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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 and is available on Amazon.

 


Holly’s Most Recent Posts

Magic in the Mess

Do you shy away from situations that scare you? Try to keep life tidy to stay safe? Doubt that a mess has anything to offer? Recently an old friend sent me a card in the mail. At first glance, it seemed garish and ugly to me, but then I looked […]

I Grew A Cabbage!

Laced with tiny holes and not, perhaps, the most beautiful cabbage you’ve ever laid eyes on, but here it is. I am so delighted! In past years I’ve had some success with carrots, zucchinis and cherry tomatoes, but could I really coax a seed to germinate, and then baby it […]

Love You Forever

Sometimes I feel as though the girl I was and the woman I am are two completely unrelated people. There are similarities, of course. But life is so full of bumps and turns and chances to change… each year molds me into a person who is a little different from […]


Food

Stay Home Sushi

My first taste of sushi was in a home kitchen. A boy named Marcus took me to his house – he was deliriously excited about showing me his bunk beds – and his mother made us sushi for dinner. I taught day care for a few years just after college, […]

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 […]

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?  […]


Faith

My World in Your Hands

I have a problem. Worried about those I love, I often strategize ways to make everything in their lives (and my own) turn out well. If I identify potential pitfalls, prevent mistakes and generally arrange matters in life, I can shape the future. My happiness (and theirs) is safe with […]

Weak and Strong

Most of us start life full of energy and enthusiasm. We’re young, able-bodied and eager. Then comes a shift that many of us go through, from invincible to fearful. What moved you along this path? It could be something as seemingly insignificant as bullies at school or as huge as […]

Captive Thoughts

Although practical challenges are tough – fixing something that is broken, tidying something that’s a mess, walking a long distance –  I think, for all of us, mental and emotional challenges are tougher. You know what I mean. All of us deal with fear, anger, pride, resentment, unfulfilled longing, rejection… […]


Gardening

Moss, Radishes & Chicken Soup

Tiny flowers on Irish moss, ruby radishes ready to eat and a gift of homemade chicken soup all make life lovely, even when stomach flu has us sluggish, shivering and sleep-deprived. A heat wave hit our city two days ago and my radishes bolted. I read on-line that once they […]

Goodbye Bees

You may recall that enthusiasm for attracting and aiding pollinators, an at-risk population, led me to dig up and plant most of my backyard with daisies, black-eyed susans, salvia and other bee-attracting plants. The result, in my opinion, was beautiful. I’m drawn to explosions of colour – barely-controlled country gardens. […]

Nestled Near

A bird built her nest on top of our front light, obviously oblivious to the fact that light generates warmth, and heat against the delicate properties of an egg white can be disastrous if that egg white is the amniotic fluid essential to new life. We won’t be turning on […]