Category: Memoir

Digging deeply in memories

Joyce Holm

When we left the movie theatre last night, I couldn’t talk for an hour. I love going to films, but they usually don’t hit me in the solar plexus—or should that be soul-er plexus?—the way this one did. The movie…



Fork in path

[Two days ago, a young man plunged to his death from a balcony in the building where I live. I found his suicide deeply troubling. It cut close to the bone. Writing led me through the thicket of memories and…


Facing our lions

Red Lion cover art

When the call came, I didn’t hesitate to jump in the car and drive down Interstate I-5, from Seattle, Washington, to Napa, California. My brother was in hospital once again. Something in his voice told me he needed me to…


Outrageous Courage

Vagina Monologues poster

In 2003 I let myself be talked into directing the second year’s production of The Vagina Monologues in a rural town in central British Columbia. I didn’t really think such an edgy play would work there, even though it had…


Falling in love with Peanut

Parents in waiting, and proud grandpa

Robin’s daughter, Michelle, called from Melbourne Friday, her voice quivering with excitement. “We got four!” she cried. We knew exactly what she meant, even before her longer explanation. She and her partner, Miriam, have been trying for months to conceive.…


Black Boy

Black Boy with one horn

I’ve been slow to post Black Boy’s story. He deserves his place here. He gave me courage when I needed it most. Despair had become a frequent visitor during a period of time when I felt as if I’d awakened…


Amazing Grace and Me

When my partner and I packed for an eight-month trip, we laid out everything we thought we would need for four seasons, formal occasions, casual outings, long walks, and just plain hanging out. My share would not fit in the…

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