Let’s Make Our Steps Clear

This morning I heard one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen songs, If I Should Fall Behind. The lyrics paint a picture of sweethearts journeying through life side by side, promising to wait for one another if they should happen to fall out of step: “If as we’re walking, a hand should slip free I’ll wait […]

Loved Like This

Last weekend I spent an afternoon with some beloved women I’ve known my whole life—mothers and daughters that my family was lucky to grow up with. This bigger crew was made up of relatives (aunts, uncles and cousins) and friends who felt like family. As far back as I can remember, we did life together. […]

The Magic in Our Mess

Back in May, I wrote about the notion that we, like our plants, can become root bound. That post came to mind later that month when I finally dug out my gardening gloves and crouched down to face my neglected garden. For far too long I’d been looking out at a sea of brown–dead plants, […]

A Legacy of Kindness

“There she is!” Grandma’s words would reach my ears before the door to her ground-floor apartment had swung fully open. She’d throw her arms in the air as she greeted me, and then I’d be gathered in for a hug, her cheek soft and cool against mine. I can’t quite name what the scent was–rose […]

Room to Grow

 “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg So here we are SheLovelys, in the thick of spring. Spring, the season whose arrival is announced by the crocus, peeking purple and hopeful from winter’s muddy bed. Spring, the season of sunny daffodils and new […]