Letting go, again

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 in Blog

Last week, my bag was stolen at Word on the Street. I was there (wo)manning the FOLD tent, along with a few other wonderful FOLD volunteers. I’d placed my backpack underneath the table, where it had been hidden by the black tablecloth. What I didn’t realize at the time–and feel more than a little sheepish […]

Those that go, and those that stay

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 in Blog

We put our dog down on Tuesday of this week. A month ago, we found out that she had cancer–no warning, nothing to tip anyone off except for a brief moment when her cheeks puffed up, the moment that prompted the trip to the vet. We’d all thought it was allergies, because she’d struggled with […]

It’s raining hard against the roof.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 in Blog

Out here in the Addington Highlands. Water teeming off the eaves and slicing down into the lake. I have been working all day and talking to the dogs and going for walks in the woods and it has been so quiet, so peaceful, so glorious. I go back to work at the hospital in two […]

Infinite Solitude

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 in Blog

It has been such a heck of a summer. In the best possible way.

Dressing the part

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog

Here’s a little story: three years ago, I got invited to a literary festival and carpooled up there with a number of other literary peeps. I happened to be driving, and spent the entire time during my drive to Toronto to pick everyone up worrying about the following things: a) Everyone would think I had […]

Multitudes and universes and radical self-care

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 in Blog

I am having something of a hard week. Between the news in the larger world outside–I am afraid to check the news now, afraid to check my Twitter feed almost all of the time–and little tiny sad things that nonetheless feel very big in my own tiny little life, it’s been a hard batch of […]

Stop, take a moment, and breathe

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past month about where I was this time last year. I can’t seem to get it out of my head these days–how some things change so slowly, how some things don’t change at all, how fast a year can disappear and show you, in the vanishing, all of […]

Your life will be a great and continuous unfolding…

Posted on May 1, 2016 in Blog

I have been thinking, over the past couple of days, about May firsts. I have had the good and terrible luck to have had some radically memorable firsts of May over the past few years–three years ago today my first novel was published, two years ago today I remember planting morning glories and revelling in […]

The magic continues

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 in Blog

A little over twelve years ago, I moved into a bachelor apartment in a part of Victoria called Cook Street Village. It was the first time I’d ever lived on my own and I loved it immediately, with the kind of intense, headstrong love you usually save for your first crushes. I had next to […]

Good omens

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 in Blog

I went to bed on January 1st feeling altogether more satisfied and surprised by 2015 than I’d ever expected. Yes, it was horrible, and yes (oh yes) I hope I never again go to the places I went during those summer months. Yes, I’m still glad to have it behind me. But the handy dandy […]