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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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When your house whispers at you, instead

Modern technology has robbed me of much of my noise making ability. It’s torn away my frustration outlets. It has taken all the loud, banging thumps and crashes that came with a satisfying door slam or phone hang-up and replaced … Continue reading

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Tearing apart supermarket mysteries, and family lies

If I go grocery shopping, I fling what I know we need into the cart. I make substitutions on the spot depending on what’s available, what’s on sale and whether they’re charging $87 for a head of cauliflower that all … Continue reading

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Want to take that tone with me? Whatever

“Why do you text so weird?” Only Ari had the nerve to ask me that directly a couple of years ago, but I know all four kids think it. They make fun of me. From the time I sent my … Continue reading

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