It's a professional day here in our school district, which means I have the girl at home and am doing low-attention catch-up tasks today rather than diving deeply into any project requiring all my attention.

Lessons in Storytelling


I had the pleasure of hearing Ivan Coyote speak at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in October. She’s fabulous. Before and since then, I’ve watched several of her performances on YouTube. They never fail to

Remembrance Day


No matter what your opinion of war or of the military, today is about remembrance, not politics. Every one of the people who has given their lives to military service was someone's child, and each

On Balance


It’s a new year of sorts, for me. In my world, September has always seemed like the start of a new year, even more than January 1, no doubt because from the time I was