Lessons From the Chick That Flew Coop

Lessons From the Chick That Flew Coop

I am thrilled to have Princess guest posting on my blog today. She has written from Koh Samui, Thailand. This letter is a keeper.   Dear Mom, Dad (AKA The Consultant) and Buddy, Thank you. Without all of your travel stories, shared experiences and encouragement I would have never been inspired to take this journey. … Continue reading

How Will You Find Your People?

How Will You Find Your People?

Who are your people? They might be the family members you grew up with, they might be old school friends or you might find them walking amongst your coworkers. But often, you need to look beyond your obvious circle. With a little extra time and effort, you find them. When you do, you know it. … Continue reading

Where I’m From

Where I’m From

I have always believed that in order to know where you’re headed, you need to know where you’ve been. I was inspired to write my “Where I’m From” piece by Lisa Hall-Wilson. It’s from a fun and easy to follow template shared by Sharla Lovelace. I have linked their posts for your enjoyment.  You can find … Continue reading

Sisters by Choice

Sisters by Choice

I belong to a special little group called The Heart Writers, my honorary sisters. We are connected through journal writing and the belief that writing has power – the transformative power of clarity, direction and connection to self. It’s that same power that brought us together in June of 2011. In our individual homes we … Continue reading

Mom’s Love

Mom’s Love

My mother’s love Is aron-knit   Steady row connects Even rows Intricate pattern rests Compassion on my shoulders   Wrapped in wool Gentle rock Way forward Then back to protection   Tucked over lap Cocoon keeps Chills at bay Secure insulation   Or waiting Over chair back Patiently For the right time   Reach up … Continue reading

Distracted By Beauty

Distracted By Beauty

My cousin raised her family just outside of Sidney by the Sea, on Vancouver Island. I fly out to visit when she and her husband move into their newly built home in a coastal setting I’d die for. The stunning view from her kitchen window is of Saanich Inlet and the Olympic Mountains. The moment … Continue reading

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 2

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 2

Two years ago, I met a writer and poet named Louise Mathewson at a journal writing retreat where I shared my writing dream. After the retreat, I arrived home to an email from her with advice that read something like, “I keep a sticky note on my computer that says, ‘Writing is my Job.’ It … Continue reading

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 1

What Do You Do All Day? – Part 1

I am in a unique situation. The Consultant goes to work every morning, seven days a week, at 7:00 a.m. and returns home somewhere between 5:30 and 7:00 each evening. I have no formal job and find myself in unfamiliar surroundings with a full day ahead of me to use as I wish. People who … Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Message to Buddy and Princess

A Thanksgiving Message to Buddy and Princess

It’s looking like our family won’t be together for Thanksgiving this year. Buddy is off to visit a friend in Montreal, Princess is starting her mini-life down under and The Consultant and I are taking advantage of the last fall weather to squeeze in a few more work hours here in Slave Lake. So, I … Continue reading

Strong Women Leave No One Behind

Strong Women Leave No One Behind

I casually mentioned the Open Letter Challenge, organized by Josh Irby, to my dear friend and writing pal, Janine, not expecting her to jump at the idea. Inspired by her excitement for the project, I decided I’d better get to work on my own letter. The following is my response to An Open Letter to You … Continue reading