• sustain (səˈsteɪn)

    — vb 1. to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation 2. to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm 3. to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion 4. to support physically from below 5. to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family ; to sustain a charity 6. to keep up the vitality or courage of 7. to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision 8. to establish the truth of; confirm

thames river clean up

Last weekend, I organized a clean up along the river that flows through our neighbourhood park.  It was so awesome to see so many of my neighbours and friends.  It was all a bit last minute, but it came together beautifully.  I used some social media digital strategy in addition to texting my grassroots neighbourhood connector.  You know the neighbourhood connector.  … Continue reading

ella and beah xmas picture

The Stuff I Leave Untweeted

Today I was bragging about my children. Then I thought about that. They really are my gift to the world. You’re welcome. *takes a bow*



It’s been a whole giant week since it snowed.  The sun was shining, and we had a morning play date with our favourite 4-year old baby genius and her sweet and gentle golden retriever.   I’m going to have to dig out my sunglasses.  And sunscreen.  It’s possible my face may be a bit red … Continue reading



It snowed on Easter morning!  As quickly as it reappeared, it disappeared,and today was spring jacket weather as it should be.  We managed to see most of our family over the long weekend.  We are so fortunate to have all of our family within an hour’s drive, so holidays can be spent together.  A hike … Continue reading



So I didn’t get the nomination to run for federal office.  Trust me when I say that THAT was an amazing journey.  All the same, I have welcomed back my sweet quiet normal life with open arms.  Politicking is exhausting – I’m a friendly person, but campaigning takes friendliness to a whole ‘nother level. I was … Continue reading


family day

One was working, one was sleeping, and the littlest was hanging out with a friend.  That was okay, because there was vacuuming to be done, cake to bake, a preschooler baby genius to visit, and laundry. It was a catch-up kind of day. Notes: I made this tomato sauce, and it’s going into my weekly rotation. … Continue reading



There’s lots to catch up on.  I’m running in a nomination contest for the upcoming federal election.  That’s right.  If you’re shocked, imagine me!   I went from waffling over what to knit next to planning a political campaign.  I’m excited, and a little overwhelmed – it’s been a huge learning curve. So bear with me as … Continue reading



Tonight was our last Circles before the holidays, and I got dangerously weepy-eyed on my way home.  It then occurred to me that I should capture a little about what this group has meant to me as I haven’t really shared a lot about it.  Or rather that I haven’t exactly been able to articulate it very … Continue reading



A man walked in from off the street today, and one of my co-workers wanted help to deal with this ‘unwanted visitor’.  He just seemed lost, and he wanted to find a program that is offered less than two blocks away.  There were people writing directions and drawing maps, but I offered to walk him over to … Continue reading


that bread

   Most Saturdays we like to hit up the local farmers market for the week’s produce.   It has a small-town feeling where we bump into lots of familiar faces and catch up.  We always split a half-sweet vanilla latte, and we always hem and haw over the dutch apple fritters.  This week we treated ourselves … Continue reading


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