Between seasons

Between seasons

The wind was against me as I jogged through the trees. The trail was hidden under a layer of leaves coloured crimson, gold and burnt orange. I took in deep rhythmic breaths of the crisp air. Fifteen minutes into my run snow began to catch in the wind and rush towards...
Part of the puppy club

Part of the puppy club

I thought I knew what love was. I was so wrong. Four weeks ago my life did another flip flop when my boyfriend made the spontaneous decision to bring home a puppy. We had flirted with the idea before but he was finally pushed over the edge while looking after our...
The cat walker

The cat walker

I live in a bustling neighbourhood full of dog walkers, young parents pushing strollers and couples who look like they’ve shared a few decades together strolling silently beside each other. Seeing all that walking makes me want to take to the lively sidewalks in...
An ice storm for Christmas

An ice storm for Christmas

Consider this: wherever you are right now may be completely uprooted and transformed 12 months from now. Christmas may seem like it is full of immutable traditions that fill up the days in December year after year, but nothing is permanent. Mother nature often reminds...
A Friend’s Wedding

A Friend’s Wedding

  In May 2012, I was sitting on my tatami floor in Japan, chatting online with a friend of mine back in Canada. I had no idea what I was going to do in a couple months when my teaching contract ended, and my friend knowing that I perpetually have a five-year-plan...