Thursday, November 16, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Party All The Time
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Hitting the Motherlode
Anyway, in case you haven't heard, there this thing called the Motherlode going on right now... it's a whole conference that is exclusively devoted to the subject of motherhood. It's hosted by York University's Association for Research on Mothering, and it's going to be great. Academics, artists, writers and all sort of creative and intelligent persons are gathering together to discuss all aspects of the amazing, frustrating, joyous, life-changing, world-changing thing that we mothers do. They're going to be talking history, politics, art, environment, culture, health, policy, academe - everything in the whole wide world, and how it relates to motherhood.
Actually, I should say we - we're going to be discussing those things. I'll be there: on Friday afternoon I'm presenting a paper, entitled "The Public Mother," on motherhood and citizenship, and what it means, or might mean, to mother publicly. It's an extension of my academic work in political philosophy, but I promise - if you are at all interested in coming to hear it - that I won't be too political scientist-y or philosopher-y about it: I'll be talking about mom-lit and mom-blogging and representations of moms in film as much as I will about Aristotle and Rousseau.
And it won't just be me there, either: Ann Douglas, who you probably know as the author of the fantastic 'Mother Of All (Pregnancy) (Toddler) (Etc) Books' series will be speaking, and some fantabulous local and local-ish bloggers and mother-writer types - Jen of MUBAR, Andrea of Beanie Baby, Dani of Postcards from the Mothership and Marla of Hello Josephine, to name a few - will be there as well. And too many other amazing and inspiring women to mention. (Oh, okay, just one more: my friends Devra and Aviva from Parentopia! Oh, and Andrea Buchanan of MotherShock and Literary Mama! And, and... I'll stop now).
If you're in Toronto, there are day passes and session passes and event passes to the conference, so it's worth having a look: you can find details HERE (I'm Session D3, if you're interested. 5 - 7pm. Very inconveniently opposite Ann and Jen, et. al., who I wanted to hear.) At the least, you might loiter around Courtyard Marriott downtown and soak up all of the mother-love (and maybe do a little blogger spotting!) before hitting H&M in the Eaton Centre.
If you do, be sure to say hi!
Sunday, October 15, 2006
The Play's The Thing
Catherine and I recently attended the launch of the Stratford Festival’s 2007 season—I’m pleased to report, it looks fabulous.
Artistic Director Richard Monette announced the new season themed ‘The Outsider’. The season marks the end Monette’s fourteen-season tenure as Artistic Director. Monette said, “Artists by definition are outsiders in society and this is my tribute to all artists. Characters such as Lennie Small, Shylock, Othello and Atticus Finch are all struggling either to be accepted by society or to change it”.
A tribute it will be—highlights of the playbill include: King Lear (yay!) featuring and directed by Brian Bedford; The Merchant of Venice featuring Graham Greene as Shylock in his Stratford debut; Of Mice and Men, also featuring Graham Greene; To Kill a Mockingbird; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!; The Odyssey, directed by Peter Hinton; Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, directed by Monette himself.
Other plays include: My One and Only; The Comedy of Errors; Othello; A Delicate Balance; Shakespeare’s Will; The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; and Pentecost, a Canadian premiere.
Great playbill isn’t it! It will be hard to choose—I hope I can see more than one. I’ll definitely see King Lear, arguably Shakespeare's greatest play. I saw the 2002 production starring Christopher Plummer, who was a spellbinding Lear. His performance will be a tough act to follow.
After the announcement, we had the opportunity to meet the actors who had made the trip to Toronto, some having to be back in Stratford in time for matinees:
We chatted with Cynthia Dale about balancing her performances with motherhood and took pictures of her trying to eat breakfast. She was a good sport:
And here's the coolest thing - we met someone from Stratford’s PR who talked to us about their aim to make the festival a destination for families. Some of the musicals have a lot of appeal for the smaller set—what a wonderful alternative to your typical kiddie fare. Stratford also plans to have programs available for kids whose parents would prefer to see the adult plays. They are going to keep us informed about what they’re offering, and we hope to organize a field trip in the spring. Stay tuned for details!
So... who out there'd be interested in a field trip?
Check back for our re-launch towards the end of the month. A bunch of really cool TO mommy-bloggers are going to be posting regularly on a variety of topics - it's going to be a fun round-robin kind of community blog. And if you have any ideas for posts (or activities or whatever) yourself, drop a line or a comment and join the party...
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
We're taking this blog DOT COM and making it a community blog, with contributions by fabulous Toronto mom bloggers. (Got ideas for posts? E-mail HBM.)
And, of course, there'll still be activities and fun and games that everyone can get involved in - parks, spas, general debauchery - so do check back in about two weeks. It'll be a whole new blog, but same old fun.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Rockin' the Park
Hangin' out in the park. Thursday (tomorrow!), August 31st, 3 - 6ish, Dufferin Grove Park (just south of Bloor on Dufferin). We'll meet at the playground shelter, which is on the north edge of the playground, which is itself in the southeast corner of the park. It's a great park for kids of all ages, and Thursdays are Farmers' Market days, so bring change for a snack or for dinner fixin's.
There won't be a fake waterfall behind us, but you get the picture. Look for the blonde with the goofy smile and the Alpha Baby with a good hat.
You can also check out the photos here for mommyblogger identification purposes.
Please come! We'd love to meet you!
If you can't make it tomorrow, we're also hooking up next Tuesday at Withrow Park, same time. If you join us, you just might witness a live Alpha Baby smackdown...
You know you waaaaant it.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Saturday Night's All Right
Liquor and lacquer. Nice...
There were pretty shoes...
... and bra-flashing and tattoo-baring...
... and a tiny little dog called Bailey (official coo-able stand-in for the babies abandoned by their wanton mothers)...
It was (wait for it) GOOD TIMES. And we'll be doing it again real soon.
You're comin' next time, right? RIGHT?
Then go tell Bubandpie to post a photo of her fantabulous fingernails, and go commend UrbanMommy on her superlative spa-wrangling skills. And check out the brand new blog of Mamalooper (sucked her in! woo hoo!).
Then go check out 10Spot. They were awesome.
Then make a vow to yourself to join us next time.
Got that? Good.
Just as soon as WonderBaby's - who, in the last 24 hours, has sprouted four more teeth and developed a passion for running - batteries run down.
In the meantime, I leave you with Reason #63 why you wish you'd been there...
Ah, the man-rug. You know you love the man-rug.