Hit the books!

In my last post I wrote a bit about letting children excel by supporting their interests. Today's post is written by my most excellent friend, guest writer, Elliott Ulrich.  Elliott has been living on the lush island of Taiwan for 40% of his life at this point. It's challenging to live immersed in a culture …

The Next Level

Ballerina's don't start pointe work until they have reached a certain level of strength and bone development in their feet. After 10 years of dance training Ana has started at last, and is ablaze with excitement! I'm glad she is starting now, avoiding the extra risk of injury associated with starting to go on pointe …

Keepers

Its easy to accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. The difficulty in making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of can often turn us away from the task altogether. This is the story of stuff I kept and stuff I destroyed.Our unfinished basement was becoming a dumping ground/storage space. …

Circle of Influence

Living in groups is complicated. Each one of us is part of several different cultures from friend groups to ethnic communities, and more. We are individuals experiencing life on our own terms, yet, like pieces of a puzzle, we each fill a unique role within the cultures we help form. Maybe you've heard the saying: You …

How d’ya like me now?

The newest phone, a more fashionable hand bag, a bigger house . . .  What do these things do for us? What they don't do is bring lasting happiness, nor do they make us better humans. Playing "one-up" pits us against one another, turning friends into opponents and creating an obscene amount of waste as …

This is a Test

  Ana's summer was being consumed by her phone. It bothers me that I am to blame. The only reason she can spend any time on it is because I provide the access. I, my friends,  am the enabler. Without setting and enforcing limits it's like buying a bag of blow and saying "Go at …

The Right Door

Each time I go abroad I get this powerful longing to never return to my regular life. But I always go back. It happened again, but this time was different. I felt the most solid sense of home in Croatia and, in part, this is because it's where my family comes from. I grew up immersed in the culture and most of my family still lives in the capital city, …

Short Post about a Long Break

It's been two years since the planning started. I mention it last year in my post called But I Don't Want It To Be Over! - here. Today we leave Calgary for 5 weeks, visiting 3 countries. It's the longest trip we've ever taken together. We started planning and saving early and doing so let us build the excitement! It …

To Love Growing Older

I used to have all the time in the world. Today, I can hardly believe that's it's 4 pm, Thursday, or June already! Vanished are the days of experiencing boredom - I can't possibly fit everything I want into a day. Time passes swiftly so I've had to become thoughtful about how I spend the time …

Pierogi’s, we’ll see…

Do you know the stories from your parents' lives? I was inspired by three sisters who interviewed their dad, as he lost the fight for his life in hospital. I realized there is so much I don't know about what my parents' lives were like before my brother and I came along. The little I …