One Lovely Blog Deserves Another

One Lovely Blog Deserves Another

Last Sunday the playful and compassionate writer, Tess Wlxted nominated me for a One Lovely Blog Award. Read all about it at her blog. What a gift to open my emails and find someone writing to me, saying, in essence, ‘I like what you have to say, and I like how how...
How to Be a Happy Heartrepreneur

How to Be a Happy Heartrepreneur

Painting by Deborah Gainer I’m sitting here in my studio, sun streaming down on me through the window.  Birds chittering in the surrounding trees. This is my oasis. I leave and I return, leave and return. I got home yesterday after two days away. On Tuesday I was in...
If The Red Patent Shoes Fit…

If The Red Patent Shoes Fit…

  Feeling into this present. A sadness. I burned my left foot this week. Poured a kettle of boiling water into a glass that broke in two. Now it is healing, pain-free. Bandaged so I am having to be extra careful how I step, walk, do downward dog and child’s pose....
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...
Listen to Your Joy

Listen to Your Joy

One thing is certain, and I have always known it—the joys of my life have nothing to do with age.     May Sarton This coming Tuesday I will turn…wait for it….okay….here it comes…..45. Yes! The middle of my 40’s is here. I have to admit, I have loved every second of...
Opening to The Gift

Opening to The Gift

  It is up to the writer to recognize everything that happens to her as gift, to love each thing that comes under the eye’s contemplation, inner and outer.  (Jane Hirshfield, 1997, p. 212) I choose an angel card out of a beautiful tan basket, brought home over 20...
Why I Write About Love

Why I Write About Love

  Whichever way we look into the nature of inquiry, we find that it has to be open. When you inquire into something, you are opening it up, you are revealing it. So the very nature of inquiry is a process of opening up; and what you open up are boundaries,...
Its My Turn

Its My Turn

Last week I received this exquisite handmade journal in the mail. I  was on my way into the garden to do some weeding when my farm-mate brought it over to my studio. I had to take off my purple gloves to undo the white paper packaging it had been mailed in. The...
Finding Our Way to Work

Finding Our Way to Work

  A few weeks ago I had a dream. In it a young girl was showing me a series of books I had written, all of which were about healing by reframing my experience through art. I was amazed and delighted when I awoke and remembered it. Another message from my...
I’m Falling

I’m Falling

The middle of September and I have finally found my way back here. A business mentor of mine with whom I recently reconnected when I was surprised by her presence at a friend’s dinner party in Kelowna  a few weeks ago expressed glee at the mention of my chosen respite...