memories

StoryCraft Non-Fiction Writing Workshop

Exploring real life stories helps us to better understand the value of those lived experiences, leading to improved health and resiliency. Writing them down captures snapshots of our culture and preserves them for future generations. Sharing those stories is also vitally important, not only for our own well-being, but to strengthen our relationships with others &hellip Continue reading »

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LifeWriting for Seniors

Exploring our life stories from the perspectives afforded by age helps us to better understand the value of those experiences, leading to improved health and resiliency. Sharing those stories is also vitally important, not only for our own well-being, but to strengthen our relationships with others and create ties of compassion between us. Writing them &hellip Continue reading »

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Days of their Lives

Sixty years ago today ~ June 8, 1955 ~ my mom and dad stood together in a small, white clapboard church pledging they would love each other for better or worse, rich or poor. Don slipped a diamond ring on Erma’s finger, then lifted her veil to kiss her and everyone smiled, as they do &hellip Continue reading »

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Understanding our Stories workshop series

Last Tuesday, I spoke to a room filled with Canadian veterans, sharing the story of my travels through the World War I battlefields of Belgium and how, while there, I unexpectedly discovered the value of my own heritage. I watched as some of the men and women present wiped their eyes. They waited quietly and &hellip Continue reading »

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Courage and Hope

I don’t get a chance to blog much anymore, but today, in the midst of my work, I happened upon this online video. (Strangely enough, it is a British supermarket ad – here is the story of the making of the ad). The story it tells took me back more than a decade and caused &hellip Continue reading »

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Love beyond words

“Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing–sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.” ~Henri Nouwen     I am feeling particularly loved today. And so, particularly joyful. One of the most cherished gifts I have received was when my dearest girlfriend looked &hellip Continue reading »

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On leaving

A number of people in my life are experiencing profound life-changes.  A few have lost people they love; some without warning, while others bear witness to the slow agonizing process of letting go. Some have left places — and pieces of their heart — behind. Still others have lost jobs or ended relationships or felt &hellip Continue reading »

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Final day in Haiti

(Although I am back home again now, I am still processing the lessons learned. In the meantime, I did want to share my final day in Haiti with you.) Our final workshop took place in Limbé, in a concrete church decorated with toilet paper, colourful paper chains, paper doves, plastic flowers and palm boughs shaped &hellip Continue reading »

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