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an eagle
circling the sun …

field of daisies


photo by Gary McKinstry

I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, in a Baltic-German family (Conradi). Completed a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Toronto in 1977. My husband’s work shifted the family to the United States, England, India and Thailand, with a final move in 2003 to Sidney, B.C.—moves that provided unexpected and unique opportunities to fulfill our passion for flying. My husband and I have co-written a memoir, Above the Beaten Path, detailing our adventures flying a single-engine Cessna 182 into remote corners, virtually around the world.

Now, nurtured by a vibrant community of local poets, 

Victoria's Planet Earth Poetry reading series and Victoria's Haiku Arbutus, poetry has become a major part of my life. I am a member of the League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and the Haiku Society of America. I love to folk dance, go for long walks, and trade stories with my three children. My husband and I continue to fly.

Collecting Silence is my debut  volume of poetry

ronsdalepress , {2017).



One day

I noticed

the bones in my hands

raised like ridges of sand             

left by a receding tide.

I thought of caves

hollowed by water and time,

walls glowing golden

with all that has vanished,

small statues of gods.

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