Brothers

"Brothers" poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

  Text: There are glimpses of gods and stars In the slow sips of brilliance and wisdom Over whiskey talks and whistle chats Between fragile hearts into the early hours Bandaging with brusquely-brothered gauze Everything you hope will stay intact

Everything I didn’t know and still don’t

Looking back on a year of not-knowing and learning, and looking forward to a year of learning about what else I don’t know I started 2015 thinking I had a fairly good idea of how the year would play out. It turns out, I really didn’t know much. I wasn’t anticipating more brokenness or complexity, or […]

For the seeds

"For the seeds" poetry by Roshan James

And for Amos Is the tree ever ready To lose its leaves as one season ends And the wind changes direction? Its seeds scatter the ground Feeling the loss of their source Too soon strewn With each cold kiss of wintry breath Branches wave Remembering a warmer dance Scripting against cloudened sky The root’s exquisite […]

Past the cloud

Past the cloud, poetry by Roshan Grossman

To the best sister Tips of toes to top of ladder Fingers reaching past the cloud Grasping for the stars that scattered As you donned your draping shroud I’ll bring them by you one by one Collected in the hands of time Waiting ready when your eyes lift And the darkness illumine

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 […]

Dad

Smiles crinkle Around eyes That have seen And still Smile

Showing up

I really love my drive to work and my morning ritual of puttering along country roads to my closest Starbucks drive-thru on the periphery of Waterloo – venti, dark roast, three sugars. It’s not the healthiest breakfast (fitness friends, was that a sigh of judgment?), but this is a pick-me-up as I start my day […]

On being unconditional, rather than perfect

With a recent family wedding, I started thinking about love, commitment, relationships and the optimal conditions for all of the above to not only survive, but flourish. What does a perfect relationship actually look like? Does it exist? I’m going to spare you the details of my mind-wanderings and simply say that this was a […]

Serenity now!! Where do you find your personal strength?

Digging deep to discover personal strength via quillandcurio.com

As a mom, and now as a new entrepreneur, I’ve had to dig deep countless times to keep myself motivated and energized over the past couple of years. And not even for the really big things or big projects. Sometimes it’s just about putting one foot in front of the other to get through a […]

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 […]