The Critic and The Cheerleader

June 9, 2019 Last Sunday I attended a one day retreat that was held at a local farm, hosted by two wonderful women.  We wrote, did some yoga, listened to each others' stories, and reflected on archetypes -- all in a beautiful, lush environment.   It was good timing, as the well was (and is)... Continue Reading →


It’s in every one of us

May 14 This past weekend was Mothers' Day, and that calls for self-care ❤️: connection with nature 🌿🍃and gentleness. For over half of my life, I've been a motherless daughter, and it was at the age of 47 -- the age I just turned recently -- that my mom died. 🌘  She died from metastatic... Continue Reading →

The Muddy Middle

April 20, 2019 Have I written before, somewhere in these virtual pages, that Easter is my favourite Christian {{{ and non-Christian }}}) holiday?  The darkness of the tomb ::: the pain and despair that comes with loss, from endings ::: and the emergence of hope {{{ resurrection }}} that can carry us through darkness. ~~~... Continue Reading →

A Shadow

January 19, 2019 So, this happened (as they say).  An unforced error, just me taking a tumble not more than 2 metres from my house, walking the dog.  The ground was much frostier and slippery than I anticipated and ... WHOMP. That slo-mo feeling is so strange. It's like you are watching what's happening, but as... Continue Reading →

This Life

December 24, 2018 A couple of days ago - December 19 -  I posted the item below on Facebook and on my Instagram account. Wishing each and every one of you the blessings of the season -- the gift of loving, and to be loved -- in this holy mystery that is our human journey. I post... Continue Reading →

Tending the Well

October 8, 2018 Just over two years ago, I had a consultation with my oncologist in preparation for my first chemotherapy treatment, which was scheduled for October 17. I recorded all of my meetings with health professionals at the BC Cancer Agency (even when a friend was also present with me) because I wanted to... Continue Reading →

Embodying the Dream

September 14, 2018 Less than a month until this retreat at Stowell Lake farm with @tokopa and other women seekers. I can already feel my spirit there. The timing is good. I'm encountering some tough moments of late. At times I feel that there is a tension ::: you could call a dynamic tension :::... Continue Reading →

These Moments

August 21, 2018 These moments. The 4 a.m. wake-ups.  {{{ Hot flash }}} The heat subsides ::: and what's left is stillness. The pull of the everyday puullllllllls.  And, with some encouragement, it retreats. What's left is stillness. And I remember ::: I feel ::: that time when the warm ocean breeze blew on my... Continue Reading →

On Retreat

July 27, 2018 For the third summer in a row, I'm spending a few days at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island.   The location and yoga are divine, but it's the community of women who gather to connect that keeps me coming back to this retreat. Waking up to the sounds of sheep baaaa-ing... Continue Reading →

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