Finding Harry Potter in London

9 August 2018 Euro2018

If there was a leitmotif for our trip to London, it was Harry Potter. I have spent the last year reading the books to Lucas for the first time (after having read them to the older boys several years ago, and of course reading each book several times by myself) and we broke our cardinal […]

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Navigating London’s Underground with kids

5 August 2018 Euro2018

I would not have expected that navigating through London’s (in)famous Underground would be as significant a touchstone in our travel memories as were our trips to the Harry Potter studio, the Royal Observatory at Greenwich and the Tower Bridge. It was certainly something we were anticipating with interest, partly because Tristan, Simon and I read […]

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In which she tries to tell you all the travel stories at once and doesn’t know where to start

4 August 2018 Euro2018

We’re freshly home from our epic two-week adventure in London and Paris, and I have SO MANY stories to tell you that I don’t even know where to begin. So, let’s start — at the beginning! Although I’d worked myself into a veritable lather of anxiety by the time our departure day arrived, the overnight […]

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Photos of the day: Family fun at Manotick’s locks

24 June 2018 Mothership Photography

This was the third year in a row that I met up with this fun family for a “day in the life” candid documentary photo session. The first two were so much fun that they ended up being among my favourites of the year, and I was worried that we couldn’t possibly have as much […]

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In which she discusses gender fluidity with the Universe

10 June 2018 Ah, me boys

It went something like this: **ring ring** Hello? DaniGirl! It’s the Universe calling. Long time, no chat! Universe, you old dog star! It has been long time! What’s new? I’ve been having a grand time telling Stephen Hawking how the universe ACTUALLY works, and I think it’s safe to say I have literally blown his […]

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The porch: A photo-story collaboration

5 June 2018 Creative licence

We’re back with more stories! In case you missed it, the adorably amazing Christine Hennebury and I have been playing a game that we’ve recently opened up for anyone who wants to play along. Each week, I take or choose a photo and share it with the players, each of whom use it to craft […]

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The one with the veggie dog fail

2 June 2018 Ah, me boys

We’re trying to eat more thoughtfully these days. I still like Michael Pollan’s advice: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” My brother has been trying to follow a mostly vegan diet for a while now, and while I don’t think I want to give up meat entirely, and I know for a fact I […]

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The school bus: A photo-story collaboration

20 May 2018 Creative licence

Over the years I’ve developed a fondness for photos of random things, photos that beg you to ask the question “why?” Lucky for us, the question “why” makes great inspiration for flash fiction. Each week, I send a photo to a growing list of players, and they riff on it with a piece of flash […]

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Euro2018: The carry-on vs checked luggage question

15 May 2018 Euro2018

Help me, sophisticated travels of the blogosphere! With two months left in the year-long adventure of planning our trip to London and Paris this summer, we’ve arrived at the time for some tough decisions. Today’s debate: carry-on versus checked luggage. I’m an inveterate over-packer. Nearly two decades of motherhood has made a good boy scout […]

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The workshop: A photo-story collaboration

13 May 2018 Creative licence

We have three players this week in our ongoing photo-story game. Each week, I toss out a photo to a group of players, and whomever has the time and/or inclination sends back a story inspired by the photo. I find it interesting that these stories have varying vibes of darkness and melancholy, despite the bright […]

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