My current reading list

I am thrilled to have purchased two excellent looking memoirs in the last few weeks. Both from authors Laurie Kingston supported and encouraged. She would have been overjoyed to see them in print.
Henriette Ivanans-McIntyre has written a memoir “In Pillness and in Health: A memoir. (

Amanda JettĂ© Knox has written “Love Lives HereA Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family” (

I am really looking forward to reading both.

Flood 2019

Many hands make light work

The last week or so has brought major flooding to Ottawa and environs. I was able to spend a bit of time helping out around the city. It has been amazing to see so many volunteers doing whatever they can to help. It seemed to me to be at just the right level of order/disorder. Enough organization that people were being kept safe and were doing useful tasks, but not so bureaucratic that people couldn’t just pitch in and help. I signed a bunch of waivers and that was about it. I’m sure there will be a proper evaluation after it passes, but to me, at least on the Ottawa side of the river, it looked good.

One Year

I have spent the last few weeks thinking a lot about the upcoming anniversary. January 8th has loomed large in my mind for a while now. I have thought a lot about being sad and grieving and what life looks like without Laurie Kingston. I think I have come to some understanding of sadness and grief but I am still at a loss as to what life looks like without Laurie.

I do know that it ok to be sad. And I know that Laurie touched a lot of wonderful people who are also sad. I am thankful for everyone that reached out today, and especially over the last year. I feel cared for.

Metro Music

My kids have been taking music lessons at Metro Music on Bank St. for a while so I have spent some time hanging out there while they learn. It is in a old commercial building that in the 1920s was a car repair and/or a tire dealership. It has been a music store for while.

Here is an ad from 1966:

Metro Music text ad

Much has changed on that stretch of Bank St., but not everything.