Thursday, February 4, 2016

Grief, A Tricky Beast

Photo by George Webber

Last Sunday would have been my mom's 63rd birthday. It's still hard for me to believe she's not here anymore. Losing her was the hardest thing that's ever happened to me. The grief was and continues to be overwhelming sometimes. But the grief also makes me more empathetic and compassionate towards others who have lost. That's why I was so intrigued by a roadside memorial that I frequently passed on the highway. Not so much by the memorial itself, but by the woman that was often present there. And so I connected with Kim Thomas, who lost her son Brandon on that spot three years ago. I hope that one day she can find some solace. Here's my piece about Kim for Swerve magazine. Thank you also to George Webber for always being so tender to his subjects and taking beautiful photos.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ready for kids AND a pet?

For me, a pet came well before kids, but I know for many families, kids are the impetus for getting a pet. I'm glad that our fur baby Bingley had us to himself for a few years before kids arrived on the scene (and ruined everything I'm sure, in his mind!). But I'm also glad our kids are used to being around a dog, and learn the importance of respecting and caring for another living being. I explore the topic of pet ownership and kids for Today's Parent.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Throwing an Architectural Curveball

Photo by Gary Campbell

Recently I went and checked out a cool house in the community of Wildwood in Calgary. The ultra-friendly owner, John, and helpful architect, Stephen, took me for a tour of this funky curved-wall home. John was chatty, which I love because it helps me get the low-down on why he and his wife opted for curved walls. It was one of those homes that had definite "ooh" factor, yet was still totally lived-in. Check out my story in The Globe and Mail.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Poverty-Free Alberta

Many factors influence our health, but our wealth (or lack thereof) acts as one of the biggest social determinants of health. Think how money affects your health choices--access to healthcare services, participation in recreation and wellness activities to get/stay fit, food insecurity and quality of food, even things like being able to treat ourselves for mental wellness or taking time off to enjoy your friends and family or leisure activities. For Apple magazine's summer issue, I chatted with some prominent Albertans to get their takes on what a poverty-free Alberta could look like.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Gold Rush!!

Photo by Colin Way/Swerve

Every summer, no, more like every season, my hubby discovers a new "hobby." I use quotations because his "hobbies" are never leisurely like hobbies should be. Instead, they are all-consuming and often leave me speechless and fearful for all that they entail.

His most recent exploit is none other than gold panning. Yes, that's right, folks, I said gold panning. No need to check your calendars, it is 2015. And yet, he has embarked on this old-timey pursuit with as much ferocity as all his others.

Since he's so far only found a microscopic flake here and there, I realized that I had better sell a story as that will likely be the only money we ever see out of this venture! Ha!

Have a read of it in Swerve magazine.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New real estate player means new writing gig

An old buddy of mine recently started working for a new luxury real estate brokerage in town, Engel and Volkers. At the same time, I was looking for real estate story ideas for a potential new writing gig. And so, my first piece for The Globe and Mail was born today. Wrote a piece for the new Calgary Real Estate section about why E&V would launch in the midst of an economic slump. Seems the timing is working out well for them branding-wise. Worked out for me writing-wise. Isn't it nice when things all work out?

Friday, May 8, 2015

Nanotech gets a boost at Queen's U

What seems like a million years ago, you know, back when people just started to post editorial content online ONLY, I helped launch a website with the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. It was a cool experience, figuring out the differences between online and print editorial, and showcasing some of the finest research taking place in Canada.

Several incarnations later, continues to provide great online editorial showcasing research in Canada. I've just recently contributed a piece about a new nanotech lab that opened at Queen's University, which will help researchers take their experiments into the real world. Amazing stuff--that nanotechnology!