Category: Januwordy

An online writing challenge to write daily in January.

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.


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.


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.


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” 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.


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.

A memory of magic

Magic is an experience of pure wonder. It teaches us about the limitations of our minds. Magic creates connections and fond memories.

The things we treasure

When our treasures bring us joy, we are happier people, more able to focus on what matters to us. Treat your body and mind to a good declutter!


Entrance is a poem about the moment of commitment.

How our words say, I love you

Language links our feelings and thoughts, and also our feelings and our children’s thoughts. Avoid scolding by being wise with words.

When Persuasion is Futile

Apply the strategy Jeff Bezos uses for decision-making at Amazon to dealing with your spouse.


Januwordy 6th: A poem dedicated to grandmas everywhere.

On not fooling yourself

Januwordy 5th: The first step to having integrity is not deceiving ourselves.

If I had $1,000,000,000

Januwordy 4th: What I would do if I had a “billion” dollars and didn’t have to work: my passions and what limits me from pursuing them.

Family Secret

Januwordy 3rd: A “secret” revealed ceases to become one, unless it’s a family secret .

Embracing the Unexpected

Januwordy 2nd: Happiness is about how we deal with the “unexpected” rather than not expecting at all.

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