Rebel Talk

My Stinking Thinking Jar

It's been a year since I quit my job and here's what I've learned. Entrepreneurship is tough. I have to pave my own path not knowing what the end result will be or if I'm even going in the right direction. I work longer hours than I did as an employee and I've learned...

Freedom of Expression for All Women, Everywhere?

This week, many of our brave sisters in Iran are risking their lives by standing in public without their mandatory - legislated - head covering. Yes, a woman not covering up is tantamount to a criminal activity, not just in Iran, but in other parts of the Middle East...

Time is always right to do right

Every morning, I do my exercise routine at home listening to motivational talks from a Youtube playlist called Top Ten Rules, and it just happened that I clicked on Martin Luther King today - on his 89th birthday. I write stories based on how young women around the...

The Immigration Question

Many of you are not going to like to hear this. Immigration is not the answer to the world's problems. It's a band aid, feel good (for some) solution that does little to progress the planet as a whole. And I say that as an immigrant myself. We must empower people...

DISOWNED – Book Launch Chat – LIVE

DISOWNED Launched Today. The first novel of the Red Heeled Rebels series went live today.  So I decided to do a live Facebook chat explaining a little bit about the series, the book, launch promotions happening right now and a contest where you can win one of three...

Mermaid of Luxembourg – Episode 2/3

A story telling Video for you! Dungeons, castles, mermaids, wicked step-mothers and the story telling maître d' Luxembourg. This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel...

Mermaid of Luxembourg – Episode 1/3

A story telling Video for you! This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel vignettes based on a lifetime of traveling and living around the world. This is the first...

Tripping in Seoul – Episode 4/4

A story telling Video for you! This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel vignettes that are based on a lifetime of loving and traveling around the world. This is the...

Tripping in Seoul – Episode 3/4

A story telling Video for you! This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel vignettes that are based on a lifetime of loving and traveling around the world. This is the...

Tripping in Seoul – Episode 2/4

A story telling Video for you! This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel vignettes that are based on a lifetime of loving and traveling around the world. My travels,...

Tripping in Seoul – Episode 1/4

A story telling Video for you! This is an advanced reading from my new book - The Accidental Traveler - to be published in 2018.  This book is a compilation of fifteen travel vignettes that are based on a lifetime of loving and traveling around the world. My travels,...

Red-Heeled Rebels Prequel

A story telling video for you! Beginnings, the short story prequel to the Red-Heeled Rebels series is a story of innocence, audacity, and death. This is also the beginning of the adventures of the Red Heeled Rebels, a band of gutsy, young women who fight for their...

I’m All in Now

There. I've gone and done it. Against all advice and logic, and to the confusion and consternation of everyone around me, I bowed out of my corporate job on Monday. I will no longer be forced to travel on red-eyes, lead a bickering national team or track...

Why I do What I do

My stories are about girls from around the world kicking ass and beating evil men, while still enjoying the things girls love, from fashion to food to cute guys. And why not? Life’s not just about survival, but about growing and thriving and laughing and living, isn't...

Dreaming of Kilimanjaro

"If I have to swim across the sea to get what I want, I will learn how to swim, then I'll swim it. If I have to climb the highest mountain to get what I want, I will learn how to climb, then I'll climb it. If I have to dive the deepest ocean to get what I want, I will...

The Writer’s Curse

"Part of the writer’s curse might be the ineffable struggle to submit to the spell of solitude and escape the grip of loneliness at the same time." Maria Popova   Reading this made me realise I finally have found a tribe. My penchant to work in solitude for hours,...

Has the World Turned Upside Down?

I am appalled. The United Nations has lost all credibility in my eyes. That Saudi Arabia has now been appointed to oversee human rights issues is a despicable joke. A vicious joke. This is a country where women are not permitted to drive, let alone walk by themselves...

Get Out & Vote

Get Out & Vote Others Have Died For this Right   Published in the Georgia Straight Magazine   There was a girl in my eighth grade who didn’t have any parents. Joyce was an orphan but no one talked about it. It was her adopted parents, Dutch expatriates who had been...

An Island Trip

"There is no place I would rather be." Grant Lawrence Last weekend, I took off on a British Columbian ferry to the beautiful Salt Spring islands on the West Coast of Canada. It was a much needed break from a difficult few months, months that had been filled with...

I’ve Been Lucky

 I’ve had a lucky life. Yes, like many others before me, I’ve had my share of hardships and heartbreaks along the way. I’ve cleaned stinky hotel toilets to pay for rent. I’ve kept a diet of stale noodles for years, hoarding every penny to pay for college tuition. I’ve...