My friend Jessica first introduced me to Eva Cassidy a couple years ago. We sang “Over the Rainbow” and “Time After Time” together at an event. Our friend Neil played piano. Both song arrangements were tough for me and showed me I had a lot more to learn about singing.
I’m a big fan of Google tools. I started using Google Keep a couple years ago to keep track of my complicated “to do” lists. It’s a simple tool that I can access on my phone, tablet, or laptop. The app is great too. Now it is even on my Apple watch.
Julia Cameron recommends Morning Pages in The Artist’s Way. Freely write without censor every morning. Let the words lead the way. I never know where the words will go when I begin.
Morning is my favourite time to write. The house is quiet. It’s before 6:00 am and the morning darkness spreads a dreamy energy.
This week I have been reading about labyrinths. I’m dreaming of building one in my backyard. It’s on the “someday” list (along with a pool and a garden). When Spring arrives my attention turns from my indoor living spaces to the outdoors.
Making a space where everything is at my fingertips and filled with things that inspire me has been one of the best ways to spark my creativity. Like many others around the world, I was inspired by the organizational concepts of Marie Kondo.
My cousin and I started smudging together in the 1990s. Aunt Pat gave us our first sage and abalone shell bowls. We learned about ceremony. We learned about the value of sacred time together.
Last summer I bought a beautiful smudging feather with a pink quartz handle that stands proudly in an oak base. It was created by First Nations artist LinDaLou. The staff told us that the artist visits the Centre, setting up a table by the fire for a few days to assemble them. We loved that it was created in a space that means so much to us.
Our family history in Britt, Ontario, is rich and goes back to before the town had its name. Britt stretches down one road off Highway 69 along Still River to Lake Magnetewan and out to the mouth of Georgian Bay.
Mom worked on a population study when she was in high school (in the late 60s) and reported five hundred people lived there then. Approximately, three hundred people live in Britt now.