• Lupines and Other Sorrows

      Micro-Version: A threat of bombs averted, sorrow miners light their lamps, following the tracks of a tidily dressed six-year old.  They find no shortcuts. Meanwhile, the earth revolves around the sun sixty times and lupines bloom, right on cue. The Long Road: It is the summer of my fifty-ninth year. Soon, my friends who haven’t already will turn 59, too. Others are farther ahead on the

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    • Maintaining Mindfulness in the Digital Fast Lane

      Delighted to introduce you to the first article in my new column #Untrending, published biweekly in the Maple Ridge News. In my recent book, #Untrending – A Field Guide to Social Media That Matters, I talk about social media as a doorway to meaning, contribution, beauty and truth. Tall talk, I know, but aimed at challenging us to take a long view of our online engagements and consider each

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    • In the Peony Garden

      Micro-version: Fidgety Muses awaken a sleeping child, while plucked peonies reveal the secrets of selfhood. Writers and poets take the credit. At 3:00 AM this story comes to me, travelling as stories do, on the wings of restless muses up all night, fretting. Some writers have Muses as winged inspiration, angelic, full of gusto and verve. Not mine. Mine is a worrier, a nag. She likes to

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      Summer Lawns and Longings

      Micro-version: Present backyards and past front lawns intersect, leading to personal struggle and profoundly simple outcomes. A tale of ordinary grief, where mice make off with the goods. This morning, early, I stepped out into the cool garden. We have scattered new grass seed and I decided to water. As the spray covered the ground I was reminded of my father. He was a lawn-proud man, and

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      Love in a Blade of Grass

      Micro-version: A case of spring fever, where a human and herbaceous cross-species love affair blooms, while unwritten history whispers on the wind. Nothing much else happens. At last, the season has turned and the leaves shout greenly from the trees. Rhododendrons and lilacs riot, and dandelions burst and bob in grassy places, lawns or fields indiscriminately. They do not care one way or

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      This is A Poem to My Mother

      Warning: this post includes long-form writing and poetry. Micro-version: A study of sentiment, in which we find out that Mother's Day may not be all it is cracked up to be, and a daughter's tender heart is laid bare. Hallmark excluded, poetry saves all. Full-meal deal: Yesterday we celebrated the 92nd birthday of my dear mother-in-law who, though declining, lights up with joy at the

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      Being Human in an Emoticon World

      A few days ago, I was indulging in my usual pre-dinner habit of checking my Facebook notifications and scrolling through my feed. It was a pretty typical day. I checked in with an online group I manage, and a dear member had posted a shocked plea for love and light. A teenaged neighbour had taken her own life in the backyard earlier that day. My friend heard the mother cry out. It’s

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      Look, a Squirrel!

      This morning, I received an email from Chris Brogan, announcing the demise of long-form writing. I think he’s right and it breaks my heart. (If you don’t know Chris Brogan, he’s a genius. Check him out here.) Yesterday morning, my 97 year-old neighbour invited me to pause and watch a pair of squirrels leap from branch to branch. We were standing outside, on a rare sunny morning.

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