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Hugging in the Time of Covid

Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash This is a true account of the adventures of Ellie. But first… Who misses hugs? And hands raise all over the planet. Our arms reach out and we overlap our hands. This is no longer the universal sign for...

Edison bulb shining in darkness

Shine Your Light

Photo by Rostyslav Savchyn on Unsplash Everyone has a flashlight. We keep it shining bright by recharging the batteries. Some people are recharged by their relationship with God. Others rely on self care. Many seek counseling when...

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Is it Camping, or is it Glamping?

Everyone has trauma recovery work to do. That’s ok; there are so many different ways we can be hurt, so there needs to be more than one way to heal. But, if someone assumes they know best how you should heal, without considering the complexities of...

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Kindness in the Time of Covid

The world has officially gone crazy. Every news feed and social media debate has become completely cuckoo bananas. People get ramped up about the weirdest things. Rants on community social media about neighbourhood parking peeves. People losing...

Crushing It

Isn’t it strange that popular slang takes common terms and turns them upside down? For instance, “sick” can mean ill, gross, or even super cool. “Fresh” can refer to recently picked produce, or fashion and style that is extremely good. Crushin’ it...

macramé craft in progress

Woven

Quarantine is a great time to start a new project. Everyone I know is renovating, cleaning out closets, and organizing their homes. My dresser drawers are all Marie Kondo-ed, thanks to my daughter who ran out of things to organize at her place. My...

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Do You Want In?

I am longing for Spring today. I need to see something grow. New green tender shoots of something — anything. I’d take a dandelion today. I want fresh new growth in my soul. Cool spring water bubbling up in my spirit, bathing my heart in refreshment...

What Would You Like to Do About That?

Good question. One that made my teenagers groan in frustration. Teen: I’m hungry. Me: What would you like to do about that? Teen: Make me a snack. Me: Well, I’m busy with work and it’s not suppertime yet. The kitchen is all yours. Knock yourself out...

peace sign tealight

Kind

Be nice. Nice girls don’t. That wasn’t nice. How nice of you. You’re too nice. All things that have been said to me. Also said by me: I was just trying to be nice.  What was my objective by trying to be nice? I was trying to elevate my image. I...

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Collide

We are born. We die. In between the moments and days and calm and chaos … there are collisions. Good ones. Bad ones. Accidental ones. They all matter. They all serve our story if we are alert enough to notice them. I was very young. My dog was...