In the spring of 2009 Marie made a commitment to walk 800 kilometers through Spain in the hopes she could eat all the chocolate she could find. What she didn’t expect to find was herself.
A walk that long gives a person a lot of time to think. Marie’s mind dished out big lessons around forgiving her mother, entertaining the idea of possibly leaving her husband, and honoring herself as a parent. One step at a time is how Marie completed the Camino de Santiago and learned to love herself after all the years of inner self-hateMore info →
Alongside the colourful details of everyday life--skiing to school, collecting magpie eggs for bounty, going "swimming" in a frigid snow-melt pond--are the struggles she experiences as she tries to find her place in the world. Raised in a warm and loving family, she is nevertheless painfully aware that her father longs for a boy to help work the farm. Going to a one-room farm school becomes an ordeal with constant threats of bullying. The welcome move to town for high school is coupled with the humiliation of living in a garage-sized home. Through it all, questions of her future loom as she confronts the lure of the horizon.More info →
This book explores how a volunteer physiotherapist from the British Columbia Interior turns adversity into advantage when she conquers her fears of the unknown and leaves home to immerse herself in work with the differently abled in rural South India, leading to life-changing experiences. This journey describes how children with polio progress from crawling in their village through rehabilitation and education to become adults leading productive lives. See life through the eyes of these children and follow their footsteps through these pages as you travel from Canada to rural India with interludes in England.More info →
Wide Open begins with the start of a promising relationship. As D. M. Ditson falls in love, she is forced to confront her past: a fundamentalist Christian upbringing, family secrets, and a series of men who sexually assaulted her when she was between the ages of eighteen and twenty five. One of the assaults was so devastating that it left her showering in her sleep, trying in vain to wash the darkness away.
D. M. Ditson's story is a raw and emotional account of how she became so vulnerable to assault, of the depths to which she fell, and of her excruciating recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.More info →
Buckshot & Johnnycakes is a true-life story of two 11 year old boys who met in the scouting movement in the Cowichan Valley on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia and spent the next 56 years of their lives sharing one continuous adventure after the other in scouting, hunting, fishing, buying and selling antique cars, logging, military, law enforcement, private investigations and travels around the world. These characters are indeed the Canadian Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn complete with sense of humour. This beautiful and touching story with bring laugher and tears to your eyes. A must read for the adult child in each one of us.
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If you have anxiety/ depression or fear this memoir may provide some insight. The story is centered around a surprising mental health issue which did not appear until I was in my late twenties. I was the mother of three in the sixties and mental health was still a taboo subject for the most part. I was fortunate to have a supportive spouse and a thoughtful doctor. No holes are barred in this book where many obstacles in my marriage and life are overcome by hard work and a desire to be satisfied with my life.More info →