Ebook feature!

cover_frontI’m really pleased to have had Mary: Queen of Sorrows featured on the Christian Ebooks Today website. Check it out here, and have a wander through the site to find other books in the same genre!

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

1010101010That’s a quote from Pablo Picasso, but I read a great quote on twitter the other day (I visit it sometimes, but I’m not on there, yet!) that I wanted to share with you all.

” Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for: daydreaming. We’re supposed to wander.” –Richard Walter. I can’t find the original source for this, but it was too good to share, regardless of whether he said it!

It reminds me of what a privilege it is to be a writer. It’s true, really. We often hear a lot of talk these days about ‘gratitude’ and I’ve realized how very grateful I am to be able to share my thoughts and ideas with you all through the written word. But it also occurred to me that the opportunity for expression shouldn’t be considered a privilege, but a right.

I think we forget about how much the expression of all types of artists contributes to our every day life—it’s easy to take it for granted. People talk about cutting funding the arts when they forget how much of a role it plays in our lives every day. Look around your house, odds are you’ve put out some paintings, prints, or objects to decorate your home. Now why did you do that? Well, obviously because they’re pleasing to you and it makes you feel good to see them? Behind each of those objects is an artist.

Think about the music you tune into on the radio or on your ipod—tons of artists there!

And think about each and every name that goes on the credits of your favourite movie or television show. Yep, they’re all part of the arts industry!

And of course, think about that book you’re reading right now that gives you so much pleasure (hopefully!). Writers (even non-fiction writer) are all artists too!

So next time you hear somebody talk about how we need to cut funding for the arts, just remember how much artists do for you every day to make your world a more beautiful and wondrous place.

Summertime and the reading is easy…

summerreadingThis Friday is the 21st of June, and you know what that means? Summer will officially be here! While this year’s spring was a bit of a non-starter I, for one, am thrilled to see signs of summer on their way. Flowers in bloom, fruits starting to grow on the trees, and longer nights! The last thing in particular is one of my favourite parts of the season. Up here in Alberta we have beautifully long nights throughout the whole summer that are absolutely PERFECT for curling up on a deckchair and reading the night away.

There’s something about lazy summer days that just make reading the perfect activity to while away the hours. How can you stay cooped upside watching reruns when there’s glorious weather and great books to be enjoyed outdoors? I’ve already started scribbling out my wish list for summer reads.

I know a lot of you will be in the same frame of mind, and I’m curious to know what  you’ve got lined up for your deck reading? What genre suits your summer mood?

Cuba at the end of the day…

Cuban_boysSo the other week I talked about my recent vacation and how important I think it is, as a writer, to ‘get away’, even if it’s just for a stay-cation. But I thought I’d let you all know about my actual  vacation, as it was pretty momentous for my husband and myself.

It was the first time in 25 years we actually left Canada! I know, it seems crazy, but life is complicated and it’s not always that easy to go away. Given how rare this opportunity is for us, we decided to go somewhere exotic: Cuba.

I’m so very glad we made this choice; I feel like I learnt so much from the experience.

I, like many, had a lot of preconceived notions about what we might find in Cuba. I thought that I’d arrive to a land where tanks or armed personnel lined the streets—after all, that’s what the news is always telling us about communist countries. But nothing could have been further from the truth.

The country is poor, there is little question of that, and there are obviously very complicated political and social issues at play that I wouldn’t even attempt to tackle here. But fundamentally, it is a country filled with beautiful people doing the best they can to care for their families; in that, they are no different than any of us. And as I got to know some of the hard-working people there, it became more and more difficult for me to understand why the United States would still be so stony in their approach to a nation that seems, at least to me, so honest and filled with so many compassionate people. I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t time for the US to re-evaluate their position on Cuba, especially in a world where there are countries that are in far greater turmoil?

The Cuban people are at the end of the day, people. We spend so much time demonizing the country that we forget about that fundamental truth. They are no more or less valuable and important under God’s eyes than anyone else—it’s time we all remembered that. I, for one, am grateful or the opportunity to have been given that reminder.

I can only hope that all my future travels be so fruitful in so many ways…