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Learning New Tricks From My Old Dog

Learning New Tricks From My Old Dog

My canine daughter, Jessie, is turning 11 in November. According to the American Kennel Club this makes her about 70 years old in human years. She looks great for a senior and gets compliments all the time. But I’ve definitely noticed some changes. Jessie is…

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Talking to my Sons about (Almost) Everything

Talking to my Sons about (Almost) Everything

We were in the Laurentians last weekend at a typical family gathering. There were seventeen of us at the dinner table so you can imagine the decibel level.  Add to that the  rapid fire exchanges switching between English, French, German and Hungarian. It can be…

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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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