Category Archives: motherlode

Sometimes we forget how lucky we really are

When Dad was alive, he used to play the lottery. Not every week, and never more than 10 bucks. He had a foil pie plate he kept in the dining room. He’d taken a narrow strip of left over trim … Continue reading

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When you have no money for the beer getting place

“I still can’t find my wallet,” yelled Ari, 22. Now, how is this my problem? It’s not my problem. But in the same way nobody in the house may rest if I can’t figure out how to scan something in … Continue reading

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When you finish all your popcorn before the movie even starts

Depending on how closely you’ve followed this column over the years, you might recall Ari’s friend, Ben. Ben swallowed a baby carrot at our cottage a few years back, providing an entertaining evening in the local emergency room. The cottage … Continue reading

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Why cellphones don’t belong in classrooms

A senior public school in Toronto has banned the use of cellphones in the classroom. They all should. This topic has been hot for years, but debate regarding which outside influences should be permitted inside a classroom has been around … Continue reading

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Your trash, my Dad’s treasure

The cars ahead of me slowed inexplicably, something that happens more and more often as this once-a-town, now-a-city continues to push at its seams. We have too many stop signs and traffic planners who can’t spell synchronicity and the fact … Continue reading

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First came the mom-cancelling headphones

My laptop started doing weird things six months ago, but I found a way to wiggle something back into place and if I held it just right, it still turned on. I knew then it was on its last legs, … Continue reading

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You can make a powerful political statement just by staying home

If the current political climate has you a little knotted, you’re not alone. If you’re a thinking, caring, informed individual, it has been impossible to go about your business unaffected by the roiling turmoil going on to the south of … Continue reading

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I’m not changing the world, the world is changing me

Like many people, I watched the United States election with not just a sense of worry, but one of dread. I was in Miami for work on election night, with colleagues from several other countries. It was a defining moment … Continue reading

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Boycotting a whole country

I kept finding a mess at the side door, and picking up all the crap and wondering why the kids were just throwing recycling on the floor and not putting it in the bins, and then emptying the bins. That … Continue reading

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Revisiting their childhood. If Mom can find their gear

“Do I have skates?” Every parent has heard this question. Out of the blue, with little tethering to logic, you will be asked to think back in your child rearing Rolodex and know the exact location of baseball mitts, badminton … Continue reading

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