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Where You Can Find Me These Days

Friday, October 05, 2012

This blog served me well for a long time. But all good things must come to an end. Right?

If you're interested in reading my parenting articles or learning more about my pregnancy and parenting books, please visit my having-a-baby.com website.

If you're interested in learning more about my writing services, please visit my website or contact Canadian Writers Group.

You can also contact me via

annmdouglas at gmail dot com [please note the "m" in my name]

More links:

My column at The Toronto Star
My articles at Canadian Family magazine
My Trent Radio shows:
     Citizen Parent and This is Your Writing Life
My current parenting blog

Twitter: Ann Douglas
Linked In: Ann Douglas
Facebook: The Mother of All
Pinterest: annmdouglas

| posted by Ann D @ 3:29 PM

Thank you for the kudos, SavvyMom

Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Just a quick note to say thank you to SavvyMom.ca for including this blog in its roundup of the top 35 Canadian Mom blogs.

If you're wondering why I've been quiet lately, it's because I'm blogging over at Having-a-baby.com these days. Drop by and say hello. Or catch up with me via my Facebook Page or on Twitter.


| posted by Ann D @ 11:10 AM

Pack Your Bags, We're Moving to Typepad!

Monday, October 27, 2008
Redirect your links, everyone. This blog has made the move to more blogging-friendly digs.

The official address over there is

but in a few days you'll be able to access the blog via the simplified address (an address that some of you have been using all along):


Right now, the URL is still forwarding to this blog, but it will be starting to point to the Typepad address within the next day or two.

There is a ton of new and upcycled content waiting for you at the new place. Head on over and pour yourself a copy.

- Ann

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Rx: Fun -- Entertainment with No Educational Value -- Plus a Healthy Dose of Moral Outrage

Monday, July 28, 2008
The podcasts area of iTunes is a very dangerous place to hang out if you're an information junkie, a short films junkie, or both -- in other words, if you're someone like me. My iPod tells me I have 700+ hours of material waiting to be viewed in my spare time. Good thing it doesn't tell me how many hours I've already spent tuning into video and audio podcasts since I first got addicted to CBC-everything, misc iTunes University, and a smorgasbord of short films (both free and pay-by-the-hit).

If you're looking for something fun and entertaining to download which has no educational value whatsoever, I highly recommend either of the following series of video shorts. (You can download them from iTunes or watch them online via the following links.)

Erik the Librarian (about an unusual librarian named Erik who becomes obsessed with a library patron, who finds him totally freaky, to say the least). For the slightly twisted mind.

The Retributioners (a mockumentary about a revenge-obsessed anti-heroine named Stephanie: language may offend). For the totally twisted mind. Quality varies from episode to episode. I highly recommend the show intro, episode 1 (revenge on ex-boyfriend), and episode 6 (revenge on person who stole taxi).

If you want to tap into my more serious side, you'll find it over at ParentCentral.ca and at Yahoo! Canada.

And if you want to feel healthy outrage about something in addition to things I've been blogging about recently over there, get mad about the fact that the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (which opened up last month) is actually considering substituting showers for the bathtubs which were supposed to be part of the brand new maternity ward. (I was out of town when this hit the papers last week, so my daughter just brought me up to speed. Can you believe it? Maybe I should let Stephanie of The Retributioners know about this!)


| posted by Ann D @ 2:09 PM

Parenting, writing, and coffee

Sunday, July 20, 2008
I know a lot of my regular readers are writers, so I thought I'd draw your attention to my most recent blog post @ ParentCentral.ca. It's about parents who love to write.

Parenting and writing: my two loves. I even managed to toss in a mention of coffee. Am I hot today or what?

I now have two friends who have their own free trade organic coffee companies (and both roast on the premises). One is based in Peterborough (Canada) and one is in the U.S. Suspicious minds might think I cultivate friendships on the basis of access to coffee, but that is not the case. Nonetheless, it's great to be able to buy from friends and do the right thing, coffee-wise.

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One Thousand

Thursday, July 03, 2008
This is my 1000th post. It kind of snuck up on me, I have to confess, so I don't have a big speech planned or anything like that. (As if.) I do, however, want to take a moment to thank the patron saint of blogging, if there is such a being, for the many gifts that have come my way as a result of blogging:

- fabulous friendships that went offline a long time ago
- the freedom to experiment with new types of writing, which has led me down some exciting new paths as a writer
- the opportunity to forge new ground creatively, politically, and personally.

Thank you to anyone who has shared even a small piece of this blogging journey with me.

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Happy Canada Day

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Here is a link to a YouTube video montage of Canadian images set to Gordon Lightfoot's timeless Canadian Railroad Trilogy [ Note: This was originally embedded in the page but it seems to be having trouble loading -- no doubt due to high traffic on the video -- so I'm substituting a link. If you enjoyed this, you may want to subscribe to other Gordon Lightfoot tribute videos created by the same artist, jthomas.]

More about the Canadian Railroad Trilogy:
Wikipedia: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

| posted by Ann D @ 7:15 PM

I Can Stop Talking to Myself (At Least in Theory)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

There's nothing more annoying than a one-sided conversation. (Or at least that's the case if you're someone like me who likes to hear all kinds of perspectives on the issue of the day.) So you can imagine how pleased I am that it will now be possible for people to comment on my posts over at ParentCentral.ca. I no longer have to carry on a conversation with myself. Well, at least during my blogging time.

So click on through and let me know what you have to say about education (more specifically homeschooling and special needs) and play (old-fashioned play vs. modern play: whether our obsession with safety and educational value and all good things has taken a lot of the fun out of being a kid).

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Canadian Mom Laid Off From Restaurant Job After Shaving Head for Cops for Cancer Fundraiser

Thursday, June 05, 2008
You wouldn't think that shaving your head to raise money for a Cops for Cancer fundraiser could end up costing you your job, would you?

Neither did Owen Sound mom Stacy Fearnill.

But she now finds herself "laid off for a few months" -- presumably until her hair grows back.

Stacy's husband John has written this lovely post in support of Stacy, which also includes an update on the human rights advice the family has received to date.

It's unbelievable that such a good deed could end up going so terribly wrong.

Let's hope that this wrong ends up being righted soon.

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| posted by Ann D @ 10:38 AM

How Drivers Really Feel About Your Kids

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I think I started a war over at Yahoo! Canada.

The issue?

Cars vs. children.

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This Way to Bliss

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Well, Bliss Notes. Jen Lawrence has just launched this fabulous -- and free -- newsletter, Bliss Notes. Make sure you're on the list to receive it. Anything Jen does is quality, quality stuff. (Yes, I'm her friend, but I'm also her fan, so my conflict of interest gets canceled out. At least that's the way I see it.)

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Three Months of Blogging Silence from Me? Impossible!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Is it actually possible that I've gone almost three months without blogging?

A year or two ago, that would have been almost unthinkable. There were times when I was into an every day or every-other-day blogging groove.

But then I started blogging less and less frequently and spending more time doing other fun and creative things -- like experimenting with new types of writing, trying my hand at a motley assortment of crafts, and drinking in the world around me in a different way. Instead of rushing to my keyboard to blog life as it happened, I've been spending more time jotting down notes and thinking about how I want to work certain incidents and observations into writing projects down the road.

I feel like I'm at a crossroads again, but this time all the roads are leading to places I wouldn't mind being (as opposed to times when I've found myself at a crossroads in the past, when the choices seemed so high-stakes and so final: happiness vs unhappiness forevermore). Maybe this is what it feels like to be on the other side of a mid-life crisis -- calm, serene, and full of hope and anticipation. If that's where I am, then everything that came before was worth it because it brought me to where I am right now.

- Ann

Just in case I go undercover again (not in my plans, but you never know!), you can always catch up with me at Yahoo! Canada and The Toronto Star's ParentCentral.ca.

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Publicity: The Bear Facts

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I have finally discovered the secret to achieving massive fame in your own hometown.

I'm talking above-the-fold, front page coverage in the local newspaper, complete with color photo.

Put on a bear costume.

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| posted by Ann D @ 11:41 AM

Sisterfest and Semi-Formals

Monday, January 21, 2008

This past weekend was Sisterfest, my annual * get together with my three sisters. We decided to meet up in Cobourg, since its fairly central for all of us. We stayed in a lovely B & B that the sister with the luxury tastes had scouted out for us. Fortunately, she's on a budget this year, so the accommodations, while luxurious, were also extremely budget friendly. We indulged in some on-site spa treatments. I have very hands and feet today, thanks to an esthetician named Nay. I warned her that her lovely manicure will be destroyed within a matter of days, as a result of the abuse my fingers are subjected to on any given day. I think she had a sense of what she was dealing with when she had a hard time finding fingernails to manicure. Typing can be hell on the hands.

We walked downtown to enjoy dinner out at a local wine bar and grill that was recommended by our hosts. We passed the local high school and a cluster of teenagers, dolled up for semi-formal night. You would have thought it was a spring formal: no one wanted to ruin their outfits by wearing a coat.

On our way home, we spotted smashed beer bottles and a guy trash-talking his girlfriend in a phone booth: the stuff that reminds you that no one could pay you enough to go back to being a teenager again.


* We missed last year -- the first time we'd missed a year since we started this very important celebration of sisterhood about seven or eight years ago -- so we were more determined than ever to make Sisterfest happen this year.

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