Creating an About file is always a struggle for me. There’s nothing extraordinary about my life. I am grateful to be born in Canada where devastating hurricanes, flooding and earthquakes are not commonplace and where a visit to the hospital doesn’t involve working till 95 to pay off the cost. I give thanks that I have a roof to protect me from the elements and enough food and water to keep me relatively healthy. Ordinary is a need for me; I don’t crave fame, fortune, great adventure and neon lights.

Writing is sharing; it has be an emotional and spiritual connection between writer and reader. I have written many poems and stories through the years but a lot of them haven’t survived my weeding process. In my experience, if the contents of a piece is limited to a me experience, it won’t survive very long. Once the identity crisis that inspired the piece has blown over, the work is no longer relevant. If it connects beyond the ego, it has a better chance at survival. The poems and stories that appear in this blog are not written in cement. Some will disappear when I don’t feel that flutter when I reread them.

My writing is mostly realistic but I’ve been known to go to other worlds and meet fantastic living beings. If you don’t find vampires and zombies, please don’t be disappointed; they just don’t turn me on.

I write to make connections, so please let me know if you feel that flutter when you read a post of mine.

Besides writing and reading, I also garden, do Tai Chi, some yoga, bake and make soap, salves and tinctures. Some of these things sometimes appear in my writings.



96 Responses to About

  1. fallcorn1936 says:

    I like the way that you view things. Flutter, what an interesting concept. Thanks for stopping by my blog

  2. malctg says:

    Hi Muriellerites, Thank you for calling by and liking my poem ‘From The Edge’. The Foureyed Poet.

  3. I am delighted to have discovered your blog! I look forward to getting to know you better through your writing. It is always a joy to find another Canadian writer 😉

  4. patgarcia says:

    Happy New Year, even though it is now Jan 7, and thank you for stopping by one of my blogs. I like your description of Canada and hope to visit it this year. Your laid-back way of life impresses me also and I look forward to reading your blogs. All the best for 2013.

  5. HI and thanks for stopping by my blog. I really admire fiction writers – my imagination just doesn’t do that thing but I love to read as you have found out…

  6. Being June says:

    Thank you for visiting Being June. For a struggle, you’ve done a fine job on your About page 🙂 I like your style; consider yourself followed.

  7. Muriel, thank you for stopping recently and liking a post. I look forward to following your blog and feeling that flutter at times as I read your posts.

    Take care,


  8. ajaytao2010 says:

    Hi Muriel
    Ordinary is a need for me; I don’t crave fame, fortune, great adventure and neon lights.
    Oh beautiful I loved that and the overall humble expression you put forth about you. I feel it is a nice beginning with you wish it to continue the same way,

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

  9. Tom Elias says:

    Thanks for the visit!

  10. duffythewriter says:

    Thanks for visiting and liking my blog! Good writing wishes from Sydney 🙂

  11. Julia Kovach says:

    Thanks for popping by my blog and “liking”, “The White Shirt”. It’s so nice to meet you! I love the way you think! And write! Take good care of your precious self! xoJulia

  12. boomiebol says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog

  13. Great about.l appreciate your visit.Blessings.jalal

  14. Sandy says:

    Good Morning Muriellerites, thank you for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read a post. I look forward to reading some of your poetry and learning more about you. Sandy

  15. laurabennet says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I like the way you get so much meaning out of the few words in your poems. Poetry is such a great exercise in writing, but not all do it well. You do.

  16. RAMU DAS says:

    Thank you for being on my blog, yours look amazing!

  17. AnElephantCant think of anything clever to say
    This happens time after time
    But he wants you to know
    That he likes you and so
    He says hello with this silly rhyme

  18. Jessica says:

    Writing is about sharing and connections. I like that. I feel the same way. I guess you saw that on my own “about me” section. From what I’ve seen so far, your stuff is really great. I’ll definitely be back by. Thank you for stopping by my own little site! Hope you’re having a wonderful new year. 🙂

  19. maryamchahine says:

    You have a grateful and contented heart. That’s something everyone should aspire to, being happy with the small things in life. We don’t need that much to feel contentment.

    Thanks for sharing a very beautiful about page. You sound a lot like me. I write for some of the same reasons to too, to make that connection and I also veer away from writing deeply personal poems. In fact, I get very bothered if people assume the poems that I write are about myself and experiences. Some are, but most aren’t.

    Keep writing and making those fluttering connections : )

    • I think if your words can make someone pause for the slightest moment to look inwards, you’ve made a connection. Thank you for the words of encouragement. I look forward to reading more of you. Good journey.

  20. I totally agree with you. I write to make connections, too. Thank you for stopping by blog! Enjoy writing 🙂

  21. Namaste. Several members of my family have visited Nepal and since then, this is a common greeting around here=) Good luck with the writing and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • I enjoyed it. Glad you dropped by and liked my post. I’m sure I’ll be reading more of you. Good journey.

      • Hello again=) I’d like to nominate you for the Liebster award. It’s award for up and coming blogs with 200 followers or less (I can’t seem to find how many followers you have, so I apologize if you have more) Would you be interested?

      • Glad to hear from you again. You’re right, I am a newcomer to blogging. I’ve met such brillant and wonderful people, some have made me smile, others have brought me to tears, but they have all inspired me in some way.You honour me with your award, and I appreciate that you even thought of me. I couldn’t possibly begin choosing only seven bloggers to forward this award to, I love them all. I will decline, thanking you for your kind thoughts.


      • You’re right, there are some amazing people in the blog sphere. Good luck with your writing=)

  22. grumpytyke says:

    Many thanks for the ‘like’ on my ‘About’. Struggle or not, you’ve produced something here which is very thought-provoking. I’m pleased to say that writing is one thing I don’t struggle with, perhaps because mine is mostly ‘realistic’ and drawn from all the amazing (amazing to me that is) experiences I have had – not ‘creative’, though I do have urges – little ones – to go in that direction from time to time.

  23. lynnwyvill says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and the like. I agree writing an About page is tough. I need to redo mine, but I’ve been putting it off. I like your page and, like you, I want my writing to make a connection. I like reading and writing and yoga, too. Soaps, salves and tinctures sounds very interesting!

  24. You write like a wise woman; a trait that I am constantly striving to achieve. Some days, better than others. These words are excellent for the fledgling struggling to find their voice. Thank-you for stopping by my blog.

  25. I write because I love to entertain. I suppose that’s making a connection of sorts. I enjoyed your “About,” and I think it made a connection. The amount of Canadian talent always surprises and delights me. Thanks for stopping by and “liking” my About 🙂

  26. Paul J. Stam says:

    Thank you, Murielle, for stopping by Paper, Mud and Me and for liking the “About” page. Like you, the About page was and is hard to write. Just finished reading your “Culloo.” I will be following to read more.

  27. Thanks for dropping by. Just read your blog on baking for your dogs. Lucky guys! No dogs for the Smiths. We travel too much. Thanks for dropping by.

  28. SjSchafer says:

    Thanks for stopping by Phase Two. I like your “About.” I am interested in all those things that you do, gardening, making tinctures and soap and Tai Chi and yoga, too. I once took a Tai Chi sword class for a 16 week semester and really liked it.

  29. Uzoma says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

  30. Hello, Muriel; thanks for calling in. When WordPress says a ‘like’ means my post is ‘awesome’ I wonder where English is travelling. It’s not even awesome when a body excavated from a Leicester supermarket car-park is proven to be Richard III – as announced today. But I’m pleased the old chap is back with us.

  31. I just finished a batch of soap. Too bad your ‘dropping by” wasn’t physical. I’d be glad to share a bar of my soap with you. Be well.

  32. I really enjoyed reading this piece. It’s so difficult putting something down concisely that explains your person, your environment and how you view your writing. You have managed this in a very skilful way. The other day, I heard a poet explain how she knew a poem was finished. She said,”How do you know that you’ve finished washing the dishes; because you don’t go back to them”.

    • Thank you you’re encouragement. That poet might be right. It takes me a while to let them go, I’m forever tweaking. I’m obsessive about checking the dishes before placing them back in the cupboard. Thanks again for your visit. It means a lot to me.

  33. Thank you so much for your like on my post “Subaru”. I really like the way you expressed yourself on your About page – it is often hard for many of us to talk about ourselves without feeling one is boasting or bragging (one of those childhood programs). However, think of it as telling the facts of you rather than being either egotistic or feeling there is nothing special about you. You are amazing because you are!

  34. Hey there, Murielle. I always find it interesting the way the web helps us meet up even miles and miles apart. You dropped by for a visit today to my blog, and now I’m leaving my calling card. Your About tells me you’re an interesting lady.

  35. Eric Alagan says:

    It has taken me some time to come looking for your blog (after you left a comment on my post) – and I am glad I did. I’m following your blog and shall return soon.
    Cheers, Eric

  36. Julie Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog, which led me back here – and hello to another fellow Canadian! 🙂 I’m looking forward to exploring your blog and your words. ~ Julie 🙂

  37. Hi and thanks for visiting my blog and liking some of what I have written. I see you have some of the same interests as me – I baked an ‘original’ recipe for red velvet cake on Sunday – but because we used beetroot it wasn’t very red! hmm…maybe we need both next time! Have you tried baking this? do you have a favourite recipe? It is the current popular flavour in all our local cake shops.

  38. No, I’ve never tried baking a red velvet cake. My favourite recipes have to be super easy and cheap to make. They also have to allow for someone like me who doesn’t always follow instructions. Be well.

  39. Thanks for popping by. I like what you say about that “flutter”. What in heaven is that, anyway? I’d seriously consider giving up coffee before swearing off that flutter.

  40. george-b says:

    What a compelling introspection! Cheers!

  41. lauriesnotes says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading more here 🙂
    I am finding it is less about what I write and more about the connection. I am new to blogging, and I am so glad I started.
    Much love,

  42. Thank you so much for your support. I’m looking forward to reading your blog as well. All best wishes!

  43. Lyn says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking Mint Juleps and Little Green Men I’m looking forward to exploring your writerly world.

  44. philipparees says:

    Thank you for stopping by my web/neglected garden of a site. Curiously, before your visit or knowing about you, I was already viewing yours. A small addition to the collection of synchronicity! I hope to resume more pruning and planting soon, now that the Divine Comedy is almost delivered. Kind regards Philippa

    • I’ve already started seeding. It’s probably too early but I had to believe winter was over–then we got another storm. Still, the seedlings have started poking out of their little pots in affirmation of better weather to come.Take care.

  45. huntmode says:

    Murielle, I thought to change up your day – you’ve been tagged ~ go here and see if you wish to play with me ~ http://chasingrabbitholes.com/2013/03/26/ive-been-tagged-by-knowledgeknut/ HuntMode ~ 😉

    • What a fun idea!The thing is,I’m trying to avoid turning on the computer these days. I’ll be on sleep mode for a little while until the dust settles. Thanks for thinking of me. Be well.

  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like – I really appreciate it!

  47. Debbie says:

    Recently, I noticed you blessed me with a like on Shadows; thank you SO much! I have just moved from an apartment into my own home a week ago and so I am a bit distracted. Forgive me for my delayed response.

  48. many thanks for dropping by my Blog today 🙂 It seems we have a few things in common.. I love to garden and practice Qi-Gong similar to Tai Chi….. As well as write poems…. Loved your introduction to yourself… ~ Blessings ~Sue

    • Thanks for taking the time to view some of my posts. Gardening is a passion with me. Spring is especially joyful because I get to see my old friends come back from their winter hideouts. I love your name. Dreamwalker evokes visions of peace and inner knowledge.


  49. huntmode says:

    Hi , I’ve nominated you for the Word Press Family Award. Thanks for all you do. Here is the link:

    I know how precious our time is, please participate or not as it fits… Best ~ HuntMode

  50. muriellerites says:

    I apologize for not answering before this but I am pretty swamped right now. I’m honoured by your kind nomination but I’ll have to pass. I wouldn’t be able to do the activity justice at this moment. Thanks for thinking of me. Be well.

  51. Every life is extraordinary. At least, that’s what Mark Twain said!!

  52. Dropping by to wish you warm Yuletide Greetings, and every success with your books for 2014… Love and Blessings Sue xox

    • muriellerites says:

      Thank you for your encouragement, Sue. It means a lot to read your though-provoking posts in the midst of all this media blitz. May love be with you always.

  53. A delightful and well written ‘about’ page. And pleasing to discover another fiction writer…

    • muriellerites says:

      Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, it is always a hoot to meet up with someone who shares your passion. Looking forward to reading you. Be well.

  54. Frank says:

    thank you for your support! means a lot
    be well, muriel-lerites

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