Why I don’t think God is an anti-sex Zeus hurling lightning bolts at any sign of lust

There’s a magic formula I was taught as a kid that claimed to guarantee lifelong happiness: If you (1) don’t have premarital sex, (2) marry a Christian, and (3) raise your kids in the church, then you will live happily ever after. I believed it for years, struggling to follow the rules because who wants […]

Garden Therapy

A transformation has taken place in the garden beds surrounding my house. I’ve been tackling them with gusto, inspired by a conversation with my gardener extraordinaire neighbour. She told me to go ahead and clean out the beds: “Start raking so you can see what you’ve got.” Since moving into this house two years ago, I’ve […]

Viewing the World through Mom-Coloured Glasses

I woke up crying this morning at 4 a.m. You know those awful, inescapable dreams that seem so real? I was watching a little four-year-old girl in a classroom get bullied for the way she spoke. Innocently, with a shy smile, she repeated the horrible things that the kids told her to say, but then […]

The Busker Sisters

Throughout our teen years, my sister and I formed a musical duo called Cadenza.  I played violin and Sarah Jane played cello. Aided by the fact that we lived in cottage country, music became our main summer job for a number of years. We played at weddings and receptions every weekend. We serenaded guests at […]

How About That Frugality Mentality?

Every other Wednesday is recycling day. As usual, I leave it to the last minute, frantically sorting out paper, plastic, metal, and glass with one ear tuned to the sound of the recycling truck coming down the street. I can’t miss it, because it would be another two weeks before the next pick-up and god […]