Love, Victoria: Top Nine Spots To Visit

Sending love from Victoria BC as I am currently writing from the Saanich area of this beautiful island city while on vacation. The weather has been crisp and clear, blue-skied and sunny, and I am refreshed from walking, running, eating, writing, and sightseeing with family along the beautiful oceanside parks and waterfronts. I have been…

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Living Like Percy: The Love Of A Dog

Love, love, love, says Percy. And run as fast as you can along the shining beach, or the rubble, or the dust. Then, go to sleep. Give up your body heat, your beating heart. Then, trust.  — Mary Oliver There is something about dogs that makes me want to live to the fullest and love to the fullest, and open…

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Chorus of Frogs: Listening for One Voice

There is a chorus of frogs all around me. It has been one of the greatest moments of wonder so far on my trip to Victoria. My family lives in a different house now, with trails and ponds surrounding their backyard, and as I write from the sunroom, watching the red streaks of sunset over…

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Running The Risk & Risking The Run (How-To #1)

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no  longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be  vulnerable.”  — Madeleine L’Engle Today I am inspired by risk and vulnerability. There is a balance of fear and courage in the…

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Follow Along with Me!

“And here in the dust and dirt, O here, the lilies of His love appear.” (Henry Vaughan) Dear Readers, Winter seems to be hanging on tightly, but spring is hinting that it wants very much to arrive, and Springtime for me is a time of new life and seeds being planted into beautiful flowers. Their…

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Running In The Darkness of Life

How many of you out there are runners? And how many of you have run on trails at nighttime in the dark of winter, trusting your footing will hold you steady? And whether or not you run, do you know how it feels to step into the darkness of your life, not knowing where the…

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Beautiful words to inspire

Some valuable words (first part of a poem) from a lovely American poet, Jane Kenyon, who died several years ago from cancer. She shared a genuine, honest, brave, and vulnerable attitude through her beautiful words, and she experienced sincere moments of gratitude. Otherwise I got out of bed on two strong legs. It might have…

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Courage, Dear Heart: Fear and Running Anyway

It started with sixty seconds of running followed by ninety seconds of walking, back in the spring and summer with my first series of runs. Having no idea what I was doing and with the courage of a snail, I stepped into my running shoes that very first evening to go and join my running group,…

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At The Table: Pasta, Pad Thai, and Spaetzli

This week I had the urge to try something new. Maybe it was the fresh smell of snow that inspired me–the newness of the season, or an eagerness for some creative spark in the midst of the same-old routine, or the desire to get back to the beautiful basics: cooking from scratch, creating with my…

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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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