Karma

  Warning!  If you have dealt with a profound hurt or loss, this might be a difficult read.  I am just exploring my beliefs and ideas, but I don’t have the answers.  This is my “what if?” experiment and you are allowed to disagree (politely, please). My spiritual self likes to challenge my scientific self…

The Stories We Tell

Humans have evolved because of the stories we tell. We can make fire, make a friend and toast marshmallows, trip on the best path to the honey pot and find God in the gaps. Our lives are run by stories. The Bible is a story. The stories we were told about ourselves in our childhood…

FEARLESS 2019

My Chosen Word.  It’s more than than a New Year’s resolution.  It’s the one little word that you want to write on your soul.  Something to live with and embrace in the coming year.  It’s a word that might find its way to you on its own, and keep showing up on your doorstep, waiting…

poetry ~ one in two canadians

I submitted this poem to CBC’s 2018 poetry competition, but it wasn’t selected.  Instead I’d like to share it here with you … one in two canadians my breast whispered i am one in eight i can’t do this i reply back to lay awake poking at the lump staring at my white popcorn ceiling…

Can the day get any worse? As a matter of fact … it can.

My car started acting up on the weekend.  It’s losing contact with the key fob … but it’s not the key fob because it doesn’t recognize both keys. Yet here I am – right at the start of 4th quarter – with a bazillion meetings booked and I had to get my son to the…

Out of practice

Phew!  I am so out of practice that stringing words together and typing them into a document requires my full concentration … which is quite difficult when you are busy living, loving and laughing.  Where has the summer gone? I’ve been so busy enjoying BBQs, beaches, craft beer and a boy that I have barely…

Standing On Thin Ice

This piece of flash fiction was written for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challege: Pop Culture Mash-Up Edition I chose – by random number generator – #15 The Stand by Stephen King and #20 The Bible.  What, pray tell, do these two books have in common other than their epic size?  A significant amount of their…

It was a dark and stormy night …

Few opening lines are as infamous as Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s much maligned sentence.  Even if you’ve never heard of him nor his novel, you’ve read his parodied phrase.  It embodies bad writing. “It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent…

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

I love him.  You either do or you don’t.  He’s not half and half.  He’s 35% whipping cream which rose to the top.  Sorry for the cliché, but we were discussing them in my writing class this week, so I had to let one creep in like a cat.  There are so many words to describe…

My Piñata Life

Creative Writing Exercise B) Imagine a character has just learned that he/she has just won the lottery. IMPORTANT: The goal is to describe not the character but the room (or general area) the character is inhabiting. DO NOT tell the reader that the character has just won the lottery. *     *     *     *     * It happened like The Big Bang.  First,…

All Dogs Deserve a Crown

It was a video of beagles freshly rescued from a laboratory which started my path to rescuing dogs.  While my heart clenched so hard that tears poured out of my eyes, it also swelled with happiness that there were people who would save them. Someone from the lab tipped off the rescue that the beagles…

My Obituary

My second creative writing course at the University of Toronto – Writing Through Reading – started three weeks ago.  I’ve been so busy getting well that I haven’t had the time or inclination to blog.   So sorry and thank you to those who reached out to see where my words were. Sharing my Week 1…