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Re-sizing your world

I was thinking about sharing my thoughts. “Everything I need to know I learned from parenting my three week old baby”. Or something like that. She’s bigger and I’m calmer. She grew a pound – a pound! That’s 12% of her body weight at birth. In three weeks. I slept for six hours which is …

And so it begins (a birth story)

And so it begins (a birth story)

Note: this is a real birth story. Some may find it graphic. First off, I am no longer pregnant. Now I am a mother. Which means I have a birth story. As my pregnancy went on, I heard a lot of birth stories. Many women process their birthing experiences by sharing their stories with other women. Sometimes they …

Traditions of trees and seasons

The Toronto Library has twenty-four copies of Positive Discipline, the first three years by Nelson, Erwin and Duffy. All of the copies are out there on the bedside tables of parents and parents-to-be across the city, and three more are waiting on the hold list. Make that four. I’m amazed there are so many people …

Waiting to authenticate

Waiting to authenticate

In the middle of the near silence, there came the voice of someone who had spoken a million words, someone weary with the weight of years:  “Another loss”. And then later, all of us were dumb witnesses to the tiny grandmother I would have called quiet, tough, stoic, climbing up and almost into the casket, …

Good deeds and choosing autonomy

Good deeds and choosing autonomy

My friend is a big sister. To someone who is not a blood relative. And who is a little boy. Apparently there is a shortage of men who want to be big brothers to little boys in this town. Which is a shame. But while I’m pretty sure I would be a disappointing big sister …

Why fear is good

Why fear is good

Do you notice that the holidays make regular things feel different? A regular lunch date becomes a festive lunch date. Work slows down and you can make it to a 4:30 yoga class on a Friday afternoon. This week was power yoga. The class opened with a question: Does everyone go upside down? Well, does …

I didn’t go to Washington

I didn’t go to Washington

I didn’t go to yoga. Instead I listened to one of my favourite Sarah Harmer tunes – I didn’t go to Washington – and wrote this. I didn’t go to Washington, instead I swept the floor. Her sad-beautiful songs are the best of their kind. My practice is craving evolution, asking for something new. Instead …

Being well today

Being well today

Yoga today is about finding your foundation. This involves focusing on contact with the mat, those pieces of the body that are touching the earth (or the second floor studio floor, as the case may be). Work today is about staying with a task, and not indulging that twitch to switch tasks when you hit …

Effort and the Art of Legacy

Effort and the Art of Legacy

Yoga today was all about alignment and fascial stretching. Stretching is better than a massage. I’m all blissed out. Today I read lots of interesting things but I forgot most of them. I’m reminded of Ani Difranco when she says: They say goldfish have no memory I guess their lives are just like mine And …