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    “It’s not the weight you carry but how you carry it – books, bricks, grief – it’s all in the way you embrace it, balance it, carry it when you cannot, and would not, put it down.” ~ Mary Oliver, Heavy I’m looking forward to this day when–finally!–I have time to play with my camera, […]

  • Photography
  • Opportunity Presents

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    Gerry and I got new iPads late last week. After limping along with our old ones that, for me, made reading certain blogs and news sites next to impossible, the updated technology was a joy. Lightening fast and with astounding clarity on images, I declared my new baby to be life changing. Life was good. […]

  • Writing Life
  • Seeking Sonder

    This afternoon, in a round-about way and with an acute case of writer’s block (perhaps more accurately termed writer’s avoidance as I was avoiding a topic that had called to me for much of the day), I stumbled upon The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows and I was delighted to enter in for a time. It is, […]

  • Life in General
  • Cloudy Day

    It’s cool here today–a contrast to the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been enjoying–and I’ve spent the afternoon indoors. I’ve been thinking about the women who attended the writing group I facilitated for a few years when we lived in Washington State and the stories we shared. Perhaps it’s time for me to start a similar […]

  • Writing Life
  • Anything

    This piece was originally published in the 2014 edition of True Words from Real Women, the annual anthology of life writing by the women of the Story Circle Network. It is early morning and the three of us sit side by side: mother, daughter, and granddaughter. We are perched on the edge of my daughter’s new-to-her sofa, […]

  • Reading
  • Stories

    Recently we spent a few days in our nation’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario, where we gathered to celebrate the life of my husbands oldest brother who left us suddenly and much too soon. Air travel can sometimes leave me frazzled and cranky as I deal with navigating through unfamiliar airports, crowds of people (not all of whom share the same […]