Author Archives: Lorraine

Normal people are worried about what their kids post on the Internet

For any of my longtime readers, you’ll know two years ago I underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, documented in two Motherlode columns in May 2014. It’s been a long road these past two years, with many decisions, many emotions and … Continue reading

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The straight buzz on a hair-raising rite of passage

“Just sit still, I’m sure I can even it up.” — Mom, wielding scissors. There are many milestones that usher you into full-on parenthood, but nothing affirms that arrival quite like the rite of passage sure to scar every child: … Continue reading

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We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the chives

I didn’t pull the yard in the fall, and I knew the spring cleanup was going to be beastly. I told Ari and Taryn I needed a couple hours from both of them, which they promptly agreed to. “We’ll be … Continue reading

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A miscarriage is not a disability

Is a miscarriage a disability? A recent ruling by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario says it is. A Toronto woman was fired from her job after suffering a major depressive episode she says was triggered by a miscarriage and … Continue reading

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Catfished by cats; judging kittens when they’re sleeping

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover. We may mentally understand the concept, but we are emotional infants when it comes to pretty, shiny or in my case, adorable, things. When I lost Maggie just over a … Continue reading

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The sandwich generation: maybe not what you think

“Can we stop at Canadian Tire? I want to buy a sandwich maker,” said Ari, 21. I sighed quietly. I already can’t see my kitchen counters for two reasons: I have almost no counter space, and what I do have … Continue reading

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April brings tulips, taxes and all the stories in between

While the rest of you may be cheering the nudge of tulips through gardens covered in layers of a Mother Nature who can’t make up her mind, I stare wistfully through my smudgy windows and woefully at the piles of … Continue reading

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Go With The Flow

Ari, 21, has always kept his hair clipped down short. From about age 5, he’d hop in the hairdresser’s chair and ask for a number two. I’d ask each time if he’d perhaps like a style; he always said no. … Continue reading

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When a wet dog hugs you, you smell like a wet dog

As someone who has little reason to worry about a commute to work — down the stairs to the kitchen is usually about it — I also have little reason to worry about the weather. That sounds selfish, and I … Continue reading

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Looking for love in all the wrong places

“Ew, ew, ew, ew. You should read the creepy message some guy sent me on LinkedIn,” said my sister one morning. Ah, LinkedIn, that professional networking website for professionals that some professionals keep mixing up with a dating site. LinkedIn … Continue reading

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