About Me

I'm a writer, speaker, reader, teacher, pioneer, and visonary.

My Blog

I have a lot of interests and my blogs are kind of random. 

My Books

I write, edit, and publish books and stories in a variety of genres.


"We all mattter or none of us do."

- Patrick Skinner

Threads with Multiple Posts

Just before we left on a holiday to Newfoundland, a routine mammogram led to more tests and a large question mark. Did I or didn’t I have breast cancer?

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Growing up, I related to Hans Christian Anderson’s story, “The Ugly Duckling,” because for unknown reasons, I always felt different from the people around me.

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This isn't me, but it accurately portrays how I've often felt over the last four years. “Bad (people) need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good (people) should look on and do nothing.”

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"No person* is an island entire of itself: every person is a piece of the continent, a part of the main... Any person's death diminishes me, because I am involved in humankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for you.*" (*"man" ^"thee")

- John Donne

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"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

- Madeleine L'Engle

My Latest Posts

July 1, 2020

Even though Jennie Shaw, my dad’s mother, was 80 when I was six, she still managed to be a powerful influence on my life.

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June 10, 2020

Because my grandmother turned 80, I got to know dad’s family better, and learned I had a cousin my age.

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June 8, 2020

We survived having a nest of robins’ above our front door that spring, but we didn’t expect them to return in July!

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June 7, 2020

Instead of being color blind, let’s choose to love all skin colors and to encourage everyone to become the best person they can be.

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June 3, 2020

When I was 6 1/2, my life started to change: a new church group, a new cousin, starting school, and a book that helped make me who I am.

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May 27, 2020

When I think back to who I was at six, I have to say that I was probably very much like I am today.

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May 13, 2020

I’ve heard that a child’s personality is formed by age 6, so I find it surprising that I have only a few memories & a handful of pictures from my 5th year.

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May 6, 2020

My mother left our visitors in the kitchen, took me up to her bedroom, got a new picture book from the bottom drawer of her dresser, and sat down to read it. Needless to say, I was very puzzled.

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April 29, 2020

Apart from moving to a brand new town, the most memorable event for me in the summer of 1952 was my being a flowergirl at my Aunt Brucie’s wedding.

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April 24, 2020

In my short life, we’d already moved from Indian Head, Saskatchewan, to Wolseley. Now, we moved to Crystal City, Manitoba.

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April 15, 2020

As always, the new year began with my birthday. But it also began with my parents wondering if they should make another change in our circumstances.

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April 9, 2020

The next morning, I came downstairs and was shocked to see the baby robin huddled on the narrow window above our front door.

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