Las Vegas in the Aftermath

Las Vegas in the Aftermath

Visiting Las Vegas in the Aftermath When I heard about the mass shooting in Las Vegas, I thought of 9/11 and I felt the same sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was at the gym at the time and noticed that a friend of mine hadn’t greeted me with her usual chirpy...
Nightmare at Meadow Lake

Nightmare at Meadow Lake

Nightmare at Meadow Lake The first bat flew above our heads as we lay in bed reading in our cabin at Meadow Lake. It was ten at night and I immediately yelped and hid under the sheets. My husband, Michael, bolted up and ran to the lakeside door of the cabin and then...
Backpacking in the Chilcotin

Backpacking in the Chilcotin

Sometimes life offers you a challenge — a six-day backpacking trip to the South Chilcotin. Sure, you know it will be a struggle as Michael, my backpacking husband, and 3 friends, Ken Williams and Sue & Keith Akenhead are younger and stronger than me. I’m...

Review of The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

The Best Kind of People is one of my favourite books this year. I read it in three days, unable to put it down. Whittall kept her readers off balance so we didn’t know whether the popular teacher, George, accused of sexual harassment and rape by several of his...
Letter from a Grieving Mom

Letter from a Grieving Mom

On the day before I find out if Peace is an Offering will win the BC Book Prize in the Children’s Illustrated Literature category, I received a letter in the mail that meant as much to me as any literary award (though I’d be I thrilled if...

Wolf Cull, LNG, OM the Bridge Rant

The premier says betcha, learned that schtick from Sarah Palin, sitting in a helicopter shooting wolves, she ordered a wolf cull in BC, gave the go-ahead for poison and shooting, likes to emulate her American sister in the hood of the U.S. of A.   It’s about...
For Paris: a poem

For Paris: a poem

Erasure: This is a process in which a writer extracts words, in the exact order as they appear in a text, ‘erasing’ the rest, to create a poem. I chose Susan Sontag’s On Photography. I opened Sontag’s book at a random page, spotted the word ‘Paris’ and began. For...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In Memoriam for Bailey Jerome Swaggart  I’ve never met Bailey Jerome Swaggart, a young soldier from West Monroe, Louisiana. I got to know him through his grieving mom, Shalia Swaggert, a woman I admire for her ability to find the brightness in even the darkest day—...
Peace Is An Offering

Peace Is An Offering

I wrote Peace is an Offering shortly after 9/11. I knew that after the planes hit the twin towers that the U.S. would go to war and that the world would be irrevocably changed. So I began to write the poem as a text for a picture book for children. I remembering...
Peace Is An Offering Reviews

Peace Is An Offering Reviews

‘A list of small lessons, that when added up, have a great impact…” Peace is an Offering is ‘affecting and heartfelt.’ Kirkus Review Peace is an Offering is a ‘beautiful book.’ … “(It’s) a wonderful way to remind not just children but yourself of the wonderful things...