Travelling the Mundane

My coming-of-age story didn’t end when I turned 18. Through a lifetime spent searching for life’s buried treasures, I met with obstacles to overcome, as many of us do, and learned to live my best life.

I unearthed treasures that have brought me joy and dug up gems of wisdom I carry with me. In every situation I have found nuggets of wit and humour.

Ernest Hemingway wrote, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

All I have seen, all I have done, and all whom I’ve met have both inspired and transformed me – have become my moveable feast.

New stories came for me when I least expected them, guiding me to places I thought I belonged. Where I belonged changed often as I pushed my personal boundaries, embracing its discomfort.

But there was no other way. I discovered a surprising resilience that I only became aware of from a distance.

Hemingway also wrote, “Maybe away from Paris I could write about Paris as in Paris I could write about Michigan…I did not know Paris well enough.”

My journey started at 12 years old when my life literally changed in one day — a new home, a new environment, a new culture. Almost 60 years later, I am still exploring what it means to be me – not sure I have me right yet, but not giving up.

During those years, I worked as a newspaper reporter, a freelance writer, a newspaper editor, then a managing editor for two trade magazines. I published two magazines – they didn’t last long. I left journalism and went into corporate communications in the financial industry.

And during those writing days, I raised three sons, went to journalism school, then on to university to study English and Psychology.

In my late 40s, my husband died. In my early 50s, I started taking voice lessons. At 58, I went to Music School; learned to play guitar and piano and sing jazz. And still worked in communications

In 2021, I left my job and am now self-employed in the financial industry. But…the urge to write is strong. During the last five years, I have thought a lot about writing again.

I did not know me well enough, until now. I’m ready to wrap myself around the work of a female fiction author.

Travelling the Mundane is a Blog dedicated to stories and storytelling, of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

After a successful career in journalism and communications, I am embracing the work of a fiction author, writing stories of mystery and suspense. Here I will share insights and musings about ordinary events that create extraordinary experiences. I will also share excerpts from my upcoming fiction suspense novel.


Read an excerpt from my upcoming novel.

Her helpless body silhouetted the partial darkness.

Beads of early morning dew clung hungrily to the blades of grass that framed the children’s swing set in the middle of the schoolyard. The September dawn’s hue was a wash of bronzy orange as the hazy sun slowly started its rise. The town would soon come alive, but there would be no smiling on this day, and for many days to come. Soon, she would be found; then the community would mourn once again, for one of its own…


Insights and musings about ordinary events that create extraordinary experiences.

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Join me at the following upcoming events.

Eden Mills Writer’s Festival

Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival is held annually in the village of Eden Mills. Presenting literary works that reflect a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Telling Tales Festival

Saturday, September 16 to Sunday, September 17

The idea was to create a festival where children and the books they love were the main attraction. A festival where homegrown Canadian authors, illustrators, and storytellers would be spotlighted and given the opportunity to connect with fans and new audiences.
Over the past 15 years, Tellin Tales has evolved from a magical one-day event at Westfield Heritage Village to a glorious two-day event at the world-renowned Hendrie Park, Royal Botanical Gardens

Kingston Writersfest

Wednesday, September 27 to Sunday, October 1

Kingston WritersFest is a five-day readers’ and writers’ festival featuring more than 60 top Canadian and international authors in 45+ events – readings, onstage conversations, performances, and Writers Retreat master classes for emerging and established writers.

Ottawa Writer’s Festival

Wednesday, October 25 to Monday, October 30

An international celebration of ideas to recharge your imagination. From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, the festival celebrates the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world.