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deal yourself a new hand

    One night I found myself in tears wishing I were somewhere other than where I was. The next morning I dragged my spirit out of a ditch and told myself to get on with it. I wrote the poem below as part of that process. Don’t like the cards you’ve been dealt? Deal yourself a […]

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the shape of things to come

      A poem about life’s potential and living it.

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for the sake of childish games

    I spent a month un-publishing hundreds of blog posts, videos, images, and poems born from my core. Why? Because a few people who wield a little power fear slivers of the truth I write.

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15 pics of a snowy spring morning

  Just when you think it’s going to be spring – oops! It’s winter again. When you wake up to a morning full of snow, it’s great to strap on your “shoes” and take advantage of the beauty. That’s what my friend Sue and I did on this mid-March day.  

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20 pics of my glass and crystal Christmas tree

  My love of Christmas and Christmas tree decorations is decades old. For about 10 years from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, I sewed my own soft decorations and mailed them in Christmas cards to friends and family. There were stars and snowmen, candy canes and canaries. At some point I stopped making decorations for everybody else […]

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40 stunning photographs of fall colours in eastern Canada

  Every season has its own beauty. But autumn in eastern Canada is often SO breathtaking it’s easy to forget that spring, summer and winter even exist! Mother Nature outdid herself in 2014 with a cornucopia of brilliant colour. It’s virtually impossible to capture how remarkable the countryside is, even with the best camera and […]

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once upon a bad hair day at the vatican

  Colin Lively, one of my crazy online friends  shared this story on FB: A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded: “Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy […]

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7 leap before you look lessons from Mandarin ducklings

  Hatching a new venture? Or reinventing yourself? In my experience, there are lessons to be learned everywhere all the time – especially in nature and the animal kingdom. The video below of the ducklings came to me randomly from the captain of my ladies golf league. It was too good not to share 🙂 […]

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Come Winter

Spring, summer, and fall come and go: birth, life and surrender like preludes to your eternity, colourful crazy quilts to your thick white blankets, seasonal experiments before you settle in. Firewood stacked three cords deep awaits your arrival. Like the seasons before you, it will go up in smoke leaving feather-like ash to mark its […]

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Catherine never complained

My cousin Catherine was born with a heart defect. She began having (then-experimental) surgeries to correct it at the age of two. She had many such surgeries and spent countless days, weeks, sometimes even months in hospital. The number of times she might have died are too numerous to mention. She never complained. She amazed […]

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