I can’t tell you how many times I ‘ve heard that over the course of my life and I’m pretty sure you’ve probably heard it more than a few times, too. Laughing has never been a problem for me, I’m blessed with a pretty good sense of humour and it’s stood me in good stead over the years.
Being able to laugh, especially at myself, has helped me get through the ups and downs that are part and parcel of all of our lives and I’m grateful for that. But it was when my mother passed away that I learned that it’s okay to smile and even chuckle during the most solemn of occasions.
After my mother’s funeral, the Rabbi came to the shiva to lead the evening prayer. When he was done, not Continue reading →
Sunday was Mother’s Day. I’ve dreaded it ever since my mother passed in 2007. But this year was a bit different. I realized that the “official” Mother’s Day, the second Sunday in May, is just one of 365 days in every year when we can, and should, honour our mothers, thank them, appreciate them and love them.
Really, the only difference between Mother’s Day and any other day is, the florists and restaurants are super busy and Hallmark does a booming business.
I think of my mother every day. I miss her every day. I miss her belly laugh. The glint in her eye. Her sunny Continue reading →
Just looking at this photo has brought back all kinds of great memories. It was back in the 90’s — ’93 I’m thinking — and I was at an Ogilvy worldwide creative directors’ meeting. Jim, who’s in the shot with me, was the creative director in our LA office.
He and I had met a year or two earlier, in New York, at David Ogilvy’s 80th birthday bash. Which is a whole other story. We (Jim and I) got along like a house on fire and we became fast Continue reading →
Canadian Thanksgiving was this past weekend. And considering how, for the past two weeks, I’ve been talking about what I’m grateful for, I figured this was the perfect time to continue that particular conversation. And then I’ll give it a rest, I promise. Which you’ll be thankful for, I know.
Right off the top, I’m grateful for my sense of humour. There’s all kinds of shit going on just about every place you can find on a map — not to mention the crap we all put up with in our own lives — so being able to find Continue reading →