Monthly Archives: January 2007

Historic moment

… and probably the only time I’ll point you all (non-ironically) in the direction of Bill O’Reilly.

Last week, while I was in the hospital having Emma, I missed watching Stephen Colbert on the O’Reilly Factor. Hil-arious.

Later that night, O’Reilly returned the favor and showed up on the Colbert Report. Watch that clip here.

It’s official.

I got my Permanent Resident card in the mail yesterday.

Now the countdown to dual-citizenship begins!


Checking my email this morning, I got the following “oh my god” message from a friend:

On the radio this morning, John Gormley talked about your blog and said he really liked it.

Imagine my surprise — especially because I don’t think Mr. Gormley and I see eye-to-eye on a lot of issues (political or otherwise).

Did anyone hear what he had to say? (oh, and, Hi, Mr. Gormley, if you do indeed read this space)

I suppose I’ll have to kick up the controversial political posts up another notch now, eh?

EDIT: Well, you can listen to today’s show here — the bit about my blog is in the last third of the mp3.

Hah, he said I “like her take on everything — well, not everything.” Too funny!

Regarding well-intentioned (?) parental advice

“Take no advice…follow your own instincts…use your own reason, to come to your own conclusions” – Virginia Woolf

I ran across this Vancouver doula’s post today, while doing a websearch on fussy newborns and growth spurt symptoms. She had this Woolf quote for the title of a post that I think every parent of a newborn should read. After I read it, I could feel a sense of relief that I haven’t felt in a few days.

Finally, a positive result from Googling! (you won’t believe some of the scary things you can encounter while researching online)

I’ve added her blog to my RSS reader — too bad she’s a couple provinces away for a house call!


Not to be confused with that condiment of condiments, ketchup. (catsup?)

So — life’s been quiet on this little piece of cyberspace lately. I suppose I could blame the silence on the fact that I’ve got a newborn in the house, but the truth is that I’m usually more content snuggling with my newest little love than I am ranting on this space. (for now, anyway)

It’s funny though, there have been several things happen in the last week that I normally would have been ALL over in posts — the State of the Union address, the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, “Blogging for Choice,” the announcement of Hillary and Barack’s presidential intentions, etc.

Or there’s this whole new world of parenting I’m now a part of, complete with its own controversies. The one I’ve been researching lately is the scheduled feeding vs. feeding on baby’s cue. There are some members of our family that are pretty insistent on the former — whereas I’m not one to deny my 10 day-old baby of when she’s hungry and needs to eat.

A lot of the controversy stems from a hundred+ year-old parenting philosophy that feeding on cue (or “demand feeding” as its critics call it) produces spoiled children. A friend of mine let me borrow a controversial (but popular) parenting book called Babywise, that advocates “parent directed feeding”, allowing your baby to cry itself to sleep, and limiting parent-child contact time. I’ve done some research on the book’s author, and he’s got a fairly scary fundamentalist-evangelical background. Not only that, but his claims on child-rearing are based more on religious principles than current scientific or medical knowledge. Needless to say, I won’t be employing any of this book’s techniques any time soon.

But now this is turning into a full-blown post, rather than a quick catch-up. Here are a few links that I hope to come back to, but until then, read them for yourself:

  • Blogs for Choice post roundup: Several posts commemorating the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, earlier this week. I meant to add my voice to the mix, but I was too busy tending my own choice, instead. Let’s just say that now that I’ve had my own baby, I’m even more firmly entrenched on the side of allowing women the choices of when (or if) they become pregnant and/or have babies.
  • Is there a Post-Abortion Syndrome?: One of the favorite arguments of the anti-choice lobby groups is that abortions are medically proven to cause depression and other maladies in women. Not true. Read the above article for more on that.
  • and finally, CuddlyWraps. Our new baby sling a friend of ours gave us, that I’m really excited about wearing.



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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

– ee cummings