The Magic of Creating

A beautiful day for sitting outside with this inspirational book, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. The sun and birds singing and breeze and fresh air offers a sense of freedom and open space that gives me a good mental space for writing. I am reading Big Magic with my Creative Book Club. I love leading […]

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Jill Grunenwald’s Running With a Police Escort

When I first picked up this book at Indigo Chapters, and started browsing through the pages, I found myself laughing out loud at the recognition of myself in this narrator. Written as a memoir, this never-giving-up runner finds herself always at the back of the pack and the end of the race, to the point […]

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Every Mama Needs A Clubhouse

Hey Mamas, do you remember that secret clubhouse we all adored or wanted to belong to, when we were kids? That tree fort, or garage, or abandoned shack where we sat on logs, drank Kool-Aid or a bottle of coke with a handful of licorice, scratched our initials in the wooden sun-patched walls, or gathered […]

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From Lost to Found: Book Thoughts

I am in the midst of reading a wonderful book called One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches To The Margins by Rev. Emmy Kegler. A book that stops me in my tracks to take a deep breath and ponder for hours. A book that inspires me to walk more deeply with those who are […]

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What Makes a Dwelling Place Home?

Can a parking lot become a dwelling place? Can a draped sheet become a home? This past summer, as the building next door became vacant and up for lease, a few homeless folks began camping out in varying forms of tents and dwelling places in the empty parking lot. Because the parking lot was right […]

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What Planting a Blue Spruce Taught Me About Life

I call her baby blue, or Blue for short. She is adorable, growing fast, silver-blue, five feet tall. She has quickly taken on the steady and faithful role of watching over our house and neighbourhood street. Behind her people are camping out under a makeshift tarp and hiding away their hurt, across from her a […]

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Hands In The Soil

My Dad was the first to convince me that we don’t call it “dirt,” we call it soil. It’s beautiful and rich and it’s from the earth. It’s valuable, a gift. It’s something we respect. Dirt is dirt. Soil is soil. This is soil. This past week, I felt the impact of the incredible sorrow […]

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Shalom: Love Them From The Rooftops?

There are moments when you feel the needle moving, when you feel the arch of the universe actually bending towards justice and love and shalom. — Sarah Bessey It was a long day at work. I was coming home, and looking for the slightest encouragement of budding pink and white blossoms on the bare branches […]

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Easter Tulips

Easter Monday. A good day for reflection. This has been an up-and-down weekend, as I’ve heard about and witnessed so many stories of struggle and stories of redemption and healing. And I’ve seen so many moments of intense celebration and love and rejoicing this weekend, that I am simply in awe of the God of […]

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