Bird in flight

"Bird in flight" - poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

Text: Sing your way Over dusty roads Fine-feathered flame With wisdom eyes   Catch the sun In your bright notes Lifting high With dream-tipped flight   Grace the sky In the morning light Through mossy clouds Of dew reclaimed   Find your home At the mountain’s peak Your rebel’s roost For songs untamed Advertisements

Why we resist

"Why we resist" poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

Text: Trying something new isn’t easy After fast-forwarding through the unknown It requires sacrifice Taking a bit of what you know Some of the old comfort And trading it forward For a minutely-shifted version of yourself Just different enough to be unfamiliar Needing that extra ounce of effort To bring the mirror-image back into focus […]

My words, come home

"My words, come home" poetry by Roshan James, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada

Text: You are my words that surface And run like the children we were Coming out of hiding In our evening’s final game of kick-the-can Which ones of you will make it Under the streetlight’s glow As dark closes in And windows appear, emerging from the brick The outside air plays cool on our sleeve-free […]

Chasing and finding home at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Dr. Alison Lister, CERN presents the standard model of particle physics at TEDxWaterloo 2013

Journeys of the heart, mind and body through space, time and consciousness. Small-town-to-big-city stories, colonies of microbiota living inside us, our brain as our most intimate home – a home moved and inspired by rhythm and working with our hands. What does it cost us to leave home? We nodded our heads and felt pangs […]

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, […]

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, […]

DIY – Upcycled no-sew Christmas stocking

If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you’ll notice we’re up to our eyeballs with clothing for Dress Them In Hope in support of Marillac Place. I’ve also been dabbling in some upcycled Christmas crafts…particularly ones that are extremely simple, using very little material, time and effort. It was only a matter of time before […]

A simple Christmas and Hanukkah – is it possible?

Our family Hanukkah celebration, December 2011

For the past few years, I find myself saying the same thing, “This year, we’re going to keep things really low-key.” This is mostly because our wallets have been pretty lean compared to pre-baby days, and I’ve been either pregnant or on maternity leave since circa 2009. And yet, every year, I cave and buy […]

3 tips for protecting your kids and your Holiday decorations from each other

DD in playpen beside Christmas tree

Decorating for Christmas and Hanukkah is one of my favourite things to do out of the whole year. I love stringing up garland, tying bows on just about every candle I own, and blowing the dust off my Nutcracker collection. But Holiday decorating also presents extra hazards for little ones who are crawling or toddling […]

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 […]