Endings and new beginnings

Posted Sep 8 2017 in , , , , , ,

The leaves on the maple trees are changing from green to red, yellow, and orange here in the Rideau Valley, and as another summer transitions to autumn, endings and new beginnings are much on my mind. English Rose started high school this week, a major life milestone for her and me as well. In what […]

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Hitting the “pause” button

Posted Mar 24 2017 in , , , , ,

For the past few years and, much like the dogs in one of my favourite early childhood stories, my life has been on “fast forward.” Between moving from England to Canada, launching my career as a published author, managing several family estates, and becoming the primary caregiver for a teen daughter diagnosed with a chronic […]

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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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Gratitude and new beginnings

Posted Oct 7 2016 in , , , , , , ,

My small town has recently welcomed a Syrian refugee family. Soon after their arrival, the newspaper ran a picture of the mom, dad and their three young children playing in the local park. It was an ordinary, yet also extraordinary scene. Our new neighbours have spent the last three years in a refugee camp not […]

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Letting go

Posted Sep 9 2016 in , , , , ,

“You’re the writer. Spin it.” I didn’t appreciate it then, but those words, spoken by a sales guy with a swagger, a bespoke suit, and a Porsche, marked a defining moment in my life. Although I’d dabbled in fiction, I wasn’t writing it seriously. Instead, my days were filled with crafting sales, marking and PR copy. Or speeches where […]

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Canadian repatriation: One year

Posted Jul 15 2016 in , , , , , ,

On 18 July 2015 English Rose and I landed in Toronto on an Aer Lingus flight from London via Dublin. I was on my way home, but English Rose had left the only home she’d ever known. Missing England One year later, I still miss the gentle English mist, fish and chips and the “have […]

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Wedding memories

Posted Jun 17 2016 in , ,

Tech Guy and I marked our twentieth wedding anniversary this week. His niece, who was our flower girl all those years ago, is being married in August and her mom circulated engagement photos to the extended family last weekend. Looking at those engagement pictures and then revisiting my own wedding photos was a poignant reminder […]

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Clothes make the woman (and her heroines)

Posted Mar 25 2016 in , , , ,

I’ve never owned a pair of Jimmy Choo sneakers. At prices topping US$500.00 I’m not likely to either. I’m also not likely to own an exquisite Chanel handbag of the kind I saw a white-gloved sales assistant sell in bulk to a trio of Chinese businessmen at Hong Kong’s international airport. As an author, though, […]

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Canadian repatriation: Month 6

Posted Jan 15 2016 in , , , ,

It’s now six months since I left England to start a new life in Canada. As much as I love my new home and have put down roots here, I also find myself reflecting on what I miss about the place I left behind. Living in an old country I live in rural eastern Ontario, […]

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