Adventures with Lulu Dog & The Writing Life

I read somewhere that resistance is “like a flag planted in the earth that says, ‘dig here.’”

<Groan> the truth in this! And so—on this last day of February, a month that tends to push my emotional reserves—I prepare to dig.

Starting tomorrow 🙃
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Happy lunar new year + birthday weekend, Lulu! Ever grateful for your daily wisdom, indominable spirit + enormous heart, little sage ♥️ ...

One year ago today, brief research trip to Los Angeles + area retracing Lulu’s origins and exploring in the sun. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss a change of scenery ...

“But here is this letter in a bottle, sent from the island of my living room, floating out to everyone I admire, while the dog snores on the floor / —writing can be a refuge, a place to begin the slow work of untangling experience and ideas, to cordon off some territory between oneself and the world.”

— From Being a Writer is Lonely / The Loneliness Project by Mandy Len Catron @mandy_len_catron

mandylencatron.substack.com
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Full Wolf Moon tonight! ...

In a forest pitch dark
Glowed the tiniest spark
It burst into flame
Like me, like me

— Björk
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Mostly I’m working on my second novel this year + helping small businesses with their socials. That said, my first of four 2021 magazine articles is now online. I’m exploring various topics in my nonfiction these days—from swimming, natural disasters + the illusions of photography, to unseen illness and shelter dogs. This piece is about Finding My Way Back to Writing & the Unexpected Medicine Dog — solicited by WestWord magazine, a publication dedicated to writers + the writing life. Link in bio to select publications via website ✌️ ...

May we all find the sunspots that bring us peace, clarity, wonder and hope. Happy New Year 🤍 ...

Cold Moon. Long Night Moon.

This gorgeous shot of yesterday’s full moon, our last full moon of the year — 📸 credit = @noramaskey

Very evocative of my lockdown location since Dec 13/20. Doing my best to appreciate the stillness of winter vs. resisting it.
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—and to all a goodnight 💙 ...

Lockdown yoga challenge Day 12. Wind warning in effect. 100km/hour gusts expected to cause damage. Mostly cloudy + blowing snow. Fire, on. Heat dish, on. Dance music, on! #merrymerry #2020 ...

Long walk through the forest today. Lu danced intrepidly over snow-packed trails. Wind roared through high branches. Found solace, one foot in front of the other, through pine, spruce and sun patches—inspired by this buoyant little wolf. Simplicity. Patience. Compassion. Our three greatest treasures according to the Tao Te Ching. We breathe, we move, we keep going 🤍 ...

Day 1 of four-week (online) lockdown yoga challenge @yogaandbeyondyyc

—also planning to keep up teaching skills by choreographing sequences to my favourite maroon 5 songs...

#holidaylockdown #findthelight #lockdown #yoga #challenge #yogawithdogs #maroon5
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a moment with @little_pepechulo mightiest little foster of 2019 ♥️ ...

full moon tonight ...

Congratulations to all the local writers launching micro fiction this week — printed onto the cans of @blindmanbrewery seasonal batch of stout 🍻

#microfiction #microbeer #microdog
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“—And always remember
If all else fails
Find a small dog
And speak a high pitched language with it”

— @monkeyogi 🙏

#stateofemergency
#love
#light
#compassion
#breathe
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11.22.20 — 200 hour yoga teacher training graduation day. Lulu also receiving a certificate 😭 😭 What an experience. What a year. Thank you to our lead instructor Ning Gao + to my small (but very mighty) cohort for everything @yogaandbeyondyyc ...

Early morning line edits again today... in my new writing nook (enclosed with drywall and a door!) All the furniture came from neighbours in below unit as they redesign their own place. Feels like a private café without having to leave the building #ARoomOfMyOwn #AmWriting ...

All ears 💙 ...