Keeping one step ahead of the sunrise

, April 17, 2013

Before my kid came along, I was the type of guy who laid in bed until the last possible minute on a work day. After fourteen months of parenting, I’ve discovered that an early morning is the secret to a good day – or the last line of defense, at least, against a total write-off. […]

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Today is National Advance Care Planning Day

, April 16, 2013

What’s National Advance Care Planning Day, you ask? It’s a day for Canadians and their loved ones to think about the decisions we all need to make at the end of life. It’s a day to begin a difficult but important conversation about your wishes for end-of-life care, or to revisit whatever plans you may have already made. […]

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Any idiot can work hard

, April 15, 2013

There’s a lot more to getting things done and feeling accomplished than just keeping busy. Anyone can keep themselves busy, or be kept busy by someone else. But that’s not the same as getting things accomplished, and it doesn’t always leave you feeling like you used your time well. Last week was a very busy […]

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Just to be clear, my wife isn’t pregnant again

, April 12, 2013

In retrospect, I could have chosen a better subject line for yesterday’s post. All I’d planned to do was crack a few jokes about my family, the underestimated power of young women, and my general lack of traditional manliness. But before I knew it, friends on Facebook and Twitter were congratulating my wife and I […]

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That’s it, I’m having another daughter

, April 11, 2013

Did you hear about the farmer in Oregon whose two teenage daughters saved his life after a tractor pinned him to the ground? I’m doing the math on this one, and I think I’d better have another daughter, for my own good. Nothing against my existing daughter, you understand. She’s a great kid, and she’s […]

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Reasons his son has every right to be crying

, April 9, 2013

There’s a lot to like about Reasons My Son is Crying, the latest Tumblr to go viral. The idea is cute, the kid is cute, and parents everywhere can relate to it. But if you’re like me, sites like this just make you cringe. Why? Because it’s nothing but a series of embarrassing photos of […]

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The other kind of falling on your face

, April 8, 2013

My daughter started walking a couple of weeks ago. Running and dancing around soon followed, and as a result she’s been burning a lot more energy than she had been before. So every once in a while, she falls flat on her face and lays their contentedly, until she’s got the energy to go again. […]

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Rediscovering the art of the mini DJ set

, April 3, 2013

I was all ready to tell you about the incredible DJ Z-Trip, and the simple secret to great live performances that he described in a terrific book called On the Record. But when I sat down to write, I discovered that I covered that ground in a post I wrote nearly three years ago. It’s a […]

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Let me introduce you to my single greatest contribution to progressive online discourse

, April 2, 2013

Speaking of feminist musings I recently shared on Twitter, I don’t mean to brag, but I think I may have solved the “expressing privilege in under a hundred and forty characters” problem. Not only have I whittled it down to just five characters (six if you count the space afterwards), but I’ll bet there’s someone […]

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People need to acknowledge that I rolled up the rim and won

, March 26, 2013

Listen, I don’t want to be “that guy,” or anything, but I feel like the “free coffee” award I handed in at Tim Hortons this morning got a really lacklustre reception. I mean, I understand they’ve got to keep things moving during the morning rush. I understand how quickly things can grind to a halt […]

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