Susan on the Soapbox: Happy Easter!

We will have plenty of time in the coming weeks to talk about the miserable state of the world (it’s getting pretty scary out there, isn’t it?) but today I want to talk about my favourite celebration, Easter. Hot cross buns, painted eggs, bunnies; what’s not to love? Beyond the obvious symbols of Easter, there’s ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Why I Marched in the Women’s March on Washington

On Saturday morning Ms Soapbox boarded the Red Arrow bus from Calgary to Edmonton to join her friends supporting the Women’s March on Washington. My journey was considerably shorter than the one taken by Edmontonian Michelle Brewer who joined the horde of Canadians traveling to ground zero—Washington, DC. But it’s the message, not the miles, ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Double Dose of Christmas

This Christmas was unusual…even for the Soapbox family. Missy* our eldest daughter is a nurse working in Victoria.  She was scheduled to work over Christmas which meant that for the first time ever the Soapbox family was not going to be together on Christmas Day. No problem we said, we’ll reschedule Christmas. So, on Dec ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Stampede!

“Sometimes you need a little break”—Ms Soapbox’s Mom The fun started when Ms Soapbox’s sister Roz and her husband Jay came to town. They flew in from Vancouver where it rains 168 days a year–to spend a week in Calgary enjoying the rain, thunder, lightning, more thunder and rain. Ms Soapbox and Roz risked a ...

Scripturient: World Poetry Day

Today, March 21, is World Poetry Day. Do you care? Not that I’m cynical about poetry – I think it’s important stuff. Poetry is far more important than, say, hockey. The Kardashians. The Oscars. The budget. The latest iPhone or iPad. A cute puppy or kitten video on Facebook. The latest anti-science fad. Or fad diet. It’s ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Art of Conversation

The Soapbox family had Christmas dinner at a friend’s house this year. The guests included a former federal cabinet minister, an HR executive, two city planners, a philanthropist, a lawyer, an engineer, an animal lover and a legal assistant. They ranged in age from 28 to 70 something. The conversation was lively; touching on Harper ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Rules-of-the-Universe-Do-Not-Apply Christmas List

The politicians on a break and so are we… Ms Soapbox is curled up in front of the fire playing with her Christmas List. Like most of us she has pretty much everything her little heart desires—a comfy home, loving family, semi-loving dog (Ms Soapbox ranks 3rd in Ziggy’s affections behind Missy and Mr Soapbox), ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Soapbox Family’s Christmas Tree

Ms Soapbox spent Boxing Day reading, playing Battleship and wondering what to do about the Christmas tree. The Soapbox family has a fake tree. Every couple of years Ms Soapbox yearns for a real one. Ms Soapbox has had an uneasy relationship with Christmas trees ever since she was a child and a scrawny pine ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Turkey Day at the Soapbox House

“There’s no such thing as too much turkey”.— Mr Soapbox Mr Soapbox is a peculiar man. He’s a wonderful cook who rises to any occasion but when it come to Thanksgiving (or Christmas for that matter) he believes that it’s unnatural to allow the celebration to pass without roasting a massive flightless bird in his ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Honour and Dishonour on the National Day of Honour

On May 9, 2014, amidst the pomp and circumstance of marching bands, dignitaries and aircraft buzzing overhead, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the crowds gathered on Parliament Hill that the names of the 158 soldiers killed in Afghanistan would be engraved “on the hearts of all Canadians who cherish freedom, justice and human dignity. These ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Susan on the Soapbox Wins a Clawbie!

As some of you may know, Susan on the Soapbox was nominated for a Clawbie (the Canadian Law Blog Awards) by ABlawg, an excellent law blog produced by my alma mater, the University of Calgary law school. This morning while I was cleaning out the basement, I learned that the Soapbox had won a Clawbie ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Traditional Christmas Blog

The Soapbox family, like your family, does not live in a Norman Rockwell painting. Our Christmas traditions run the gamut from Dolly Parton Christmas carols (don’t ask) to an amazing Christmas dinner prepared to perfection by his nibs, Mr Soapbox. We thought we had all our traditions down pat…and then we discovered Stuart McLean’s Vinyl ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Celebrating a Bestseller in the Best Way

Here’s what my children did yesterday. First a creation by H landed on my desk. Pen holder by H, click to enlarge The congratulations section swivels to reveal To and From, click to enlarge Then M cleaned the kitchen counter and stove top within an inch of its life, upon which she retired to her ...