Lost Things

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I wrote this piece called 'Lost Things' two years ago for Bide magazine. Bide is an online subscription and the brainchild of my talented blogger friend, Anna Spargo-Ryan. Bide took a hiatus for awhile, but it's coming back to be re-launched very soon. Please welcome it when it returns in the new year. I've often thought about 'Lost Things', and Continue Reading

What’s Your Story?

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Everyone has a story. It’s a little light in our souls, like a flickering candle that keeps reminding us we’re alive. Some people are happy to keep their stories to themselves. And then there’s writers, artists, bloggers... the people who express their stories to the world. This time last year I read a blog post that gave me the balls to Continue Reading

Good Things

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Come with me... let's talk of happy things. You may have noticed I write about sad and heavy things quite often. It's what I've needed to do. I've had a lot on my mind in the last few years. I didn't set out to be a sad blogger - just a real one. But there is light and fun and good things in my life too. I just find them harder to write Continue Reading

Rescue Mission

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February bulged at the seams. It bulged so much that the writing part of my brain didn’t have room to move. There was the usual busy stuff – like dashing around with my kids, paying bills, and trying to remember the birthdays of 8 important people in my life. (Because clearly they must be born all in the same month for no compelling reason). And Continue Reading

Wings On Fire

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I've grown wings. Magnificent wings. They’re rich and lustrous. And if you stand just the right way in the sunlight, they shimmer. They weren’t always this big. It wasn’t long ago when I noticed them on my back. Little buds bursting after a long winter. Expanding in the summer heat. When I turned my head to glance at them I noticed how Continue Reading

The Life of Pi

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It's still with me. I watched the Life of Pi two days ago and I can't stop thinking about it. By night it flashes through the filmy velvet of my dreams. By day my head is a rapturous kaleidoscope of luminous fish and sweet Indian music. And my heart is still breaking for the tears of Pi. I read the book five years ago. Yann Martel not only Continue Reading

The Best Of 2012

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It's the last day of the year and I'm feeling all reckless and reflective. And why not? So prepare yourself for lashings of self-indulgence and a dash of nostalgia. I had one big goal for 2012 - and that was to refine the hell out of my writing. And I'm secretly pleased with how I went! Pumping out creative posts every week is no mean feat. And Continue Reading

To Leunig

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I'm proposing a new word in the dictionary: ‘Leunig’ –  (verb) To express soulful profound ideas through simple whimsical cartoons and words in order to shine a light on unspoken truths or cause our view of the world to delightfully shift. I've admired Michael Leunig for so long, yet I'm aware that he's not everyone's cup of tea. His Continue Reading

The Restart

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It seems that all my bridges have been burned But, you say that's exactly how this grace thing works It's not the long walk home that will change this heart But the welcome I receive with the restart       ~ Roll Away Your Stone, Mumford & Sons   For every day you stay away from writing, the harder it is to get back into it. Continue Reading

Fresh

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“You’re not fresh.” Is that why no one read my blog today? “You’re 10 minutes ago. So yesterday.” But I only posted something yesterday. “It’s already old news. You’re only as good as your last post.” But I thought it was a pretty decent post. I avoided clichés. I wrote from my heart. Can you give me any ideas why only 4 people read Continue Reading