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The Importance of Play for Grownups

My first sea kayaking lessons were so fun that I can’t help but reflect on the luxury and necessity of play in being the best parent I can be.

Joyride: how e-biking made me a bike commuter

….and changed my life

Monday Meanderings (Vol. 5)

The benefits of vacation and living for the moment and the simultaneous need to think about the future.

Monday Meanderings (Vol. 4)

This week features three stories about equality: how Chinese-Canadian veterans pioneered equal citizenship rights, my response to a recent funding decision for a local women’s shelter, and a comic that manages to convey, without words, the reality for many working women.

Monday Meaderings (Vol. 3)

World Book Day, the link between leadership and parenting, comedy and identity

Monday Meanderings (Vol. 2)

Freedom to Read Week, career attrition in STEM jobs, a reminder of climate change, the perfect Secret Santa gift, the scientist-filmmaker connection

Good Teacher

A chance encounter with two teachers from almost 20 years ago left me energized and pondering the lasting impact of a good teacher.

Monday Meanderings (Vol. 1)

The Crocodile Hunter’s legacy, the history of the public library, academic metabolism, local history.

Let the more loving one be me

There was a time in my life when Valentine’s Day meant getting together with other single friends to celebrate Single’s Awareness Day. Looking back, we all yearned of a relationship that we didn’t have. Little did I know, that yearning, even now that I am now married and with children, would still be there.

Lullaby: a Janwordy M&M

Wrapping up a month of daily writing, Januwordy has been a fun way to explore differenet topics and styles of writing.

Measuring Canadian, eh!

I’m 5’3″ but I drive km’s. I leave an inch margin in my notebook and pre-heat my oven to 400°F, but I use a metre stick and enjoy 25°C weather. Sounds familiar? You must also be Canadian.

Defeat: enemy of resilience

Samuel Beckett once said, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” His quote epitomizes resilience, a difficult thing when we view failure as defeat.

Anonymous

Sometimes it’s easier to be anonymous, but is it really worth it?

Unleash: the importance of play (for grown-ups)

Play-based learning is an early childhood education philosophy, but it’s core values does not need to be limited to childhood.

Why P.E.?

A reflection on the purpose of P.E. (Physical Education) and my simultaneous yearning and hesitation about starting my young children on team sports.

Divorce

A poem about the end of a relationship.

On Faith

Reflections on the essence of God and how faith exists in a secular world.

Teach them to be noble

This is just a placeholder for a more in-depth post about how do we teach our children to be good people? Read the story behind this brief post here.

Colossal

One of the joys of writing unfinished pieces as for a blog is the process. This is an entry that did not start this way, but is “colossal” in its own way.

Authencity: an iterative process

Authenticity is being true to yourself in a way that you can live with yourself. It is largely elusive and more of a creative process than a goal.

Pest

“Pest” is a six word story, with a nod to Franz Kafka.

A rather inconvenient truth

A rather inconvenient truth is that we all have beliefs that we hold as truths. Challenging these beliefs helps us take responsibility for who we become.

Blinded

The Lobster is a dark and hilarious film by Yorgos Lanthimos. As the years in my marriage count up, I appreciate this film more and more.

Failure to Thrive

Medically speaking, “Failure to Thrive” describes insufficient weight gain in children, but thriving is not limited to physical growth. When do we evaluate how we are failing to thrive?

The Letter versus Spirit

We show our humanness when we choose to honour the spirit rather letter of the law. A short reflection on why Ron Rolheiser is on my reading list.

Qualifying risky play

Mounting evidence suggests there are numerous benefits of allowing children to permit in risky play. Here are some of my thoughts on the movement.

The Arrogance of Unsolicited Advice

There are few things that annoy me more than unsolicited advice. If given the choice between sharing your expertise or your empathy, choose empathy!

Dance to your own beat

Our own values of individuality and conformity plays a huge role in choosing schooling options for our children: my thoughts on homeschooling and my hopes for being an involved parent.

Time Bombs

One of the more difficult prompts since this daily writing challenge began, “Time Bomb” is about our approach to perhaps the one inevitable thing in life.

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