When Fairytales Hurt

I morbidly followed the “Murdered Pregnant Woman” tragedy in Ohio last month. Jessie Davis was due to give birth to her second child when...

Arrested Moral Development

I almost hate to admit it, but I enjoy country music. The songs talk about everything that matters—my momma, my young ‘uns, my hometown,...

Point of No Return

Recession, recession, recession. The news headlines these days are all recession, all the time, with Natasha Richardson’s tragedy occasionally thrown in. And like most...

Family Values: Capitalizing on the In Between Years

Let me give you the stories of two men. One we’ll call Jim. He married straight out of high school—rather an anomaly today. He...

Is University Overrated?

With keen university students across the nation participating in gruesome Frosh Week activities this week, I decided a thought experiment on the value of...

Having It All?

We women have been told for years that we could have it all. We tell it to our little girls, too: want to be...

On Fathers

When I think of Dad, I think of belly laughs, and smiles, and choked back tears. I think of a proud grandfather, a fiercely...

The Getaway Plan

By the time you read this, I’ll be back, but right now my family is preparing to go camping. The girls are collecting the...

Letter to Me

I am a complete sap for tear jerker country music songs. One of my current favourites is Brad Paisley’s “Letter to Me”, where he...

Getting Time on Your Side

If I were to say that people were getting poorer, what would you immediately assume? It’s that people are making less money, right? Wealth,...

The Season for Waiting

I once read that most people spend on average two years of their lives waiting—waiting in lines, waiting for the waitress to bring the...

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If you’re trying to get pregnant right now, you should probably get a move on. Your window is rapidly closing this year—at least for...

Spoiled Rotten Robin

All week we’ve been watching an extremely obese baby robin who lives outside our dining room window. He’s out of the nest, but he...

Is Big Brother Here?

In our homeschool curriculum we’re about to tackle Orwell’s 1984. I read it in high school, and the two things that stuck with me...

Hanging Up

Last week I was spending quality time with my children when the telephone rang. The caller was from the Royal Bank, and she began...