TEXAS IS GOING TO KILL MY FRIEND

TEXAS IS GOING TO KILL MY FRIEND

Unless he is granted a reprieve, Ramiro Gonzales will be executed by the State of Texas on August 10th. Two years ago, while I was pregnant with my second child and experiencing a period of chronic insomnia, I found myself in a late night web surfing marathon reading article after article about capital punishment in the United States. …

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SOMETIMES (CHURCH) FAMILY IS HARD

SOMETIMES (CHURCH) FAMILY IS HARD

Intention. Love. Time. Today was a difficult day. As many of you know, my family and I belong to a United Church congregation in Toronto. Today, our congregation voted on whether to continue the pastoral relationship with our lead minister. We were basically voting on whether or not this minister should be fired. 

MOTHER’S DAY & MARSHMALLOWS

MOTHER’S DAY & MARSHMALLOWS

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers (however you define that experience for yourself) and have mothers.  I was blessed to spend the day with my husband, sons, Aunt and Grand-Mére.  You’d think Grand-Mére would have the day off from cooking, but she insisted on making cabbage rolls.  And brownies.  I’m …

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HEARTS ON FIRE

HEARTS ON FIRE

Last month, I had the pleasure of performing at Orono United Church as a fundraiser to support the relocation and settlement of a Syrian family. It was a great show with some fine people.  I had an amazing time.  Apparently, so did the folks who were there, because I’ll be returning to Orono to perform …

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Beautiful Music

Beautiful Music

Last night I had the pleasure of playing at Trinity United Church in Elmira. I was joined by Aleksandar Gajić on violin. It was a fun show and I was honoured to be among such wonderful people sharing their Friday evening with me. Just moments before we were about to go on stage, Aleksandar looked …

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The Canadian Superhero makes it to Parliament Hill

The Canadian Superhero makes it to Parliament Hill

Last week, the Conservative government added a disturbing measure to an omnibus bill that would give them control over the salaries and working conditions of employees within the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  What’s the concern?  According to Friends of Canadian Broadcasting: It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that an editorial decision to go easy on …

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Epilogue

Epilogue

Update: Check our my friend Erin’s reaction to our Do the Math Challenge. You should also read the rest of her blog as well.  She’s pretty awesome. These are spinach banana muffins made with whole wheat and flax.  I whip these up for Isaiah so I can be sneaky with his vegetables.  We missed them during our …

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Day 7: Fin.

Day 7: Fin.

We are all very happy to be done with the Food Bank Diet challenge. Jason and I are agreed that it is something we never want to do again, for real or for “pretend”. I am actually writing this posting Sunday night. Day 7 was yesterday, but I was too busy getting ready for the …

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Day 6: Rice-A-Roni Failure

Day 6: Rice-A-Roni Failure

This was our dinner tonight.  I’m glad we have friends who are more creative cooks than I am taking this challenge.  The idea for this meal came from our friend Heather. See those patties?  They’re fish cakes made from our can of salmon, crushed up soda crackers and one of our two remaining eggs.  I …

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Day 5: Tears, Guilt and Gratitude

Day 5: Tears, Guilt and Gratitude

Today was without a doubt the most difficult part of this challenge so far. Jason, Isaiah and I went to a meal-drop in as a family. I selected it because it was in an area of town where I thought the guests would not necessarily be homeless, but simply needing food to get them through …

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