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My Fortieth Year and A Dream Inventory

FORTY IS HOT & COOKIN' WITH DREAMS. I'm in my fortieth year of life, and although I always told myself to not make a big deal about this when it came, I can't stop myself from thinking about it at least once a day. It's like knowing there's chocolate in the house, and no matter… Continue reading My Fortieth Year and A Dream Inventory

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Pages and Pages

MEET PAGES! OUR NEW PUPPY! Yes indeedy, we got a new family member over the weekend! Sweet Pages is our newest furry friend. She's almost three months old, and is a Golden Retriever. She arrived at the Shields residence just before noon on Sunday...and this is a bit of a visual journey of what's been… Continue reading Pages and Pages

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Vulnerability and Journal Writing…and TedX info

I'm over at the League of Canadian Poets today, having written about vulnerability on my blog 'The Writing Parent'. In this blog, I open up about my experience on my book tour...and what happened to me. Thank you to the League for continuing to give me the space to blog about being a parent and… Continue reading Vulnerability and Journal Writing…and TedX info

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Happy Hiatus! On the Ebb and Flow of Change

HAPPY HIATUS!! Um, do I have anything in my teeth? Bahaaaaaa!! For years, I've been taking photos of myself with chunks of chocolate in my teeth. A friend suggested that I make a coffee table book. Ha! That's actually a really great idea! I think this photo does a wonderful job of summing up this… Continue reading Happy Hiatus! On the Ebb and Flow of Change

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Blallet (Blog about Ballet) over at LCP

I'm (or my words!) are over at the League of Canadian Poets' site this week. I've written a blog about ballet, hey, hey! Though I'm on an eat-everything-in-sight-especially-if-it's-Ben&Jerry's-ice-cream-kick while on hiatus - and that includes breaking from the beautiful ballet - I still LOVE it and can't wait to get back to it the first… Continue reading Blallet (Blog about Ballet) over at LCP

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UNITED WAY KEYNOTE SPEECH #LITERACY! LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS!

Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the United Way Women Leading the Way event at which I will be the keynote speaker! I'm super excited (getting less nervous every day!) to have the opportunity to speak about my life as a writer, and how important literacy is to us all. Wednesday, May 10th!… Continue reading UNITED WAY KEYNOTE SPEECH #LITERACY! LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS!

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Wounded Writers Ask: Prompt #2 – Addiction

15 minutes - timed writing on the following: In ten lines or less, write about your own addiction. You may prefer to write standalone lines or group some of them together like stanzas in the way Wright does. If you’re addicted to sugar, rather than say, “I am addicted to sugar,” let Sugar narrate. Let… Continue reading Wounded Writers Ask: Prompt #2 – Addiction