Thanks to David Morrison for writing an article about me for EYESONBC magazine. www.eyesonbc.com
You’ll find a PDF of the article here.
Here are some links to reviews of books I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing:
The Life and Art of Mary Filer by Christina Johnson-Dean
A fascinating account of the life of artist Mary Filer who led the glass art movement. My review appeared in the Vancouver Sun.
A Taste of Haida Gwaii by Susan Musgrave
I reviewed Susan’s marvelous book for Eyes on BC magazine in January 2016 and more recently for Story Circle Book Reviews. You can read my review here.
Into the Mystic: My Years with Olga by Susan McCaslin
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Susan McCaslin at various literary events through the years. My review of her book about her spiritual journey is on the Story Circle Book Reviews site, here.
Make It True: Poems from Cascadia edited by Paul Nelson, George Stanley, Barry McKinnon and Nadine Maestas
Leaf Press published this collection of 89 poets, many of whom came to the Cascadia Poetry Festival in May, 2015 in Nanaimo. I had the pleasure of being there and hearing the poets present their own work. A great thrill – and the book is too. You’ll find my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Where the Nights are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets edited by David Eso and Jeanette Lynes
What a marvelous book! So many poets I didn’t get to mention. Best to read the book for yourself! You can find my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Born Out of This by Christine Lowther
My review is in the March 2015 edition of Eyes on BC, here.
Writing Alone Together by Wendy Judith Cutler, Lynda Monk and Ahava Shira
Three Salt Spring Island women have been writing together for seven years and have published their writing and guidelines for writing in a circle of women “for creativity, compassion and connection.” My review is in the Vancouver Sun.
The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo
I very much enjoyed this book and its connection to so many other writers. My review is on the Story Circle Book Reviews site, here.
Common Threads: Weaving Community through Collaborative Eco-Art by Sharon Kallis
Published by Gabriola Island’s New Society Publishers, you’ll find my review of this innovative book in the Vancouver Sun.
Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down by Christian McEwen
Very grateful to have discovered the work of Christian McEwen. Read my review at Story Circle Book Reviews, here.
Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life by Beth Powning
What a marvelous writer! Here’s my review at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Between Gods by Alison Pick
Alison has published two books of poetry, two novels and now this memoir, Between Gods, about her search for her Jewish ancestry. You can read my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan
Another book to add the Goddess shelf. You can read my review at Story Circle Book Reviews, here.
Hollyhock: Garden to Table by Moreka Jolar, Heide Scheifley and the Hollyhock Cooks
I loved my one visit (so far) to Hollyhock on Cortes Island and I really love their cookbooks. I’ve written a review of this one at Story Circle Book Reviews. You can read my review here.
Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden by Karen Maezen Miller
I really enjoyed this book and was reminded of A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozecki. She’s also a Zen Buddhist priest. My review is at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Some Sort of Life by Naomi Beth Wakan
Rather than a review, I wrote a profile of Naomi Beth Wakan, Nanaimo’s inaugural poet laureate, for the Vancouver Sun.
Writing Wild: Forming A Creative Partnership with Nature by Tina Welling
I continue to read books about writing as they’re affirming, there’s often some new insight and they offer further resources to offer in the writing circles I lead. I really appreciated Tina Welling’s book and she wrote to me to say she appreciated my review at Story Circle Book Reviews.
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
I wonder how many people will read or reread George Eliot’s Middlemarch after reading this book by Rebecca Mead. I only read Middlemarch once and I thought later it was unfortunate I had to have major surgery to have six weeks off work to lay on the couch reading a long book. I loved Middlemarch and I was fascinated by Rebecca Mead’s, My Life in Middlemarch, and how the book, a hybrid all its own, inspired and informed her life. My review is at Story Circle Book Reviews.
In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Dying by Eve Joseph
As Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “For the sake of a single poem, you must see many cities, many people and things . . . you must also have been beside the dying, must have sat beside the dead in the room with the open window and scattered noises.” Eve Joseph includes a portion of the quote from Rilke`s only novel but not the part about being beside the dying. Her book describes that aspect in a gorgeous rumination as full of wonder as the work she did for two decades. You’ll find my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Get it Done by Sam Bennett
Lots of good ideas to keep you working on your creative projects. The best advice is to spend 15 minutes and do that before all the rest such as email. My review is at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Beauty by Design: Inspired Gardening in the Pacific Northwest
by Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates
My favourite poet gardeners are included in this book about eleven Pacific Northwest gardens: Patrick Lane and Lorna Crozier. You’ll find my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Somewhere In-Between by Donna Milner
This is a book at the top of the BC Bestsellers List right now (March 2014). I reviewed it for Story Circle Book Reviews. You will find the review here.
This is the Moon’s Work by Diana Hayes
Rather than review This is the Moon’s Work by Diana Hayes, I decided to interview her and write an article about her poetry, her art and her healing journey. Sage-ing magazine was the perfect place for the article. You’ll see what a gorgeous and inspiring online magazine it is when you visit the Sage-ing site. The new Spring 2014 issue is the first cover image you’ll see, on the left, here.
The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication
by Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada
Sometimes people ask me about publishing their book before they’ve even started it. It’s definitely okay to dream but here’s a review of a book that leads you through all the steps from dreaming to sharing (publishing). My review is at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience by Monique Gray Smith
This book, a gently unfolding healing journey, is by a Victoria, B.C. author. My review is at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro
I’ve become a fan of Dani Shapiro’s writing including her two memoirs, novels and this memoir on writing and the writing life. You can read my review at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Always Love a Villain on San Juan Island by Sandy Frances Duncan and George Szanto
You can read my review of the Gabriola Island mystery duo’s latest at Story Circle Book Reviews.
Tender Buttons: Objects by Gertrude Stein, illustrations by Lisa Congdon
Here’s my review of this classic Gertrude Stein at Story Circle Book Reviews.
We are Born with the Songs Inside Us by Katherine Palmer Gordon
Such a pleasure to be at the Nanaimo launch of We Are Born with the Songs Inside Us. You’ll find my review in the Vancouver Sun.
Kicking in the Wall by Barbara Abercrombie
Could it be this book of writing prompts that kept me awake half the night? Here’s my review posted at Story Circle Book Reviews.
The Life and Art of Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher by Christina Johnson-Dean
You can find my review of this latest in Mother Tongue’s Unheralded Artists series in the Vancouver Sun.