This is Life, Based on a True Story

After the bullying ends

Oct 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

What happens to kids who were bullied and are now adults? What about the kids who were bullies and are now adults? Are they still bullies? I’ve written at...

Pancakes & procrastination

Sep 20, 2017 / 1:00 pm

Sometimes my procrastination about writing my column works to my advantage. Although I knew all week what I was going to write about, I held off due to sheer...

Relationship's rocky road

Sep 6, 2017 / 11:00 am

The one commonality every single person has is that we are all in a relationship. Relationships are the building blocks of humanity. Without relationships,...

Lessons on the path

Aug 23, 2017 / 11:00 am

I took some much-needed time off from writing after my uncle’s funeral to reset. Like every other person, life is so busy sometimes that it feels like I...

A living-dying perspective

Jul 5, 2017 / 11:00 am

No one wants to confront death, but we all have to at some point. Death tends to make people re-examine life priorities. The day-to-day things that seem so...

He said, she said

Jun 21, 2017 / 11:00 am

So that went well. The Dear Abby format I introduced in my last column generated more readers' questions to my inbox. In the words of my writer mentor,...

Playing Dear Abby

Jun 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Often, the biggest challenge about writing this column is coming up with an idea. If I have some version of a minor crisis in my life, I have something to write...

The Like-Me Generation

May 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

To “Like” or not to “Like,” that is indeed the question. I’m talking about the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat likes-and-views...

Separation is sweet sorrow

May 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seem more people are getting separated and divorced now than ever before. Why do I think this? Well for one,...

The awkward goodbye

Apr 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

One of the hardest words to say is goodbye. Like many people, saying goodbye is not something I’m good at. But what is there to be good at? It’s one...

Depressing times

Apr 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ve been struggling with bouts of depression. Nothing specific really triggered it, although I like to blame it on the winter that never ends. I...

Mom the Maleficent

Mar 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ll never be accused of being too easygoing in the parenting department. I wouldn’t say I’m overly strict though either, but my kids compare...

Dirty, little secret

Mar 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Every once in a while, I get kid-envy. I’m not the only parent who does, but I may be one of few parents who will admit to it — publicly. So what...

Regrets, we've had a few

Mar 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

Regret. We all have it, but why? A friend is going through a great deal of regret right now. It was during our conversation it became apparent how much regret...

Dating after divorce

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Your palms are sweaty; so are your armpits. You look nervously into your phone camera for the umpteenth time to check your hair – no grey. Teeth check -...

First heartbreak

Feb 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

My daughter recently experienced her first real heartbreak. But not of the love-affair kind. She also learned one of the hardest lessons in life — a...

Love your resolutions

Jan 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Have you given up yet? Some people love new year’s resolutions and some hate ‘em. This is the third week of a new year. If you believe the pundits,...

Christmas gifts are overrated

Dec 21, 2016 / 11:00 am

For my last column of 2016, I decided to have some fun and ask people to reminisce on Christmases past and their favourite memories of gifts received when they...

Don't be a super parent

Dec 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

Super-parents wreck it for all of us I tend to write my best pieces that revolve around some sort of drama, usually stemming from my own life. But I’m...

Teens at work

Nov 9, 2016 / 11:00 am

One of the most biggest milestones for most adults is their first paying job. Not just the babysitting job they did one summer, but the first job in a store,...