Writer - Author - Poet
Writer - Author - Poet


Webster’s definition of moving is to change one’s residence or location. But it also can mean in motion –a fast-moving river or producing a strong emotion –an unforgettable and moving book. Or being mobile –she was moving so quickly I hardly saw her. It’s interesting that the same word used to describe changing your residence […]


Home is defined as a place where one lives permanently or semi-permanently and can be a fully or semi-sheltered space with both exterior and interior aspects. Other meanings include the intangible feeling one gets in a location, a sense of peace from loved ones, or an environment where one feels most comfortable, loved, and protected; […]

Good Fortune, Bad Fortune

Many are familiar with the Chinese parable about good and bad fortune. In summary, the folktale tells the story of a poor Chinese farmer who lost his horse. All his neighbors offered their condolences, “Oh, what bad luck”. The farmer simply said, “Maybe”. Shortly after, the horse returned with a herd of horses. The neighbors […]

Artificial Intelligence

AI or artificial intelligence is the intelligence of machines or software, the opposite of the intelligence of human beings or animals. Cyborgs exist only in fiction, but the concept is becoming more and more likely as scientific research makes significant progress with each passing year.   I can hardly keep up with it. Social media changes […]

Mountains in Summer

Always for most of my life now I am in the mountains in summer to hike up and down steep slopes, wade blue-green rivers avoid encounters with grizzlies maneuver snowfields, sleep under the stars. Fill my days and nights with clean air, breathe deep and long. Remember who I am. The girl who wandered over […]


For the past several months, I’ve been working on my new fiction novel set in the Depression Era of rural British Columbia. Originally, I had planned to situate the book in the Laurentian Plateau and Hudson Bay Lowlands of my ancestral roots, which would’ve been a wonderful foray into my heritage. However, I decided on […]


According to a recent poll, the odds of an author getting their work published in the book publishing industry is around 1%. So, for example, the Hatchett Book Group published around 2100 books last year. Using the poll’s calculation of 1%, that would be just 21 authors who had their work published or at least […]


When I was young, I thought I was the only person born on my birthday, and therefore no wonder it needed to be celebrated. After all my family members had different birthdays. However, that changed in second grade when a classmate had the same birthday as me. At first, I thought she was lying but […]

Near Misses

Recently, when driving back over the bridge I take to get to my property, on a rainy Friday afternoon, a tool fell out of a truck bed from a pickup driving in the opposite direction. It looked like a hand saw but I can’t say for sure because I only saw it out of the […]

Life is Messy

When I packed for my trip to Australia a few months ago, I selected a medium-sized duffel that would suffice for the six weeks I’d be away from home. I stuffed clothes and shoes that I might need for the hot summer season in Australia on one side of my bag such as a pair […]


Impermanence, or change, is a theoretical concept embraced by a variety of religions and philosophical thought. It is an essential belief in Buddhism and one of the principles of Hinduism. Plato, Kant, Nietzsche, and Confucius all insisted that ever-present change was the fundamental essence of the universe.   It’s been my experience that ever-present change […]

The Sun

When I first returned from Australia and New Zealand, a frequent comment from friends and colleagues was, “Hope the sun comes out today. This winter was so long. All those gray days,” followed with a sigh. I hadn’t noticed because I had just spent two months under the Australian sun, renowned for its unusually bright […]

Māori Aotearoa

Is Māori Aotearoa (the indigenous name for New Zealand) as beautiful as everyone says it is? The simple answer is yes. Undulating green hills, the color of seagrass. A palette of tall broadleaf trees and ferns covering mountainsides. Pelicans, cranes, eagles, hawks, herons, and songbirds here and there. Quaint towns and campgrounds tucked in coves […]

Kangaroos Goannas and Dancing

On our tour of north-eastern Australia, we visited several National Parks. Remarkable scenery with bushwalking and stargazing opportunities. Jagged rock outcrops surrounded by hilly bush and woodland forest. Ferns, sundews, and orchids in the damp gullies, fig trees, and wattles. At certain campgrounds, groups of kangaroos lounged comfortably between campsites, munching on the grass. Goannas […]


All the beaches I visited in Australia were beautiful. Some more than others of course. The white, smooth sand was so soft that when my feet sunk in the soothing powder it felt like they were encased in a pair of velvety slippers. I loved the mellow aroma of salt in the air, the crystal-clear […]