I never thought I’d say this—especially as a parent in 2021—but I think I need to spend more time on my phone. Weird, I know. Hear me out. First, a small confession: I’m a casual eavesdropper. Not in a creepy stalker way. Certainly not by choice. It just happens. My gig as an eavesdropper started … Continue reading Hold the Phone: Life Lessons From a Talkative Mother
Greetings, friends. I'm writing this to you, laptop perched on my bulging bump. Here sits 21-weeks' worth of evidence that the future for Team Watts is light years beyond our wildest dreams. Never did I picture our story unfolding this way when we packed up our life in St Andrews and returned to Canada last July. … Continue reading team watts needs a miracle
At times, life is stranger than fiction. This is our current reality. There's a storm brewing in our household. I've been casually logging things on Instagram for months but have neglected to properly catalogue all the mayhem. What mayhem, you ask? Just our semi-homelessness, restless life after academia, a bizarre connection to Tennessee, and an unexpected … Continue reading #onemoreWatts and other surprises
Well, well, well. This is humiliating. This is the first year I have ever bothered to number the days stretching from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. Guess what? I've been observing Lent incorrectly for years. Ta-da! It turns out that when people break Lent on Sundays it's because those days are not included in the … Continue reading silly elissa
Dear Michael Leunig, If I hadn't fallen in love with an Australian I wouldn't have met you. What a tragedy that would have been. As newlyweds in Australia, my husband and I lay in bed reading your book Short Notes on the Long History of Happiness. We found it on our nightstand in Melbourne and … Continue reading day 5/40: #40shoutouts40days
Since falling silent in March I have received multiple encouraging and mildly convicting emails from a dead man. Okay, not quite but sort of. Before Lent I subscribed to a daily email delivering meditations inspired by the writings of Henri Nouwen. I have stopped counting his strangely intimate reflections. Too many have shouted directly at … Continue reading it’s not me. it’s you.
Steve's computer is undergoing surgery again, hence another departure from regular writing. The household laptop I've been using is now Steve's faithful companion at the office until further notice. We sent the computer off on Monday and the repair is taking ages. I'm concerned the laptop's death is imminent but hopefully this ordeal is simply … Continue reading missing in action