I don’t want to forget this feeling: flying full-tilt downhill on my mountain bike, up on my feet, out of the saddle, my weight back. Sunlight dapples the dirt trail and everything around me feels fresh and green, even as I smell autumn in the air rushing past my face. This. Feels. So. Good. My […]

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Take a Stand Against Sitting

Friends, let me introduce you to Dr. Tarry Ahuja, the accidental star of my Health Promotional campaign “Take a Stand Against Sitting”. Dr. Ahuja is the instructor Health Psychology 2301, a course I’m taking at Carleton University. By “accidental” I mean I asked if he’d mind if I used a few screenshots of him in my class […]

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Warrior Girl Lands in the Muck. Again.

I gave up obstacle races a few years ago. In 2011 and 2012, I competed in four Warrior Dashes – two in Canada and two in the States – but training for the fifth one, I quickly realized that my knees no longer wanted to run. They creaked, and ached and all but begged me […]

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From Winter to Water

I dropped out of the tree and into the pool. Out of Ontario winter and into the Florida sun. I had sworn I wouldn’t. “My family are in Ontario,” I had protested to anyone who asked. I would miss dinners with my parents, followed by shared crossword puzzles and Raptors games. “And the girls.” Never […]

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Snow Dance of the Intrepid

I don’t believe in driving my car through a blizzard—I would have made the trip to my daughters’ university and back by now were it otherwise—but I’m not opposed to stepping outside to brave a snow storm on my own two feet. Granted, those feet won’t stray too far from my front doorstep. There is […]

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The Year of Living Uncomfortably

2016, it is decreed, shall be The Year of Living Uncomfortably. What does it mean to Live Uncomfortably? It means doing something that I’d rather not do. For example, driving on highways which, for me, has become the equivalent of a live-action horror movie. Gut-knotting, hands-sweating, arms locking-up, eyes bugging out—if I could just get my head […]

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Come Outside to Play

                It started wth the leaves. For once, I decided to gather them up rather than leave them to blow into the vacant lot next door, or up against the cedars that line my side yard.  This was my purported reason for grabbing the rake. Then I decided […]

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