The Lighter Side

The lighter side of mindfulness: finding the humour and laughter

Gone Fishing…

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop (drawing by Diane Mottl)

Okay, I’m not literally going fishing. I have not fished since I was a tyke but I am hanging a “gone fishing” sign on my blog to let readers know that I am taking a brief blogging break. There are no wiggly worms in my future (other than the gardening kind), but for the next few weeks I will be unplugging from Twitter (@TrulyPresent), Facebook (Being Truly Present) and will not be publishing weekly blog posts. Feel free to peruse the archives and read past posts. If you honor me with a comment, I will happily leave a return comment. Have a wonderful summer everyone! […] Read more »

Thank You, But Joining Award Free Blogs…

A joyful spirit is evidence of a grateful heart (Drawing by Diane Mottl)

A couple weeks ago I was doing backflips of happiness, having been nominated by three fellow bloggers for two blogging awards: The Liebster Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. When I first started blogging, I remember seeing these colorful badges of honor affixed to blogs and thinking, “Wow, maybe someday…” Now the day has come, but I have mixed feelings about it. On the one-hand, I am deeply honored to be included in such a supportive blogging community that acknowledges one another. The Versatile Blogger Award is to honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now […] Read more »

Having an Argh! Moment…

The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. (pencil drawing by Diane Mottl)

No doubt about it, I am marooned on Argh! Island. I am trying to remind myself that it is just a moment and it will pass. I have been telling myself that since yesterday. But yesterday’s frustrating moments have multiplied like bunny rabbits and have invaded my today moments. My brain is stuck and the bunnies keep multiplying. What is so frustrating, you ask? (and even if you did not, here is the answer) After the high of finishing the first draft of my very first book, I have plummeted to the ground with a Splat! as I face the world of revisions, […] Read more »

Slow As A Snail Ain’t So Bad…

"Wisely and Slowly. They Stumble that run fast." (pencil drawing by Diane Mottl -

We have been going through  a record deep freeze where all you want to do is hunker down until Mother Nature decides she’s had enough fun watching us freeze our kahoona’s off and turns up the temperature. The crappy weather left me feeling sluggish and not at all motivated to do a drawing this week. So when I saw this snail (slug carrying his house – smile) slowly sliming its way up a step, I thought, perfect! With only a scratched outline of the drawing completed, I was already jumping ahead to what I could write. Something about holding on and […] Read more »

Jumping Ahead to a Splat!

Pencil drawing of child playing hopscotch (by Diane Mottl,

Do you remember playing hopscotch as a child? Tossing a stone, hopping on one foot then two, careful to never touch the lines. Ever get a tad over-confident and try to jump too many squares at once? Ripped jeans and a skinned knee. No big deal to a kid (at least for a rough-and-tumble-kid like me). But skipping an important square (step) as an adult can end a wee-bit differently. Before I lose you entirely, let me give an example. Say you just started doing pencil drawings. Say you get your ideas by finding photographs through Google images. Say you sketch, shade, smudge, […] Read more »

Christmas memories from all five senses…

Pencil drawing by Diane Mottl (

When I was working on the drawing on the left, it brought back memories of my Mom’s Christmas baking. When I sat down to do this blog post (after a snack – smile) I had a thought: “What if I were to jot down each of the five senses and then write whatever Christmas memory came up for each?” As I started writing, I was amazed at the vividness and variety of memories. As scene after scene surfaced, it was difficult to write only one memory per sense (but I managed to contain myself, out of respect for the dear reader’s valuable time  – smile). Here are […] Read more »

Trying not to be the Crazy-Halloween-Lady…

Halloween pumpkin carving

Each year my husband raises an eyebrow, wondering why — yet again — his minimalist wife suddenly festoons the exterior of the house in all sorts of Halloween bric-à-brac (and no, our house does not keep our neighbours up at night with flashing lights nor does it cause any traffic jams: my husband has managed to curtail that). Why do I become the Halloween Martha Stewart of the neighborhood? Let me take you back in time, as I attempt to answer that. My memories of trick-or-treating were from the 1970’s in a small town of less than 5,000 in northern Alberta. October 31st […] Read more »

City green thumb meets country….

He that has a good harvest must be content with a few thistles

I have a green thumb (most times). The rhythm of weeding, dead-heading, pruning and planting, quiets my mind (usually).  And when my mind is quiet, I can hear my soul speak. Not this time. Let me back up. I was not in some small garden plucking away at few spent flowers and pulling wayward weeds. Nope. I was in my parents’ vegetable garden in the country. One that to a city-dweller (which I am), is bigger than most community garden projects that are shared by multiple families. Now normally I do not weigh in on their rather zealous veggie gardening plans. By the […] Read more »

Giving my Oscar the Grouch the boot…

It is just a bad day, not a bad life.

I am having one of those days where I am tempted to crawl back under the covers and start over. After cleaning oatmeal off the kitchen floor – and off the kitten who thought chasing his sister through my legs was a good idea  – I am having a heard time getting myself going. Not ready to hit the home office, I decide to knock Carrot Soup off my To Do List (otherwise known as the “Things To Do-to-avoid-writing-without-feeling-too-guilty List”). Last weekend, I had dug up my carrot patch. Months of feeding, watering and weeding had produced two paltry freezer bags filled […] Read more »

And the winner is…

"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet" (or by kittens)

Please allow me another short break from my usual post. I have decided to share a short creative non-fiction piece that came out of a “Try It” exercise in the book Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola. The prompt was: Take a writing session to observe everything you do around writing. What is your routine? How does it serve or sabotage you? What keeps you from writing? What helps you? What happens when you change your routine? And the winner is… Bum in chair is the hardest. No. That is not […] Read more »