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  • 03/03/15--15:26: On Writing
  • “This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman  

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  • 03/04/15--20:56: Snagmore Trail
  • What’s in a name? Inspiration – perhaps! Snagmore – snag more time outdoors. That’s what I did this weekend. Snagmore is one of the dozens of new trails that have been developed within the West Bragg Trail System in Kananaskis … Continue reading

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  • 03/05/15--21:29: Travel – for life!
  • “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

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    My friend pulled down a book from the narrow, wooden shelf high above the front window. It was “The Book of Awesome” by Neil Pasricha. The gist of the book is enjoying the little things in life – like waking … Continue reading

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    How do I know spring is here? It’s the tired pup in the back of the car at the end of a warm hike up Prairie Mountain, outside of Bragg Creek (just west of Calgary, Alberta). The flowers are starting … Continue reading

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  • 06/08/15--21:25: The Mountains Call Me Home
  • I could have stayed in the office and caught up on work, but the mountains were calling and I had to go. I’ve been away for the past five weeks, travelling in southwestern United States and overseas to Ireland. On … Continue reading

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  • 06/30/15--14:19: Rafting the Kootenay
  • There is nothing like a long weekend in the mountains to rejuvenate body and soul and put that smile back on your face. Spent four days in Kootenay National Park soaking up some seriously fine weather and waves! The hound … Continue reading

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    I should have paid closer attention to the details. We shouldered our backpacks in the Elbow Lake parking lot on Highway 40 in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and joined the day hikers heading for Rae Glacier and the young families … Continue reading

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    There are places that beckon, that call to a place deep within your soul and say “you must come.” Skellig Michael, off Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is one of those places. It spoke to me. No, that’s not quite right. … Continue reading

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  • 10/16/15--09:06: Teaching Kids about Writing
  • Head down, office door closed, the last couple weeks of September and into October have been full of work. With seven books to wrap up, two magazine articles to write and travel queries to send out, there hasn’t been a lot … Continue reading

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    Where was I? Oh yeah, distracted by puffins on Skellig Michael. Other travel adventures, work, and life have kept me from finishing this story, but what better time to get back to blogging about Ireland than St. Patrick’s Day? We … Continue reading

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    Sometimes the best travel finds are those easily overlooked. Take the Ancient Forest Trail, for example. The big sign on Highway16 between Prince George and McBride, BC stands stalwart. We’ve driven by many times, but with miles behind us and … Continue reading

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    July was a soggy month, of that there is no doubt. Calgary, Alberta saw 206 mm of rain. The average is 66 mm. We didn’t let that stop us from getting out into the mountains, though. More often than not … Continue reading

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    Being a freelance writer is awesome – you get to pick when you want to work, do what you want to do, and go where you want to go. As I’ve said before, you drive the bus – or ride the … Continue reading

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  • 12/19/17--14:42: Writing About Travel
  • 2017 is winding down and what a year it’s been for this freelance children’s writer who also fills her time writing about travel! The Freelance Life Work-wise, it was probably one of my least productive years – five children’s non-fiction … Continue reading

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  • 01/03/18--11:19: Write On!
  • I started 2018 – work wise – by listening again to an archived version of TED Talks. The speaker was Elizabeth Gilbert, author of freakishly successful (in her own words) novel, “Eat, Pray, Love.” Gilbert’s talk wasn’t about the book. … Continue reading

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    What do you do while you wait for editors to get back to you on book outlines? I go off-grid. Hike, bike, paddle – you name it, when downtime comes I play. These past four days I ditched the laptop, … Continue reading