Leave Me Alone with the Recipes

Many books come into our home during any given week and among them are a beautiful variety of cookbooks. One of them at the end of last year, was newly published but based on hand lettering and original images completed in 1945.

Leave Me Alone with the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles (Bloomsbury, 2017) is the […]

Write it!

Our older cat, Squeaker, is in his new, insulated hut outside. He can keep warm and dry as well as keep an eye on what’s going on in the neighbourhood. Inside our house, it’s cozy and warm on a day that’s overcast, heavy with the possibility of more rain. Since the women’s writing circles are over until the new […]


The smell of tomato juice is in the air, a sure sign of the end of summer. Peter, our landlord who lives downstairs, is making up his special recipe in mason jars. It’s a fall tradition using tomatoes picked from the vines on his deck or sometimes bought at the Superette downtown.

The final days of summer remind me of […]

The Summer Book

I’m very grateful I live in a part of the world that has four seasons. During the grey days of winter, I feel like nesting and being quiet (not “getting ready for Christmas”) and while winter stretches on into the new year, I long for the first signs of spring. The rhododendrons in our front garden come out at […]

Home on Native Land

As Canada’s 150th anniversary and my 70th birthday are coming up on July 1st and 3rd respectively, I can’t help but think of Canada’s history and my own story as part of it.

On one of those weekends when the immigration records were free to access on ancestry.ca, I checked to see when my great grandfather Thomas Benjamin Lett came […]


Writers live in and between two extremes. We need solitude and quiet without disruption to write and sometime later when the writing is published in book form, we’re required to promote the book by doing launches, interviews, book signings and readings, blog tours, and all sorts of other forms of marketing. All very much out in the world, in […]

National Poetry Month 2017

April is National Poetry Month and the theme this year is “time.” The League of Canadian Poets website says: “This National Poetry Month, we celebrate time: its gifts, its history, its potential. We celebrate your ten-thousand-hour dedication to mastery. We celebrate your drafts, your notes, your failed projects, your future success. We celebrate the journey. We invite you to […]

Begin Again

The New Moon is a good time to come up with an intent for the next lunar cycle. (The moon was dark on Monday and now there’s a sliver in the sky.) On Sunday a small piece in the collage I did, prompted my intent: “At a sale of the unredeemed what will I remember, take back, reclaim, renew?”

An […]

Living the Questions

Have you noticed that Mary Oliver includes a lot of questions in her poems? Not in every poem, but in several. For instance this question: “Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?” (“Have You Ever Tried to Enter the Long Black Branches?” in West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems.) The question gives one pause, […]

The Gifts of Downtime

In the New Moon Circle recently as well as in the Writing Life Circle, we had a look at the different emotional and mental phases a writer goes through. I had read Laraine Herring’s On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block in which she describes her own stages as a continuum that “applies both to […]