Here’s to all the book lovers

Although I didn't write this myself, I found myself in almost every line of it. Filipina writer Rosemarie Urquico wrote this essay in response to Charles Warnke’s essay, You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that … Continue reading Here’s to all the book lovers

Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed" -Ernest Hemingway Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are completely blocked? Maybe you've done the same things again and again and are feeling bored and apathetic? Or maybe you're feeling completely overwhelmed, burnt-out, or restless? … Continue reading Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

Memories and Mixtapes: Summer Love & The Art of Bedroom Dancing

Sam Beam’s voice makes my heart swell. It had been quite awhile since I’d listened to Iron & Wine, and as the soothing soulful melodies poured out the speakers, I found myself dancing and swaying in the kitchen. These movements progressed to the entire house – running up the stairs to dance on the top … Continue reading Memories and Mixtapes: Summer Love & The Art of Bedroom Dancing

All That Exists is This Moment

“To stay with that shakiness – to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness – that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic – this is the spiritual path. Getting the … Continue reading All That Exists is This Moment

These Days….Images & Reflections

These days feel longer as they grow darker These days my heart is full of love and lust and lonely longing (and all the lovely contradictions) These days my heart is out East with you, though I'm heading across the ocean with only me These days I notice all the cloud formations in the sky, … Continue reading These Days….Images & Reflections

“If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. " Audre Lorde "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. … Continue reading “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

This is a love letter of sorts. For those who are struggling, stuck, confused, scared shitless. For those who are lost, who are unsure of what to do with their lives, or where to go from here. For those who don’t fit in, who don’t feel like they belong, who feel ‘different’ and out-of-place. For … Continue reading An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing Retreat for the Soul

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of doing a short writing residency at this amazing 87 acre farm just outside Picton, Ontario. Small Pond Arts is a wild, sprawling space that includes an arts retreat centre, an art studio, and a ridiculously charming residence with an open kitchen, peaceful rooms, and a huge front … Continue reading Adventures at Small Pond: A Writing Retreat for the Soul

“We Have to Break Ourselves Open”: Navigating the Spaces of Uncertainty and Fear

Today has floated by like a dream - the kind where you can't get quite find  your footing, and you are left feeling distant, disconnected, and drained. Earlier, I was sitting on the GO bus, crossed legged, books resting on my lap. Out the window, the world passed by in a blur - the rich … Continue reading “We Have to Break Ourselves Open”: Navigating the Spaces of Uncertainty and Fear

Breathing Room – Creating Space Between You and Your Pain

I have been writing "morning pages" everyday for the past three weeks. This act has been so loving, comforting, and illuminating. When I was young, I used to write furiously in my journal almost every day. It was mostly complaining and general angst. I didn't glean any insights from it at the time, it was … Continue reading Breathing Room – Creating Space Between You and Your Pain