Reflecting on the Year with Love

Reflecting on the Year with Love

It’s a special time of year: twinkling lights, harmonies of holiday music and the cultural delicacies we have waited for all year-long. A unique time to pause and be grateful for just this breath, this moment’s presence, the gift of this life with its...
Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Pieces of Her Story Art Exhibit

Join us for the 3rd Annual Art Exhibit by students and alumni of A Year to Love.  Explore the creative process of ten Island women: Adele Storm, Linda Underwood, Selena Barwin, Norma Hoeppner, Helen Hinchliff, Sam Barlow, Charlene Wolff, Jane Mackenzie, Premilla...
You are Here. Remember.

You are Here. Remember.

A gate, I step up to, try to move the eye out of the hook and it doesn’t budge. I pause, and try again. Same thing happens. I grow impatient, wonder if I am even meant to go through this gate right now, but the composte bucket is full and needs to be emptied. If I...
Ode to Ahava

Ode to Ahava

    When the path through the forest is dark & tangled and you need some light to shine on it When the stormy wind blows and leaves you pummeled and nothing seems to fit   When the deep blue ocean makes you shudder and you need some calm waves on...
Creating Utopias is Realizable

Creating Utopias is Realizable

  In Transforming Feminist Practice, Leila Fernandes (2003) speaks of utopia not as an unattainable ideal, or a wish for a future perfect state of being and living. “Utopias are realizable…exist at the moment when suffering is transformed into love. Utopia is the...
Compassion Lives Here

Compassion Lives Here

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Rumi, The Guest House   A walk in the garden, spying on sparrow with its...
This Listening Gift

This Listening Gift

I I love to listen to birds and images, as much as to people. There are many ways I love to listen:    I listen with my eyes… and my imagination…  I listen to colours…  and to shadows… and to black and white…  Perhaps it is my favourite gift, this...
Sing I Must of Interconnection

Sing I Must of Interconnection

Learning to love a landscape, like learning to love anything, means learning its details and noticing the way in which one’s involvement with those details is interesting and influential. Davis, Luce-Kapler & Sumara   I awoke from a dream in which the world...
Taking A Year to Love

Taking A Year to Love

We live in a world that is as complex as it is dynamic. Our interdependence with others and the world beyond ourselves is a fact, not an option. We are surrounded by other people and countless nonhuman species, by made and natural objects of the most extraordinary...
Today is a Child of Wonder

Today is a Child of Wonder

Today is a child full of wonder a radiating light   Today reaches out to you asks for your hand a kiss on its forehead clings to the hem of your heart and expects you will be there over and over despite the hours you already played read, danced in the garden...
The Pleasures of Generosity

The Pleasures of Generosity

“It’s my pleasure!” I find myself saying this a lot in my life when someone thanks me for giving them something, whether it’s a mentoring session, help with their bags, a ride to town or a compliment about their outfit. “It’s my pleasure!” are the first words out of...
Plenty of Joy in the Circle

Plenty of Joy in the Circle

A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison...
Accepting the Grace of Being Nobody’s Mother

Accepting the Grace of Being Nobody’s Mother

  I’m sitting outside beneath a mid-May sun and writing these words. It’s the first day of this year that I’ve worn a dress with no sleeves. Everywhere around me there are birds singing, their glorious chits, squeaks, chirps, whistles reverberating through the...
Cultivating Courage and Compassion Along The Path of Transition

Cultivating Courage and Compassion Along The Path of Transition

  In March, I was invited to UBC to participate in a panel on “Jobs Outside Academia” for students in the faculty of education. A friend and colleague, Heather Duff, suggested to the organizing committee that I be a part of the conversation because of the...
Change Is In The Air. Fortunately So Is Love.

Change Is In The Air. Fortunately So Is Love.

We are all shape-shifters and magical reinventors… Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant?… Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves.  Diane Ackerman I look in the mirror and see dots, lines and marks...
Finding Resiliency and Refuge through Calling in our Lifelines

Finding Resiliency and Refuge through Calling in our Lifelines

  I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing...
Cleaning Up The Mess With Mindfulness

Cleaning Up The Mess With Mindfulness

  A delicious sunny Sunday morning of breakfast and snuggling with my lover. Then the weekly rituals of cleaning: Accompanied by the ethereal electronic beats of British musician Imogen Heap, I scrubbed the tub, toilet bowl and sink, wiped down the ceiling and...
An Extraordinarily Joyful Week Worth Sharing

An Extraordinarily Joyful Week Worth Sharing

  What takes place here is not ordinary or commonplace unless my preconceptions make it so. What takes place here is extraordinary.   Karen Meyer I was in Whistler last week with a dear friend, taking some deserved time out to rest, rejuvenate and play. With so...
Grief, Impermanence and the Spring Rituals of Robins

Grief, Impermanence and the Spring Rituals of Robins

  After a seriously intense week of recording videos for my upcoming Opening to Joy retreat, sea-planing over to Vancouver to speak on a panel for UBC education students about ‘jobs outside academia’ and graduating my second class of heartrepreneurs, I chose to...
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