Travel changes you; this much I know for sure, and I had such a profound experience with my three weeks in the maritimes that I feel compelled to write a book about it. The idea of writing a travel memoir occurred to me early in my trip, and now that it’s all behind me and I’ve accumulated a wealth of memories and insights, I feel as though I have the foundations of a great book within me waiting to materialize. Read the rest of this entry »
What was originally supposed to be a 2-week vacation limited to just Nova Scotia ended up turning into a 3-week vacation encompassing the whole Maritimes and I finally arrived back in Montreal on Monday evening. The sweltering humidity of a brutal heatwave greeted me as I got off the plane, and these last two days have been very slow and sweaty as I get settled in and return to my normal routine. But after having such an amazing time in my travels, I feel as though I am changed by all I have seen and done, and all the wonderful people I met. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a vacation. In fact, the last time I actually went on a trip that lasted more than a long weekend was when I went to Costa Rica back in 2011, so I have never taken a vacation in all my time as a freelance writer. You could say I’m about due. So, this coming Monday July 6 I will be leaving for a two-week adventure in Nova Scotia! Read the rest of this entry »
The future is a place where everything is better, and the past is filled with suffering. In the present we tend to remember the hard times more than the good. If we want to arrive at the bright future before us, we have to let go of the past and ride the wave of the present into the days that hold our heart’s desire.
When we think of the future; say, 5 or 10 years from now; we always like to think that wherever we are and whatever we’re doing, things will be better. We’ll have more money; we’ll have a better job; we’ll own a house; we’ll take a trip around the world; we’ll finally meet “the one”. No one ever likes to think they’ll be worse off in the future. No one wants to think they’ll be broke or alone or desperate. Of course, it’s possible that we really might be worse off in the future; we might make a bad decision or life might throw us something unexpected that changes everything; but no one wants to think that way. Instead we make our future plans and envision a place where everything is better, and we have the things we desire and work so hard for. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been writing poetry for a long time. The first poem I ever wrote was in grade six for a school assignment. It was a rhyming poem about the colour black, and my teacher was so impressed that I ended up getting an award for it at a school assembly. Not only that, Janice Atwood, who was then the chair of the Peel School Board, sent me a card commending me on my “wonderful colour poem.” I saved the card with the envelope it came in and still have it to this day. Even from a young age it seemed that I had talent for words and it’s something I’ve pursued over the years by writing relentlessly, reading tirelessly, and holding onto the dream that someday I will become known as a great writer. Read the rest of this entry »