Category: Behind the “Scenes”

REAL A$$ HOUSEWIFE

“If you can laugh at yourself, you’ll always have good material.” Rick Warren   Humour is a discipline. We start out in life with the ability to giggle and chortle with abandon.  It is said that toddlers laugh approximately 200 times a day, whereas the average 40 year old will …

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 …

I AM MOTHER HEAR ME ROAR

 “Come after me and I’ll stand my ground, come after my kids and flames will shoot out my nostrils.” Anyone who knows me, knows this is my catchphrase. It may be a little extreme but you get my point. I consider my highest calling to be the privilege of co-raising …

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 …