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Women | Life | Wisdom: Dreaming

Do you believe that we can communicate through dreams?

I am very curious about this and after an unbelievably wonderful dream last night about a friend from university, I would like to believe we do.

I know there are stories about this, about people sharing dreams, non local ways of knowing and the like. Rupert Sheldrake writes about these ideas and ancient tradition keepers would say ‘of course we do’.

I am grateful for my wonderful dream and am resting in the feelings of being loved and cherished.

Enjoy your day my friend!



Backpacking Around the World: Thank Heavens for Rolling Packs!

The Romance of Backpacking


I traded ‘suitcases’ with my eldest daughter recently. She returned home earlier and I was wanting to ‘travel light’ so sent her home with my rolling duffle and most of my clothes. Also, her backpack has tons of very cool patches from all of her exotic travels and well, I just wanted to see how it felt; to assume her pack.

It felt damn heavy actually, although I am very impressed with the construction of the pack itself.  Luckily I had read ‘Wild” and knew that a bed came in mighty handy for getting the darn thing on my back.  Also, luckily for me, later in the day, there was a muscular Seattle Seahawks fan who was able to help me on with it at the little cafe where I had lunch and once I returned to civilization, legions of cab drives and porters were available.

I now know that for my around the world backpacking trip I plan to take to celebrate retirement, I need to source an extra light, functional pack with wheels, possibly one that comes with a porter or with Reese Witherspoon.

Initial research completed, I shall drive into my final years of work.

peace out,




Inspired Thought For The Day: The Dawn


This poem by Rumi caught my attention yesterday and is included in ‘Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow’ by Elizabeth Lesser

Today, like everyday, we wake up empty and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer, Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kiss the ground.

Writing is my dulcimer, the way I welcome the day, the way I connect to my calm center and my spirituality. If softens me and in a comforting way, connects me with all the writers before, during and after me. Words and phrases are my muse my way of kissing the ground in devotion.

Enjoy your day my friend.

Women & Books: Sunday Mornings

On Sunday morning, I have a chance to catch up on my reading, download new books (this week in anticipation of an upcoming vacation) and leisurely peruse book lists and reviews. All this from the comfiness of bed bed, coffee (lightened with eggnog) in hand.

I have tended towards Canadian women authors and a current recommendation ‘How Poetry Saved My Life: A Hustler’s Memoir’ by Amber Dawn

Here is my current kindle bookshelf!


Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

Topaz Lotus Living: Evening Prayers

‘Good night moon

Goodnight cows jumping over the moon …

Goodnight stars

Goodnight air

Goodnight noises everywhere’


Women’s Book Club: The No Rules Book Club

Women’s Book Clubs

We have been meeting for over 15 years, regularly every 6-8 weeks.  We have shared each other’s lives, joys and sorrows but mostly we have laughed.  We say we have no rules, however, yes, we have read and discussed many books and I am pleased to say that my literary tastes have been refined in the process (la de dah).

Tonight I’m hosting book club and we are meeting on our sailboat in Granville Island in Vancouver.  The book for discussion is “Where Did You Go Bernadette?” by Maria Semple.

Not to detract from the discussion (my book club gal pals never read my blog, so no worries there), I loved this book.  I laughed out loud many times and could empathize with the main character, a brilliant, creative, often misunderstood mom suffering from depression and anxiety.

I mentioned the enjoyment of this book to a friend and we discussed how the culture in the Pacific  North West is relaxed, outdoorsy with doses of  hippiness and hipness thrown in.  She suggested I may enjoy the TV show “Portlandia”, which I am currently downloading.

I do so love the West Coast!




Motivational Quote for Women: Women Power


Topaz Lotus Living Quote of the Day

stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.

~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Topaz Lotus Living: Loreto Bay Vacation

Loreto Bay Vacation

There’s nothing like a vacation for long stretches of un-interrupted reading!

So far, Kaitlin and I have both finished ‘The Hypnotist’ by Lars Kepler (dark psychological thriller); Kaitlin is now reading ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn, which coincidently is my pick for our women’s book club this month. I finished ‘Gone Girl’ in the fall and found it to be a surprising read. I like that, when a book surprises me!

Delaney finished ‘The Hobbit’ and is almost through ‘Lord of the Rings’ by Tolkien.

I’ve recently started ‘The Nightmare’, also by Lars Kepler. Interesting that Lars Kepler is a ‘writing couple’, not an individual.

Wayne reads the news and his Spanish books, he’s not a fiction lover.

Next up for me is ‘Sea of Cortez’ by John Steinbeck.



Women ~ Life ~ Friends: Books & A Surprising Discovery

Knowing that I would be leaving soon on a sailing holiday and may not have wifi access, I was determined to download significant quantities of literary fiction to my ipad.

I did a ‘call out’ on my personal facebook page for book suggestions and what evolved was an interesting and eclectic list of great recommendations.

As an aside… during my recent prenatal yoga teacher training, I found it rather trying to be spoken to loudly and in a well enunciated cadence by a perky twenty something (with 1 kid) prenatal yoga instructor who seemed to think that those  of us over 40 were not only older but hard of hearing. Judgments, judgements, judgments!

Suffice it to say that last night, I was very happy to see the book recommendations were from wise older women (and one guy who receives the distinction of being an honorary wise woman)!  I am thrilled with such a diverse selection of reading material and thanks to my ipad, bringing 20 books sailing is a possibility.

So, I will sail and blog and provide book reviews…

I usually have 3 – 4 books on the ‘go’ at any given time; 1 fiction, 1 non-fiction, 1 spiritually fulfilling and 1 general interest.

Currently, I am reading:

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn (fiction- love it so far, my fave section is about the cherries and family of psychologists)

“Wild” by Cheryl Strayed (non-fiction – not sure about hiking that far by myself, yikes!)

Just finished:

“Mating in Captivity” by Esther Perel (personal growth and development – is monogamy really dead?)

which prompted me to read:

“The Enlightened Sex Manual” by David Deida (spiritual enlightenment and marriage saving)

OK, where was I?

Yes, aging in a culture that adores youthfulness in women is very humbling!

I shall immerse myself in stories of thrilling tales of wild women while sailing the Salish Sea!


in peace & mindfulness,



Women ~ Life ~ Health: An Inspirational Rumi Quote to Start the Day!

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
People are coming back and forth across the doorsill
Where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

~ Rumi

Sunrise from our patio


In peace & mindfulness


Zoey Ryan BSc., PCC
life ~ leadership ~ executive coach for women

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