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A Year Ago

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Do you remember who you were a year ago? I was frustrated. Impatient. I felt like I could see all of my dreams like puzzle pieces, but like a dream, I couldn't get any of the pieces to fit together. Deep in my gut, I knew how fully I loved, [...]


6:42 pm|Comments Off on Acceptance

As I’m building my journal therapy practice, a big part of this work has been articulating how I came into reflective writing. With the help of my new marketing goddess, something has really struck me; my whole life has been about creating a safe container for story:My personal story, the [...]


12:38 pm|Comments Off on Depression

People keep asking me if I’m okay. It’s a yes and no answer because ultimately, I know I will emerge intact, and I can literally feel my resilience at work, but holy mother this is a painful period of my life. And I’m so very tired all the time. I [...]


2:35 pm|Comments Off on Bargaining

It’s the full moon. The first of two in the month of October. My friend Jenny Arndt tells me that this moon is in Aries and I know that means it’s the moon of my inner warrior. I always give things to the full moon. Things that no longer serve [...]


12:47 pm|Comments Off on Anger

There are days when all the walking in the woods doesn’t clear me of the desire to scream at the top of my lungs. I was in an open, polyamorous triad in which we were raising three children when I lived in Toronto and I was never subjected to the kind [...]


10:19 am|Comments Off on Denial

I’m not convinced it was supposed to go down like this. When we met, I felt like I was pulled into his orbit by a force that was bigger than both of us. I had to find out what that feeling was all about. This was back before I learned [...]

My Name, In Lights

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I shouldn’t have agreed to go.To the couples’ therapy session we’d waited a month for, I mean. A month that felt like years. A month I couldn’t make it through because I was so exhausted of trying to bridge the gaping chasm that grew so wide between us.But I agreed, [...]

Pandemic Fall

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This is exactly how a Sunday morning should feel; I’m sitting in bed in the warm glow of the bedside lamp, and the rain is pattering outside. The screen of my laptop is reflecting the Gingko tree in the backyard, and she feels like she’s watching over me. My little [...]

Another Post About Heartache

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You may be inclined to think this is a cry for help. It’s not. I wrote it so you know you’re not alone in this madness.How’s your pandemic going?Mine’s a disaster.In the good old days (February), I was living in a one-bedroom apartment with two cats, my partner, and my [...]

The Crow Herald

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It’s been just over a week since I asked him to leave. At the new moon last Tuesday, I committed to transparency. To look at the last year, our year, and identify patterns. To search for the lessons in old journal entries, poems, blog posts and to uncover the truth [...]

What’s This Day?

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I woke up sandwiched between my seven-year-old and the cold wall of his bedroom. We’d slept cramped in his twin bed the night before. He couldn’t get close enough. He hasn’t been able to get close enough to me since we’ve found our way into this pandemic. At first I [...]

Pandemic Pink Moon

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Noah in the hollow of a willow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery We’ve been living in the COVID-19 pandemic for four weeks now. It’s our first full moon, and the pink supermoon at that. The overcast skies may prevent me from seeing the moon in all her glory, but I’ll light [...]


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  1. Trevor Easton
    June 10, 2013 / 10:12 pm

    Like your new title. The blog has been a saviour to me in times of poverty, depression etc.
    Love you, in a platonic fashion of course.

  2. Kevin
    June 15, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    This is an excellent re-design. The site is well laid out, looks beautiful and is bursting with creativity and great ideas. I look forward to continuing to follow it!

  3. Laura
    June 17, 2013 / 10:25 am

    Loving the new site. Do you mind me asking what template it is? It’s wordpress right?

    • Mama C
      June 17, 2013 / 5:55 pm

      Hiya. It is WordPress, and it’s the Avada theme. Thanks!

  4. June 29, 2013 / 6:15 am

    Hello, I log on to your blog daily. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep doing what you’re doing!

  5. Sam & Carol
    November 1, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Hi Cat

    Absolutely LOVED the show. Carol and I want to thank you and Nekky for a wonderful time, we are both sorry that we did not hear about the shows earlier, we would have attended most of them. You are an amazing performer and a credit to your profession. This city needs you as a spokesperson for the many women that you gave an uplift to at the show, they were mesmerized when you spoke. They could not get enough of you. You are a true leader. All the best Sam & Carol.

  6. Jacilynn Ferris
    April 30, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    The 2 loves of my life and I are about to embark on a new adventure, raising our families under one roof. I’m so excited but also prepared for the many challenges we will face. Any advise on breaking the news to our 5 children? We will be having that convo soon and are all a little nervous. Thank you in advance, you are my hero XOXOXO

    • Catherine Skinner
      August 27, 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Holy Gods, I’m so sorry!

      I’ve been having some technical issues with the comments on this site, and I’m JUST FINDING THIS NOW!! Please forgive me for not replying sooner. I hope everything is moving along beautifully with your kids. To make it up to you, I’ll answer this in a video post next week, and hopefully we can help lots of other families like ours.