The other day our family was driving home from a few days away when we saw a sign on the highway for one of our favourite cheese producers. My husband pointed it out and our entire van load unanimously agreed to the slight detour. For the next hour we all […]

Dripping with Class

Fifteen years ago I moved to Waterloo with my new husband. I was in university at the time and being a newly wed and a young student, I needed to make some money. I got a job at one of the markets in St. Jacobs, working Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday […]

Harvest Table Blues!

Recently I spent a few hours in a hospital waiting room. I came prepared, knowing it would be a bit of time sitting, I had my book and a note pad and my phone. I arrived and contentedly settled down for a morning of waiting. I’d barely been sitting for […]

Waiting Room Love

By: Emma Johnston On Saturday morning I woke up around 7:00am to the incessant sound of spring time birds. For whatever reason, the nattery chit chat of at least 5 different birds could be distinguished through my bedroom window. I sat there in bed, staring out the window at the […]

Spring’s Advocate

By: Emma Johnston “I Should have stayed home” – I wailed to my husband last Thursday night as I flopped onto the couch, a generously poured glass of wine in my hand. On Thursdays I take my kids swimming. They have swimming lessons once a week, but they don’t find […]

I Should have Stayed Home!

By: Emma Johnston I’ve seen a quote splattered throughout social media and on signs and posters everywhere that says something to the effect of “Love yourself first, then others will love you too” and though I am a very significant advocate for self esteem, recognizing your own worth and not […]

No Matter How you Feel

This past week my children have been pushing my limits. Normally, when they push my limits, this means they’ve worn me down until I’m at the very brink of sanity, but this week they’ve been pushing me a little differently. For the past few weeks I’ve been part of a […]

The Push

By: Emma Johnston When I was seventeen I couldn’t wait to leave Burford. The minute I graduated high school my bags were packed and I was waving good-bye to the village I grew up in. It wasn’t that there was anything particularly wrong with Burford, but to me, there was […]

Living Local Challenge

By: Emma Johnston I’m a super geek and I love to read. I mostly like interesting and exciting books – I love adventure stories and stories of courage and defying the odds, I love dystopian novels, and crime and romance and mystery. Basically, fiction that is full of surprises. A […]

Plot Twist!

The other day at the Elementary School during our regular chaotic morning drop off I had to scoot aside for a jumble of children climbing down from the school bus. The regular assortment of little people in their hats and snow pants clambered past me, except for one little boy. […]

Let the Children Hug!

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