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Making room

How do you make room in your life for new things to happen? Recently we invited our son and his wife to move in with us. They are saving to buy a home and were living in a mould-infested rental property. This adjustment has resulted in a huge making room event in our home. Having…

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The power of the collective

Do you work alone? As a writer and artist I spend most of my days creating in my home studio (otherwise known as my dining room, my sunroom and on nice days on my deck). Some days I facilitate or attend a seminar or lunch and learn, but for the most part it’s my pets…

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What draws you in?

I have a friend who is fascinated with lichen. She is an artist and is exploring lichen in her work. I love the beach. I love to walk on the beach. I love the feel of sand in my toes and the sound of the waves as I walk. What I love most about the…

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The One That Got Away

How do you deal with disappointment? Just the other day I got the news – that a proposal I had submitted was not accepted. It was a potential piece of work that made my heart sing when I heard about it. I knew it was a long shot, but found myself deeply disappointed not to…

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A change of scenery changes your perspective

Change of scenery

It’s amazing what a simple change of scenery can do. My last blog post was about finding unexpected beauty all around us. In this post I share my observations from a journey I took recently by train, and how it changed my perspective. We traveled from Truro to Montreal and back on an economy seat…

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Unexpected beauty

Unexpected beauty

Unexpected beauty can arrive in many forms. All we need to do is to take the time to notice and feel the joy of it. Unexpected beauty can come in the form of the perfect shade of violet in a flower, or a snapdragon growing from a crack in the foundation of your home, or…

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Summer balance

How do you balance making the most of summer – the warmth, the fullness of this glorious weather, enjoying the soporific heat – with making sure you get stuff done? I’ve spent this summer working on leaning into joy. I’ve been enjoying getting to know my new dog Nita, walking her, spending time with her….

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Inner voice, speak to me

Tuning into my voice of wisdom is not always easy. For the past several years I have been learning to listen to my heart, my inner voice. I’m not an expert, but am happy to share what I have learned along the way. Creating quiet Inner listening is partly about creating the sort of quiet…

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Does Creativity have a Season?

What is your most creative season? Mine is summer. I wrote both of my first two books in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Summer brings to mind sensations of warmth, less clothing, feeling unencumbered by extra layers. There is more time for beach walking, for planning fall teaching and speaking, and for impromptu gatherings…

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Burano, Italy 2019

May You Live in Interesting Times

What story are you telling through the work you do? What inspires you and gives purpose and meaning to your life? My vacation to Croatia, Venice and Florence in May of 2019 had me thinking about these questions and more. Croatia had amazing natural beauty. It also had sharp contrasts, being a country that was…

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She raised me up

The older I get, the more I appreciate my Mom and the women in my life who have raised me up and kept me afloat. We thought we were going to lose our Mom in December. My brother and I travelled to meet my sister to say goodbye and make plans. Apparently Mom had other…

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Ode to a friend I never met

This blog post is dedicated to a friend I never met. It is about the power of social media to help us find kindred spirits, living each day fully and with love and speaking and acting with principle and conviction. I first met Teva Harrison through hearing her interviewed by Shelagh Rogers on The Next…

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Inviting Play

Some days (well, maybe most days) I dislike the month of April in the Maritimes. There is more light and the birds are singing, but the weather – don’t get me started. Then there are days like today, when my cat and I can hang out on the deck in the sunshine, there is laundry…

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Wild Women

Patience, curiosity, encouragement, creativity and the ukulele

What learning to play the ukulele is teaching me about patience, curiosity, encouragement, community and creativity. I bought my husband a gift of a ukulele because he already has five guitars and I thought he might enjoy it. I attended the first jam with him, intending to just sing along (I love to sing) and…

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Planting an attitude that attracts growth and abundance

With all this talk of spring, and looking forward to green, and plants and warmer weather (at least in the Northern Hemisphere – my apologies to my contacts in the Southern Hemisphere), I’ve been thinking about what kind of attitude am I cultivating? What am I putting out there in terms of energy? How can…

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