About Me

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

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 matter 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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Mammograms, Breast Cancer, and Me – Part 1

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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LoveChild 1: The Ugly Duckling and Me

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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Feeling Overwhelmed These Days? I Am.

"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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At one time, N. J. Lindquist  wanted nothing more than to be a newspaper "life" columnist. Here are 21 columns she wrote for the Markham Economist & Sun.
Two coming-of-age Christian short stories. The first features an inner city student who questions his life after meeting a new, very unusual  student. 
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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

January 4, 2024

An adopted child, I trusted God to look after me. Then my son asked me to find my “real” parents. Was I willing to open that door?

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I Know Who Holds the Future*

June 26, 2023

My brain hasn’t been up to writing, so over the last few months I’ve used the energy I had to buy or design new covers for all my books.

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New Covers for All My Books!

November 28, 2022

It’s been 30 years since my dad’s death. As his only child, I got to watch first-hand. Because I’m a writer, I wrote about it.

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Thoughts About My Dad 30 Years After His Death

November 18, 2022

After a year of side effects from cancer, my next three years included changes at home, Covid, Zoledonic acid, a heart problem, and other issues.

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Why I More or Less Disappeared in the Fall of 2018 and What I’m Doing Now – Part 2 of 2

November 16, 2022

In the fall of 2018, breast cancer took over my life. Since then, I’ve been very quiet, and I thought it was time for an update.

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Why I More or Less Disappeared in the Fall of 2018 and What I’m Doing Now – Part 1 of 2

November 16, 2022

Since I got breast cancer and then Covid arrived, Les and I have watched a lot of series TV mysteries and some comedies. Here are a few.

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TV Series We’ve Watched Over the Last Four Years (and Recommend)

October 28, 2022

June was four when she was taken from her family and made an orphan by the Child Welfare System in Canada. This is her poignant story.

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Why Didn’t They Ask Her?

October 18, 2022

I had read many lists of possible side effects, so I was prepared mentally. But nothing totally prepares you for the actual side effects. Especially hair loss.

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Hair Loss, Breast Cancer, and Me – Part 6

October 13, 2022

Ray Wiseman spent years discovering that, at heart, he was a writer. This picture of Ray and his wife Anna was taken at the 2005 Write! Canada Conference.

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Reflections on My Friend, Author Ray Wiseman

April 29, 2021

I’d had one injection of zoledronic acid and was due for another. But while I was at the hospital to see my oncologist before having the injection, my heart took centre stage and I was off to Emergency.

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A Routine Medical Appointment Turns Scary

January 7, 2021

Over the past two years, I’ve read a lot of books. I felt the need to share some of the nonfiction books I thought most worth reading.

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The 10 Best Non-fiction Books I Read in 2020

July 20, 2020

I now know why they talk about the problems some parents have to get their adult kids to leave the “nest.” Getting baby birds out of their nest is a lot of work!

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A Robins’ Nest at Our Front Door, Part 5
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