Tag Archive: family

Johan Lindström: A softer side of fatherhood

Happy Father’s Day! In honour of the day, I have something really special for you – my first ever interview! With Swedish illustrator, animator, and dad of three, Johan Lindström! I was struck by his giant, gentle, technicolour depictions of fathers on Instagram, and had to talk to him! We discussed his inspiration, his experience as a stay-at-home dad […]

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Love Story: Page 6

Page 6 June 2000 – South Shore, Nova Scotia I had one half-day of school left before summer vacation began. My mom sent Achim to pick me up, and in a testament to how completely oblivious I was to any romantic possibility, I hadn’t even told my two best friends about him. They call it a “slow-motion […]

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Love Story: Page 5

Page 5 June 2000 – Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia I flew home to my maritime teenage microcosm. Track meets, school dances, the creative avoidance of math homework, and the endless search for a ride, somewhere, anywhere. My sister finished the school year in Germany and booked a flight for June, just as Achim’s time in Goose Bay wrapped up. […]

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Love Story: Page 4

Page 4 March 2000 – Cologne, Germany That visit to Germany was barely two weeks. March break from school, plus a little. Maybe I’m lingering too long, there is a lot to tell after that. But it sparkles in my mind like it wants to be shared.

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Love Story: Page 3

Page 3 March, 2000 – Rheinbach, Germany He took us to a castle ruin one night, over a thousand years old. We padded quickly up, up the winding path through the blue dusk, between throngs of stinging nettle, over polished roots and rocks.

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F-bombs and Affirmations

It started with a broken dishwasher. One week after Alida was born the little guy decided it’d had enough. One too many a poorly scraped dish or soggy jar label wreaking havoc on its miniature bits. Yes, we decided, if we had to replace it, perhaps a bigger one would be prudent. Of course, to have the space for […]

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The Motherhood Paradox

Ah, Mother’s Day. I’ve been trying for a few days to come up with a particularly poignant angle or topic to focus on but perhaps unsurprisingly, my mind just skips from one thing to the next… There’s just too much! Because that’s how it is, isn’t it? Motherhood is big. It’s all encompassing. I’d hoped […]

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My Sister’s Baby

Oh, man. After 45 (!!!) hours of labour, my sister Johanna and her fella Tye welcomed the sweetest little fuzzy headed baby bear into the world! He is amazing. He was a week old yesterday and I’ve been here in Toronto soaking up new baby smell, visiting and helping out as best I can since […]

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The blue toque

My mom in her 40-year-old figure skates, taking J on the ice for the first time. Hello from sunny, bright, frozen Nova Scotia! I’ve got a story for you today. One of those deliciously nostalgic ones, if you’re into that. I happen to be a bit of a nostalgia junkie, myself. My little sister Steph came […]

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We’re coming home!

On Monday I’ll be squeezing into some super hot compression stockings and J and I will hop on a plane bound for Canada! I can’t wait. It’s been 16 months – the longest I’ve ever been away from my home of homes. Sadly, we have to leave my dear fella behind, although I know he’s quietly breathing a sigh of relief […]

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