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Can Your Relationship Handle Kids?

Can Your Relationship Handle Kids?

John’s in Vancouver this week which means Jessie (my dog) and I get the bed to ourselves. And I get to watch Netflix in bed which is an added bonus. Yesterday I watched the first episode of Master of None with Aziz Ansari (hilarious!). He…

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Mrs. Chatelaine vs Mrs. Slob. Who Gets Your  Vote?

Mrs. Chatelaine vs Mrs. Slob. Who Gets Your Vote?

      I feel really guilty, like a really bad mother, when people ask me what my kids are studying at university. I only have a vague notion. I say, “Jake’s doing grad work in Theory and Criticism and Micah is going into his…

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The Last Word: My Eulogy for My Dad – June 8, 2006

The Last Word: My Eulogy for My Dad – June 8, 2006

I get a free subscription for This magazine because I’ve contributed stories in the past. I’m always excited when it arrives in my mailbox because there is often a byline from at least one of my talented writer friends. What caught my eye in the last…

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Career Advice to My Imaginary Daughter: Choose Your Lovers Well

Career Advice to My Imaginary Daughter: Choose Your Lovers Well

Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, started a campaign last year – Leaders & Daughters –  to mark International Women’s Day. The campaign includes both male and female leaders from companies like Apple, Verifone, and Hyatt writing encouraging letters to their daughters to help…

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My Advice to Three Western Frosh

My Advice to Three Western Frosh

Jake started graduate school this fall at Western. This was the same university where John and I met as grad students in the 1980s. I offered to drive him to his new apartment in London, which is a few blocks from where John and I…

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Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

Dear Dad. Is Heaven Fun?

My dad died a decade ago—on the sixth day of the six month of the year ’06. Before his service, the funeral director took my two sons aside and invited them to write letters to place in his coffin. It was a way to give…

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Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Will Jake Apply To Law School? Three Answers to Thorny Questions about the Value of a Liberal Arts Education.

Three hundred and twenty-seven. This is the number of times I have been asked, “When is Jake applying to law school?” This is not a completely random question. His dad is a lawyer, as is his aunt. So it would not be surprising if my…

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I Just Ate My Words

I Just Ate My Words

I just had a flashback to when Jake was in Grade 10, six years ago. He asked me to read an essay that was due within the next couple of hours. Jake was the type of student who never suffered from writer’s block. He could…

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Would It Kill Me To Talk Less?

Would It Kill Me To Talk Less?

Paul McLaughlin, a well-known journalist, ex-CBC producer, and interviewing trainer came to talk to my advanced feature-writing class at Ryerson last night about the art of the interview. I learned more in those riveting few hours about human behaviour than I did in the years…

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The Making of a Bread Thief

The Making of a Bread Thief

I have been sick as a dog this past week. But that didn’t stop me from agreeing to a virtual mother-son bonding experience with Jake who studies on the east coast. Jake proposed we make the same bread and compare notes. As you may recall,…

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