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Bibliophile’s Collective Tuesday – Ocean Cravings & Go East of Edmonton Road Trip

July 6, 2021

For someone who loves the ocean, I now live somewhere that is hundreds of miles from it! In England, I could drive for 30-45 minutes to the seaside. The salty air, the granular feel of the sand, the sound of lapping waves, has always been my happy place. In Alberta, the closest I can come to that is a lake. The larger the better.

On our recent road trip to Cold Lake, I was delighted to have the ability to walk down to the harbour in the early morning and evening and hear the water lapping. I also discovered a tiny cove with a sandy beach. I sat there, with my eyes closed and imagined the ocean. The air was not briny but it was close to perfect. I dipped my toes into the water and wiggled them in the sand. Such moments evoke happy memories for me.

Sammie as always, was happy to explore and sniff.

We may not always understand why we are drawn to a particular element, but water is certainly mine. However, if I look up the element I should respond to, it is air. I can sort of understand that salty air is a favorite, but it has always been water for me from childhood. I can watch flowing streams, rivers and waterfalls for hours – my first love has always been the ocean though. I am drawn to it. Interesting enough, my spirit animal is a dolphin, which seems to be counter intuitive to an air sign to my way of thinking.

What is your favourite element? Does it correspond to your star sign element?

Time spent in our element allows us to relax, to re-energize and to refresh. This particular #GoEastofEdmonton road trip certainly gave me that and more. And, of course, we collected all the stickers for the game too.

The Go East of Edmonton game has allowed us to explore new places, sights and scenery. If you want to play along go to

Split Personality..?

June 17, 2013

Effrontery – definition: shameless or impudent boldness : barefaced audacity

Whilst deciding on my response to this word, I came across this wonderfully brave blog post.

I am quite a contradiction – possibly because I’m a Gemini, but who knows. From early childhood among family and people I knew I was out-going and sociable, but take me to a new environment and I became a clam. A meek little mouse. I’ll give you an example of each ‘personality.


At home and with my friends, I was always into cycle and go-cart races and building camps in the woods. Yep, I was a tom-boy, first degree. When we built camps a rival gang would smash it, then we would smash theirs. An on-going battle so to speak. Then one day the rival gang got hold of my younger brother, Simon. Well, you might as well have taken a tiger cub from its mother. I found a piece of chain (don’t ask me where I have no idea!) I was on the war path. I confronted this gang, swinging the chain and demanding they release my brother or else. As you would expect they complied. Decades later my other brother, Jon happened to meet up with one of these boys in a local pub. This grown man asked if Jon was my brother. He said yes. The next statement is word for word. “Mandy was so scary, we were all afraid of her.” Now to give you an idea of the background of these boys, most of their fathers were in prison – tough may be but not when faced with an angry girl with a chain.

As the eldest, I fiercely stood up for my brothers and sister and my friends. A trait I still have.

In complete contrast when I began secondary school (age 11) I was the shy, silent pupil in the class. Keeping out of the way of everyone. Trying to be invisible. Back at home, after school though, I was the former personality. In new situations I am still shy and retiring until I feel comfortable.

Do you have opposing traits in your personality? Have you written a character with a split personality?

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