Twelve Favourites #8 Sand Treasures

What a perfect time of year to gaze into a pyramid filled with sand from the ocean and a myriad of treasures from the sea. Shake it and then look for the pearl that hides among the sea glass, shells of all kinds and, of course, sand. I love it. I love anything that reminds

Twelve Favourites #7 Winds of L’Acadie

You have to admit that I showed quite a lot of restraint not jumping right in with my first published novel as a favourite right away. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’m not ranking these favourites, but if I were…well, it wouldn’t be #7. I still remember the day the box of books came

Twelve Favourites: #6 Grandma’s Favourite

I love the beauty and grace of these beautiful birds. They ooze peaceful tranquility. I mean, it’s probably impossible to harbour angry feelings while watching swans. But the main reason I love swans is because they remind me of my Grandma. Grandma loved swans. She loved watching swans and she loved collecting swans. I think

Twelve Favourites #5: Starbucks Coffee

The name of my blog makes this favourite rather obvious, but still, I felt it warranted a spot on my top twelve. What I find interesting about the Starbucks phenomenon is that it tends to be a love, love, love it or a hate, hate, hate it. There aren’t a lot of people in the

Twelve Favourites #4 The Tangled Garden

The first time I saw this painting by J.E.H. Macdonald (Group of Seven) years ago when I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. It wasn’t in the exhibit, but I found it in the gift shop and knew I had to have it. It was a metaphor for my tangled life and I

Twelve Favourites #3

My cool white stetson, presented at the prestigious white hat ceremony during the Kaleidoscope Conference in November this year ranks high on the list of favourites. Receiving this hat represents two honours that I totally did not expect. The first, was my invitation to present at the amazing Kaleidoscope Children’s Literary Conference in Calgary, along

Twelve Favourites #2 – Mi’kmaq Quill Box

This treasured quill box was a gift to me on the occasion of the completion of my first novel, Winds of L’Acadie.  There are many stories inside this quill box which is my traveling companion whenever I visit schools or present at conferences. I LOVE it. This authentic Mi’kmaq quill box began its journey in

Twelve Twelve Twelve Favourites

I’m not really a superstitious type of person. Still, I decided that the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year should warrant some kind of special attention. Well, that and the fact that I just hung my very cool coffee cup clock that I brought back from Ottawa this summer. Isn’t it

A Winter Wonderland of Inspiration

How exciting to be invited to the Treaty 7 Education Conference held at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis.  Although driving into the mountains in winter weather is not high on my list of Things I Enjoy, I had forgotten how spectacular the scenery can be. As the sun broke through the clouds, I imagined myself

Be Unique

Have you ever received the same message through various sources all within a short period of time?  That’s what has happened to me in the past couple of weeks. It’s a funny experience. Over and over, the message repeated itself: in an article, listening to another author speak, listening to a motivational speaker, reading a