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My 9/11 Memories

It began as a beautiful day, the sun was shining for the first time in a week. I was on vacation in the Netherlands with my mom. It was a special trip for us, because my mom was born in the Netherlands and had emigrated to Canada in the 1950s.

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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

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Reasons to Travel 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

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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

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Yearning for Islands

I’ve long had a fascination with the sea. 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

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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

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Writer With A Day Job

A number of years ago, I left my job in order to spend more time pursuing my writing. I figured I would do freelance communications work to pay the bills. It wasn’t easy and I came to realize I missed being part of a team. I also didn’t enjoy hustling

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Making Time to Write

I had lunch with a fellow writer friend last week and he shared some of the challenges he was having finding time to write. He recently returned from long-term travel and, along with his partner, are trying to figure out where they are going to work and live. His life

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Bowie, Rickman and the Urgency of Mortality

I woke up this morning to learn that actor Alan Rickman died of cancer. The notice was almost the same as that of David Bowie’s; two of my heroes gone in less than a week. It didn’t really hit me until today that there will be no more music from

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