In Gratitude

Some magic happened today at Coast Collective. Poets read, artists talked and the audience responded with much applause. The show, “In Conversation: Poets Speak; Artists Respond”, began with a call out to poets back in June. Poets responded by submitting twenty-nine poems that were given to participating artists to work with. A few months later […]

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poems from Vancouver Island

I finally got my chapbook together the way I wanted. There were a number of things I had to put in place : – choose the poems, review/edit, put them in some kind of order – decide if I wanted to include any images (yes) – create the images using my photos and then altering […]

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drawn by the strange pull

Sometimes I am at a loss for words. That’s when I make “other things” – things physical and hopefully, things that have a quality of beauty. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I can only be true to myself, my vision. I’ve given a lot of thought lately about why […]

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Making Art

There’s something energizing about being in the same room with “like” people. Last week I spent 5 energizing days at MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts) in a workshop that was quite different from anything I’ve taken. Instead of the touch of clay or the impulse of paint and paper I learned how […]

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Projects & Promises

I’m setting some project goals for myself over the next six months. I have set them in the past and have disappointed myself by not following through. Now my impulse as I am getting closer to my 60th birthday is to do the work and please myself. ☺ In an attempt to integrate the artist […]

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My Tribe

My writing group, the Sooke Writers’ Collective, has been working toward a 2015 anthology since last fall. It is a professionally designed and printed book – one hundred and fourteen pages this year with nineteen participants, five of which are high school students. The five are winners of our annual student writing contest we host […]

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Inspired

I try to give myself some creative retreats every year. One I try not to miss is MISSA – Metchosin International School of the Arts.   Every summer they have fantastic workshops by the week or weekend in varied arts such as clay work, painting, mixed media, writing etc. etc. In past years I have written, […]

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into May

Somehow I find myself in May. April flew by with visits to family, several birthday celebrations, work and writing. I finished off the month by attending the Cascadia Poetry Festival in Nanaimo for three days. My days at the festival opened my eyes to new possibilities in my writing and inspired and educated me in […]

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broken promises

I look back to the beginning of the month to see what I have pledged in the name of “poetry month” and I feel disappointed. A poem a day for me is not realistic in light of all the other commitments I have made for my businesses and my self. It’s time to pull back. […]

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day 3 – following the moon

    Sorting through my social media. Yikes! I have a blog (ok 2), a couple of Facebook business pages and a seldom used twitter account and maybe instagram. Hmm – thinking about the idea of “I’m not talking because I don’t have a lot to say”. And now thinking that is not true though […]

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