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

Kaleidoscope 10 – What a Ride!

Wow! What an honour to be included in a conference alongside such esteemed authors as Avi, Marie-Louise Gay, David Bouchard, Richard Scrimger, Kathy Appelt, Marty Chan…the list goes on. The theme of Twisting the Lens, promised to challenge the way we see the world, the way we think and act. With a twist of the


Four years ago I attended a fantastic children’s literature conference called Kaleidoscope. Melanie Watt shared her story in true Scaredy Squirrel style to the delight of all in attendance.  And what a thrill it was to learn the story behind the story of many of  Michael Murpugo’s wonderful books. I met many talented authors and


  SO  excited that I did not need to cook Thanksgiving dinner this year.  Surrounded by half-emptied boxes and a cook-top that is not installed yet, being invited out for Thanksgiving dinner definitely was up there on my list of Things To Be Thankful For this year. I do, however, have a beautiful new oven

So Long Calgary Delta – Thanks for caring

I can hardly believe it. After so many weeks, months of wandering, displaced from our home, we actually packed up for the final time and headed for home. Home – what a beautiful sound to my ears.   The Calgary Delta, who took us in after our horrific return to Calgary, was amazing. When you

If I Could Turn Back Time…

Strange voices startle me out of my already troubled sleep. Who are these people? Why are they laughing and talking outside my bedroom door?  Red numbers 11:45 pm glare at me from the bedside table and my fuzzy brain begins to focus. I look at the shadows huddling around the edges of the room made