book reviews / write

Food for Creative Thought: Twain Austen

I chose my ‘name’ intentionally. Well, not my given name. That was given to me. I wasn’t named after Mother Teresa, but I like to refer to her when I’m introducing myself. I, a home educating mother of four, a Mother, named Teresa…I always qualify, “just not so saintly”. And I’m not amusing myself — … Continue reading

rural Canadian living: la dolce vita!
family life / homesteading / nature study

rural Canadian living: la dolce vita!

I have a friend who aspires to Paris life. She’s the sophisticated sash around her neck, smelling gorgeous, hair coiffed and white wool pea coat wearer in winter. She married an aspiring off-grid hunter. He likes cutting swaths on lonely trails so he can kneel behind scotch pine trees and wait for the doe prancing in the … Continue reading

family life / parenting


“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” Dalai Lama I read someone’s blog post recently about listening to our kids. This wasn’t a guilt post that made me question whether I was listening to my child enough. Nope, it actually encouraged me in … Continue reading

gardening / what we do


Gardening: my second favourite love. Behind good wine and writing. Gardening. The birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees. This is what big girls play with. Or me, anyway. I might have lived an earlier life in an English cottage, not far from the moors of Bronte’s stories. My English cottage has astilbes in … Continue reading