Things that inspire me to write #79: Tree Island Yogurt

  I received an invitation to buy yogurt today and it made me smile–and not because I have a hankering for dairy. Several years ago one of my best friends moved from Vancouver to pursue her and her husband’s dream of  starting their own yogurt brand–Tree Island Yogurt. It’s been a long and difficult haul for them both–but Scott and […]

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Things that inspire me to write #80: Craft fairs

  With Thanksgiving and Halloween finally out of the way (in Canada anyway) the pre-Christmas shopping bonanza has officially started–which means it’s time to get your craft on. Circle Craft, Vancouver’s biggest craft fair, is fast approaching and already I’m looking forward to spending hours upon hours feasting on every kind of artistic creation from […]

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Things that inspire me to write #81: Americans

Four more years of a US president who is intelligent, open minded and seems to really care about people. In a news world filled with pipeline disasters, melting polar ice caps, and federal bank failures, Obama’s re-election brings me a little bit of hope for the future—in both your country and hopefully my own as […]

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Things that inspire me to write #82: The Breakfast Club

Melodramatic, sex-centred brain candy with protagonists that spend way too much time on their hair. Whether in movies or novels, teen pop culture can get a bad rap. And sure, while there may be several dozen (or more) Clueless rip offs out there that doesn’t mean they are the definer of all that it means to be a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #83: JK Rowling

I have a son. He’s two, and at least once a day I feel like locking myself in the bathroom so that I can write for more than five seconds without him thrusting small plastic animals on my keyboard and demanding we play zookeeper again. With the many demands of being a mom, the task […]

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Things that inspire me to write #85: Rolling In The Deep

  I feel it in my chest. A burning, bursting sort of feeling that makes me want to belt out the ‘all’ at the end of the ‘we could have it all…” line in Adele’s Rolling In the Deep song right alongside the British diva.  Thankfully for my husband and son, I usually resist. However, […]

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Things that inspire me to write #87: My dad

My childhood was set against jars of murky grey water, hard clumps of color on a white plastic plate, and stacks of picture frames. My dad has painted mountains for as long as I can remember. Now retired and in his sixties he is still going strong, churning out a new one every week. Some […]

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