Ring in the new

Ring in the new

This summer, a coworker and I were chatting while kayaking in the Burrard Inlet when I mentioned a former colleague had moved back from Europe and was now living on Salt Spring Island, picking up freelance work so she could work remotely. “I wish I could do something...
I don’t care if you like my tattoo

I don’t care if you like my tattoo

When I was young I would wait until it was unavoidable to admit my dad was dead. I wouldn’t correct the plural on “parents” but if someone asked directly about my father, well, I wasn’t about to lie, evade, or reenact the Monty Python parrot sketch. I didn’t avoid...
This Was My Year That Was

This Was My Year That Was

My online life, like most people’s, is an edited version of reality. Not in a conscious attempt to make myself appear in a certain way, but because some stories aren’t mine to tell and I generally don’t use social media as therapy. I feel like in a...
My bud the SPUD

My bud the SPUD

It’s not that grocery shopping is so hard, it’s just that you have to keep doing it. Especially when you run out of cat food. I’d generally avoid the big grocery shop which meant frequently stopping at Safeway on the way home from work, hungry for...
Uncool before it was cool

Uncool before it was cool

I saw a woman wearing this on a t-shirt today and it made me laugh … and reflect on my relationship with the word “cool.” I’m so uncool I use cool more frequently than any grown woman should to express admiration. If you followed me for a week...
Embracing my Hubble life

Embracing my Hubble life

In my job and in some of my freelance assignments I’m often in the position of interviewing experts on subjects in which I have little to no expertise, to put it mildly. Interviewing an electrical engineer a few years ago, I hit on what’s become my...

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