She teaches me

"She teaches me" poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

Text: She whispers simple words To the wishing star Remembering in the morning light What she forgot to say at night Because, “stars are still in the sky Even when it’s day, Mommy”   She chooses earrings for me and asks If she can blush my cheeks She’s hopeful That I’ll wear the long floral […]

The give and take of “No”

The give and take of "No" - Quill and Curio blog

“No” is a healthy part of our vocabulary. It helps to define boundaries, set expectations, and protect a person from unsolicited words or actions. “No” is often heard around our house to help the kids understand what is and isn’t acceptable. “No, Norah, you shouldn’t do headstands on the couch,” or “No, Theo, please don’t […]

Sweet, smooshy baby lips

__ *Muh, muh, muh* Two, beefy cheeks and a wide open mouth plant a wet one right on my forehead as I lay on the playroom floor. “Mama,mama,” he says, whacking me on the head with his chubby little hands. Yes, darling, I’m your mama. At 13.5 months old, my littlest guy has just figured […]

Share, sell, donate, upcycle…or toss?

A box of unwanted stuff ready for a garage sale or to donate to a charitable organization. Shot on white background.

Boxes of forgotten toys, miscellaneous kitchen gadgets, retired decorative fixtures, books, frames, baby gear, old clothes…no, this is not a hoarder’s dream. This is my basement. Ok, so it could be hoarder’s dream. You really need to watch your step if you go looking for the box of old files tucked in the back corner, […]

A quiet Christmas

A Christmas wish

It’s a quiet moment in our house. A rare piece of time especially given the chaotic couple of weeks we’ve had with varying degrees of cold and flu, and emotional ups and downs. I’m thankful that I have no more errands to run for the next few days, thankful that my babies are playing around […]

Is this what the end of the world feels like?

When I first heard the news about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, I was simply overwhelmed with grief as a mother — as a human — on behalf of the families who lost their worlds yesterday. I felt angry, confused, bitter and disappointed in a world that seemed to be twisted inside out. Any words […]

Do you have some words to spare?

Send a message of hope and support to the homeless mothers at Marillac Place.

Being a parent is a tough job in so many colourful ways. And it sometimes draws out words that are equally colourful. For instance, when my 2.5 year old daughter decided to run down the street this morning as I was buckling my son into his car seat, I muttered a few choice words. Thankfully, […]

What does hope look like? A lot of laundry.

As I sort, wash, photograph and catalog all the clothing donations from Dress Them In Hope….I’m not gonna lie….it does get a bit tedious. I took a break this afternoon to look through some of the pics that we took from our Dress Them In Hope launch weekend (Nov 30 and Dec 1), and it really […]

The poor and forgotten in our own Waterloo Region

I ran into this feeling once before. It’s like heartbreak mixed with insufficiency, a feeling that I’ll never be able to do enough to make right what I’ve seen and heard. The first time was during my relatively short working trip to Kolkata, India in June 2005. I helped out for a few days in […]

DIY: Holiday newspaper craft – Take 2

Fold a flyer into a cone shape and secure with tape (not glue).

Who doesn’t love a festive Christmas hat? Especially one made from upcycled Holiday flyers? My daughter, that’s who. This is the second post in my mini-series about finding the perfect (quick and easy) Holiday upcycled newspaper/flyer craft. As I mentioned in the first post, if you’re looking for something lovely and magazine-ready, you better hit […]