Category Archives: motherlode

You paid for my breasts; I promise to take good care of them

BRA Day was recently held at Juravinski Hospital. Breast Reconstruction Awareness is an apt acronym; the day is a chance for women to find out what’s happening in the medical field, ask questions and try to ascertain their best course … Continue reading

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Camo, you had one job

You would think a tendency to wear a lot of camouflage clothing would make me less susceptible to sporting noticeable gravy stains. You would be wrong. I started dressing like a 13-year-old boy when Christopher was 14. I simply started … Continue reading

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My trash is not just anyone’s treasure

I missed the “blue binners” controversy in this paper by a few weeks. I was busy having a binner controversy of my own. I am startlingly lazy, which means I don’t return wine and beer bottles and cans to the … Continue reading

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Why adult children are the best

I know people who lament their babies growing up. I am not one of those people. My life is so much easier now that my kids are adults and I am unashamed to admit it. I actually took a holiday … Continue reading

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What if nobody wants your china when you’re gone?

When my mother was dying, she’d make lists and notes — and corner each of her daughters trying to determine where all her things would end up. It wasn’t that we couldn’t have anything we might have wanted, it was … Continue reading

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Birthday cake and onions

This family always celebrated the end of summer and the start of school with a party. Ari’s birthday is the end of August, so it’s been morphing from childhood birthday parties into teenage craziness and now? Well, now it’s a … Continue reading

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When cooking goes to the dogs

Christopher, 25, flopped down in my hammock the other morning, exhausted. He was nearly two hours earlier than I’d been expecting him, and was blinking in the sunlight, hair standing on end. “They got me up by standing on me. … Continue reading

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Carsick cats and leather interiors

Mark the Cat goes outside a little, but I make him wear a bell, which is like your mother making you wear a bow tie to school on picture day. He goes around the corner from the house and tries … Continue reading

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This is what I feed kids who are always hungry

After years of shopping in army quantities, now I need almost nothing. I used to laugh and laugh at what I called movie shopping: a character carrying a grocery bag containing lemons, carrots with the tops still on and always, … Continue reading

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Back-to-back back woes

I’ve wrecked my back, and I’m placing blame for it everywhere but where it belongs: with decisions I make. I’ve yanked and mashed it in the past, to be sure. But this time I can’t seem to lasso it back … Continue reading

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