Day 8 – March Slice of Life


Today is Day 8 of the March Slice of Life challenge – a daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

I have been taking a weekly collagraphy course for a month now. It is a form of printmaking, using a plate, ink, paper and a press (for pressure).

This was my second project. I glued a feather to a mat board and coated it several times with glue to seal it. Then I used a brayer to roll ink onto it. I placed the plate on the press, covered it with damp paper and then rolled the press over it. It was a slow process, completed over two sessions. And I have used the leaf plate for printing different pieces.

I enjoy simple printmaking, as when I use the gelli plate. Collagraphy is quite different – it is a more complicated process and needs a strong press.
Gelli printing I can do easily at home, not so much with collagraphy. I’m glad to have tried this technique, but I’ve discovered I like being able to create quickly, have fun with the process, don’t have to worry when there are oops I can create some interesting papers in a short period of time, that I can use for other art projects.

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Day 7: March Slice of Life


Today is Day 7 of the March Slice of Life challenge – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

B is for books – of course. Books are probably my true obsession and my greatest weakness. Even though I have too many books (according to my children – but hey, how can you have too many books??), I still seek out more.
I frequent thrift stores near us and in the summer, yard sales. I always check the book aisle at Costgo. I look at thrift stores as a way to donate and get something in return – a win-win.
Just last weekend, I went to St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store and donated $12 – and got a bag of books:
Writing Notes With a Personal Touch
Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard
As well as several romances and a fantasy book of stories edited by Charlaine Harris.
What a find that day.

My TBR pile is actually a bookcase. This shelf shows just a few of the books I still plan to read.

I order books from the library as well – there are always books to read and more to seek out.
I belong to several book challenges (see here to see my list) and they provide a way to diversify my reading and encourage me to try different genres. Each month, I list what I hope to read from the challenges and I am getting better at doing just that.
This month, I am taking part in Reading for Research (ReFoReMo) and so I am reading a large number of picture books. I hope this will further inspire my own picture book writing.
As well, I keep lists (and lists!) of books that are recommended – from friends, from blog posts, the newspaper, anywhere really. I know I can’t read them all – but the fun is in the search and finding those special books that will really resonate with me and take me to another place, another world.
Off now to finish “Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers” by Sara Ackerman.

Day 6: March Slice of Life


Today is Day 6 of the March Slice of Life challenge – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

Our wind chimes hang silently until wind acts on them. Then there is the sweetest sound. The brass bars strike each other causing a distinct music that I love.

As ought about the wind action, about silence, it struck me that these desperate times are calling on us to be struck by the winds of justice, to give us voices to call on our leaders to be the leaders for all. There is so much injustice in our world – we cannot, must not be silent.
Several quotes keep nudging me:

2 by Martin Luther King Jr:
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

1 by Malala Yousafzai,
“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”

And finally by Elie Wiesel, who saw the worst in humanity, but always had hope.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

In this time of despair, of a time returning to the hate and oppression of the 30s and 50s, we cannot be silent.
Just a s the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are finding their voices and fighting for better laws on gun control, so too, must we find and raise our voices. We must fight for what we believe in, in preserving our democracy. We must not be silenced.




Day 5: March Slice of Life


Today is Day 5 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

As I thought about how I could photograph a sound, it hit me that our newer air conditioner\, which we had installed just last Thursday (before the snow arrived) is a vast improvement over our old one. It is larger but not noisy at all. It sits now on our back walkway, waiting for those hot days of summer.

I can still remember though, that loud noise that would emanate from the back of the house when the AC was tuned on. I was glad the windows were closed, to muffle the sound somewhat. But sitting on the porch wasn’t as enjoyable with the loud rumble of the air conditioner. I also hoped it didn’t disturb our neighbours. They never did complain – they had their own AC and kept their windows shut though.
I’m looking forward to a reliable air conditioner this year, one that will keep us cool, with a lot less noise.


Day 4 – March Slice of Life


Today is Day 4 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

As I looked around my yard this morning for shadows, my eyes landed on the Inukshuk.


With snow still surrounding it, it reminded me of the North. Although it is an Inuit construct, it still represents my time there.
My first three years of teaching were spent in a small native community south of Inuvik. I learned what it felt like to be a minority, although I never experienced the horrible racism many native people still experience today. I came to appreciate the native people I encountered. There were community feasts and campouts, shared laughter and stories, and respect given on both sides.
I still miss the time I spent there. I wish all Canadians had the chance I had to experience the true North and to live and work with remarkable people and to fully embrace reconciliation. It is well past time.


Day 3: March Slice of Life


Today is Day 3 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

I am not usually obsessed with food, but there are a couple of things lately that I have been craving – French raisin toast coated in rolled oats with maple syrup (I had them this morning and just did not remember to photograph them – hmmmm) and the loaded banana muffins my son has been making.

I can still remember cooking with him when he was young and filling a notebook with recipes he wanted to make. Once, years later, I lost a recipe and he still had the notebook and could email it to me.
Now, he is cooking for us, living with us as my husband recovers from surgery.
I buy bananas with every intention of eating them before they become too ripe. Of course, then along comes the muffin-maker, to turn those over-ripe bananas into “Bananaberry Bombs” (from the wonderful cookbook “Looneyspoons” by Janet and Greta Podleski – it is worth a read just for the recipe titles, most recipes I’ve tried have been amazing)
Whether cooked with blueberries (as these were) or cranberries, they are delicious and filled with healthy goodness (wheat germ, rolled oats, whole wheat flour). I think I’ll just go make a cup of tea and indulge in a muffin – or two.


Day 2: March Slice of Life


Today is Day 2 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge in March hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.


The only forms of coffee I like are in a coffee crisp (delicious chocolate bar) and an iced capp. I never learned to like a cup of coffee and I don’t aim to any time soon. My hot drink of choice is tea.

I first learned to drink tea when I taught in the NWT. There it was a sweetened tea – essentially hot tea with sugar and evaporated milk. I soon was ordering loose teas from Vancouver and mixing my own.
I don’t use dainty tea cups or a tea pot, altho I have both. Give me a large sturdy mug, where I steep the bag and make my tea.
And with the tea, I need a snack – a cookie, toast and jam, cake. That is my definite weakness, one I really had to break. I have cut out store-bought goodies for the most part and make my own – banana bread or muffins usually.
I am not a tea snob – any tea will do, altho I usually buy Tetley or Red Rose. I don’t use loose tea any longer, altho I have tried green and white teas. Just give me a nice hot mug of tea with a bit of milk. Mmmmmm.



Day 1: March Slice of Life


Today begins the March Slice of Life – the monthly challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

As I thought about this SOL challenge, I knew I wanted a structure to hang onto to help add focus to my writing. I have always enjoyed art challenges and so when I saw the March photo challenge here, I thought I would combine the two.

When I read the topic for today, I immediately thought of two Japanese vases I received as a wedding gift almost sixteen years ago.

These lovely, delicate, pastel vases belonged to my grandmother and were given first to my uncle and then to me by my aunt.
My grandmother was Swedish and was on her way to the west coast by train when she met my grandfather, in the early 1930’s. She was heading to Japan, to be the governess for the Swedish ambassador.
But sparks flew and though Mai went to Japan for a while, she returned to Winnipeg, to marry my grandfather, who was a widower with four young children. My father was the about five, the second youngest.
These vases now have a place of honour in our china cabinet, a reminder that love can happen in the strangest of places and be a powerful game-changer.


February’s Reading Round-Up

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This past month the total read was 37, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi – 7
Middle grade novels – 0
Non-fiction – 1
Picture books – 10
Romance – 16
Diverse books – 2
Memoir – 1

As you can see, I read a number of romances, but I read more fantasy this month.

I read these books for the Reading Challenges I’ve joined:
Beyond the Bookends. The theme for February was “Read a book from #OWN voices. I’ve read a number of books about the residential schools in Canada and this month I read I Am Not as Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. An excellent book.

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.  I read the first book in a series – Winter’s Guardian by G. Bailey and then read the 3 other books to complete the series.

Monthly Key Word Challenge(key word –heart, and point)
I read Be Careful, It’s My Heart, a lovely novella by Kait Nolan, as well as Wind Chime Point by Sherryl Woods.

52 Books in 52 Weeks

I read Anne Lamott’s book on prayer Help, Thanks, Wow – for a book on theology.

I read Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand”, which is the first book in a trilogy.

I read Since I Fell for You byBella Andre – a book that can be read in a day. (altho – many of the books I read, I read in a day) (This was also for Modern Ms. Darcy’s Reading Challenge)

Writers Write Reading Challenge. For the book with the character’s name as part of the title, I read the 4 book fantasy series Winter’s Guardian by G. Bailey.

For Monthly Motif the theme was “1 word title”
I read 2 pix books – Love by Matt De La Pena and Shelter by Celine Claire

Memoir Reading Challenge – I read and reviewed Never Too Late by B. Lynn Goodwin and thoroughly enjoyed it (written by someone over 40)

For February, my top 3 books were:
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
The Hooker and the Hermit by Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway
Dangerous in a Kilt by Anna Durand
My goals for March are to read more books on my TBR pile – at least one a week, as well as to read in different genres –mg/ya, a mystery, a bio, poetry, more diverse books/authors and an historical fiction.

I am also taking part in ReFoReMo – a daily study of picture books. I have done this several years and it is a great way to read current picture books and be inspired in one’s writing. Each day there is a blog post, highlighting a particular theme, with a number of books shared. Check it out here.



Book Review: Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 by B. Lynn Goodwin

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I am very pleased to be part of the WOW – Women on Writing Blog tour for B. Lynn Goodwin’s book Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62.

My Review

Lynn Goodwin’s book Never Too Late is the perfect book for this week of romance.
Goodwin writes so honestly and draws us into her story so well, that we feel as if we are sitting together over coffee, sharing our life stories.

Having remarried at age 50, I do know that it is never too late to find love.

Goodwin describes in much detail and honesty how she met Richard through Craiglist, through their early dates, their engagement and onto their marriage. She gives us an intimate look at her fears about their differences. She knows how independent she is and wonders often about Richard’s controlling ways. She recognizes and appreciates his good qualities but hesitates giving control of her life, of her money, of her independence.

All couples must compromise when they join their lives. For Goodwin, being alone for 62 years, was a much greater challenge. I thoroughly enjoined following their love story, their challenges and how they overcame them and how they made their romance work.

“We were a couple of good-hearted, imperfect, youngish seniors, partnering up.”
They each had their own motto that served them well throughout:
Richard: “The secret to marriage is to have no secrets.”
Lynn: “Pick your battles.”

I highly recommend this book. It is an honest, realistic examination of meeting someone and falling in love. It really is never too late.


About the Author


B. Lynn Goodwin is the owner of Writer Advice, She’s written You Want Me to Do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers (Tate Publishing) and Talent (Eternal Press). Talent was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Awardand won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award.

Her manuscript, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62was published by Koehler Press on December 20, 2017. Goodwin’s work has appeared in Voices of CaregiversHip MamaDramatics MagazineInspire Me TodayThe SunGood Housekeeping.comPurple and elsewhere. She is a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, and she is a manuscript coach at Writer Advice. She always has time to write guest blog posts and answer questions. She loves working one on one, trouble-shooting, and helping writers find what works.

She can be found online at:







About the Book

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How does a 62-year-old woman who’s never been married find happiness with a two-time widower seeking his third wife on . . . Craigslist!?

Does she throw caution to the wind and relinquish her freedom, or should she take a crash course in compromises?

Author B. Lynn Goodwin tells all and more in Never Too Late. How she was attracted to Richard’s clear expectations, his honesty, and his incredible openness. She’d never met anyone like him. Would she recognize love if it knocked on her heart? And could an educated woman be happy moving into a blue-collar world?

Whether you’ve been single forever, are trapped in an unhappy marriage, or you’re simply curious, you’ll find secrets to a happy marriage in Never Too Late.

Paperback: 222 Pages
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Koehler Books (December 20, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1633936082
ISBN-13: 978-1633936089

Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 is available for print and eBook at AmazonBarnes & Noble and IndieBound.

Be sure to check at WOW – Women on Writing for chances to win Lynn’s book and all the stops on the blog tour.


(To be transparent, I did receive an advance copy)