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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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Studying The (Bread) Bible

Studying The (Bread) Bible

I was vowing to eat fewer carbs this year, until I opened my Christmas present from Jake and Micah. It was The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum, a beautifully written and authoritative recipe book. I used to be my sons’ culinary cheerleader, but now…

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A Dream About My Mother

A Dream About My Mother

I dreamt about my mother last night. She died last year, and my mind still refuses to impose order on my jumble of feelings. Sometimes it’s loss; other times liberation. One day it’s regret; another day it’s defiance. I over-think our relationship, or don’t think…

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My Parenting Blind Spots Illuminated

My Parenting Blind Spots Illuminated

When I became pregnant in 1993, I desperately wanted a girl. I was ecstatic when my obstetrician predicted from the fetus’ fast heartbeat that I was carrying one. I cried with gratitude. I bonded early with my daughter-to-be. I named her Hayley, after a character…

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