The Splenda Level of Friendship

The Splenda Level of Friendship

Standing at the coffee bar, I discreetly tear open two yellow packets of sweetener. I watch as the sparkling granules swirl into my English breakfast tea, dissolving easily. Only after my paper cup has been securely sealed do I take a seat at a tucked away table. You greet me a wide easy grin. We’ve … Continue reading

When God Asks You to Take Out the Trash

When God Asks You to Take Out the Trash

I hate taking out the garbage. It is by far the worst of all household tasks. It might be my superhuman olfactory senses. Or because the colossal effort it requires to take out the trash remains unappreciated to the naked eye, tucked under the sink. It may have a smidge to do with the fact … Continue reading

Fat Tears And An Inflatable Dinosaur

Fat Tears And An Inflatable Dinosaur

I thought I was done writing about death. Since my father-in-law passed away suddenly last March, I’ve poured the full gamut of feelings out onto these pages. But last Saturday my Oma passed away. It was a different kind of loss altogether. She was in her eighties, and had suffered at the cruel hand of … Continue reading

Diffusing The Compliment Grenade

Diffusing The Compliment Grenade

As I strolled up the pebbled walkway a heavy wooden door was thrust open with a vengeance, causing my quiet ponderings to scatter like dandelion seeds. A tiny blur—no higher than my waist—bolted out like a shot. It was my niece Brielle, exhibiting the kind of precocious energy only a four-year-old can muster. She barely … Continue reading

Not Quite Like A Boss, But Still Owning It

Not Quite Like A Boss, But Still Owning It

Two years ago, I decided to choose one word-in lieu of my usual 15 odd resolutions-for the year. One word to encompass 365 days. To guide me through twelve long months. I wasn’t sure if I could swing it. The perfectionist in me yearns for a categorized list, itemizing all the ways in which I … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve morning my friends. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate over these next days. May God reveal moments of beauty and goodness whether this season finds you feeling broken or festive, joyous or hopeful. Or perhaps all of the above. Much love to you all. Many thanks to my sister Shannon … Continue reading

A Tale Of Soup Carnage & Forgiveness

A Tale Of Soup Carnage & Forgiveness

My hair was everywhere but the ponytail I had put it in. My shirt was sticking to me. But I didn’t care; productivity was coursing through my veins that morning. Dinner was already loaded into the crock-pot, the chickpeas, kale and curry simmering into a fragrant medley. I had then viciously attacked all the impossible-to-chop … Continue reading

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Finding Hope In A Slice Of Lasagna

Late one evening, the night before a glorious Easter morning celebration, we received a phone call. The worst kind of phone call. I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes and padded to our little office. My husband was standing there, phone still warm in his hand, all colour drained from his face. He stared … Continue reading