Archive - 2020

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Life with fear
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Planning a winter getaway?
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A delicate balance
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How to combat S.A.D. (Seasonal Angst and Distress)
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5 Simple tactics for handling in-law overload
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Water falls
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Little things – Hallowe’en delight
1
Life with fear
2
Planning a winter getaway?
3
A delicate balance
4
How to combat S.A.D. (Seasonal Angst and Distress)
5
5 Simple tactics for handling in-law overload
6
Water falls
7
Little things – Hallowe’en delight

Life with fear

Fear is one of the most debilitating and defeating emotions that exist. And is never more present than when we try to create. We are all creative beings in some way, shape or form, be it in the kitchen or in the studio. And yet, that little four letter word can crush even the most practiced artist. Imagine the havoc it can wreak with a fledgling creative spirit. But fear is in all of us. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat. Pray. Love.) writes about, not overcoming fear, but living with Read More

Planning a winter getaway?

It happens every year.  We know it’s coming, well, us northern folk do anyway.  Yet, every year we seem surprised when it actually hits.  And right now it’s just days away… maybe several, but still only days.  Snow, snow and more snow.  Then of course there’s the shoveling.  Lots and lots of shoveling.  There are some gluttons among us who actually enjoy winter. The  warm, woolly socks types.  Scarves wrapped up to here and sweaters pulled down to there.  They tromp through the snow Read More

A delicate balance

A beautiful short story by Alice McDermott, Gloria is rich with family joy and tragedy; an abundant reminder of the treasure that is our loved ones.

It’s a short, lovely read. Here’s a snippet to tempt you…

“Just then the grandchildren returned to the dining room, moving, as they did in those days, in a chattering scrum. They wanted their Read More

How to combat S.A.D. (Seasonal Angst and Distress)

It usually hits us around mid-December. Call it the Christmas Crazies or Holiday Madness, whatever you like, but at its most basic it’s simply stress, with a capital S-T-R-E-S and S.

And then the day of — yowza! You know the scene: the turkey’s in the oven, presents are wrapped and under the tree, the fire is Read More

5 Simple tactics for handling in-law overload

You’ve had years to get used to her, but still there are the occasional comments that tie you into knots. Whether she lives around the corner or halfway around the world, few things are as challenging as your relationship with your mother-in-law. Hopefully you are not living the life of Debra Barone of Everybody Loves Raymond fame and maybe, instead, you’re one of the lucky ones with a perfectly delightful mother-in-law. Whatever the case, during the holidays we’re Read More

Water falls

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket, save it for a rainy day.

I love that line. It makes rainy days sound special; something worth sharing a star with.

How do you feel? Do rainy days dampen your spirits or are you the pluviophile among us who finds joy, peace of mind and creativity on a rainy day? Sure there can be extremes Read More

Little things – Hallowe’en delight

One of my favourite Hallowe’en memories happened a few years ago not at home greeting Trick or Treaters, but when traveling around the beautiful Eastern Townships in Quebec. It was in part a weekend getaway, but mostly a chance to Read More

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