No-Comfort Zone Week ending Aug. 19

This past week, I suppose the biggest breakthrough for me was as a featured reader at Tree Reading Series.  I think it was the wonderful commentary

open mic host: Rod Pederson

open mic host: Rod Pederson (Photo credit: pesbo)

by Rod Pederson as he introduced me that made me so relaxed, because at one point I leaned my arm casually against the lectern as if I had been there all my life. (Well, not ALL my life…)

I launched my second chapbook as well, which was another push forward with my poetry, so I was most pleased about that too.

I don’t mean to go on and on about this event, but it really is quite a nice honour to be selected as a Hot Ottawa Voice. And congrats on that to my fellow hotties, once again, David Blaikie, Shai Ben Shalom, and Guy Simser.

Here is a link to my reading that night.

You can also access each of the other readers at the Tree Reading Series site, under Videos.

No-Comfort Zone Week ending Aug. 12

This week was one of quiet sadness and reflection as I attended the funeral of my friend’s daughter, and marked the 8th anniversary of my husband’s passing.

Beyond that, preparations for Tuesday, the 14th featured reading at Tree as a Hot Ottawa Voice. Today I pick up the copies of my new chapbook, just in time.



NO-Comfort Zone week ending July 29

So last week, I was a bit down due to eye stuff, but this week beginning to bounce back a bit. First off, I was invited to be one of four featured readers at Hot Ottawa Voices, Aug. 14 at Tree Reading Series in Ottawa. (I am hoping to release my second chapbook that night too!)

Second, I went to see my family doctor who told me I am doing wonderfully with my blood sugar control. That’s good news because it takes away the guilt I was feeling last week. So the eye things are not something I could have avoided by staying off chocolate and ice cream (well, perhaps, if I had done that twenty years ago!) So a friend and I have gotten together to form our own little support group and to get back on track with our CHIP program. That is the Complete Health Improvement Project. We tried it out a couple of years ago, and it worked well, but I think neither of us were as committed to becoming vegans (or at least vegetarians, or even flexitarians) as we are now. However, over the five weeks last time, I lost 7 pounds, dropped some points off my blood sugar and cholesterol levels and cut way back on animal proteins in my diet.  The CHIP program was developed by Dr. Hans Diehl, from Loma Linda, and you can check it out here:

Diets in Review gives this program an excellent rating.