Writing and real estate

As already mentioned, writing is not typically a lucrative career. It feeds the soul, but not the kids. Because I am now in full writer mode, and also maybe because I am ever so slightly flighty, I keep announcing my new plan to move abroad (again), live on a beach somewhere, and ‘just write’. Read more

Revenge of the Cat

June 2008 I don’t dwell in the past. But I am occasionally, and unexpectedly, haunted by it. Leaving my family and friends to move here 10 years ago was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Looking back, I am not sure how I managed it. I think it takes aRead more

7 obsessions of the ex-pat

2007 Since moving here, I have noticed that I have developed some new obsessions: 1. Cleaning. I don’t think anyone who has ever been to my house would agree, as it does not in any way reflect the standards of most Canadian households. But in England, my house was a mess, all the time, andRead more

Through the eyes of a tourist

The Brit Invasion Summer 2006 Forgive me diary, for I have sinned. It has been over two months since my last post, and I have no excuse other than – well – summer. What? Summer ended weeks ago? Someone really should have told me. I suppose I have been reluctant to let it go; inRead more

HobNobs and Patriotism

Diary of an English immigrant May 2005 For the past 2 years I have been writing a diary series for The Province newspaper entitled Diary of an Immigrant.  But I am not sure I am getting my message across. I have decided to be more specific about what kind of immigrant I am. But whatRead more

Dog Tales

The dog that changes lives What was I thinking? Ripping a teenage girl away from her home, her roots, her friends, everything she knows? 14-year-old Kerri spends her weekends sulking in her room, bored and lonely and no doubt longing for home. I long for the nights when I didn’t know where she was, whenRead more

Emigrating 101

England to Canada: The Move March 2003 If you are considering packing up your life, cat and two kids, saying goodbye to your family and your much-loved home town, and then moving halfway across the world, consider this: it is really, really tough. Here are some tips (to myself) from someone (also myself) who hasRead more

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