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Through years of chronic illness, author Holly Dickson-Ramos has learned to rely on God, drawing strength from her faith during difficult times. A freelance writer, Holly’s work has appeared in the Upper Room Daily Devotional, Purpose magazine, Country Woman and other publications. A graduate of the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, and Tyndale College and Seminary, Holly loves reading memoirs and books about Christian living. Her second book, Strong Spirit: Hope for Women Living with Illness released in January 2021.

 


Holly’s Most Recent Posts

A Visit With Family

It’s been ages since I’ve seen family face to face.  Although our province has, once again, initiated a state of lock-down for us all, we drove to see my sisters over the Easter weekend (visiting outside by a campfire with one and taking advantage of the chance to ‘join households’ […]

Do The Next Thing

Early spring in our yard is messy. We live in a snow belt, and most of our property lies buried in more than a couple of feet of snow all winter.  When milder weather melts the snow, we find vole tracks snaking across the grass, mole mounds that resemble huge […]

Kitchen Disaster

Multitasking in the kitchen rarely goes well for me. Yesterday my desire for a hamburger was irresistible. Mixing up a batch of dough for burger buns seemed simple enough, especially since it was the early afternoon – there was plenty of time for kneading, rising and baking before our evening […]


Food

Bagels Demystified

Who knew that making bagels was so easy? For months I’ve been baking all of our bread:  baguettes, whole wheat loaves, hamburger buns, flatbread…  Bagels, though, are a mystery.  Isn’t there an obscure ingredient that gives store-bought bagels their distinctive flavour and texture?  Haven’t I heard something about boiling bagels?  […]

When Your City Goes Red Make Ravioli

Today my city goes red. In Ontario, regions are colour-coded according to Covid cases and restrictions that are in effect. Because of my underlying condition, we’re living as though we’re in lock-down anyway, but I find it depressing to know that my community is once again moving in the wrong […]

Pandemic Panettone

Traditionally seasoned turkey with canned cranberry, stuffing and mashed potatoes rouses in me wonderful childhood memories of Christmases spent north of Toronto, with my aunt and uncle, in a snow-draped landscape – towering pines everywhere, a real fire burning day and night, chocolate initials in our stockings. Magic. But my […]


Faith

Strong Spirit: Hope for Women Living with Illness

Even at this time of reduced social interaction I keep (virtually) bumping into women who are sick or struggling.  There was a time when I thought I was the only odd one.  As a youngish woman living with a chronic condition, it seemed to me that the frustration and pain […]

The Journey

As we begin a new year together, I want to share the words of this poem with you. It is written by Jan Richardson. For Those Who Have Far to Travel An Epiphany Blessing If you could see the journey whole you might never undertake it; might never dare the […]

Seagull

When God Doesn’t Fix It

I’ve lived with chronic illness for more than ten years now, and during that time have come to realize that for many of us – not just for me – life is complicated. It seemed to me, when I first got sick, that the loss and pain caused by my […]


Gardening

Gourds

An Unexpected Kindness

As a child I found squash odious. Consequently, as an adult I never cooked it. Then, I discovered the joy of a simple, homemade butternut squash soup: fry an apple and onions in a generous amount of curry before adding broth and squash and you have the makings of a […]

Bees collecting pollen from lavender flowers

Attracting Bees

Four years ago I became interested in bees and pollinator plants. A number of books about Colony collapse disorder caught my eye and, the way I saw it, with more bees in my backyard I could help save a species essential to our food supply and have more tomatoes and […]

Field of chamomile

Flowers and Faith

Could it really be true that one month from today my chamomile will look like this? A few years ago, on a whim, I bought a packet of seed. I love any flower that remotely resembles the daisy and I like chamomile tea, so… it was worth a shot. To […]