I never loved Halloween all that much – it always felt like something that was between Thanksgiving and my Christmas tree.
Then we moved into this neighbourhood 13 years ago, and my family and I started getting together to celebrate and eat creepy treats. And I made friends with fellow geeks who enjoyed cosplay, and suddenly, all at once Halloween became a tradition. Something fun that we all looked forward to. Not just for candy but because we would hang out and laugh and wear funny costumes. We carve pumpkins and hand out candy to kids regardless of their age!
And this year, my political pumpkin is the handprint and feather honouring the millions of murdered and missing indigenous girls and women in North America, and specifically in BC along the infamous Highway of Tears.
Originally intended to simply focus on book reviews, over time, KaliDesautelsReads has morphed into its own entity.
I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
I am lucky enough to have a family that loves me and pushes me to be my best, even if it is outside of my cushiony comfort zone. I have a village of friends that nourish me, mentally, and spiritually.
Welcome to my thoughts. Sit down. Stay a while. Enjoy a cup of coffee!
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