About me

I am a writer, editor, poet, storyteller, Reclaiming eco witch, mother and grandmother.

I live in Ottawa Canada — on unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin, St Lawrence Iroquoian and Anishinabewaki, (ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᒃ) people as well as innumerable plant and animal beings.

My company Wordsmith Writing and Editing Services supports the work of non profit community groups and public health organizations to communicate about social and health issues such as mental health promotion, tobacco control, healthy weights, healthy cannabis use and HIV/AIDS. In addition to that work, I am also currently writing educational articles for the Canadian Space Agency.

As I ease into my crone years, my writing is becoming more focused on crafting verses and stories that strive to echo the magical and mythic voices of the living land and her beings.

For more about my professional work check me out at LinkedIn, or my totally out of date website: www.word-smith.com.

Published writing

Ambient at Beltaine ~ Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa, Recovery Connections Newsletter, October 2021.

Oatstraw Harvest Prayer ~ Canadian Organic Growers, Down to Earth Newsletter, October 2021

Incantation for the Planthroposcene ~ For the Wild Podcast Newsletter, April 2021.

Sleeping Beauty * Pandemic Third Wave ~ Feminism and Religion Blog, April 24, 2021

Sleep Spells: Poems for Dreaming ~ Witch School Canada Blog, April 2021

Quarantine Dreaming ~ Could This Be the Last Time: A collection of poems on pandemics, places, and everything. Apt613 National Poetry Month April 2020

A Cry for Gwyl Awst: The Harvest Time has Come ~ The Reclaiming Cauldron: A Journal of Magic, Creativity and Action, Reclaiming Quarterly and weaveandspin.org., July 2020

Downsizing ~ GUEST [A journal of guest editors], above/ground press, April 2020

Mycelium and Memory ~ Earth Activist Training Blog, September 2019; Mother Earth Natural Health Newsletter, September 2020.

Poetry chapbook

six poems for healing (with Amara Hollowbones) ~ Wordsmith Writing, September 2021. ISBN: 978-1-7778787-0-2

Other writing

Sleeping Beauty: An Ancient Tale for these Challenging Times ~ April 24, 2021 Feminism and Religion Blog

Eating by the Phases of the Moon ~ Practically Pagan: An Introduction to Alternative Guides to Living. Moon Books, May 2021. ISBN 978-1-78904-893-3

Fiction

A Secret in the Ravine, Kindle Edition

A Secret in the Ravine is a novel set during the 1980s in Toronto about a 12 year old boy who stumbles upon a portal in a ravine that connects him with an alternate dimension called Natura. The geography of the world Paul discovers resembles his own, except as it might be if humans had not evolved to become the dominant species. In Natura, all animals have developed a social structure and a common language that allows them to communicate together.

Paul befriends a group of animals and discovers that environmental damage from his world is seeping into Natura and having a harmful effect on the animals and their world. The animals offer to show Paul how to return to his world if he agrees to help them.

At first, Paul doesn’t want to help the animals, but he overcomes his reluctance and fears and ultimately is able to save their world. You can purchase a e-version from Amazon here.

Non-Fiction

Getting Back on Track: Life After Treatment

A guidebook published by Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network that uses non-medical terms to help breast cancer patients cope with the physical, psychological and practical concerns they may face long after completion of active treatment.

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