October 23, 2019

Okay, they are not real dragons, but one look at my flowerbeds, and anyone would understand why I would call them so. This all began with me telling my husband, some four years ago, that we needed a farm dog. The kind that lives in a doghouse, keeps watch over the chic...

June 25, 2019

A book idea has been brewing in my mind for several years. This spring I finally decided to visit Berlin, the place where the story begins, decades in the past. 

Somewhat knowledgeable in European history, I arrived with the basic understanding of WWII, and deep rever...

May 30, 2019

Daisy came to live with us some thirteen years ago. As white hair appeared on her face, I wondered if it may be a good time to start looking for another puppy, so her eventual departure wouldn’t be too devastating to our family. 

Most of our farm neighbours had dogs,...

April 15, 2019

I love animals, always had. Since I was five-years-old, my pet hen followed me everywhere, and then, years later, while I was in summer camp, she got lost, as grandma wrote. The poor chicken must have been very old by that time. 

I had to wait till I got married to ac...

March 2, 2019

March is the worst winter month. My mind says it should be spring and I feel cheated, faced with yet another snow storm. 

I continually grow my arsenal of coping skills, even asked a fellow writer in Alaska how she muddles through the plummeting temperatures and short...

February 15, 2019

Shari Lapena, a Canadian novelist, living in Toronto, is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena is a domestic thriller that will keep you wishing you hand nothin...

February 11, 2019


Reading and interview with one of the new best-selling authors, Alice Feeney, recalling her memories of being a little girl, scribbling on pieces of paper, and folding them into books; well it made me smile. 

Feeney's journey toward her dream is inspiring. Working...

July 31, 2018

This gardening season I committed to labeling. I took a roll of white plastic gardening tags out of a storage cupboard and armed myself with a Sharpie. There would be no guessing if I should push a tomato cage around the thriving little plants or opt for tall poles. 


March 1, 2018

Over the years I have developed a survival strategy. As soon as the glitter of Christmas finds it’s spot back in our basement, I drag up our suitcases and pack for a getaway. Unfortunately, one week in the sun puts only a slight dent in the winter drab, and the older I...

October 26, 2017

The word had spread. Everyone knows we’ve a garden. I don’t mind our friends stopping by for a zucchini or two, what irks me are the uninvited guests sneaking in when nobody's watching. 

During our spring clean-up, our dog found a baby rabbit. When it squeaked, I made...

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