Rabbits on the Beach – Both/And

There is a French colloquialism that goes “trop de la pain sur la planche” or “too much bread on the board.” It is meant to describe being too busy, having too much to do. Before the 19th Century, the same phrase was used to describe being comfortable with one's resources; having enough to get by. … Continue reading Rabbits on the Beach – Both/And

Definitely Ambivalent – dispatches from my inner child

Mom and Dad are doing it again. They know how to talk in a different language, and they do it when they don’t want me to know they’re talking about. I’m four, turning five soon, going to be a big girl. They’re talking about my birthday present. I know that much. “Should we get her … Continue reading Definitely Ambivalent – dispatches from my inner child

Coughs, colds, sore holes – a list for Fathers’ Day

My dad, Reynold (Ren, Rennie) Bertolo, was a kind, gentle man with a dry sense of humour that often left people wondering whether or not he was joking at all. He loved the rugged landscape of northern Ontario and the north shore of Lake Superior; he was a gifted artist, painter and cartoonist; he loved … Continue reading Coughs, colds, sore holes – a list for Fathers’ Day