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Gratitude is more than an attitude

As my American family, friends and readers celebrate Thanksgiving, gratitude and giving thanks are in the news, and I’ve been thinking about the phrase "gratitude is an attitude." Being thankful is an attitude and expressing appreciation for things large and small has...

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‘Lest We Forget:’ Honouring Wartime Sacrifice

In many countries, the eleventh of November is a day to honour wartime sacrifice. In Canada, it’s Remembrance Day and here, as in the UK (known as Armistice Day) and elsewhere, there is a minute (or more) of silence at eleven in the morning to mark the armistice...

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Preparing for an early winter

In my part of Canada, the first snow of the season is forecast for next week and weather pundits are predicting a harsh and earlier winter than usual. While I don't relish snow and cold, for "winter people," like most Canadians, there is much to do to prepare for this...

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Fingers on the keyboard, head in the clouds

Becoming a published author has taught me many things but perhaps most important is how to juggle multiple writing projects at the same time. This month, when I have multiple book deadlines within a few weeks of each other, I’ve been once again reminded that certain...

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What kind of reader am I? And what kind of reader are you?

In the past few weeks, on social media and elsewhere, I’ve seen lots of buzz (and related quizzes) about reading types. While I’ve thought about my reading life in different ways, “reader type” was new to me. There are, however, certain traits intrinsic to “reader me”...

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Book edits, a big birthday & a bigger move

With significant events in both my writing and mum lives, this past week has been a time of joy, reflection and bittersweet change. Book edits  As many of you know, Montana Reunion, my Harlequin Heartwarming and western romance debut, releases in January 2022. It’s a...

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“Summer Holiday”

In the last few weeks, “Summer Holiday” by Cliff Richard and The Shadows (first released in 1963 with the British film of the same name) has been on my mind. With a catchy tune and fun, uplifting lyrics, it’s an ode to taking a summer break away from the regular...

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