My Heart Breaks for Nepal & Friends in Kathmandu

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It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation and utter collapse in Kathmandu and Nepal— that region of breathtaking views, plunging valleys, terraced rice paddies, crimson-clad pilgrims and warm-hearted people, who bring strangers and travelers home and into their hearts as my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Luanne Castle’s Doll God and Why I Loved it When I’m Afraid of Dolls

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Recently, I devoured this book of poetry by Luanne Castle​. As you read this she will likely have just returned from an interview on Arizona’s Morning Scramble show for her work on this amazing poetry collection. I’m so excited for … Continue reading

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Travel Writer’s Nat Geo article on Indian Twins Summiting World’s Seven Peaks

So excited for Amy Gigi Alexander and her article in National Geographic Traveler India today!

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Love how the Malik sisters climbed the world’s 7 highest peaks to bring awareness to female infanticide and foeticide in India.

Also LOVE how Amy underscores that these climbing sisters summited Everest with the first woman to summit from Pakistan. Leave it to women to unite enemy countries in the quest to bring awareness to women’s issues – at the roof of the world!

Having spent an afternoon at base camp elevation about 50 miles from Everest last fall, these ladies — and travel writer Alexander have my respect! Just walking at that elevation takes exertion!

Can’t wait for Amy to chat with my travel writing class!

Check out Amy’s article here:

Travelling For Good: The Malik Twins Who Climbed The 7 Tallest Peaks For India’s Girls

Writing Books & Work-in-Progress Blog Tour

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This post features sneak peaks at bloggers behind-the-scenes book projects starting with Luanne at Writersite.org then Renee (me) at unpackedwriter.com and ends tagging other writer-bloggers: Long-Distance Dad, Ned Hickson and Annelisplace. Renee in her writing studio. Behind the scenes… How’d this happen? … Continue reading

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Long Time Gone

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Yowza!  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the backside of these pages and–more importantly you. Since I last sat down to really share with you, I’ve been to Everest and back–with my dad. I started teaching writing again at … Continue reading

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Laughing into memory: Sharing a Buffalo blizzard with my teenager & mother

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Since it’s the season of blizzards, I thought it timely to repost this. My thoughts go out for the safety and fun of those hunkered down braving the Blizzard of 2015. As I hold down a house with two sick … Continue reading

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Niagara Escarpment Flora & Fauna: from a Brief Hike on the Family Farm

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Elizabeth Gilbert on How to Summon Your Creative Muses & Curiosity vs Passion

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“At least put a bra on… .” And, “…don’t show up at your writing desk in your pajamas… ” Elizabeth Gilbert advised writers and other creatives at this month’s reading in Arizona. “A lot of people subscribe to a cockamamie … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Gilbert: To The Signature of All Things from Eat Pray Love

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I must admit, I’m a reluctant latecomer to the Elizabeth Gilbert phenomenon. But here I am. Recently, at the urging of journalist friend Selina, I succumbed to reading Eat Pray Love. *GASP* Can you imagine? But this week, I had … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Vancouver’s Public Market and Surrounds

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