About the blogger

Lesley-Anne and “Buddy,” RIP.

My sweet spot is lyric poetry. I also write essays and creative non-fiction. My author website is a great place to connect. Please drop by.

I’ve like to engage collaboratively with other artists and the public. You can read about some of my initiatives and collaborations here, and at my Pop-Up-Poetry website.

I write on real life, perplexing and beautiful, and the sacred everyday details that catch my eye. I find God in the muck and the shiny places. God is my hope and my O2, even on days when I can hardly catch my breath.

I’m still considering a tattoo. It will say, “Soli Deo Gloria” or “SDG”… meaning, for God’s glory only. I’m trying hard to sign SDG on all my writing. Heart motive and integrity are big things for me, and keeping myself true to God.

You can read about the germination of this blog here, ‘A Little Background’. The name ‘Buddy Breathing’ is inspired by my friend and recreational scuba diver Art Suke, who has passed from us. We miss you “RT”! And this blog honours a sweet and gentle canine spirit named Buddy who came and left my life too soon. If a dog is a muse, so he was. Until we meet again, my friend.

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

My husband Bob (talented, patient, design type) + three young adult children (Graeme, Malcolm, Claire and their comings and goings) + one dog (another GSP Emmy, tarnished past, promising future) = life is FULL.

And, my life is made rich by the presence of my irreplaceable friends.  They lighten me up and help me find joy and laughter outside the safety of my ergonomically designed writing chair.

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

Lesley-Anne Evans

Please note that all writing on this blog, poetry or prose or narrative, is exclusive and not to be copied or shared without my specific consent. Please enjoy what you read, and be nice, don’t copy without asking. Thanks. All photos on this blog are included in my request. I’d love to hear from you if you’d like to share my work. Thank you so much.


  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


    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.


  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.



    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?


      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.

      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

    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


      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.

      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.

      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.

  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 :)


    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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