First Swim of the Summer

When COVID began, our local pool closed. Then, when it was OK to re-open it, it was under renovation. I'm sure it'll be lovely when it's all done, but it means our town has no pool - for pretty well all of summer. But tonight, being on the opposite side of the continent, and staying … Continue reading First Swim of the Summer

The Bravery of Ian Thorpe

As I write, I'm watching Ian Thorpe's interview with Michael Parkinson. I've always loved to watch swimming. I swam competitively myself, not at a particularly high level, but high enough to understand what he meant when he talked about 'having a relationship' with the water. Our kids swam, and the swimming is the one bit … Continue reading The Bravery of Ian Thorpe

Creativity And Self Expression: Are We Crushing Them Out Of Our Girls With Pink?

I've been pondering a few things about creativity and self expression lately. If you've been following this blog you'll know that we recently went skiing in Whistler. On the first morning, I was sitting at the base of Whistler Mountain waiting nervously for my lesson. (For an explanation of the nervousness, see this post.) As I sat there, … Continue reading Creativity And Self Expression: Are We Crushing Them Out Of Our Girls With Pink?