Summertime…

Posted Jun 22 2018 in , , , , , ,

With temperatures topping 30 Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Rideau Valley this week, it’s indeed summertime in my small town. From the fishing spot off the town dock, to the outdoor swimming pool, and lines at local ice cream shops, everyone is savouring seasonal joys. I’m writing this blog post on my porch (to […]

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My writing life

Posted Mar 30 2018 in , , , , ,

I don’t often blog about writing, but in the past few months I’ve been thinking about what and why I write. Whilst these experiences are mine, I suspect that published or not, other writers will recognize bits of themselves in me. And if you’re a reader, I hope this post gives you some “inside insight” […]

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Love is…a few of my favourite things

Posted Feb 16 2018 in , , , , , , ,

Since February is the month of love, it’s a chance to celebrate a few of my favourite things and remind myself to be grateful for blessings big and small.  1. My family Tech Guy buys me chocolate “just because.” And when I’m on deadline, English Rose makes sure I remember to eat. In these and so […]

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Meet me at the diner: Kate Field author of “The Magic of Ramblings”

Posted Apr 21 2017 in , , , , , ,

In the second of this occasional series on my blog, I’m chatting with my friend Kate Field whose first book, The Magic of Ramblings, was published in September 2016 by Accent Press. Like me, Kate is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK. She lives with her husband and daughter in […]

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Making a joyful noise

Posted Feb 24 2017 in , , , ,

As some of you know, I joined a choir last year. Every Thursday night, I gather with friends and neighbours at my church to sing together and prepare to lead the congregation in the musical part of the Sunday worship service. During that practice time, I’m not connected to social media. I’m not thinking about […]

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Thank you…

Posted Dec 30 2016 in , , , , , , ,

The week between Christmas and New Year is a punctuation mark at the end of the year. For me, it’s a lull before launching headlong into the blank calendar pages to come. In a year that’s been more surreal (dictionary company Merriam-Webster’s word for 2016) than sparkly, I’m ending it with a different kind of […]

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Hope, love and the meaning of life in a Christmas cactus

Posted Dec 16 2016 in , , , , ,

The past year has been difficult for many of us, and my word of the year, “gratitude,” has taken on a poignancy I could never have anticipated when I chose it last January. In some ways, I’ll be grateful to see the end of 2016 for it’s been a year of turbulence and loss both […]

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Meet me at the diner: Debut author Arlene McFarlane

Posted Dec 2 2016 in , , , ,

With this post, I’m launching a new, occasional series on my blog featuring interviews with author friends about their new releases. I’ve called it “meet me at the diner” because in the small communities I write about, diners are gathering places with a special, hometown feel. My first guest is Arlene McFarlane, whose debut release, […]

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Summer reading

Posted Jul 1 2016 in , , ,

When I was at school, the last bell of the year signalled not only the beginning of the long summer holiday but also many weeks of reading. Back then, after months of set school texts, summer was a glorious time to read what I wanted. Although those days are long gone, summer reading still has […]

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Life lessons in ABC

Posted Jun 3 2016 in , , , , , ,

We’ve all had times which have brought more life lessons than we wanted to learn. As the primary caregiver for a child diagnosed with a chronic illness, the past five months have been that way for me. Yet, as I look back, I realize that maybe they were lessons I needed to learn and they’re […]

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