The PEI Adventures, Part 5

Wednesday, August 2, 2017: Driving from Tip to Tip We decide to drive around the island today. First, we head east towards Souris for Basin Head, also known as Singing Sands Beach. The sands are supposed to sing when you walk on them, but I’m disappointed. I barely hear a squeak. But the scenery more…

The PEI Adventures, Part 4

Monday, July 31, 2017. More Pretty Places and Lots of Eating. We get breakfast at a coffee shop called Beanz Cafe in downtown Charlottetown. Then we’re supposed to hike at the Winter Trail, but the trail isn’t marked clearly. We hike a bit, but decide to turn around before we get lost and no one…

The PEI Adventures, Part 3

Sunday, July 30, 2017. MY BIRTHDAY! Anne of Green Gables, Round 2 It’s the morning of my birthday, and….the cops pull us over. Turns out we’re going 80 kilometers per hour in a 50 kph zone. Now, 50 kph is equivalent to about 30 miles per hour, which is DAMN slow for LA drivers, especially…

The PEI Adventures, Part 2

Saturday, July 29, 2017. Anne of Green Gables, Round 1 This is the moment I am waiting for. MY. ENTIRE. LIFE. My bucket list item. To visit every Anne of Green Gables/L.M. Montgomery related site on Prince Edward Island. So Day 2 begins with a 30-minute drive from Charlottetown to Cavendish, which is the polar…

The PEI Adventures, Part 1

Prelude. July 2016. I always said I wanted to visit Prince Edward Island, but there was always some excuse not to make it happen. Not enough money. Not enough time. Can’t go by myself. Too scared. But then my 31st birthday passed, and something in me sparked. I didn’t want to live through another birthday…

Words to Remember My Grandfather

I’m six years old, and I can’t sit still. I’m so excited because it’s Grandparents’ Day, and my grandparents are coming to visit my class. When Grandpa walks in, I pull him and Grandma over to my desk. I listen impatiently as the other grandparents talk about their lives, and then finally, my teacher asks…

Some thoughts about Queen Victoria

Almost finished watching Victoria on Masterpiece. Despite the historical inaccuracies, I’m really enjoying it. However, I have one major criticism, which has led to extensive reflection (INFP talking here). So this critical thought rose when my dad walked in while I was watching the drama. “They’re all bad people,” he said, after a moment of…

Oh, Bully!

The story I’m currently writing has a bully in it. I’ve been trying to put myself in her shoes, to pinpoint her motivation. Why does she hate the main character? What is her backstory? Did she have a sad childhood? Was she a victim of bullying too? Abused? But no. There really is no tale…

The Summers of Youth Now Grow Old

As summer draws to a close, a breathless hush settles in the stagnant air. August was a month of beach parties, bonfires, and fast-paced vacations. But in a rushing heartbeat, the dog days of August have passed into yesterday as autumn pushes into the spotlight. At my friend’s bachelorette party a couple of weekends ago,…

Birthday Reflections

To be honest, pre-birthday week has been a challenge. A couple of difficulties have left me feeling a little down and out. Then again, dealing with people is always a challenge, and that applies every week of the year. Rather than focus on the negative, however, I’m reflecting on how I can turn these challenges…

Quiet Voices Can Also Roar

Ever since I can remember, I was told, “Speak up,” “What was that again?” or “I can’t hear you.” My naturally soft-spoken voice was like the high, soft notes of a piano competing against a raging bass guitar or the endless pounding of the drumline. Among my opinionated friends, it was often difficult to get…

Snapshot Memory

Jill jingled the keys, unlocking the door for the first time. On the other side, she heard a perky voice. “Oh, hello.” The girl, although petite, held herself in a confident manner, straight-backed and chin jutted up. Almond-slit amber eyes met Jill’s gaze head on. Her coffee-brown hair had tints of blonde and curled down…