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Spin and rest

There are times in our life when we do more talking than listening. We have much to share, stories to tell, and endless words to scatter. As writers, these are the days and nights when the words pour like easy water; pitchers and buckets and rivers.   Then come the quieter times. We suddenly stop casting the words around, stop telling stories and realize we have spoken almost enough, just for now. We think, we create,...

Ontario wine chat and #freemygrapes

If you hang around Twitter regularly, you might have noticed a little something called the Ontario Wine Chat. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the wine chat – here’s where #ONwinechat started.  It’s been great fun so far, and I’m amazed at how much we have covered in five months.  Searching the hashtag #ONWineChat is how you find us on Twitter, or you can also check out the wine chat page on Uncork...

Back to routines and real life

I’m back from a whirlwind trip to Toronto.  How can a week long trip be a whirlwind? Put someone like me in charge of the planning, that’s how. At one point I was looking at five meetings, five conference sessions and five dinners.  The reality was pretty close, but for a couple of missed connections.  It was amazing, and busy, and just what I needed.  I was feeling like I needed a jolt – like caffeine...

Breaking free from routine

The funny thing about routine is how much it affects what and how we think. Caught in our day to day schedules, with our sunup to sundown lists of things that keep us busy, distracted and moving – it can be hard to stop and break free for a little wild thought. When was the last time you let your thoughts go free?  Daydreamed, put your feet up and let the world go by, chased an idea, let go of the reins of your creative...

Yep. Everyone’s still arguing on the interne...

Ever read something “controversial” and wonder what people are getting so excited about? This happens to me more often than I care to spend time thinking about. I have a lot of opinions but a strong “live and let live” attitude that serves me well most days. I did a little visiting to a couple of blogs the other night, and read posts that were apparently causing some ruckus in the writers’ communities. I want to...

OneStory.com – A fresh approach to storytell...

What’s your story?  Whose story would you love to capture? I sometimes refer to writing as storytelling.  We all have stories, don’t we?  How we came to be who we are today, the paths we have chosen, the decisions we made along the way.  When I meet someone new, and feel a connection to them, I always want to know their stories. I’m curious, and I like knowing how people think. I want to know what they...