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Welcome to Buddy Breathing, a blog. My life on four acres of woodland in Kelowna, British Columbia began in 2018, but that’s just part of the story. I’m a poet, photographer, librettist, and arts facilitator born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A lover of words and people, you can read about some of my initiatives and collaborations here. If you’d like to know more about my writing and poetry, drop by my author website and Pop-Up-Poetry website.

I tend to blog about and photograph life’s perplexing, beautiful, and sacred details that catch the eye of my heart. My hope and O2 on days when I can barely catch my breath is somehow grounded in the mystery of Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” I don’t know, more than I know, most days. My blog is equal parts angst, introspection, hope, and light!

“Perhaps the grace of God means something like this,
you didn’t have to be, but you are because
the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.
Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Do not be afraid. I am with you.”
Frederick Buechner

You can read the back story of this blog here, ‘A Little Background’. The name Buddy Breathing is inspired by my friend and recreational scuba diver Art Suke, who passed from us far too soon. Art, and a sweet and gentle canine spirit named Buddy. If a dog is a muse, so he was.

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Lesley-Anne’s husband Bob, and their dear friend Art Suke, RIP.

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Lesley-Anne and Buddy, RIP.

 

These are the words of a life in progress. Thanks for dropping by!

Lesley-Anne Evans

 

21 Comments

  1. Hi

    My wife is also a great granddaughter of James Hislop Cook.His daughter Muriel is my wifes grand mother.
    Please contact me
    thank you

    Dean Wilkes

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    1. Hello Dean,
      Great to hear from you? What is your contact info. as I’d love to be in touch? I remember Aunt Muriel well, especially visits with my Great Grandma when she and Aunt Muriel lived together in Stoney Creek. You can find me on Facebook as well, if that’s easier?
      Talk to you soon.

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  2. It IS funny how the blogoshpere works! In the real world would we meet? Would we enjoy? Needless to say, I enjoy your blog, your thoughts, your terrific poetry, your love for God. Believe it or not, I’m a Christian too, and my love for God is complete. I may fight and argue and wrestle with him, I insist that Jacob dislocated his hip fighting the right fight.

    It is VERY rare that my love for God or my spiritual progress has a chance to meet and discuss with others, so sometimes I just read your blog.

    You have a beautiful family, a soulful voice and a glorious appreciation for God.

    Glorify!

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    1. Kenny,
      I love that you are here, that you are a fighter! And that we could have spiritual conversations… wow! I fight against being a ‘Christian’ writer/poet daily… I desire to be a lover of God, an active participant in real life, not preaching to club members or stroking one another :). You have no idea how your words effect me… nobody has ever said what you just said. It’s PROOF that I can be who I am and still, in all that, God shines! I wonder what comes next?
      xo

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      1. I tell yah!
        …and the seasons they go round and round ,
        And the painted Pony’s go up and down…..

        In that time, your writing has caught breath… And sits broadly across so many topics…! I hope your life too continues to find growth and freedom.

        The world, it seems, it’s experiencing momentary madness.
        :-)

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      2. That’s a great tune :) And the growing into freedom seems to be an inward journey, less is more, and the world is a complex place that we continue to cast our words into for consideration. When I think of you I know that “beautywillsavetheworld” and in the form of poetry. xo

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    2. I just came across your comment again, Kenny, and was drawn to share this poem I also “happened” to come across today. xo LAE

      “Days pass when I forget the mystery.
      Problems insoluble and problems offering
      their own ignored solutions
      jostle for my attention, they crowd its antechamber
      along with a host of diversions, my courtiers, wearing
      their colored clothes; caps and bells.
      And then
      once more the quiet mystery
      is present to me, the throng’s clamor
      recedes: the mystery
      that there is anything, anything at all,
      let alone cosmos, joy, memory, everything,
      rather than void: and that, 0 Lord,
      Creator, Hallowed one, You still,
      hour by hour sustain it.”
      ― Denise Levertov, Sands of the Well

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      1. …annnd, right on time. I forget sometimes, that actually yes, I really love waking with this one tremendous God.

        “…Creator, Hallowed one, You still,
        hour by hour sustain it.”

        Ah. Thanks.

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      2. …annnd, right on time. I forget sometimes, that actually yes, I really love walking with this one tremendous God.

        “…Creator, Hallowed one, You still,
        hour by hour sustain it.”

        Ah. Thanks.

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      3. …annnd, right on time. I forget sometimes, that actually yes, I really love walking with this one tremendous God.

        “…Creator, Hallowed one, You still,
        hour by hour sustain it.”

        Ah. Thanks.

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  3. Hi! I really love your blog and I actually made my own with some inspiration from you! It’s still in a building process, so there isn’t much, but I learned more about myself through writing and your poems always seems to reach out to me too. So thank you for helping me find a new and wonderful world of writing :)

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    1. I just popped by at your blog and I’m proud of you stepping out to do a new writing thing. I like the illustrations you’ve chosen to use. And honoured that something here, poems included, touch you in a positive way. Please keep coming by, little buddy. xo

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