The Cabin as Sanctuary, Winter 2018

The Cabin as Sanctuary, Winter 2018

Winter 2018: The Cabin as Sanctuary It was 28 below when Michael and I reached Meadow Lake Road, between Clinton & Hundred Mile House only to discover that the road was not yet ploughed. Night had already fallen and driving 40 k through a foot and a half of fresh...
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...