The Stains On The Mattress

“Hey, I’m back,” she cries, spread-eagled. “Did you miss me?” For two years now I’ve been wedged in a crate wondering if she’d ever return. She, on the other hand, has been gallivanting around the world, seeing other mattresses. Out With the Old And In With the New Yes, my mattress has been unemployed for…

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Rachel’s Ashes

Today my 23 year-old daughter would have turned 27. She loved to travel. In her final days her dad asked, “How about mum and I take your ashes with us wherever we travel, so you can keep traveling too?” She nodded.  Yes. Rachel’s Ashes is a slideshow of the places she now lives. A legacy…

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Comfortable With Uncertainty: Doing Pema Proud

I like living with uncertainty. It’s one of the better choices I’ve made. It tests my patience and tolerance for potential discomfort. At each new house sit I never really know what I’ll be getting into. I don’t know if the dogs will be mellow or manic…or if the cats will sleep on my face. I…

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Life Under 23 kg

After nearly two years of living out of a suitcase, it’s the weight of my life.   Of course, my metaphorical baggage is far greater. I’m certain no plane would clear the runway if we were required to check-in our personal life histories. What’s Your Baggage? Baggage: originating from the word luggage, meaning ‘that which needs…

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Walk Me Home: My Article for the BC Cancer Agency

Hi there, Feeling proud* of the article ‘Walk Me Home’ I wrote for the BC Cancer Agency, so wanted to share it with you all. (*happy, nervous, sad, grateful) Afterthought: I realize now that the trepidation came in knowing the audience of this publication…those living with a brain tumour and their families. I recall being…

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God On The Rocks

“Please let there be no one at my rock,” I’d whisper silently, picking up the pace. The deeply wooded trails behind me, I’d step out onto the promontory of rock and take the giant breath I’d been holding inside for too long. It was here at the edge of the world, all sky and ocean,…

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Becky On Bucket Lists

I recall watching ‘The Bucket List’ during a 5-hour ferry ride from Nova Scotia to Maine back in 2008. I remember it because I was attempting to knit my first ever pair of socks while on board. It seemed like a pretty entertaining movie, at least what I saw of it, but maneuvering four double-pointed…

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How’s Your Wobbly Factor?

Change is constant. How we experience change…that’s up to us. -Meredith Grey- While a few crave change, most of us avoid it like the plague. Change knocks us off centre, makes us wobbly and uncomfortable. But when life gets tough, change offers us the hope that things will get better. Three years ago I said…

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Begin With The End In Mind

So much is written about New Year’s Resolutions. Some love them, others think they’re for the birds. Not a believer in goal-setting culture (it suggests either accomplishment or failure), I concur with the latter. Stephen Covey had it right when he suggested we ‘Begin With The End In Mind’ as one of his 7 Habits….

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