Ah, This is the Life: my feature on Secret Cove Marina
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Ah, This is the Life: my feature on Secret Cove Marina

It was a treat to interview Andreas and Kendra Tize, owners of Secret Cove Marina in Halfmoon Bay, BC. I got to luxuriate, albeit briefly, in their 5,000-square-foot float home and discover the cozy seafood restaurant The Upper Deck. (I knew Andreas as the Roberts Creek rep for the Sunshine Coast Regional District.) Their marina…

Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC
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Memoir book launch April 15 in Sechelt, BC

I look forward to introducing my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket to my local Sunshine Coast, BC community on Saturday, April 15. My informal book launch (not the official one in Toronto on May 28) will be held at 7 pm at the Sunshine Coast Cultural Centre in Sechelt. I’ll discuss the book, its…

Mini-book reading April 7 at Artesia Coffeehouse
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Mini-book reading April 7 at Artesia Coffeehouse

Artesia Coffeehouse attendees will get a sneak preview of my memoir No Letter in Your Pocket on April 7 at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt, BC. I’ll be giving a seven-minute reading from my memoir about my visit to the erotic sandstone temples in Khajuraho, India in 1991. This will be from chapter…

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Official book launch May 28 in Toronto

      I’m delighted that I’ll be joining seven other authors from publisher Guernica Editions on Sunday, May 28 to launch my new memoir in Toronto. Join us at Supermarket Bar in the city’s Kensington area at 3:30 pm. You’ll hear me read short excerpts from No Letter in Your Pocket: How a daughter…

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Om By the Beach

I really enjoyed being interviewed on Om By the Beach, a European podcast hosted by Josef Schinwald. Our one-hour discussion about Being on a Spiritual Path covered many areas, from Buddhist concepts of compassion, forgiveness, and no-self to writing about trauma, coaching others about writing about their trauma, and my memoir No Letter in Your…

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Catch my literary readings Aug. 12, 13 at Arts & Words in Davis Bay, BC

I’m delighted to present new literary material, inspired by a painting by Gibsons artist Paula O’Brien, at the inaugural Arts & Words event in Davis Bay on Aug. 12 and 13. My Aug. 12 reading, in the 10:30 to noon time slot, is generously sponsored by Canada Council through the Writers’ Union of Canada. The…

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Candace Campo celebrates her Indigenous history, culture and ancestors through Talaysay Tours

I profiled and photographed Candace Campo, co-founder of Talaysay Tours and a shishalh Nation member, for the winter 2022 issue of Sunshine Coast Life Magazine. Each year, her First Nations ecotour company hosts visitors from around the globe, introducing them to Pacific Northwest Indigenous culture, history, ancestors, local flora and fauna, and the spiritual significance…

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Discover what Kashmir under curfew felt like in 1990

Rocket launchers blast through a night sky as clashing rebel groups exchange fire in India’s contentious Kashmir region. My then-partner and I huddle on the bow of a cozy houseboat on Dal Lake. Find out what it was like to be there under curfew in my travel essay Two Realities. It appears in the debut…

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Havana weeks before Fidel died: Mafia history still looms

      Few people realize how much the Mafia shaped the economy of Havana for more than 30 years. While visiting Cuba’s capital in October-November 2016, I relished the chance to learn more about the country’s illegal past. My December 9, 2016 travel feature Havana Travel article 2016 (Coast Reporter) reveals some tidbits of…

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A Yukon relic: a novel way to honour a friend’s memory

It wasn’t Sam McGee’s fiery demise in Lake Lebarge, but I knew that Stewart River in the Yukon was the right spot to honour her memory. Before writer friend Janet Collins died in the summer of 2013, she made an innovative request to those who later attended her memorial. To find out how I fulfilled her…

New travel memoir highlights India

My newly completed memoir, No Letter in Your Pocket: Twenty Years Healing a Family Secret, provides adventurous tales of my seven months in India in 1990-1991. This revealing book interweaves denial about a primal family relationship with adventure, romance and spiritual exploration. From its highs—describing a successful climb of the 20,000-foot peak Stok Kangri—to its…

Travel essay “Bird Sanctuary” appears in anthology Emails from India: Women Write Home

    My travel essay “Bird Sanctuary,” which describes World Heritage Site Keoladeo National Park near Bharatpur, appears in the anthology Emails from India: Women Write Home. Published in the fall of 2013 by Seraphim Editions in Ontario, this book features the writing of 28 female contributors from across North America, along with several Europeans….

Hemingway’s footsteps retraced during pilgrimage in Pamplona, Spain

As a Camino de Santiago pilgrim in Spain in June 2013, I sought out some of Ernest Hemingway’s favourite haunts in Pamplona. As I wrote: “It was easy to imagine the expatriate writer arm-wrestling over one of the many patio tables or downing too many absinthes or whiskeys in fading Spanish light. . .” Click…

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Travel feature promotes my El Camino workshop

My feature “Workshop inspired by El Camino pilgrimage” appeared in the Sept. 27, 2013 issue of Coast Reporter on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. The piece promoted my workshop “Twelve Gifts of the Camino,” inspired by my 800-kilometre pilgrimage through France and Spain in May and June 2013. Click this 12 Gifts of the Camino link to read…

Medieval labyrinth a must-see in Chartres Cathedral, France

  For centuries, the medieval labyrinth in France’s Chartres Cathedral has attracted millions of visitors and Camino de Santiago pilgrims like me. I described my mixed feelings in walking this historic pathway in my travel feature “The wonders of the labyrinth.” This piece appeared in the Sept. 13, 2013 issue of The Coast Reporter  on…

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Relive my El Camino de Santiago journey through a new blog series

  For the next two to three months, I’ll be writing a series of weekly posts, with photographs, about my 800-kilometre walk along the El Camino in France and Spain. Each week, I’ll feature a new topic, from “creating sacred space” to “the Roman road.” I look forward to a lively discussion with readers. If…

One month after 9/11: a humanitarian trip to Cuba

With special permission to carry 60 pounds of medical supplies, I set off for Cuba with a group of friends in October 2011. We were delighted to distribute these much-needed materials to small clinics in Cuba’s Trinidad region and to provide clothes and school supplies to local communities. Click here to read my Cuba Travel Article “From the Coast…

Chappaquiddick Bridge: What really happened 40 years ago?

During a trip to Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. in the summer of 2009, I visited Chappaquiddick Bridge, the infamous site where Ted Kennedy’s aide, Mary Joe Kopechne, died 40 years earlier. My travel article “Martha’s Vineyard inspires” recounts my trip to this popular location and my doubts regarding the Chappaquiddick Bridge incident (Coast Reporter, Sechelt, BC, July…

Gypsy at heart

Travel is one of my passions. From post-war Nicaragua in 1981 to a year of solo travel in southeast Asia, I’ve relished adventures and encounters on many continents. I’ve squared off with gawkers and hawkers at train stations in India and faced men with knives on a train in Italy. I’ve ridden camels and elephants, suffered a horse…

Online writer for British website The Travel Editor

I was a contributing writer in 2009 for the website The Travel Editor, based in the United Kingdom. Besides international tales, my posted articles, with photos, covered the arts and entertainment scene in Vancouver, BC and on the Sunshine Coast on Canada’s west coast. Unfortunately, the company operating the website has since closed and it is no longer…

Two travel features: B.C.’s Sunshine Coast an idyllic retreat

Sunshine Coast residents like me love to keep our amazing region a secret, yet it’s hard not to want to share the beauty of its landscapes. I wrote a piece in a travel guide that invites tourists to visit the Sunshine Coast from nearby Vancouver. It’s only a 40-minute ferry ride away from this scenic coastal…

Wildlife tourism: Conserve bears and bald eagles in British Columbia

“I’m drifting in the clear shallows of the Squamish River, eyes gaping and ears pricked for signs of avian life. Just 40 miles north of bustling Vancouver, British Columbia, sits one of the top viewing spots for wintering bald eagles. Six of us and a guide float through morning silence in a yellow inflatable, paddles…

PhotoMedia article celebrates a “travel activist” who’s crossed the world by motorcyle

“He’s climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He’s been placed under house arrest in Somalia. He’s crossed the Sahara Desert, circumnavigated the world and retraced the ancient Silk Road from Istanbul to China, all by motorcycle. . .” My feature “A Colossus of Roads” highlights Helge Pedersen’s decade of global motorcycle adventures. It appeared in the spring 2005…

Transit around the world: Havana’s “camel” buses and India’s critter chaos

Buses in India filled with chickens and goats and bomb warnings. A brawl in a bus in Kathmandu. Twenty-metre-long “camels”—double-trailer tractor loads—carry public transit riders in Havana, Cuba in the late 1990s. These are some of the first-person and news accounts I wrote in Transit Around the World, published in Coast Mountain BusLink’s Transit Exchange newsletter in April…

Inside India: travel excerpt highlights visit to exorcism temple

My creative nonfiction excerpt “Adrift”, which describes my visit to an exorcism temple in Balaji, India, apppeared in the anthology Chasing Halley’s Comet (Laughing Willow Press, Vancouver, 1995). This was a multi-genre collection of work from the winners of the Federation of BC Writers’ Festival Competition. INDIA: Click here to read an excerpt from “Adrift” in…

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Life in a fishbowl: How has tourism affected Peggy’s Cove?

While in my twenties, I conducted an oral history study in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia on Canada’s east coast. With fewer than 100 residents, this archetypal fishing village receives tens of thousands of visitors each year. I loved meeting the lobster fishermen, shopkeepers, and community members in this tourist haven. Each views the impact of…