to my sixteen-year-old mother, with love

Within 36 hours of her 16th birthday, my mother went into labour. My father was also 16. It was 1974 and barely a year after Roe v Wade. Although times were changing, babies conceived out of wedlock were still bastards, and teenage mothers of bastards were still shamed and hidden away. When I read Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, I learned the word that I now associate with my teenage mother: “Ignominious”.

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meet the lovely matryoshka inspired ladies

Confession: The beautiful Kokka (Japanese) fabric used to make these ladies sat in the "good intentions" pile for almost a full five years. A little editing of my fabric stash brought them top of mind and to the top of the pile. Since I have been feeling particularly "crafty" these days - I added a little embroidery, some vintage inspired patterns on the back, and a special bit of authentically vintage rick rack for the hangers. BAM! And now I regret not investing in more yardage...

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I was a 90 day fiancée

I had grown up in malls in New Jersey, Trevor was a true outdoorsman raised in the wilds of northern British Columbia and Yukon. It was October. I had just driven from Marlton, New Jersey to Whitehorse, Yukon, almost entirely by myself. I was wearing shorts when I left; it snowed on arrival. My paperwork was delayed by 9/11.

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"creative borrowing": relax, it's not a caravaggio

Imagine this...you (call yourself @Esteyban) create a meme inspired by something profound your friend said and slap your handle in the middle of it. You appropriately credit your friend for the idea, because you’re an upstanding guy. Someone (@livesosa) comes across your meme on social media. He’s inspired! So he covers your handle - your signature - with his own and distributes it across his social networks as if he made it. But surprise! The meme contains a blatant math error that makes grade 2 teachers cringe. It goes viral, redistributed by other non-mathletes and many others that simply find amusement in other people's mistakes.

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Oh, The Things He’ll Know When A’Travelling We Go

I am not well travelled – yet. But for 8, my son James is off to a fair start. As I write today, we are in beautiful Cahuita, Costa Rica. James has been throughout Canada, to parts of the US including Alaska, to Mexico and to Costa Rica (now twice). We have bigger, far aflung dreams. Our dreams never include destination resorts and take us to tucked away places where it’s possible to take in local culture and customs a little ways off the beaten trail.

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today, we're almost all on time together

There was once a time when New Year’s Eve heralded the one time of year we were all on time together. My family and friends counted down the seconds as we watched a twinkling “Big Apple” drop. At zero, a cacophony of noise blowers, cheers, fireworks, and even banging of pots and pans erupted simultaneously across our time zone. Perhaps our watches and clocks were synchronized for the big moment, but likely not.

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