Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Maui, A Place You Can't Visit Too Many Times

View from Humuhumunukunukuapua'a restaurant at the Grand Wailea resort

Last fall, I embarked on a trip to Maui--one of my favourite places on earth. Sure, we had been there a number of times already, but honestly, I couldn't wait to get back. Besides, every time we go, we always discover something new and fun to do. This time, we found Leoda's, an absolutely delicious resto along the side of the highway that you probably blow by several times. Well, it's definitely worth making the stop.

It was also the first flight for my then nearly-two-year-old son. My husband was having total anxiety about it leading up, but my son did amazing on the flights. My husband, not so much. So who's really the weakest link? lol

Anyhow, have a boo at my Maui story in last month's Avenue magazine; aimed at those who have frequented the island before.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reinventing a Magazine

I've recently joined forces with an awesome writer/editor friend who has cleverly launched The Writing Department; a crack team of writers for every possible need. We've been helping ACAD reinvent its magazine, Catalyst, which has reminded me just how interwoven and organic the magazine publishing process can be. Words and pictures working together to create meaningful stories. It was great getting back to the nitty gritty of putting together a magazine. Here's a look at the issue we put together.

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.