I Resigned

Tonight was the Annual General Meeting of the not-for-profit I have chaired for the past two years (and have been an executive director of for three years). I resigned tonight. It felt amazing.  The organization is Out On The Shelf (www.outontheshelf.com). It's a queer resource centre and library. When I joined the board we were… Continue reading I Resigned

Avery’s 9th month

This past month has been a tough one with the 8 month sleep regression, the colds, the nap transition, the teething, and the new mobility milestones that have been more frustrating to Avery than useful at this point (i.e., army crawling backwards). But her personality continues to develop in amazing ways, and she is finally growing hair... ūüėČ

Garden Journal: May 2017

I tried a classy little moleskin gardening journal a couple of years ago, meant to track my garden layout for rotation planting, list what seeds I needed to order, and make notes on what worked and what didn't work for me that season. I ended up storing the journal with seeds in the shed and… Continue reading Garden Journal: May 2017

The Lullaby as a family heirloom

I'm talking about your every day, run of the mill, possibly out of tune (but it doesn't matter) lullabies. They don't have to be anything fancy, and they may be the same songs that many other families sang and cherished as their own. But there is something very meaningful and sentimental about these songs. I… Continue reading The Lullaby as a family heirloom

So negative lately 

I've always been an eternal optimist. To an obnoxious extent. It took a lot of formal and informal education for me to learn that active listening and empathy required not always looking for the positive in people's experiences. Sometimes people just need to experience a negative emotion. Sometimes negative feelings can't, or even shouldn't, be… Continue reading So negative lately¬†

Our First Mothers’ Day

This child is my pure joy, my light, my sustenance. I am so thankful to be her mother. I am so thankful that my wife and I get to share the experience of being her mother. This little girl is going to continue to shape our lives in amazing and unexpected ways, and that makes… Continue reading Our First Mothers’ Day

3 Things on a Wednesday 

We were all sick, all weekend. My wife took a sick day on Monday and it allowed me to take 20 minutes to get some garden weeding done and another 20 minutes to have a BATH!! (it has been so long since I've soaked...). But it's true what they say, mothers don't get a sick… Continue reading 3 Things on a Wednesday¬†

Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

Avery is sick. She is teething. She seems to be going through the 8 month sleep regression, and the 3-to-2 per day nap transition. We haven't slept in days.  The Sick I think she must have gotten sick from the Tylenol dropper... Is that possible? We gave it to her last time she was sick,… Continue reading Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

The Work-At-Home-Parent

I see a lot of posts on social media about what it means to be a stay at home parent or a working parent, how these parents made the decision to stay at home or go back to work, and the guilt and pressures they feel about their decision (because ALL parents feel guilt). I… Continue reading The Work-At-Home-Parent