Adventures with Lulu Dog & The Writing Life

Jupiter in Pisces! Harnessing fluid dance vibes + still following planets 😆 Made my first ever Spotify playlist for yoga-dance-flow, chill, whatever.

link below for anyone who could use a new mix. Note track #5 (Zen, X-Ambassadors) — been obsessed with this song since Feb, hoping to develop a creative sequence to this song by summer

Hashtag things I do when not writing or reading!

Thank you @yogaandbeyondyyc @monkeyogi and @meghanvictoria__ for supporting my yoga-dance dreams ✨

📸 = screenshot from experimental choreography video / photo credit, my phone

On Spotify as Sam & Lulu’s Tracks

playlist called ‘Jupiter in Pisces’ ⤵️

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/349VkFPr7Ubt4G8fz5Gy6S?si=eAU8xFRfSBiFLi-kPkyPkA&dl_branch=1
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Happy Mother’s Day Mom!! How grateful I am for moments like this one @gabe_gal_ ❤️ 🌸 ❤️🌸

Flowers to all the moms — mothers in spirit, first time moms, moms who adopt or foster, stepmoms, single moms, moms who lost a child (😞), those yearning to be a mom, dog moms, cat moms. Anyone who identifies as a mother. There are many ways to nurture in this world, including the decision to care for and protect Mother Earth
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A print of this beautiful piece by @jay_hodgson_analogcollage arrived tonight! This image has been soothing my soul ever since it rippled across my feed two weeks ago. Haunting. I love it. Thank you so much Jay 🙏 😍💫
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#buoyed #spirit #swimmer #stars #light #submerge #perseverance #water #waterelement #venusinpisces #fluidity #flow #collage #art #arttherapy #popart #collageart
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Full moon, fellow traveller, wonder, magic, wanderings tbt2019 💫
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Here, with Lu, at the summit of the Cobá ruins, an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula and site of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world. And while the Chihuahua we recognize today was first discovered in Mexico in the mid-1800s, taking its name from the Mexican city of Chihuahua, the ancestry of this tiny breed is somewhat of a mystery. The most common theory is the Chihuahua descended from an ancient South American dog called the Techichi, with connections to the Toltec civilization followed by the Aztecs. It is thought the Techichi were seen as mystic and spiritual guides that protected souls on their path to the underworld

#cobaruins #chihuahuasofinstagram
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Today is Canadian Independent Bookstore Day! Thank you to all the indie booksellers across the country. So much love and gratitude to @shelflifebooks for their unwavering support of local / Canadian authors for over a decade already. This beautiful bookstore has been a place of solace, enlightenment, philosophy, dogs and joy for me since its magical beginnings. I sure miss hanging out at length in the golden light of this shop after work, throwing the ball around for Lulu (where she is treated like a VIP) and visiting with the wonderful staff. Though logistics make in-person bookstore lounge time less frequent, I continue to find endless inspiration on their shelves. Check out their feed for #cibd2021 online discount, giveaways, news and for gorgeous imagery—choose to support your cherished indie bookstores and small businesses!
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#canadianindependentbookstoreday
#supportsmallbusiness #smallbuisnesssaturday #supportlocal #read #booklover

📸 = @shelflifebooks 💛
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“You need to be imagining all the time, imagining yourself outside the walls of your own skull.”

—Anthony Doerr, author of three novels, two short fiction collections, one memoir and many essays. His novel ‘All the Light We Cannot See’ won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014.

I will have the opportunity to interview Anthony Doerr about his writing life (and more) on Friday, May 28 (via Zoom) as part of the @writersguildab + @alexandrawriters 40th anniversary joint writers’ conference (May 28-30, 2021) ✨ ✨

Join us!
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Snow storms in April ...

Full moon, fellow traveller, forest wilds + five years since meeting — happy pupaversary Lulu! 💚
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🙏 @barcsrescue_calgary @apassforpaws
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A moveable workspace ...

She who dares / keep going
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📸 = Gerard Alemany
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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 💙 ...