Third Christmas!

Third Christmas!

Lulu is growing up! You’re almost 2.5 years and enjoying your third Christmas. Today Santa left you a Peppa Pig school house and some play-doh. Your Japanese grandparents gave you a Sylvanian Rabbit home, and your Canadian grandma has sent you a surprise that should arrive soon. We’re now living in Hong Kong where the weather is much warmer in winter than in Edmonton. You love to...

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Dylan’s Great Rainbow Revisited

Dylan’s Great Rainbow Revisited

“I didn’t choose rock, rock chose me” ~ Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s masterpiece, Highway 61 Revisited, turned fifty this year. After all this time, “the sweet pretty things” remain in bed, driven further into an affective malaise. The album was a cultural milestone, one that nudged open the aperture on social criticism, broadening the possibilities of how pop could...

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Salt Spring: Cabin 6

Salt Spring: Cabin 6

I’ve been coming to Salt Spring Island since I was six. Yuko first came in 2000, and Lulu arrived in 2013 when she was six weeks. My mum first brought our family (w/o dad) by saving up the increase in the Family Allowance implemented under the minority Liberal/NDP government of Pierre Trudeau and David Lewis in 1974. Grandma used to accompany us until her second marriage, and then...

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California 2015

California 2015

We just returned from a journey to California, the place where people go to begin anew. We get that urge a few times every winter in Edmonton. This year we had a good reason to visit the golden state – family. This is your Uncle Jun: He’s your mum’s cousin and is currently a researcher at California Tech (Caltech). He invited us to stay with his beautiful family in Pasadena....

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At The Pool, Under The Bridge

At The Pool, Under The Bridge

It’s winter now, your second one in Edmonton. We spent the afternoon at the Kinsmen Centre swimming and then played in the snow on the field. We’ve been visiting the pool for a few months now and each time you try something a little different. Today you pushed the ball out of the water, climbed out to get it and then ran back to carefully fall into my arms. You’re also getting...

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2014: High Notes

2014: High Notes

I covered a lot of ground in 2014 – from Rio to Wan Chai, Monaco to Niigata, and Salt Spring Island to Playa del Carmen. The best music of the year kept me moving and kept me from asking, “Are we there?” Here’s to enjoying the journey as much as the destination in 2015! 1. Sharon Van Etten: Are We There The best thing I heard all year was this stately meditation on the...

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Merry Christmas From Mexico!

Merry Christmas From Mexico!

Greetings from Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula! We’re enjoying a refreshing break from the cold, northern chill and I’ve even managed to grow some new plumage. Lulu’s been digging into the sand and uncovering some ruins… Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and all the best for...

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