family

Presence

June 19, 2014

Her steady quiet presence makes a house a home. Always she makes me wish I was more kind, more generous, more gentile and more excited to go on walks. How do dogs do that? Soften us up and give us pause.

Read more →

Sweetness

November 23, 2013

Our joy. Leica M9, 35mm Voigtlander f1.4

Read more →

A dog named Bear

November 11, 2013

Bear has been a part of our family since 2006. She’s a shiba inu and has the personality of a snobby teenaged cat. She doesn’t play fetch, she walks away when you call her, she demands cuddles and wont reciprocate and has nonchalantly assumed the position of Supreme Being in our lives. Despite her aloofness, [...]

Read more →

Family Road Trips

December 5, 2012

For as long as I can remember, our family vacations were spent in cars, journeying across Western Canada and the US. Trips to Airdrie, Banff, Drumheller and Edmonton became monthly rituals. We found every excuse to get in the car and just ride. I remember weekly trips to Mackay’s Ice Cream in Cochraine after Sunday [...]

Read more →

It’s a Family Thing

April 10, 2011

I can’t believe it but I think my little brother has suddenly turned into a man. We went to Stanford and took photos today and wow, I can’t believe how grown up he looks. I think he’s quite handsome (of course, you could say I’m a little biased).

Read more →

Matters of the Heart

November 9, 2010

I’ve said before that during times of great pain or great joy, I struggle to find words to write. Extreme emotions just can’t be captured in words. After weeks of roller coaster ups and downs, I’ve finally found a voice again. In mid October, during a bowling party with work colleagues, my Mom suffered a [...]

Read more →

Letter to the new graduate

June 18, 2010
DJGraduationJune2010-25
Thumbnail image for Letter to the new graduate

My Dearest Baby Brother, Happy Graduation! There was never any doubt in our minds that this day would come but now that it has, I can’t contain my excitement for you.  I am so expectant.  For years now, I’ve been waiting to see how you will harness all that the world has to offer, to [...]

Read more →

An overwhelming love

May 9, 2010

The women in my family… are very good at swallowing disappointment and moving on. They have, it has always seemed to me, a sort of talent for changing form, enabling them to dissolve and then flow around the needs of their partners, or the needs of their children, or the needs of mere quotidian reality. [...]

Read more →