my life as a sketchbook

I have hidden in a sketchbook and a journal all my life. Time to open the books, reframe the story & time. Copyright Cinders McLeod. All rights reserved

At this stage in my life, I was just beginning to taste the stress of caring for children, home, husband and bringing in a wage. And so it was for 21 years. Except for the husband bit. That only lasted 14 years. I loved the work but it was hard work and I didn’t get the opportunity to do anything as well as I could have, given more support. My biggest regret isn’t my compromised career, but lost time with my children. The 21 years has only strengthened my belief that women’s work is undervalued, in money and worth, and as long as that is the case, woman, man and children-kind will pay for it.

The politics of fashion: mini-skirts in prosperous times, shoulder pads to cover up the chips on our shoulders in hard times

in pre-dogpoo-bags days, i got tired of stepping in it. shame there aren’t politician-poo bags

It is a thought…that one new year, a government may say – you’re not allowed in. On second thought, that’s not a new thought

When my son Diarmid was  four, I took him to The Scottish National Party annual conference in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, where we lived. After, in the tea room, Salmond sat down at our table, and chatted with Diarmid. The cameras loved it. I loved it. A short time later when I was delivering a cartoon in the Herald Lobby, lo – Mr Salmond. We talked, I was awed, I came home and (half) self-mockingly drew this cartoon

Broomie Law is an anti-bullying cartoon. Any good political cartoon is an anti-bullying cartoon.

Broomie Law is an anti-bullying cartoon. Any good political cartoon is an anti-bullying cartoon.

   
For the last couple of years, I’ve been drawing a cartoon to accompany the Globe and Mail’s Nine to Five column. Nine to Five is the Anne Launders of the business world. Workers write in their woes, and experts advise. I love drawing this cartoon for I recognize, and empathize, with most of their injustices. Some, I’ve experienced, and in the face of indifference. My Nine to Five drawings are my way of fighting back, of not being a victim or a bystander.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been drawing a cartoon to accompany the Globe and Mail’s Nine to Five column. Nine to Five is the Anne Launders of the business world. Workers write in their woes, and experts advise. I love drawing this cartoon for I recognize, and empathize, with most of their injustices. Some, I’ve experienced, and in the face of indifference. My Nine to Five drawings are my way of fighting back, of not being a victim or a bystander.

Like Shane, writing  was my way to escape my real life, and cope with cruelty and indifference too.

My cartoons developed out of these needs, and also the need to expose the cruelty and indifference in the world.

Like Shane, writing  was my way to escape my real life, and cope with cruelty and indifference too.

My cartoons developed out of these needs, and also the need to expose the cruelty and indifference in the world.

Bullying will usually stop within 10 seconds if someone steps in to help the victim

from TO THIS DAY, anti-bullying poem by Shane Koyczan, in Annick Press’s new publication

85% of bullying happens when other kids are watching

from TO THIS DAY, anti-bullying poem by Shane Koyczan, in Annick Press new publication