all my bags are packed.

January 18, 2014bohemian life

Friends, it’s happening: I’ve bundled up my children, and we are winging our way to this perfect place this morning. I won’t see you for three weeks! But when I do, I hope you forgive my ear-to-ear smile and the tan that I will brandish shamelessly, like a trophy. And in the meantime, I hope […]


on the next day.

December 28, 2013Holidays

I am a big fan of boxing day. First of all, it’s my sister’s birthday, so it seems only natural to greet the 26th of December with nearly as much fanfare as the 25th. Also, there is something about the energy on the day after Christmas that I just adore: the house is slightly disheveled, […]


oh the weather outside is frightful.

December 19, 2013Holidays

Friends, it’s happening! Winter is here. While my intolerance for the cold is well-documented, neither it nor the icy, miserable conditions outdoors can dampen my enthusiasm for the holidays, which are, as they say, just around the corner. Like the rest of you, I am occupied with a long list of happy-making tasks. While I […]


keeping count.

October 21, 2013Holidays

The morning after I turned forty, the power went out. At first I worried about the significance of the lights going out on the first day of my new decade, but in fact it wasn’t so bad. It was a drizzly day, and we (we grown-ups, at least) were all feeling a little foggy from […]


as it happens.

October 8, 2013Life

Our summer ended abruptly and sadly just before Labour Day. I won’t go into the details, but we were left reeling and panicked with worry over someone we love; and even now, roughly six weeks later, everyone having settled into a quasi-routine with this new normal, we are living with a degree of heartache which […]