Through the Woods and into the Lake

Comparison is the thief of joy.President Theodore Roosevelt At the beginning of summer I vocalized missing Greece and my friend Crystal asked “Are you going to compare everything to Greece?”  The question was direct and pointed—and it was a good one.  Was I?  I have spent every summer for over fifteen years in Greece. I... Continue Reading →

A Bit About My Writing Life: Counios and Gane

I haven't talked a lot about the Counios and Gane side of things. We have a website and a newsletter. We are international award winning authors with awards and finalist placements from the United States and Canada (Montana, Michigan, Washington D.C., Ontario, Saskatchewan). We have appeared on radio and television. We've moderated discussions with writers... Continue Reading →

Roughing it: a soft spot in my heart

I just returned from Duck Mountain Saskatchewan. Madge Lake specifically. It was a short trip---three days and two nights. As a new location in Saskatchewan I was so impressed with its geographical contours, boreal forest and overall contrast to what is generally thought of as flat Saskatchewan. I filled these days with hiking, taking photos,... Continue Reading →

Holiday at Home

Traveling: it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. Ibn Battuta Not Greece Every summer for the last fifteen years I travel to Greece. It's the Motherland and I go for a few reasons. It's hot and beautiful. I'm guaranteed sunshine every day. My extended family is there. Friends say I'm so... Continue Reading →

If you drink, this may offend

Incredibly aware that our days outside are limited by the ups and downs of prairie weather, Kevin and I always choose outside. This particular warm and windy day we ended up at Rosie’s on River, a new destination for us. I had a cider and he had a couple of craft beers. I offered to... Continue Reading →

Happy Canada Day

I am Canadian. But first I was Greek, born there. I got my citizenship here as a child. I wrote a post about becoming a citizen here. I have this analogy that Greece is my biological mom and Canada is my adoptive mom. My biological mom, Greece, is beautiful, gorgeous actually. She has the bluest... Continue Reading →

Condoms, Alcohol, Babysitting and Tears

I recently received this message: Hello and welcome to the most random-out-of-context message you may have ever received—but the other day I was in Shoppers Drug Mart with my best friend and she grabbed a box of condoms. After stifling my gag reflex at the realization that she is now in fact in a relationship... Continue Reading →

Take a good long look

(also known as my only Covid-19 post) Let's talk about mirrors On a good day, when we have warning, a mirror is not horrifying. It’s pretty good, actually. Hair combed? Check. Clean face? Check. Lip gloss? A bit of makeup? Okay! Looking in the mirror is doable! Give a wink and a gun and carry... Continue Reading →

Black Lives Matter: Part Two

Memories are weird and the whole brain filing system is weird as well.  I don’t fully understand it. Maybe that means I have a bad memory or maybe that is how brains work. Maybe memories pop up when they are needed---to be reconciled with or challenged. Maybe? Triggers The movie Lion has a scene where... Continue Reading →

Black Lives Matter: Part One

On Tuesday June 2nd, at 11:00 am there was a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. It came quickly after the murder of George Floyd, a Black African-American man who died in the hands of police.  I watched the video. It. Broke. My. Heart. All 50 states plus eighteen countries participated in... Continue Reading →

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