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In Training

I’ve never been a sporty girl. In elementary school, I got out of gym for what seemed like months for reasons I no longer remember. There I’d be, sitting on the stage like a wuss, probably reading a book. I was the one who got picked last in team selection and usually managed an injury. […]

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From Sunshine to Shade

Back home in the white and grey world and last week already seems like a dream. That blue, blue sky and the orange, yellow, green, pink buildings lining the cobblestone streets. The lime trees and the boat-tailed grackles with their shimmering navy blue tails and the tiny flitting hummingbirds and the fuchsia bougainvillaea blooming over […]

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Buenos Dias from San Miguel D’Allende

This morning I sat, watching a little yellow bird with black and white barred wings feed on the hibiscus blossoms. I was preparing the workshop I’m giving on revising creatively this afternoon before we explore the botanical garden up the hill from San Miguel. Already, here for only one full day, this town has absorbed […]

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Shoe Horn

Here it is. Late winter. The time of year when the landscape alienates with its constant blankness and, as a self-employed artist, I find myself having to drink copious amounts of tea and engage in regular heart-to-hearts with the bathroom mirror about self-care and commitment and forgiveness. Okay, not really. Well, sort-of. I know I’m […]

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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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Learning the Language

Last night I had a dream that I was holding the advance reading copy of my next novel. It had a gorgeous cover in reds and browns, and it was a big fat book. The only problem: part of it was in Italian. I don’t quite know it yet, is what I think this means. […]

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Plant a Seed

You have to hear this song. I mean, really. Really.  Take a minute out of your busy life, click play, and listen. Because it’s so good. I had tears in my eyes the first time I heard it, last Saturday night, under glistening strings of white lights at the Oddfellows Hall in Thessalon, Ontario, during […]

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Night Blooming

Last night, I learned a lesson. Again. Early yesterday morning, I’d sat in the chair in my office, coffee on a nearby coaster, staring at the blank page of my notebook. I was stuck. In particular, on a chapter that seemed contrived, where something happens but I didn’t like how it happened. It was too […]

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Start Your Engines

I’ve been a bit scattered lately. I’m blaming this on the summer. Not only is the weather enticing me outside (or was, before the rain started, not that I’m complaining), but my husband is home, and we are deeply engaged in our usual warm-weather activities: adventure-schemes and renovations. A couple weeks ago, we woke up […]

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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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