lentils with Sweet Potatoes – Gratitude Day 5

Tonight – and every night that we eat it – I’m super-grateful for this recipe for Moroccan Lentils. The version we make is based on a recipe by Gena Hamshaw from her book Power Plates. Her version is available online at acouplecooks.com. Ours is adjusted according to our tastes and to be oil-free. We were introduced to this by a […]

Anti-Racist Book Club – Gratitude Day 4

I’m grateful for this book today. I am also really grateful for the meeting and discussion we had this week, the first of several we will have as a group of educators unpacking this book together. Especially on a day like this, it’s a source of solace… Talking with a whole bunch of people who give a sh*t about other […]

My Canadian Citizenship – Gratitude Day 3

Tonight, whatever the outcome (/fallout) of the US election, I’m grateful to be Canadian. My parents were both born and raised in the United States, and moved here shortly after they married.  Although the decision never felt like a choice to them, I know it wasn’t easy. (There’s a big ol’ blog post brewing about that story.) I am grateful […]

Indigenous Knowledge and Generosity – Gratitude Day 2

Today I’m feeling very grateful for the generosity of Indigenous knowledge keepers. This is Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario – a province that is covered by 46 treaties and other agreements between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The treaties, which guaranteed that land would be shared and that communities would live peacefully alongside one another, were agreed upon by all parties […]

Gratitude as Covid-Winter-Blues-Buster

It’s late already and I need to go to bed, but I thought I would just write a little something about gratitude. Every November I consider the few times I’ve done NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month, posting every day for 30 days) and think to myself, Could I do that again? And I answer myself NO. But I recently read […]

A Message to the Anti-Masker

To the anti-mask woman I encountered recently in Shoppers Drug Mart, You don’t know me. We haven’t had a conversation, even though I was tempted to start one. I simply witnessed you entering a busy Shoppers. I was right behind you as you came through the automatic doors, breezing past the hand sanitizer without slowing down. Then I saw you […]

14 Nice Things I’ll Remember About Shutdown

School is upon us. Students, parents, and teachers are, I believe, universally unsettled about back-to-school. Whatever the normal preparations, uncertainties, anxieties, and excitements would be, they’re different and more intense this year. I’ll be honest: after three days of training last week, discussing with my colleagues ways to deal with all the million tiny details that have not yet been […]

Here’s why Ontario teachers’ unions are still “fighting” Doug Ford

If you’re hearing Doug Ford saying he loves teachers in one breath and bashing teachers’ unions in the next, here is something you should know. He is an actor, telling his audience a made-up story. He’s working hard to get the Ontario public to believe in – and condemn – the faction he’s chosen to be the “bad guy” in […]

Oil-Free Vegan Basil Pesto

One of my favourite things ever is basil pesto. For some reason, however, I don’t often think to make it. Probably because I feel like I should only make it when it’s “buy fresh basil by the bushel” season. I’ve eaten it even more rarely since Sean and I started following (most of the time) a whole-foods plant-based diet. There’s […]

Back-to-School Thoughts from a Teacher/Parent

A week ago, as you know, it became official in Ontario: we’re going back to school this September. In the days since then, there has been an outcry from parents, staff, unions etc. who feel that the Covid-19 measures announced by the government do not go far enough to keep students and staff safe. I have had many conversations about […]