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We have a winner! Thank you everyone! Transparency alert: the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (it’s brand new in Westboro!) is giving each of my kids the chance to try one of their classes, gratis. My thoughts, as always, remain my own.  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the Bluesfest School of Music and […]

A delicious and delightful giveaway from the National Arts Centre.

Awhile back I had a conversation with a young woman about her habit of downloading music without paying for it. She really didn’t think it was a big deal, after all, record companies make ZILLIONS of dollars right? Hmm. Okaaaay. Maybe they’re the richest folks on the planet, but what about the writer of the […]

04 Apr, 2013

Facing the music

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

I have a post up at the MediaSmarts blog writing about kids and music this week. Sex, coarse language, gender stereotyping – it’s a fast-changing world we live in and I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic. I offered a few of my own tips but I’m sure you Fishies have a few of your own to add.

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Operation Trim is not about major weight loss and does not involve me signing up for a gym membership. It’s my own personal challenge to trim down in the easiest way possible. The plan is to work with what I’ve got, and what I’ve got includes a pair of legs that are in good working […]


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