Wishing on a wishing tree

Posted Jul 10 2020 in , , , ,

“There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town…” That’s from the blurb for my most recent book, The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, a story about wishes come true, even for those who have given up on wishes. […]

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Walking my way through lockdown

Posted May 15 2020 in , , , ,

Like many of you, and although certain restrictions have eased a bit, I live in an area where we’re still sheltering in place and ‘normal life’ remains in almost complete lockdown. As such, and with gyms, my dance studio and other fitness facilities closed, walking is even more of a lifeline for me than usual. […]

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Staying apart but joining together: The rise of ‘caremongering’

Posted Mar 20 2020 in , , , , , ,

With the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, in only a few weeks life as we know it has changed almost beyond recognition—and in ways unprecedented in my lifetime—so we’re all adapting to a new normal. Yet, as I stay apart from others (and social distancing is one of the many new expressions I’ve learned […]

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Falling down, getting up and moving forward

Posted Feb 21 2020 in , , , , ,

Several weeks ago, while walking in my small town I slipped and fell on a patch of ice that lurked under a blanket of fresh snow. Since three generations of women in my mother’s family broke their hips, one when she was not much older me, that ‘legacy’ flashed across my mind as my feet […]

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Grit, passion and more: How my hometown shaped my life and writing

Posted Nov 29 2019 in , , , , ,

  Last weekend, something extraordinary happened for my hometown (American) football team. After twenty-nine long years, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship.  Unlike my late mom, I’m not a football fan. I gleaned the little I know of the game from glimpsing my high school team practicing […]

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Asking ‘what if’ and building a book: ‘The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls’

Posted Oct 18 2019 in , , , , , ,

My new book (and first in a new series), The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, came out last week. I’m heartened by how many of you are excited to read the story and touched by the lovely things early readers have said about it. If you’ve already posted a review on Amazon, Goodreads or elsewhere, […]

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Celebrating grandmothers

Posted Mar 8 2019 in , , , , , ,

Earlier this week, English Rose bounced into the house with the kind of teenage excitement usually reserved for a meme, ‘tea’ (gossip between friends), or afternoon at the mall.  “Look what Grandma J gave me,” she said, gesturing to the colourful bracelet on her wrist. “It’s from her trip. She brought back presents for all […]

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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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Driving English Rose

Posted May 25 2018 in , , ,

Some people like driving, and getting behind the wheel of a car and heading for the open road is one of their happy places. I’m not one of those people! As a sedentary writer, one of the things I like best about my small-town life is that I live within walking distance of essential services. […]

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Prayers for Humboldt

Posted Apr 13 2018 in , , , , , , , , ,

A week ago, on a remote Saskatchewan highway, sixteen people were killed and thirteen others injured in a crash between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying players, coaches, a trainer, a local radio announcer and others associated with a Canadian junior (ice) hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos.   Before then, Humboldt was a small […]

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