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Entering the Land

I’ve been printing maps lately. Screen grabs of the UK’s ordinance survey to help chart our way around Struy, near Inverness, site of the Clan Chisholm’s burial ground. Originally, we’d planned to visit this area and then find our way to Loch Ness and start our hike at the marked trailhead. Then, our plans changed […]

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Craving Kin

It took about two minutes of talking to a few writer friends at the Canadian Writers’ Summit last weekend before I began realizing what might be wrong with my novel. I felt like a sponge, soaking up thoughts, ideas, writerly conversations while wandering between tents and event rooms at a muggy Harbourfront Centre in downtown […]

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Heading ‘Home’

Yesterday, J. and I got the maps for the 70-kilometre hike we’re planning to do from Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye this summer. It’s a bit like the journey to Mordor, with brown trout thrown in, which made J.’s eyes light right up. The last 16 kilometres are, shall we say, a wee […]

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Family Feast

Right about now, a lot of us could probably use a good laugh, so check out this video that made me howl until I cried when my sister posted it on Facebook (and it’s for a good cause!). Whether you’re surrounded by family and friends or on your own and sad, I wish you oodles […]

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One Year

One year ago today the phone rang in the dark, early hours of the morning. It was my mother and sister, with the news that my step-father had surprisingly died the day before. To honour his passing this week, I’ve been literally working my ass off, as he always, always wanted – and, yes, expected – […]

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Gift Getting

As I write this, sitting at my office desk, my mother and sister are painting my kitchen. Free labour, we joked with the guy who came to deliver J.’s and my new fridge this morning but, in truth, they offered. I meant to get the kitchen painted, I told them over coffee, but the fall’s […]

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Happy Dog Day

I’ve been thinking about Oliver lately. I think this is because I’ve been digging through my files, cleaning up and clearing out, and stumbling across photographs (which, as advised in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I then put into a box to be sorted through at a later date, lest they stall my process). […]

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Loving Lace

In case you’re wondering, I’m still knitting. I thought, after I learned this past April, soon after finishing my first project – a chunky wool cowl riddled with accidental yarn-overs (holes) and with sloping, sloppy edges – that I would become obsessed with socks. Turns out, though, that it’s lace that I love. Turns out, […]

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From the Depths

Just over a week ago, I had one of those mysterious, meaningful moments that seem hard to explain. It happened back home, in Ontario, the place my husband J. and I returned from on Tuesday after a fulfilling yet intense time away. We ranged far: from the Muskokas to an island out in Georgian Bay to a day-trip […]

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Roots

I’ve spent this week in Ontario, saying goodbye to my step-father at his beautiful memorial, and spending time with my family, including my cousin, C., and her kids who came all the way from Oregon. One afternoon, C. and I sat on a dock, our feet glowing golden in the tannic water of the Muskoka […]

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