• 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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    Of Lakes, Longing, and the Digital Age

      It's the weekend, and I am staring at the piece of metal in my hand. Glancing up, I see the Fraser River floating by, grey today. It is Spring, a cold one, and the clouds hang low. Though I have noted the weather, the river, the cottonwoods straining to leaf, my attention is elsewhere. My focus is back on the piece of metal in my hand. My smartphone is warm, fits well in my

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    Do You Feel Angels?

    Do you feel angels? People often speak of their spirit guides and the abounding loving energies that surround, nurture, and direct them. Hearing about them, I imagine these guides as a kind of invisible entourage - robed figures of light, whispering and nudging, prodding their charges along, gently sweeping aside obstacles and working a kind of supernatural magic-by-proxy. At times I

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    That Saturday Feeling

    As I write this, it is raining, in that way that it can only rain at the West Coast of Canada in late winter. It is  a committed rain, cold and dense and unremitting. It's Saturday, and I am acutely aware that I have that Saturday feeling. Maybe you know this feeling? It is a kind of quiet bliss. A feeling of being connected, body and mind. It comes with a sense of timelessness, a slowness in

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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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    Commitment: Doing What you Say You’re Going to Do

      “Nothing is easier than saying words. Nothing is harder than living them day after day.”– Arthur Gordon Guest post by Kathy Irwin. Put your hand up with me if you’ve ever made a commitment to yourself to start exercising regularly or amend your diet in some way, only to find yourself back in your old familiar habits a week or two later. You know, those times that it becomes critically

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    Sunday Soup Pot Wisdom

    At the heart of the 'everyday happiness' conversation is the notion that being present to our ordinary activities and daily tasks is the pathway to deep joy and a profound contentment. Very often, we look outside ourselves, or to some future way-station, where, upon arrival we will have our heart's desire and a happy life will unfold in front of us, and we can march merrily into the golden

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