Hold Still: A Memoir in Photographs

On a break from work and still hurting from the arguments, I wandered lost into a used bookshop behind the Grove.  Running my fingers along the brightly coloured spines of each book, I let my finger tips guide me to my next purchase.  They caught on the cover of a beautiful, fat paperback – airport…

Reading Matters: Mumbai, New York, Scranton: A Memoir!

Mumbai, New York,  Scranton by Tamara Shopsin Quirky and beautifully written, this book is essential reading. It starts as a real time memoir or reportage of a vacation in and around India – the pictures and text written and photographed with an immediacy that is very engaging and draws us into the story.  The book…

The Mid Summer Fire

June contains a great turning pointing in the year as the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, pauses there for a moment on June 21st and then begins the descent back towards Autumn and Winter. The date was marked by our farming ancestors as a date to remember that all would turn again…

Reading Matters: You, A Bike and A Road by Eleanor Davis

    Looking out from my desk at work through the long gallery of windows that line my side office –  I  find myself watching the wind catch the tops of the tree branches and how they exalt in the wind’s embrace.  And it stirs my soul: deep and powerful.  It’s the call of the…

Saturday Notebook: Short film of Anne Lamott

So much wisdom and beautifulness in this short TED talk by Anne Lamott. There is an uneasiness in the country this weekend, that has all of us unsettled. Its a good day to view this talk on the “12 truths I learned on life and writing” and to remember this gem: “Grace always bats last”

Reading Matters: May

Two contrasting books this month – “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware and “the Rules do Not Apply” by Ariel Levy “Bloom” by Bronnie Ware “Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness” Those who follow this blog know of my intense interest in life, what makes a life,…

Reading Matters: January

Overview Living, dying, birds, art, life: beautiful prose-poem short stories from Lydia Davis and American history; January reading has been a good clear start – eclectic, rich and satisfying. Birds, Art, Life by Kyo Maclear This is a book of small things and shares a year of observations. The book’s small blocks of writing have…

Reading Matters “This is the Story of a Happy Marriage”

I have written before how much “Bird by Bird” by Ann Lamott works as a non-fiction-novel for me. A woman in faith, a writing woman, a woman with a view – these themes resonate with me, deeply. This week I am going to pair that book with “The Story of a Happy Marriage” by Ann…

The Weekend Matters: Summer Coleslaw

Its been a bright sunny summer weekend and we’ve been busy working together upgrading the kitchen. Meals were light to match the mood with a few dozen warm jammy cookies chucked in on Sunday evening – just because we can. Today we are sharing our weekend recipes for an easy, colourful coleslaw, flax seed buns…

Blossom Trees

May be its time to write a little of the time my first husband died. We had separated a few years prior to his illness. But it was at this time of year (May), six years ago, he passed away during complications to transplant his heart. When spring is high in the air I do remember…