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Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee is a freelance writer who lives in Orangeville.

First Concert

Sep 16, 2017

The lights and lasers came on, igniting our optic nerves and setting our brains on fire.

I would sit on top of the stool while my mom combed my hair straight with whatever horse comb or brush was nearby. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

It’s All About the Hair

Jun 21, 2017

Not kidding. When I was young I got my haircuts when the horses’ manes and tails were getting clipped.

Hygge is the now very cool idea, or movement, of cozying down, at home, with family and friends. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

The Hygge Cure

Mar 20, 2017

How I imported the Danish love of hygge – doubling down inside with hot drinks, slow­ cooked food, knitted blankets and other cozy touches – into my life this winter.

No parents. No buzzers. Just kids and the tick-tick-tick of ball bearings, the pregnant pause before a rider drops in like a rollercoaster going over the apex – the point of no return. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Kid Culture Rules the Skatepark

Nov 22, 2016

How this mom learned to love watching her son skateboard.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Sep 16, 2016

We did a lot of nothing. We also did everything. Long days quickly added up to two short months.

My brother’s ashes will be buried this summer in a tiny, pastoral cemetery on the 7th Line of Mono. If you drive by it, you will see two Lee pillars supporting the gate. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Farewell to “Uncle Buck”

Jun 20, 2016

Pretty much everybody referred to Jeff as Uncle Buck

First Dance

Mar 21, 2016

I waited for a few minutes at the back, the smells and sounds so familiar, so similar to my own first dance. I can remember it clearly.

Farewells and New Beginnings

Nov 25, 2015

We were no longer home and the space sometimes felt like just that – a space.

What’s for Dinner?

Sep 11, 2015

I enjoy cooking, even short order. It’s a great pleasure for me and one I take pride in.

My next trip was to California and was my son Adrian’s first flight. He was about to turn three and his eyes twinkled as we read board books about “Airplanes” and “Airports” over and over. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

Up, Up and Away!

Jun 16, 2015

It’s been a smooth flight. I can’t wait to get there.

Slow down the car a little and have a good look the next time you are driving by the farmer’s field. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

The Birds and the Bees

Mar 23, 2015

Books and sex-ed at school don’t take the place of the parents’ role, or cover every situation.

A Week Without Screens

Nov 17, 2014

Over the week we got into some serious battles in the mornings, pushing the time envelope until everyone had to rush off to work and school.

“Blixen” is a greyhound cross, with giant paws and joints, all ribs and legs. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

A New Puppy

Sep 11, 2014

“I like her,” he said, pulling her out from under the deck where the pups were all in various positions and states of sleep in the dry summer dirt.

Scars of Honour

Jun 17, 2014

I am lucky to say that most of the scars on my body are tiny. Each one tells a story, though.

Packed and Ready To Go

Mar 23, 2014

A beach towel. A snorkel. Shorts. Flip-flops. Beach shoes. T-shirts. Underwear. A pair of pants for cold nights. Toothbrush and toothpaste. Sunscreen.

Photographic Memories

Nov 19, 2013

Snap, snap, snap – take a photo or two, or a few for the record. Then put the camera down and just be present.

Go, Braves, Go!

Sep 11, 2013

It was a summer that shone so brightly for me that I will never forget it, and neither will my son.

A Farm Kid’s Reward

Jun 17, 2013

Down we would go to the CNE, with horses, food, and family squeezed in tightly.

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