Is it ever a good idea to spit in the face of serendipity?

I was walking home from an appointment this afternoon when I decided to walk through the Public Gardens (a beautiful fenced in garden in downtown Halifax) and spend a few minutes soaking in some sun and reading Wizard’s First Rule, the book I was talking about in yesterday’s post. When the alarm went

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The Hero’s Journey

With the exception of  The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia (which I got started on before I reached double digits), I haven’t read very many fantasy books.  I’m not sure why.  I loved both of them.  They took me to places my normal reading choices don’t go.  At

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Never Leave The Playground

I watched a video today that had me smiling in moments.  It was about a 71 year old man , Steven Jepson, whose philosophy in life is “never leave the playground.”  For Jepson, that means keeping active, agile, sharp, and exuberant by daily play. Jepson had me wanting to head

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Following My Bliss

For the first time in a well over a week I was able take a few consecutive hours to work on what will be my first full-length novel.  I’m mere hours away from having the first draft completed and unlike the last few times I went to write, when I

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A dreary day in this harbour town

It’s a wet and dreary day in Halifax.  Halifax gives its residents a lot of these days, however, on days like today, when it’s been awhile and we’ve been blessed with sun, I treasure the rain and the fog. It’s somehow endearing in this harbour town, the way a Leonard

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Walk on up to the buffet of life!

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Today Awhile ago, I volunteered at my local YMCA.  I was the first presenter in  their kids’ camp ‘try something new‘ week.  That new was Zumba, and it really was new. Not a single child had done it before. I was told to expect about 15 kids there, along with a few

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Let it come . . .

Driving from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia today I was blessed with that simple joy that comes from feeling content to be alive and where you are in a particular moment. I usually find the drive long and monotonous, with constant checks to the clock. I’m not sure why, but

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Love is a Verb

Luv is a verb quote by DC Talk

The first CD I ever bought was a Christian rap group’s album: DC Talk’s Free at Last. One of the songs, “Luv is a verb,” was the catalyst to the way I’ve tried to view love throughout my life. As a result of this song, various things I’ve read, observations I’ve made,

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Wordless Already

I’m only five days into this blog and already I felt a struggle today to write and pressure to ‘have’ to think up a topic because I decided I would contribute something every day (as long as circumstances allow). I’m visiting my family and to take the discipline and concentration

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It takes too long?

The other day (What? 2013 can be the other day …) I was talking to my twelve-year-old niece.  She said she hated reading. Obviously, as a writer and an avid reader I was not overly happy to hear this. She said reading was boring and why would I want to

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