Dear Mitch, Did Chika love dogs? I just finished reading ‘Finding Chika’. I’m sitting on my sofa in our living room. The Christmas tree is still up, the lights twinkling. Tears stream down my face. At Lesson Six, one of our dogs, a red golden retriever named Pages, who was laying on the sofa across… Continue reading A Letter To Mitch Albom
Happy Family Day Weekend! I've written a blog for the League of Canadian Poets with some fun writing ideas for you and your family to try on the upcoming holiday! Or any day...for that matter! Enjoy! WRITING PROMPTS - The Writing Parent Blog SENDING LOVE FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!
So this is what I've been up to: buying and wrapping gifts writing and sending holiday cards helping the kids with school work/home work reading poetry Our dining room table is Grand Central Station. What's hilarious is the heave-it-off-to-eat-then-put-it-all-back-on habit that we've all grown accustomed to each time we eat dinner. Oh, you do that… Continue reading Holiday Time (Almost)
July has cometh! Currently, I'm engaged in a common summertime Shields' family past time - the kids, the dog and I are in my bed each on our own devices (yikes). We are pyjama-clad and snoozy...the kids watching movies while I write on my laptop. I can smell the wet grass and soggy soil on… Continue reading Summah-time…Notes from Summer House Shields
SUMMER VACATION HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN! Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 2:35pm was the official start of our family's summer vacation. A bunch of us, parents and kids, hung around in the school yard after the bell rang to talk summer vacation plans and say farewell until September. I had a giddiness in my tummy that's… Continue reading Summer Vacation Soliloquy
I vividly remember my first job. I was twelve years old. In Grade 7. The job was to clean a dental office with my mother (she worked there during the day). I remember being excited about making money even though I wasn’t sure on what I wanted to spend the money. Every Friday night, my… Continue reading On Happiness & The Changing Landscape Of Careers
Sometimes I feel stupid. I feel inadequate. I feel like there’s something really wrong with me. I can’t always chalk it up to over-active-pre-menstrual hormones or a bad day. Sometimes I really feel deeply like I just don’t get ‘it’. I’m a writer. So I write. This part has always come naturally to me. I… Continue reading The Secret
BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! EVERYWHERE BOOKS - EVERYWHERE STORIES! Especially at bedtime.. Reading at bedtime is a ritual that's been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Books were a massive part of my youth, and I know, have shaped much of who I am as a human being. We didn't have… Continue reading Bedtime Stories – A Shields’ Family Ritual (With Book List Gift Guide!)