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Bethany Lee

Bethany Lee is a freelance writer who lives in Orangeville.

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.

Shining a Light on Mental Health

Mar 31, 2013

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research says that one in five Canadians will experience a form of mental illness at some point.

Headwaters Nest - The Kids Table. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong.

The Kids’ Table

Nov 16, 2012

For a while, we renamed it “The Employed Table,” but the retirees didn’t think that was very funny.

The Slowest Runaway

Sep 13, 2012

“Don’t tell Dad! Don’t tell Bethany! Stop telling everybody in this world!”

Fridge Friends

Jun 19, 2012

I like the idea of being adopted into another family’s fridge Bill of Rights, of being accepted on this most basic level. It says, “What’s mine is yours” and “I trust you not to judge me.”

Mother and Son

Cry it out

Mar 21, 2012

We perfect our children’s histories through scrapbooks we can show our friends.

Headwaters Nest, The Winter Storm. Illustration by Shelagh Armstrong

Powering Down

Nov 21, 2011

Blankets are shared and campfire conviviality fills the room. Winter campout is on – indoors!

Sharing work across generations

Sep 9, 2011

From my position, lying in the back seat of the car, it always seemed to take forever to get to my grandparents’ house just off Victoria Park Avenue in Toronto. I’d know we were close when my mom told me we were passing the airport, and then very close when the green sound barrier fences…

The Joy of Shortcuts

The Joy of Shortcuts

Jun 16, 2011

The shortcuts that really interest me are the informal ones that develop naturally through use over time.

Let spring awaken your senses

Mar 23, 2011

As I walked the pathways that had been inaccessible through the winter months, the sounds and smells greeted me like old friends.

Local Heroes 2010

Nov 24, 2010

Our third annual salute to the people who make our community, and our world, a better place to live. By Jeff Rollings, Photographs by Pete Paterson In the following pages, we are pleased once again to introduce you to some of the extraordinary people who live among us. They are people who demonstrate the very…

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