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An Unexpected Blessing – Celebrating Mother’s Day


  In 2012 I wrote the following for a special event celebrating Mothers. My mother-in-law, Muriel Nichols, is now 92 and still as vibrant and beautiful as ever. Today I share this writing again to honour her, the memory of my own mother, Beatrice Amelia (Livie) Donabie, and all the wonderful women in my life …

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The Creative Struggle


It’s really a lack of confidence and some basic insecurity on my part…I’m still a little afraid of being wrong in my technique or unoriginal in my thinking. This is my creative struggle . . . Can I write something the engages a reader or paint a picture that captures the viewer’s eye and imagination? I’ve …

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Operation 365


Please take a look at Richard Radstone’s new project, Operation 365 and consider participating. http://operation-365.org/ We have a shared humanity…let’s talk about it!!

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Interview-365: “We are all in the same sand box”


Originally posted on Operation-365:
We’re happy to share our second response to Interview-365, Wendie from Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Thank to all who are beginning to take part in our survey. As soon as we hit the first fifty responses, we’ll publish the link to the demographic statistics. That way we’ll begin to see the scope…

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A New Day on My Creative Journey – More Lessons Learned


The older I get the less I seem to know, or perhaps it’s that I realize how much I still need or want to learn. I think the quest to learn and grow keeps us young. When we stop enquiring, investigating, creating, trying something new, we stagnate. So, here’s one thing I’ve learned this month. …

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A Glorious Day to Say Goodbye


Yesterday we said goodbye to Joyce, the beloved cousin and friend of those who gathered by her graveside. Our numbers were small but our love immense. This  special woman touched each of us and changed us forever. Although Joyce passed away in November, her cousin delayed interment of her ashes until the spring when we …

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LOST DAYS Transformed To INCUBATOR DAYS


Is it a case of procrastination or my inability at times to focus and accomplish what I set out to do? One day last week is a perfect example. I had a to-do list. The objectives weren’t connected to housework; they were activities related to my writing and painting. However, there I sat at 4:23 …

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Spring Thaw from a Writer’s Perspective


Spring has come early to Muskoka. White water run-off roars over the rocks at the falls near our home and shocks of fresh green life are visible shooting up through the dark wet soil in most south-facing gardens. As I walked home today, I noticed patches of ice still clinging desperately to the underside of rocks and crevices, …

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The Case for a Gravestone


Have you ever wandered through a cemetery reading the engravings on the headstones? JOHN W. SMITH JAN. 25, 1876 – JUL. 3, 1917 A TRUE FRIEND A life summed up in four short lines. We are born, we live, we die, we leave something behind. All of those souls buried beneath their grave markers contributed …

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It’s Valentine’s Day!


It’s Valentine’s Day – a day for expressions of love that goes back to the Middle Ages. Handwritten cards did not appear until after 1400; the oldest valentine in existence was one written by Charles, Duke of Orleans in 1415 to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. Valentine’s Day is …

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