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Something is Happening to My Art

The other day my big sister glanced round my house and commented, “Your art has become a lot more colourful, hasn’t it?” I dismissed her observation, wondering briefly if what …

Plum Puddings, Everest, and Serving Humanity

I left my mother crying at the railway station as she waved me goodbye. Feeling slightly guilty that I couldn’t wait to get away, I was leaving my home in …

Sleepless

The past few weeks have been a bit of a wild ride. I’ve been navigating some curious emotions that have stemmed from a combination of turning fifty, confronting my own …

If I Could Turn Back Time

  I turn 50 today and here’s The Thing. NO ONE LIKES AGEING. Yes, I know…there are cultures where age is venerated. But really and truly, except for maybe some …

Ten Books that Made Me

I have a terrible addiction. I buy lots and lots of books. Sometimes I even get so excited about a book that I forget I’ve already bought it and buy …

Eleven Things I Hate about me (and other irrelevant nonsense)

Here are some incredibly unimportant things that often make it hard, oh-so-hard to be in my head: I can NEVER find anything in my handbag. Unless I tip the whole …

Believe it when someone believes in you

Many years ago I was at a seminar at the Vancouver Arts Centre. I was still an art student, not at all sure of who or how I wanted to ‘be’ …

Exactly Who the Hell Am I?

Some years ago I discovered that I had been saying my name wrong all my life. It was somewhat of a blow to my identity, which had taken, I now …

The one that said,“Aaah,this is where you’re meant to be!”

“There’s one in every class,” he said, shaking his head and looking annoyed. Oh oh. What did I say? Day one, lesson one, and I’ve gotten on the wrong side …

The One that Said ‘Just because you CAN doesn’t mean you MUST’

There was an expectant silence as the buzz of the crowd suddenly hushed. This was it. The house lights dimmed, we were in position. Months of rehearsal over. My head …

The One that Said You’re Really, Really Lost

“I really don’t can’t do this anymore”. This was my first thought every morning, and frequently, my last thought at night. For five years. I was working for the University …

The Question that Changed Everything

I’d imagine that people become artists because they just know that’s what they have to do – and it’s all passion and talent and skill rolled into a burning desire …

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