Where I Come From

I grew up in a neighbourhood where the sound of streetcars passing by on tracks would lull me back to sleep- metal against metal. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid. We rented all types of houses from bungalows to townhouses to the ground level of a detached home. Mostly, we lived on busy downtown streets facing a main road. Oftentimes, in the middle of the night, it wouldn’t be out of the ordinary to Continue reading

When In Doubt, Please Don’t Call Me

I’m not good in emergency situations- I’m really not. I have no fight or flight instinct. My version of that is more like scream and stay. In dangerous scenarios, I’m someone who would be considered a liability rather than a benefit. If you’re knee-deep in metaphorical Continue reading

An Important Lesson on Empathy

I don’t have an extensive memory cache from my early childhood. I often confuse what I think I remember versus what I feel might have been a questionable recollection told to me by someone else. I have a handful of vivid memories from that stage in my life and the rest are hazy. My first day of kindergarten is one of those memories that I seem to have etched into my mind.

At that age, I had very little Continue reading

Fake It Till You Make It

“I don’t know how you do it! How do you freakin’ do it?”

I think, at some point or another, many of us have been asked some variation of this question; whether you were asked because you were juggling more than one job at a time or if you were tolerating an intolerable manager at work. Basically, you were “handling” the seemingly impossible (the unfathomable) and your secret to survival had to be shared. What are you doing that I need to be doing? At least that’s where my mind goes. But I feel like this question most often gets Continue reading

Counting Sheep

Why is it that we count sheep when we can’t sleep?
Are dogs bilingual?
How do newbie penguins know their travel route every winter?  
What language is ‘kumbaya?’ Where did this saying come from?
How do we actually know we’re all seeing colours the same way if we can’t see what each other see?
I’ve realized that bras are really Continue reading