How can I know about dying and how I want to live my journey if I don't open myself up fully to the experience? As I watched my sister-in-law this past summer and now my good friend go through the deaths of their mothers, as I hold their hands, share my wisdom and cry tears of loss and gut … [Read more...]
On Empathy and Touching People.
I'm handsy. C'mon, not like that. (Okay, sometimes yes...) But I mean I physically touch people often. All the time. Montreal being the kind of city that it is calls for the two-cheek kiss, and we often embrace when we meet. I find I rather like the practice, which is widely accepted, and in fact, … [Read more...]
2012 – My Promise to Myself
Although it is already January 9th for me it is Day 1 of the New Year. Today is the first day back at school and the first day in weeks that I have sat at my desk without interruption. Today is the first day I have thought about what 2012 might bring for me, my family, and UrbanMoms. Many … [Read more...]
I Just Want to Live a Cool Life.
People often ask me, amid the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, at meetings and conferences, or even standing in the schoolyard: "What is your 2/5/10 year plan?" "What are your goals and objectives?" "Where do you see yourself/the business/this project going?" And usually I respond, "I don't … [Read more...]
The strangest thing happened to me today. I was meeting my uncle, my mom's younger brother, for coffee. It had been a while since I had seen him, maybe even the two years since my mom died, I'm not sure. A while. I sat down and looked over at him and I was hit by a bolt of lightening. Those … [Read more...]
5 Things I love about Ramadan
Ramadan started on Saturday. Wikipedia has a good, brief description of this holy month: Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان, Ramaḍān) is a Muslim religious observance that takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, believed to be the month in which the Qur'an was revealed to Angel … [Read more...]