Las Vegas in the Aftermath

Las Vegas, Resilient City

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 demeanour.…Continue Reading

Nightmare at Meadow Lake

Bats, mice, packrat, hornets

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 to the…Continue Reading

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 five-foot tall and weigh 108 pounds. My backpack weighed 30…Continue Reading

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 ‘Peace’ was chosen as the winner). The letter…Continue Reading

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 pretending to be working class, wearing a waitress…Continue Reading

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 Paris i disparate events conducted with…Continue Reading

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— the day she found out that her son, only…Continue Reading

My Fav Novel of 2014!

My Fav Novel of 2014!

Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson is my favourite novel of 2014!  It is laugh-out- loud funny, sexy, and very moving.  The word that first comes to mind is delicious.  The novel is a gossipy treat, entertaining as hell, but at the same time brilliantly written with an unforgettable lead.  It is also a story…Continue Reading