Feeding My Writer’s Heart

Our morning stroll around the Ile de la Cité took us past some iconic Paris landmarks. My spirit had already been fed by our early morning visit to Notre Dame Cathedral before the arrival of the day’s onslaught of tourists, and my literary self was thrilled to wander in a space made special by the…

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Aaah…… Paris!

Can there be a better place to celebrate one's 60th birthday week? Lots of gentle walking, great food, meaningful conversation. The trip from England is a quick and comfortable train ride, depositing us in the heart of Paris just as the morning rush hour ends. The weather was crisp, the crowds non-existent…. A perfect day!…

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Back in the World

Crocus sativus. Just look at these little beauties opening to the sun, little symbols of cheerfulness and hope . Our weather has been absolutely glorious for the past two days, making it a real pleasure to be making my way gently back into the world again.

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Hearts of Gratitude

I have had an amazing and grace-filled life, and in the lead-up to this, my 60th, birthday, I have become more and more aware of the wonderful people who have been part of it and who have helped to make it what it is. Last month, I started a meditative practice of creating little hearts as…

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Village Life Update

Since I’m still not well enough to go out walking, I thought I’d take this chance to give you a heartwarming update. Remember when I told you that our local Pet Supply Shop had burned in mid-January? The owner thought she’d be closing forever, but the local community has rallied behind her with fundraising events, work…

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Blankets and Birthdays

Sometimes life throws curve balls. I am working on some unique ways of marking and celebrating my upcoming 60th birthday; it has felt like a special birthday not only in terms of numbers, but also in terms of my evolvong sense of who I have become and the mark I want to make on the…

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Evening in February

Days are still short in February; sometimes evening catches me by surprise at this time of year. We had a lot to do today after our few days away, and I ran out of day long before reaching the bottom of my To Do list; my walk today was in deep twilight, a pragmatic walk incorporating…

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Walking on History

It isn’t what people do for show that interests me most, but what they do day-to-day. Perhaps that is part of the fascination that Pompeii holds for me. Like Skara Brae in the Orkneys, it is a city preserved in time, where everyone departed in a mass exodus, leaving behind the clues to the workings…

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Our Quest Continues

As one who has studied Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, I know that a true adventure is not always easy, nor is it necessarily safe. Our journey today took us way up into the hills above the Adriatic Sea, to a small hilltop village called Petrella Tifernina. On a normal day, it would have been a…

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Following Ancient Footsteps

I have a passion for ancient villages, with their narrow streets and sense of timeless story. I get pulled into the twisting passageways, intrigued by the shuttered windows and crooked doorways, the beautiful fountains and interesting architecture, always imagining the lives of the people who have walked there before me. We started our morning in…

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