Travel is a Crucible

Dearest Sara,  I don’t really know how to start this letter. I’d like to be writing about all the incredible, beautiful places I’ve discovered on this island, but it wouldn’t be an honest reflection of where I’ve been. And we always said these memoirs were about capturing our authentic felt experience, rather than being another…

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Adventure Awaits

Dear Jackie, This time you’re in the future. You’ve probably already risen for today’s adventure. Today I’m filing my taxes, reading up on Accounting for Dummies, and trying to figure out how to organize my life properly so I’m not in panic mode next year when I do this. Kind of a boring day, but…

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Running/Chasing

Dearest Sara, This morning during our Thursday coffee, you spoke about needing to return to Hawaii pronto. “What is it you are trying to escape?” I asked. You replied simply: “Nothing. I’m quite content. I just really miss the land.” 

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A Rainy Day at Tiffany Falls

Do you have a rainy day ritual? Before Lily, mine involved mugs of tea, cuddling under blankets and a guilty pleasure movie. But a dog needs exercise and it’s hard to hygge with your fur baby bouncing around wild with unspent puppy energy. My husband is a textbook earthbound Capricorn and despises being wet, but…

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Seeking Solace at Sherman Falls

Meet my favourite waterfall. Also known as Angel Falls or Fairy Falls, it’s the first waterfall I discovered when I moved to Burlington 2 years ago. It’s the place I return to whenever I’m in need of some solace (eg: when in withdrawal from Hawaii).  I picture myself standing underneath her flows, her rushing waters…

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Living on Aloha Time

Dearest Sara, I write to you my last morning in Hawaii. Tonight, I fly back to Toronto to reintegrate into “regular” living. I’ll miss the easy pace here but most of all, I will miss my rituals. Every day I wake at 6 to chirping birds, announcing the coming sunrise. Mornings are never a struggle…

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A Place of Universal Love

Dearest Sara, Thanks to my dear friend Jill, I was introduced to another special place on the Island today. Pele chose this exact moment for my camera to irrevocably die, so I have no photos from the day to share. (It’s okay, we will capture it’s beauty when we’re back here together!)  Paleaku Sanctuary is hidden…

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When Everything is Beautiful

Dearest Sara, I write to you from our balcony by the water. The waves crash upon the lava, sending a salty spray over the banister into the pool. It seems only moments ago that we laid here, making grand plans for our new lives in Hawaii. And while the pool, the ocean and the view…

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Exude

Dearest Jackie, I write from my porch overlooking the city. It’s cold today, and the rain splatters against the awning in a rhythmic pitter-patter, a euphonious reminder of when we sat under the lanai together chatting for a few hours while it rained during our visit to the Big Island. I close my eyes and,…

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