Behind the “Scenes”

STOPLIGHT LIVING

You are in your car at a stoplight. You have your foot on the brake. The car beside you rolls back a few feet and for a split second you think you are rolling forward and put your foot to the brake even harder. What you have just experienced is …

I’VE NEVER BEEN A FAN OF MUDDY JEANS

A belligerent person needs an environment of controversy in order to provide themselves with a sense of self-worth. They need to keep the argument alive and live to argue. Without the argument, they have little or nothing to contribute. A negative times a positive is still a negative. You can’t …

LIKE TRAINING A PUPPY

I consider my highest calling to be the privilege of co-raising my three boys. All parents have been given the responsibility of training up the next generation and none of us take this lightly. The world is full of conflicting values and we are bombarded with choices daily through interaction …

TRUTH ABOUT TRUNK SHOWS

In 2016, as a committee member of the AMBI Gala, in support of the Children’s Aid Society and U for Change, I was asked to host a trunk show for Canadian designer Mikael D for a full day event with an extensive guest list of past clientele and patrons of …

BE YOUR OWN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL

As a little girl I can recall my first experience with body shaming. I was really small for my age and had to have my school uniform specially made. I was at a school for girls and the older students in grade 7 & 8 would want to pick me …

I “MARRIED” A COTTAGE

I was not “born in to” a cottage in Muskoka. Contrary to recent characterization, I have no idea what “birkenstock snobbery” might be. Anyone who knows my family and the real me, knows I am a newcomer to cottage life. (My reality is that I come from a very modest …

RAVELLO ON ROSSEAU

In 2013 I had the privilege of visiting the town of Ravello, the most peaceful resort on the Neapolitan Riviera. Unlike Tuscany, there’s nothing “rustic” about Ravello. The lemon and blossom scented air (I can close my eyes and still smell it) betrays the town’s restrained glamour; Greta Garbo, Jacqueline …

AM I A NURSE?

I have not now nor have I ever represented myself to be a certified working nurse. The nursing profession is one of the most esteemed pursuits we have today. Perhaps I am partial…my mother taught surgical nursing for many years. Recently, misleading representations have been made about me. Such representations …

CHEERS – TO BEING AUTHENTIC

Honesty hour: there was a time when I looked at people who didn’t drink like they were lame and boring. So ridiculously immature, I know. I also inaccurately thought that the only people who didn’t drink were those who  had lost everything or had been to jail because their addiction …