More Than a Cup of Kindness

All I know is that the rocking started before I even had a self and I lived through the feeling of it. I rocked until I left home. And I’m not talking about being a cool eighties, punk rocker, but more like an autistic child who rocks back and forth to shut the world out.... Continue Reading →

Hope for the Holidays

If only we could live in a Hallmark Movie, maybe we’d find going home something to look forward to, but my experience in planning hallmark moments is it always turns out more like the “Home for the Holidays" movie. With some families all you can do is hunker down for a long winter’s nap and... Continue Reading →

Skip the Rant and Make it a Story

One of the biggest reasons we write memoir is to tell our stories, but good memoir not only tells a story, but describes the journey the author has been on which might include their own faults along with the people who might have abused them. When I read so-called memoirs that simply go on and on... Continue Reading →

Writing Memoir–Why I Can’t Keep Quiet

When I was eight and my family suddenly left the house we lived in to sleep in a tent at an abandoned sawmill, I had no idea what was going on. To this day, my parents have never told me what happened. What I do know is that we never went back to that house.... Continue Reading →

Encounter at Grouse Gap

The scent of yarrow always takes me back to an abandoned sawmill when I first became homeless. Writing childhood memoir is not for the faint of heart. I'm often seeking inspiration for the silver lining in the lonelier parts of my story. That's what made me pack a lunch and head up to Mount Ashland... Continue Reading →

Anne With an E – A Richer Flavor of Avonlea

Who doesn’t love Anne of Green Gables? For most kindred spirits, that’s like asking who doesn’t love raspberry cordial.  Well, I binge-watched the new version titled, “Anne with an E” on Netflix this weekend and my biggest problem with it was that there was just not enough of it. As a loyal fan of L.M.... Continue Reading →

5 Reasons You Should Watch the Shack

Isn't The Shack just a made up story? Yes. Is it even based on biblical facts? Yes, in some ways, but I like to think of it as an allegory. Pilgrim's Progress wasn't a true story either. But wait, God is a man and not a woman, right? Well, who of us has seen God? These... Continue Reading →

A One Woman Riot

When I was a kid, if my siblings and I argued or made too much noise, we were put on silence. Silence meant we were not allowed to speak or make any noise. If we found a way to communicate through spelling letters through sign language or motioning, we might even be put on frozen... Continue Reading →

The Polygamist’s Daughter Book Review

At the age of nine she was shipped off to Mexico to audition to be the wife of one of her father’s church members. Anna LeBaron grew up in a fundamentalist Mormon cult and while she misses living with her mother and wonders when she will ever see her again, she is told they must... Continue Reading →

The Sound of Gravel Review

There's no place like home unless it's a shanty reeking of mice droppings without indoor plumbing and hot showers and there are live wires hidden everywhere. The house Ruth Wariner grew up in was more like a booby trap than a home. Photo by Camille Minouflet on Unsplash Located in the village of Colonia LeBaron,... Continue Reading →

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