Better with Butter: Making It Fresh

I love making new things because they give me hope. It’s inspiring and even freeing to think that new and fresh things can be made in a world where so many things seem to be going wrong. Whether it’s knitting a new scarf or blanket or baby hat, photographing a toddler or the birth of…

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When Silence is Not So Silent After All

I am sitting in my living room and enjoying a rare moment of being alone in my house. I live with 2-3 roommates at any given time in a community house overseen by Sanctuary London, where I am changed for the better every day by those who have not known home and stable housing and…

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Miles High Blogging

I am blogging from an airplane. About 30,000 to 40,000 feet in the air. The tiny window beside my seat shows blue sky and white clouds, and below, nothing more than wisps of fog and bits of green land. I was lucky enough to be on an airplane many times from childhood to now: Switzerland,…

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Catnaps for Cats and Humans

My cat is a snuggling therapy cat and hunter in one.  Her name Keko means ‘blessed and lucky one’ in Japanese. She was blessed and I was blessed. And we were both lucky to find each other. She was a stray from Animal Rescue Foundation, and they had found her on a rural road on…

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When The Slowest Comes First

“You take the lead Debra,” said Gil. “I can’t lead… I’m the slowest runner here! ” We were doing our warm-up walk and about to start our first running set, heading down the path along the Thames. “That’s why you need to lead us in our speed… we pace ourselves by the slowest in the…

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Birthdays and Last Days of Summer

I was six and chose my favourite yellow dress with white polka dots. I remember pulling it out of the closet and putting it on. I have a photo of myself with short cropped hair, wearing the yellow dress. I was sharing my birthday party with my brother. Both of us with summer birthdays. My…

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Radical Hospitality: What Does True Welcome Look Like?

Sharon shows up at our door after supper, looking tired. We live in a neighbourhood in which these visits are more frequent. The minute we open the door she will barrel past us into our home, because she so badly needs a place to feel welcome. She’s been walking the streets all day, and she…

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Foodie Blogs and “Julie and Julia,” But Most of All, Eating Together

Maple bacon-wrapped chestnuts. Blueberry cheese cake. Bruschetta with goat cheese and balsamic drizzle. Rubarb crisp. Herb-butter baked salmon with lemon, steamed to perfection. Oven-roasted garlic parmesan potatoes. Soft-battered fresh haddock from a tiny town in Scotland with a red wagon outside the window. Double-fudge brownie chocolate cake for a late-night birthday celebration. So many people…

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Blogging Away

Does blogging have to be an individual, quiet-space activity? Can blogging be a room full of people who are all learning, talking, collaborating and writing their stories side by side on twelve laptops? Many people think of blogging as something we do on our own, maybe in the quiet of a morning tea, or on…

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Common Ground: From Coffee to Community

“When will the coffee be ready?” is often the first question you hear at Monday and Wednesday drop-ins at Sanctuary London, a non-profit in London that supports those facing poverty and exclusion. Delicious coffee, roasted locally by Patrick’s Beans, brings comfort to the uncomforted, and there is something even better about sharing it across the…

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