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 →