17 September 2018

We Don’t Always Get What We Want

I always wanted a different kind of Mom. One who would bake and cook and fill my freezer when I needed her to. Instead I got a Mom who worked hard to give us a home, who was creative and resourceful. I got a Mom who taught us about learning and being adventurous. She was […]

4 September 2018

Dancing in the Rain

The joy of Rosehips

When is the last time you had a moment of joy that gave you such pleasure that it still makes you smile when you think of it? Last month I was at Sauder Village Rug Week and was going from dinner at The Barn to a gallery talk and the heavens opened up. It had […]

9 August 2018

Authentically Wild

Joy Releasing Detail

This week I was inspired by a quote about what it means to be authentic from Brene Brown, a woman who seems to me to be the epitome of her real self. She said “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and […]

23 July 2018

Wild Woman Wonderings

Chakra Colour detail of body of Wild Woman in Willow Tree Pose, designed & hooked by Meryl Cook

What does it mean to be a Wild Woman? Perhaps you’ve seen the Wild Woman Sisterhood posts on Facebook. More often than not, I am drawn to click and share their posts about women and freedom and friendship. In the past couple of years I’ve designed and hooked a few of a series I call […]

11 July 2018

This space I have created

I was re-reading my journal today and came across this piece I wrote in response to a writing prompt “This space I have created”. It speaks to the life I have chosen to live after being given the gift of recovery from breast cancer. This space I have created … Allows me to breathe. It […]

29 June 2018

Tips for Grounding Yourself

Taking time to ground

How do you keep your feet on the ground when life is busy and exciting and your spirit is soaring? I was reminded recently of my need for grounding. I was sailing along, running along the Dartmouth waterfront with my friend Karen and tripped and fell in front of a team of gardeners! Mostly my […]

18 June 2018

Notes to self – with kindness

I’ve been struggling lately. Our family is experiencing a painful situation that has had me digging deeply to try to find my usual creative, positive methods for moving forward. It has left me feeling raw and vulnerable on a whole new level. My friend and I were talking about how I have been finding it […]

4 June 2018

Curiosity as a life skill

Lately I’ve been thinking about curiosity and its usefulness as a life skill. I must confess I’ve always been a naturally nosey and curious type of person. Google dictionary tells me curiosity is “1. A strong desire to know or learn something, a spirit of inquiry, inquisitiveness. 2. a strange or unusual object or fact.” I’ve […]

11 May 2018

Joy and Pain

As Mother’s Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about the joy and pain of motherhood. I’m speaking from the perspective of a woman in her early sixties and about my role as a mother and as a daughter. This past year has been one of joy and pain on both fronts. There has been a surprising […]

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