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Year in Review 2017

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”

~ Zora Neale Hurston

2017 was a year of getting back on track. The year before, I closed my freelance copywriting and web design business to return to full-time work. In reality, I was recovering from a bout of severe depression that had made it difficult to work or pursue my business for a couple of years and  as a result, I racked up quite a bit of personal debt. I started taking anti-depression medication, saw a therapist and took a job . 2016 was beginning the journey towards a healthy life.

2017 was about completing that journey. I worked hard all year, scrimped and saved, and paid off my debt in full in December 2017. It was a huge accomplishment and a massive weight off my shoulders.

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8 Movies That Inspire Travel

I will confess that I read more books than I watch movies, but I do have a couple of favourite movies that have inspired my travels. Here are 8 movies to inspire your next travel adventure.

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5 Memoirs About Sailing Trips

When I was 14 years old, my family sold everything and the four of us (Mom, Dad and my sister Jennifer) moved aboard a 35 foot sailboat. We left Nova Scotia in November 1986 and the impending winter weather chased us down the east coast of the United States. We spent six months cruising the outer island of the Bahamas – the travel brochures don’t lie, it really is that beautiful – before wintering in Florida and then returning to Canada.

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Quirky Things to Do in Toronto

Toronto is a modern, bustling city with a wide range of modern attractions and sights including museums, galleries, sports venues and shopping malls. But if you know where to look, you can enjoy some only-in-Toronto activities.

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Tips for Travelling During the Off-Season

Summer is nearly over and that means that those of us living in Canada and northern US are already thinking about escaping harsh winter conditions by seeking out warm weather escapes. But there is an alternative to the high priced winter getaway – travel to locations in the off-season.

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Leaving a Trace: Book Passage 2017

Uneven tufts of brown grass spread out for miles around me, interrupted only by a dry creek bed. I was wandering down a gravel path on the Corte Madera Marsh. Ahead of me a jogger was getting smaller and smaller and his heels kicked up small clouds of dust. In the distance, a smokey haze, not fog, hung over San Francisco Bay as a result of wild fires that raged in the California interior. It was August 2015, and the Book Passage Travel Writing and Photography Conference had wrapped up for another year. I was excited about all that I’d learned, but also a little forlorn. I was already missing the people I’d met but also uncertain how I was going to take everything I’d learned and turn my dream of being a travel writer into a reality.

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Forest Therapy

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.”

~ John Muir

I passed through a narrow opening in a thick hedge and descended a set of stone steps placed into the earth. I entered onto a small lawn surrounded by dense bushes and mature trees. The rich smell of earth and trees filled my nose. Inspects buzzed. The thick foliage hushed the drone of cars and shriek of sirens above me.

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Deep Dive Into Story

Growing up on Cape Breton Island, my sister and I spent many summer afternoons swimming in the Bras d’Or Lake. We had our own little stretch of beach and a diving platform that my father had built anchored a short distance from shore.

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Yearning for Islands

I’ve long had a fascination with islands. Odd, since for the first six years of my life I lived far in land. The only “sea” I knew was a vast sea of corn fields that surrounded three sides of our house on the outskirts of a small village in southwestern Ontario. In spring, the wide open fields would be studded with green shoots that over the course of the summer would grow taller and taller, until their golden crown of tassels soared over my head.

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The Journey Begins Here

“Some women get erased a little at a time, some all at once. Some reappear. Every woman who appears wrestles with the forces that would have her disappear. She struggles with the forces that would tell her story for her, or write her out of the story. The genealogy, the rights of man, the rule of law. The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.”

~ Rebecca Solnit

Welcome back to my blog! If you’ve been here before, you’ll know I’ve been offline for many months. If you’re new here, welcome! I’m grateful to everyone who stops by and reads my words.

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