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The Greatest Gift You Can Give A Child (And Yourself)

If you want to give your children a gift that will help their imaginations and hearts soar, then teach them how to dream. I don’t mean the images we occasionally remember upon waking from a slumber. I mean those epic flights of fancy when we think about grand adventures we might have  or paths we might yet follow. Let them imagine what it would mean to follow a career path you might think out of your financial reach, or take a trip you couldn’t begin Continue reading →

A teapot on the kitchen island

A teapot stands on the kitchen island. A knitted tea cozy lies next to the tea pot and the tea cups with their rounded bottoms and deep maroon colour. Their insides are a tea coloured off-white stained from years of tea which doesn’t come off no matter how much they are washed. Each morning at 5am, the teapot on the wood stove boils after the wood stove is lit. This kitchen was about 10 different colours when they moved in, the roof alone had four Continue reading →

The hardest and most heartbreaking part of being an expat

Hands down, the hardest and most heartbreaking part of being an expat are the decisions around returning home to be with family as a consequence of family dealing with severe illness and/or funerals. It’s not the kind of thing that’s going to get you published, or really the kind of thing that you want to talk about. It is however a common experience and one that expats the world over just seem to get. In the six years I’ve been an expat (over the course Continue reading →

Dreamcatchers

I found some of the letters she had written me yesterday. I came upon them accidentally. In these I read her heart. Her love for her family – for me – and her sense of humour. In them I feel her sense of adventure. The same sense I‘ve inherited. I feel her certainty, her doubt, her hope, her fears. They break my heart and fill me with joy at the same time. Inexplicably. hopefully. My grandmother’s prayer is now my own: God grant me the Continue reading →