Reminding myself of the light within.

The traveler driving down a lonely country road at night, is encouraged by the distant twinkling lights of her destination. But it’s the headlights of her car that keep her from driving off the road. In life we are drawn toward the bright light of desire and distant dreams. But only the light we carry with […]

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ART AND COURAGE

If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage. —Cynthia Ozick I do believe that writing is an act of courage. Courage to keep going when life is in chaos– courage to keep going when your are tired and drained and empty, when you […]

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Poem from a recurring dream.

I have built a little cage on the edge of a cliff, where I pretend– to live contentedly, rather than learn to swim across the turbulent waters below. Cushioned by the delusion of safety, I hang there trapped– above murky waters- as if sitting alone in a cage– is  preferable to the risk of drowning. I watch with […]

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Days in the haunted room a poem

I find myself at times living my life as if I was trapped in a haunted room– spending all  my days and nights all alone with my hopeless longings hanging like torn and tattered curtains, heavy with years. Ghostly companions whispering in the dark And even when I try to escape I can’t get far– […]

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Knowing and accepting- Creative Process Part One

Knowing and accepting that we will be criticized- that we will be judged, rejected or even worse ignored– and choosing to continue anyway- is an essential skill that we need to acquire- that we can not do without- in life and in art. So is knowing and accepting that sometimes the road is long and […]

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REMEMBERING TODAY

Today is December 6th and every year on this day I like to take a moment to reflect and remember what happened on this day 23 years ago. On December 6 we commemorate the anniversary of the Montreal massacre, at L’École Polytechnique de Montréal. On that terrible day December 6 1989  these 14 innocent young […]

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Some lists.

I reblogged this post from a few years ago I think I have come a long way from this but some of them still apply.   Reasons I get stuck. 1. It is hard to keep going when the destination seems so distant and unknown. 2. It is hard to keep believing in yourself– when […]

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Dispatches from the Road less travelled

“Life is complex. Each one of us must make his own path through life. There are no self-help manuals, no formulas, no easy answers. The right road for one is the wrong road for another…The journey of life is not paved in blacktop; it is not brightly lit”, and it has no road signs. It […]

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Waiting

This painting is called Waiting. It’s autobiographical. I posted it here because it’s about my creative imagination and how sometimes I have to just sit still and wait- for the images to come out of the dark. I am writing a new play. The working title is Ladder of Angels. It is a work of […]

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Last days of summer

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” Tom Robbins Some people say that Labour Day marks the end of summer, but not for me. I hold on to the beauty of this season until the autumn equinox. Maybe even longer. I have resumed my morning ritual of painting in bed. I pull all […]

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