Shedding Light on the Past

How did a young teenage girl live and feel in 1911? Would her problems and joys be similar to mine or different?  I have been able to find out by following a fantastic blog: It is the diary of a young teenage girl in 1911 whose grand-daughter, Sheryl Lazarus, has been posting her journal … Continue reading Shedding Light on the Past

Tidal Life

Growing up on the East Coast, my family has always enjoyed the ocean. I have dozens, if not hundreds, of memories of family within feet of the tides. So when I was recently working on an article, perhaps it was natural for me to associate families and tides. There are ups and downs, times of … Continue reading Tidal Life

Sour Cherries

A friend recently posted a photo on Facebook asking what kind of cherry she had found. It is like a large chokecherry. While I couldn't definitively answer her question, it reminded me of the sour cherry tree we had in our backyard the first decade of my life. It was quite an old, large tree … Continue reading Sour Cherries

Picking Mayflowers

I have such crisp memories of picking wild mayflowers with my brother. Scrounging around on the sun-splashed forest floor, moving decaying leaves with our bare hands to find a delicately scented flower smaller than a dime. Trailing arbutus are not easy to find; their flowers tend to hide under the leaves. It takes quite a … Continue reading Picking Mayflowers

Quilt Therapy

One of the things I do to relax and rejuvenate is play with fabric. The wonderful colours, patterns, and texture of printed cotton is an endless source of delight. And using geometry and other math skills to piece the fabric together stretches my brain in another dimension, that is sure to benefit my writing... I … Continue reading Quilt Therapy

Strawberry Jam

Tonight, ten days before Christmas, I made cooked strawberry jam.  I used crushed berries that we had picked this summer, and froze. What a yummy smell in the house in this dreary dark weather! The scent of strawberries is so fresh and summery and brings back wonderful memories. Memories of this past summer u-picking strawberries … Continue reading Strawberry Jam