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A little bit about my life’s journey…so far.

I photograph and write about quiet things: nature, place, loss and living forward, a sense of wonder, being human.


I’ve been shaped by the landscapes where I’ve lived and travelled. I have midwestern roots, a prairie heart, and a seaside soul.

Now I live on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, filling my senses with west coast beauty.

Work Life

I’m a lifelong, curious, experiential learner. I’ve taken risks, experimented, given my whole heart to many different roles.

Writing has always been my one, true passion.

Published Works

My online writing space, A Golden Hour, was born on October 2, 2014. Read my first post I Am Here.

My first literary publication was at age 55, with Sky Island Journal. That essay went on on to win the 2020 Nonfiction Contest from the Royal City Literary Arts Society.

In addition to this blog, you can read my published writing portfolio here and view my published photography here.


  • Victoria Writers’ Society 🇨🇦
  • Royal City Literary Arts Society 🇨🇦
  • Haiku Canada 🇨🇦
  • Haiku Society of America 🇺🇸

Land Acknowledgment

I would like to acknowledge the traditional unceded lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen/Songhees) People, where I live, dream, and create. Growing up as an immigrant in Victoria, I never heard the traditional names of the territories. I endeavour now to learn of the Lekwungen/Songheess People’s culture, struggles, and wisdom. I often walk through míqәn (Beacon Hill) where I, too, am “warmed by the sun.” In offering this land acknowledgment, I affirm their history, experiences, spirit, and knowledge.

Be brave, kind, and true.