Category Slice of Life

Transit City: Lying on the station floor

Here’s a subway person I forgot about until I started writing down these stories. He was easy to forget about, I guess; he was invisible, anyway, to the hundreds of people who stepped over and around him as he lay on the subway station floor. Read more Transit City stories: The lady with the gold […]

How habit almost cost us supper

At 5.30, my husband walked through the door. “Hello,” he smiled, came over and gave me a kiss. Raised his nose and sniffed the suppertime air. “Mmmm. Smells good.” “This moment, this second,” I said to him, “could have turned out much different.” I could have been frustrated with him. He could have been ticked […]

Transit City: The lady with the gold ring

Here, the first of the “subway people” I mentioned in my last post: I made it through the subway doors just before they clamped shut behind me and sat down in the first seat I saw – right next to the door, facing the inside of the car. I sat straight, hands folded tightly around […]

When Toy Story makes for a freaky Friday

Today I walked out the front door of the house with my lunchbox in hand. My daughter had skipped out before me. She spied a friend of hers and her mother walking up the street. When she can, she dumps me and the car ride to school in favour of a leisurely walk, and today’s […]

Finding my lost Kobo – and inspiration

Since writing this blog entry in October I’ve found my Kobo – and a renewed appreciation for my wall of bookshelves. My bookshelves are, once again, spilling over. *** I can’t find my Kobo. It’s not the end of the world – the dozens of books I’ve got stored on it are also stored on my computer. But […]

Reindeer and penguins and dogs, oh my

If you ever want to lift the spirits of an overworked, slightly cynical bunch, bring an animal to work, the more exotic the better. Putting concerns over allergies, fears and hygiene aside, the unexpected arrival of exotic beasts into our workplace  brought everyone together and left us relaxed and smiling. Santa brought a reindeer to […]

Say hello to the fairies

“Say hello to the fairies,” the big, burly man sitting in the taxi next to me said. “Hello, fairies,” he laughed, waving out the window. I couldn’t let him make a fool of himself, so I joined in. “Hello, fairies,” I waved self-consciously. Driving on the Isle of Man from the airport to the island’s […]

Drinking and driving in County Kerry

Next time you go to County Kerry there may be more drunk drivers on the road. Kerry County Council has passed a motion to let some rural denizens drink even though they’re legally drunk – all in the name of fighting loneliness on the isolated windswept peninsulas. Here’s a story we worked on today about […]

Marrying toothbrushes provokes the morning yell

The morning yell is inevitable. It happens for different reasons every day – dawdling, sleeping in, being distracted – but it is inevitable. My daughter is physically incapable of getting ready on time without the morning routine escalating crazily into the morning yell. To wit: I walk into the bathroom – she’s standing in front […]

To work on the Gardiner Expressway in 3 minutes flat

Two of my favourite moments this holiday involved driving on Toronto’s inner-city highways. Oddly, they reflect some of the biggest issues facing our city this year: crumbling infrastructure and commuter congestion. Moment one: We are stuck in traffic on the Don Valley Parkway — a daily fight for many Torontonians. The Parking Lot, as it’s […]

Laugh! At Christmas, all our families are dysfunctional

We hosted Christmas day/dinner for my parents/aunt and cousins.  Perfect blog material. My parents have been divorced for 30 years. They’re only here because I began refusing to run between their two homes for Christmas. If they want to see us, they’re welcome to come to my house. So far, no one’s refused. My daughter […]

Fleeting images of the season

One of the best things about the holidays is the ability to take some time, listen to stories, visit with friends and make some memories. For me, nothing says Christmas like the late Alan Maitland of the CBC reading the O Henry story Gift of the Magi. It’s about a young, married couple and the […]

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