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Book Review: “Forward” by Lisa Maas

posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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No two losses are ever the same, just as no two experiences of loss are either. Even so, similar is close enough. As a single mom coming off two weeks of pneumonia for The Ginger Gent (my seven-year-old son) and I, we were behind the eight ball of life and that was before batshit crazy […]

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A Few Good Men #MeToo

posted Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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It’s instinct to protect yourself. It’s built right into our DNA. Since the first cave man clubbed a sabre-tooth tiger over the head (or vice versa) our bodies have been made to flee or fight. However we have also been programmed through thousands of years with a third option. When you cannot flee or fight […]

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Insectile Spelling

posted Friday, January 19, 2018

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Spelling homework has presented some challenges. I am a writer but surely not the best speller in the world by FAR. Thanks to Bryen Dunn my long term suffering editor. This occupational hazard has also caused me no end of grief. So when The Ginger Gent brought home a list of words every Monday, bat, […]

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Back to Life…

posted Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Back to reality. As snow is reported all over Ontario I am contemplating our last day in The Magic Kingdom. I know it will be a great day. We are going for a second spin on some rides we loved like The Haunted Mansion and the Tomorrow Land Speedway where The Ginger Gent got to steer […]

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Wish You Were Here

posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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So did I say the Ginger Gent and I were going to Disney World? ‘Cause we are! We rolled out mid day on Friday bound for the border. With many a “are we there yet??” we made it to our stop-over and collapsed into a hotel bed. By Saturday we were driving through John Denver […]

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Transition

posted Monday, October 2, 2017

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Trans: from the Latin meaning across, beyond or through. Thinking about this word in the current state of our family I have to smirk and say no, we are not across, beyond or through with anything! We packed up everything we owned and moved into our new house but no, we have not fully made […]

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Mom Says We’re Moving

posted Saturday, July 29, 2017

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I was going to do a post about change being the same as loss, and loss as being like a dust bunny that picks up past loss as it’s rolling around under the couch. Then I thought I need to change the way I talk about change. Fear and excitement are both great motivators. They […]

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White Wash

posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Hmmm. How do I explain white privilege to my ginger and very very white son in a way he can understand? How about why is the “flesh colour” in a crayon box only indicative of one type of flesh? Why might someone in school or at work who is of a different race be asked […]

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Blooming Fantastic

posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Maybe it’s The bizarre weather that has suddenly yielded to sunshine? Maybe it’s the fact that the barometric pressure has stabilized (no more headaches.) Maybe it was our recent trip to the Butterfly Conservatory in Niagara Falls? Whichever one you pick I have been fantasizing about flowers. For the last five years my son and […]

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The New: Ginger Gent

posted Monday, May 1, 2017

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My son is six. My son is a little less ginger and a bit more auburn. I know how all of that happened, as I was there to watch it, but sometimes you have to change you before the things around you can change as well. When I started writing The Ginger Menace for PinkPlayMags […]

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