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New flight, new year, new adventures.

I'm sitting in the boarding lounge, early in the morning, sipping on a hot Tim Horton's cappuccino. I'm looking out the large east-facing windows as the dawn breaks over the snowy okanagan valley mountains.

It's been six weeks since the early morning call that had us racing back to Canada from Mexico. Our daughter, Tasia, had suffered a near death event which you can read about HERE and HERE, if you missed the news. She's still with us and getting on with her life, for which we are immensely grateful. 

We, as a family, are all changed people for having experienced this trauma together, but I'd say changed for the better. As a family we're knitted so much closer, and as people more sensitive to what really matters in this life, putting things in proper priority, and knowing that each new day is a gift.

January went by in a blur, and I can't say I'm sorry to see it go. A lot has happened. Besides our daughter's medical recovery, covid passed through the house our kids live in--all are okay (fully vaxxed)--thankfully. We bought a house out east, sight unseen, that two of our kids will live in; I'm fighting with KDP over payment issues (long story, very stressful), which is still unresolved, but hopefully, hopefully will be soon; released a book, editing a book and working on a new book.

Murder at the Fiesta by Lee Strauss

New Release! 

Murder at the Savoy by Lee Strauss

At the editors!

Murder at the Circus by Lee Strauss

Working on this one now!

I'm excited about the writing projects I have planned for 2022, focusing on the next three or four Ginger Gold books and the final Rosa Reed. If you're following Ginger's adventures in the Ginger Journal, I have new entries coming with all the next newsletters until at least the summer. 

Having arrived to Western Canada in the freezing cold with only two backpacks and a pillow, and living in borrowed quarters, I'm ready for sun, beach, and a  bit of R & R! 

R&R is rest and relaxation, but also rhythm and routine. You don't realize how important those last two are until you've been pushed out of it for a while.  I don't think I've had a chance to actually slow down and process all that has happened. I've booked two days this weekend to do nothing but sit on the beach and do just that!

Boarding flight 2164 direct to Puerto Vallarta!  See you in Mexico!