Why I Write

I am part of a book called Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. One of the contributors, Bonnie Way, asked me questions about blogging for her own blog  The Kola Mom. First, tell us a bit about yourself. It took me years to finally decide to start writing again. I had taken a 30-year sabbatical after leaving…… Continue reading Why I Write

Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?

 Mommy, Mommy, When you Pray, by Kimberly Cook, is a delightful picture book, written and illustrated by a mother with an eye for colour and an ear for lyrical language. This little book will capture the hearts and minds of children as well as their parents. Images and words work together harmoniously as her colourful illustrations and words…… Continue reading Mommy, Mommy, When You Pray?

Bloggers are Writers Too: My Interview Has 9,403 Plays. Who ARE These People?

” We have no idea what is happening or happened.  Jennifer, our producer, and I have both poured over the analytics, nothing unusual – guessing you just did a great job promoting it 🙂 clueless lol My only thought is this will be a great stat to show any future publisher. I was shocked on Monday…… Continue reading Bloggers are Writers Too: My Interview Has 9,403 Plays. Who ARE These People?

Words of Wisdom From J.R. Tolkien

J.R. Tolkien was a respected scholar, professor, devout Catholic, and author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. This genius created a complex world with a history, geography and many realistic languages. Yes, Tolkien’s Middle Earth is a fantasy world but not an insipid, fluffy world for little girls. No, he wrote profound…… Continue reading Words of Wisdom From J.R. Tolkien

Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood

I am part of an upcoming anthology of five other Catholic mums due to come out in about a month. All the women are great writers, each writing from a completely different perspective. Roberta Cottam is the creator and editor for this project. It started out as a project for a class but with her…… Continue reading Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood

Grammar Humour

gram·mar ˈɡramər/noun the whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general,usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics. synonyms: syntax, sentence structure, rules of language, morphology; linguistics “the editors of this newspaper need a refresher course in grammar” a particular analysis of the system…… Continue reading Grammar Humour

The Person Behind My Blog

 I think writers should enlighten their readers by revealing odd facts about themselves. Well, here is my list of humourous, and/or thoughtful insights about the person behind my blog.In addtion, I just recorded an interview yesterday for a Catholic radio show, so that readers could hear my voice and learn more about me http://realjoy.podbean.com/e/a-seeking-heart-w-allison-gingras-feat-melanie-juneau-joyofnine9/ A Seeking… Continue reading The Person Behind My Blog

No Jet Plane For Me?

Our journey through life can be compared to a desert scene. We are in the airport waiting for a jet plane to fly us to our oasis but a plane never seems to land for us. Meanwhile, there is a camel tied to the fence, with our name on it, waiting to take us across…… Continue reading No Jet Plane For Me?


Creative thinking is thinking outside of the box. Most modern people are trained to think in straight logical lines by our school system. They shake their heads at my thought process which I call circular thinking.   However, I believe that some of the best thinking is circular.   In fact, I love  sending  other people… Continue reading CreativeThinking

Elusive Happiness

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. -Charles Spurgeon . Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content. -Helen Keller . Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. -Eleanor Roosevelt  . Happiness…… Continue reading Elusive Happiness

The Joy and Pain of Self-Publishing

 Echoes of the Divine is  my first e-book and it is free.  You can help me if you download this mini e-book and gave it a rating because if it is successful,  a publisher might consider my upcoming book. How about checking it out and giving me some honest feedback so I can learn. The…… Continue reading The Joy and Pain of Self-Publishing

A Self-Publishing Forum and Cheer Me On

Well, I have taken the plunge, and officially started to compile my stories into sections for a book. It might take forever to rewrite and edit because my method of writing is pretty basic; I simply  spill out artless slice-of-life stories with little or no revision. I am surprised how many I have actually written.…… Continue reading A Self-Publishing Forum and Cheer Me On

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many…… Continue reading 2014 in review

Laughing at Myself

Quotes to make you laugh and keep life in perspective When I feel  at my wit’s end. This one makes me laugh and cuts through my stress. One in four people is mentally unbalanced. Think of three friends.  If they seem fine,                           …… Continue reading Laughing at Myself

Curiosity, Entertainment and Learning

Walt Disney was a refreshing  philosopher who expressed wonderful wisdom with a touch of whimsy. I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.         When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do   I suppose my formula might be:…… Continue reading Curiosity, Entertainment and Learning

The Best Art Comes From a Playful Imagination

The best art cannot be forced or controlled because the imagination thrives and creates in a relaxed attitude of openness, a sense of play not duty. Albert Einstein, one of the most brilliant scientists of the last century, valued imagination over knowledge.For a brainy, intellectual, Einstein had a lot to say about imagination: ” Imagination is…… Continue reading The Best Art Comes From a Playful Imagination

Surviving Mesothelioma: Help Spread the Message About A Rare Cancer

 I am reaching out to hundreds of bloggers by linking to friendship friday today in hopes that a few of you will help spread this message Heather's Story Eight years ago, Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma; a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She had just given birth to her daughter, Lily, and was… Continue reading Surviving Mesothelioma: Help Spread the Message About A Rare Cancer