I Found my Southern Happy Place

I Found my Southern Happy Place

For the first two weeks in January, 2020 I visited a small town in Mexico, forty minutes from Guadalajara. Ajijic, located in Jalisco State, has a population of about 11,000 people.  It's estimated that an equal number of ex-pats from Canada and the U.S. live...

Stop Searching for Your Passion

Stop Searching for Your Passion

Terri Trespicio makes some excellent points about how intimidating life can be when we're pushed into 'choosing our passion'. Passion is not a plan, it's a feeling. It changes day by day - the fire that ignites is not static. Stop agonizing and live every day to the...

Old Words, New Zing?

Old Words, New Zing?

English words we should bring back...found on http://bit.ly/2MGEzTO Like baby names, words go in and out of style. Overall, languages today — particularly English — are getting simpler and simpler. Words frequently fall out of common usage, either because they...

Why Kenora Cooks

Why Kenora Cooks

Chapter 8 of my novel Kenora Reinvented begins with:  When my mother died, I ate. When Ravi kicked me to the matrimonial curb, I ate. When I had to quit the job I'd hated for decades and bills threatened to snow me...

Finding Calm & Creativity in Chaos

Finding Calm & Creativity in Chaos

Don't you just love this? David Allen is the creator/author of Getting Things Done - Five Steps that Apply Order to Chaos. Well, if things in the world and in our lives aren't chaotic, I don't know how else to characterize them! Scroll down and there's a video of...

Me: Published Author

Me: Published Author

Well, the grand unboxing was this morning. I am beyond thrilled!!! The colours came out fairly well and the cover has that sensuous matte texture that makes holding the book feel lovely. I gave up on waiting for traditional publishers to show an interest in my book....

Reflections on What We Remember

If he had lived, my Dad would have turned 99 today or perhaps 100. We’re not sure which. He was born in Cuba back in the days when babies were dropped in the fields or maybe at home in a narrow string bed. Records were kept in the head of the oldest woman in the...

Elizabeth Gilbert – On Success & Fear of Failure

Elizabeth Gilbert – On Success & Fear of Failure

Elizabeth Gilbert is probably best known for the autobiographical book/movie Eat, Pray, Love. In my opinion, that was not her best work. Commercially successful, yes, but neither literary nor inspirational. People ask if she's afraid she'll never be able to...

Finding Your Authentic Voice

Finding Your Authentic Voice

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical...

The Labyrinth at Knox

The Labyrinth at Knox

Labyrinth Prayer: based on Ecclesiastes 3. My Calgary writer-friend Diana and I meet every year when I travel west to celebrate my Aunty's birthday. In 2018, Aunt Germaine turned 90, which is an amazing milestone. Diana and I took some time on a glorious sunny day to...