Then travel restrictions brought him back home

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We have comfortably passed the marker now — one full year in which my husband has not boarded a plane and travelled somewhere else and slept in a hotel bed, for an average of 10 nights each month. One full year in which our whole family has actually fully lived together. Like, all of the time, for the first time. Ever.

This is my twenty-first year with my husband, seventeen of which we’ve been married, but the longest stretch we’ve ever been in one place together is about three months — and that’s only happened a handful of times. Earlier…


Writer, decade-long podcast producer, story geek, mom, gardener

Photo for About Me by Samantha Hodder. She’s sitting in a room with the sun hitting her face. She looks happy.
Photo for About Me by Samantha Hodder. She’s sitting in a room with the sun hitting her face. She looks happy.
Photo supplied by Author….credit Colin Salter

I’m the daughter of a plumber, my family roots are from rural Northern Ontario, born in Toronto, and now live here and raise my three kids with my husband. I love winter and I’m outside whenever I can be. This past winter I enjoyed skating on a frozen pond in the park near me. In the summer, I crave a tent, remote wilderness, granite table rock with some great lake swimming.


Don’t make the same mistakes I did

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Here’s the advice that I wish someone had given me, many years ago: When you’re out there creating and innovating, be careful not to push that unknowable boundary too far. In other words: Create and dream, but stay within reach of the shore.

I know, I know. You don’t want to hear this. Maybe someone has even said this to you but you ignored it, or just didn’t hear it. I know people said this to me back when, and yes, I ignored them too. Why? …


Yes, and no….and here’s something that can help with that

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There’s a feeling I used to get when I walked by the kindergarten classroom playing outside, at our local public school. The outdoor space, where all three of my children once played. It sits on a corner lot, up a short incline from the sidewalk which puts you at eye-level with these kids as you walk by. Starting last September, just after the kids returned to school, I would dare myself to walk by here every day.

When I started this small experiment last September, my body felt alarm on every level: my knees wanted to buckle, my stomach wanted…


AUDIO LOVE

A short but meaningful conversation

tail fluke of a humpback whale with mountains and snow in the back. Photo by Derek Oyen for Unsplash
tail fluke of a humpback whale with mountains and snow in the back. Photo by Derek Oyen for Unsplash
Photo by Derek Oyen on Unsplash

When you go to the frozen bottom of the Earth, you feel like you’ve arrived when you finally greet a pod of Humpback Whales. A creature of marvel, whose migration patterns span the globe, catching sight of one is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Their massive bodies can grow up to 60 feet long, and weigh an average of 40 tonnes…so picture a school bus, and yet they are agile and graceful. If you catch them while feeding and relaxing on an inland waterway, you will see them dance, breach, wave, and fluke and head out for family fishing…


Create a Kicker to curate your own work. It’s been hard to navigate this new, and changing world of Medium…curation-woes, beloved disappearing publications, author-incentives… My curation rate is decent, but…


Audio Love

Or, how to speak to a penguin

Two penguins, beak to beak, in Antarctica…photo by Dr. Beth Christie
Two penguins, beak to beak, in Antarctica…photo by Dr. Beth Christie
Image by Dr. Beth Christie

When my son was a toddler, the first Cars movie came out. I love this movie, that Cheryl Crow song, Owen Wilson’s character, Doc Hudson, Mater…at this point I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen it. But my favourite part about it was the reaction my son had:

“I knew it! I knew cars could talk!”

For him, there was no disruption between the non-reality of the screen, and the ongoing conversation in his imagination. Lying sideways on the floor, head on elbow, training the cars in circles with his other arm while an elaborate story played out…


Audio Love

From Colombia to Antarctica

Image supplied by Paola Tello Guerrero — holding some letters to the penguins.

Penguins are flightless birds that can swim as fast as any fish. They walk on the shore, yet they don’t have knees. There are 18 species of penguins that live below the Equator, and only one that lives just north of the Equator, the Galápagos Penguin, now Endangered, on the sunny shores of Isabela Island.

Most of the penguin breeds live in the Southern Hemisphere, but not all live in Antarctica — there are six species that around the Southern tip of New Zealand and on some islands surrounding Australia. …


That was for the “Before Times”

Cookie the Pom reading her work emails with her glasses on. Work from home with dogs
Cookie the Pom reading her work emails with her glasses on. Work from home with dogs
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Once again this year, the official Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day was observed— this time virtually, of course. I’m willing to say that at this point of our year, most of us could all use a little bit less of the home-work-life. Because, if your house is like mine, we have been living the TODaSTWD basically every day, for over a year. We walk into each other’s Zoom calls or leave embarrassing laundry bits in the background. …

Samantha Hodder

Audio Producer, Writer | Host of This is Our Time podcast | Insta: @ThisIsOurTimePodcast | ESCAPE Your STORY | Start here ~ bit.ly/15Bworksheet

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