Ellen's Oscar Selfie
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Selfies caught my attention more than usual this week—not just at the Oscars, but everywhere. So did Rob Ford, breast milk, swaddling babies, unplugging and head lice. 

With all of the hype about Ellen’s Oscar selfie, it was a relief to read the headline in this article from TechCrunch titled ‘Thoreau Warned Us About Ellen’s Oscar Selfie’. Finally, I’ve found someone thinking along the same path I am (thank you, Henry David Thoreau). Apparently after he learned about the electric telegraph in the 19th century, his comments were: ‘We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.’ Is there any reason why Ellen’s selfie was the most retweeted image in Twitter history? I’m not looking for anything extremely meaningful—just a reason to care. Why are all those people caring so much? Thoreau was right.

My obsession with the importance of selfies in our society led me to this alarming article about head lice. Indeed, the rise in selfies has led to an increase in the number of cases of head lice. And don’t be thinking that your friends are not the kind of people that get lice—I used to think that way about my children, but it happens. Now scroll back up to that celebrity selfie and just imagine…

When it comes to our mayor, the good people of Toronto certainly aren’t worried about lice—we have much bigger issues with him, to be sure. The Mayor was on late night television talking about how much he loves us, but I am tired of the debates about whether Jimmy Kimmel was too hard on him as a guest on his show. Jimmy did what no other person in Rob Ford’s life has done, ever. He bravely faced him in front of millions of people and suggested he get some help for his addictions. Only a friend does that. I agree with Jon Sufrin who wrote this article on saying: ‘Thank you, Jimmy Kimmel’. 

Rob Ford on Kimmel

In mom news, the latest headlines are telling us that swaddling babies is dangerous and the benefits of breastfeeding have been drastically over stated. It’s a confusing world we live in. Wait until those kids grow up and find out that they can’t take selfies anymore because they’ll contact lice.


All this crazy news, combined with the cold weather, is enough to make you want to shut down and go on vacation. Just get away and reflect (maybe read a little Thoreau?). That’s what I’m going to do next week for March Break and you should, too. Or at least try it for a day—March 7 is the National Day of Unplugging. I bet you never knew that was a day, but it’s meant to encourage families to put down their screens and reconnect with each other.

Have a great week!

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Olympic Onesies
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It’s another freezing cold week in Toronto, but things are warming up with the news of John Tory running for mayor, some Olympic post-mortems, beards, social media and the mother wars. That’s what caught my attention.

After recovering from the excitement of our gold medal hockey games and our third place overall finish, I enjoyed reading about what the athletes liked about their stay in Sochi and what they’re getting up to now.  Apparently the hot item at the Sochi Olympics that the athletes were buying up was the onesie. Really? According to the New York Times, the store in Sochi has sold 25-50 onsies a day at $250 a pop. It’s likely this trend will hit us and if so, I think I’ll leave it to the next generation. Just thinking about going to the bathroom in them stresses me out too much. 

In more news on what’s trending, it’s no secret that beards are in. So much so that apparently hipster beard transplants ‘are at least kind of a thing now’, according to an article in New York Magazine. To be clear, men are paying to have hair transplanted onto their faces. I was thinking that these guys might be interested in the Sochi onsies as the perfect recovery outfit after their transplant procedure. Don’t you think?

Speaking of recovering, I think we should all take some time to recover from our social media addiction and I have just the thing. It’s called the Social Media Guard and this is how it works. Keep your eyes up, you’ll be amazed at what the world can show you. I’m getting some for my teenage kids, and all their friends, and my mom…

In mom-related news, I found a beautifully written post by Dr Carolyn Ee, on her blog, The Healthy Doctor. It’s making the social media rounds this week as it addresses what is often referred to as the ‘mommy wars’ between stay-at-home-moms (SAHM) and working moms. The post takes the form of a letter to each party. The letters are written with respect and empathy, and I think they are more representative of how most moms really feel—despite the fact that the media is more interested in the ‘war’ between the two parties. It is definitely worth a read. 

A letter to a working mom

Finally, a sigh of relief that John Tory has finally registered his candidacy for Mayor of Toronto. I’ve had enough of our Late Night Mayor already.

Have a great week, stay warm.

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