10 Notes in an Ode to Joy

A beautiful accident

A beautiful accident

According to a happiness test I once took, I score highly on the “happiness scale.”

But I don’t often feel happiness. Rather, I frequently feel joy, which for me is a different and deeper emotion, and which can be evoked by the simplest everyday things.

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10 Top Things Writers Love to Hear

Nellie Bly insane asylumMost writers are a bit crazy. Some are a lot.

Adventurer and journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane (born May 5, 1864, and better known by her pen name Nellie Bly), even faked craziness in the late 1800s to get herself admitted to an insane asylum to research a story on mental institutions.

She broke all kinds of journalistic barriers back then, just by being a woman. Unbelievably, women journalists still face gender-related obstacles more than a hundred years later. But this post isn’t about that. Continue reading

The Lost and Found

AWR we will be foundAmazing grace.

The words “lost and found” always make me think of amazing grace.

Not of lost mittens or keys or caps or a single red shoe. Nor of the “lost and founds” one must call in search of them. No.

“Lost and found” makes me think of amazing grace:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me

I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, and now I see… Continue reading

On ex-cars & ex-husbands

Note: At the start of our weekly writing group meetings, we do a five-minute warm-up    exercise based on a prompt. The prompt for this one was “I hated it because it was new.”

Pink convertible car“I hated it because it was new” is a particularly uninspiring prompt for me this morning, mostly because I don’t recall ever hating anything new.

Ah. No. That’s a lie. Now that I think of it, there’s at least one thing: new car smell.

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Fireside Chat

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snow flurries do?

That’s the question I ask myself as I sit here in my home “office,” which is actually a solarium I’ve converted into my do-all-the-stuff-I-do space. It has windows on three sides. I look out on an small field, and the mixed forest beyond.

It’s April 5, 2013, and it’s snowing.  April is too late for snow, even in Canada, but there’s nothing one can do about the weather, or about most things if the truth be known. Best just to accept and enjoy.

When it snows, my view looks something like this:

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Re-Born AGAIN!!!

Just short of five years ago, I wrote my first-ever blog post. I was a blog virgin.

The “old” blog is part of my wildly successful website AmazingWomenRock.com. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating slightly, it’s more “mildly” than “wildly.”

Still, it does get about 20,000 unique visits a month, has an associated Facebook page with close to 40,000 fans, a Twitter account with about 15,000 followers and several other loosely linked accounts including a YouTube channel, as well as SheQuotes, FindingPINK and WhatLifeIs, which also all have their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Wow.  I didn’t realize how overwhelmed I was, until I listed all that stuff!

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