Posts By: Karl Low

Tara Panrucker

Tara is a published author, poet, and freelance writer, currently residing on Vancouver Island. Writing credits include multiple outdoor adventure articles published at www.snowshoemag.com and www.riversportmag.com, as well as BC Market Reports for Thompson Okanagan Homes & Land magazine, and a news article and guest columns on www.castanet.net. She also writes blogs for a marketing company out of Nanaimo.

Tara is currently enrolled in online Athabasca University English courses and now has a trilogy of children’s eBooks available on Amazon’s KDP Select for Kindle: Ellie Captures a Star, Ellie Walks on the Moon, and Ellie Makes Sunshine. You can check out her web site and blog at www.tarapanrucker.wordpress.com.

Breaking from writing and studying, Tara enjoys practicing her ukulele, iPhone photography, stand up paddle boarding, and exploring hiking trails, usually with her feisty Boston Terrier leading the way—by a long way!

Starting Over

Embracing a major life change late in life is no easy task.  Perhaps a marriage did not turn out the way you expected and you found yourself single after envisioning a long life together with one person.  Perhaps your job ended unexpectedly and options remain scarce to continue in the same field.  Or perhaps where… Read more »

Book Review—Writing Down the Bones

Book: Writing Down the Bones Author: Natalie Goldberg I stumbled upon a mentor for life in Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (2005).  Her book was on a suggested reading list in an obscure writing class I took many years ago.  First published in 1986, this should be a standard go-to… Read more »

Meditation Now

“A mind that is fast is sick.  A mind that is slow is sound.  A mind that is still is divine.” –Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master Recently, meditation has become more mainstream. Although seemingly mysterious and boring at the same time, to many people zooming around in our fast-paced society meditation has become more of… Read more »

Interview Ready

When I’m preparing for countless interviews, I know to be interview ready because one interview varies greatly from the other.  Heading to a meeting with someone you’ve never met before is both intimidating and stressful.  Despite your fears however, an upcoming job interview need not send you into a sweaty panic.  Planning and organization are… Read more »

HUSHED

Sshhhhh draw the curtains closed unplug thoughts and plans slip softly, slow-ly deeply down into a silken silence enshrouded in night-time noiselessness   soul sealed in a velvet envelope captured in the present moment the chaos of life dissolves from Ambition! Action! Achievement! to a world condensed to taciturnity   luxurious lullaby of unspoken words… Read more »

A Holiday for One

Although mass media drums it into our heads that the holidays are meant for family and friends, there may come a time you find yourself facing the impending holidays alone.  Moreover, millions of people choose to spend holidays alone.  Whether due to divorce, school or work responsibilities, lack of cash to travel home to see… Read more »

Don’t Worry, Try Relaxing

The work week seemed like it was never going to end.  Walking in the door at home, your heart sinks because the dishwasher, which you had turned on before you left in the morning, decided to flood all over the kitchen floor.  Not one person (other than your mom) liked your last post on Facebook. … Read more »

HUSHED

Sshhhhh draw the curtains closed unplug thoughts and plans slip softly, slow-ly deeply down into a silken silence enshrouded in night-time noiselessness   soul sealed in a velvet envelope captured in the present moment the chaos of life dissolves from Ambition! Action! Achievement! to a world condensed to taciturnity   luxurious lullaby of unspoken words… Read more »

Book Review—Creative Block

Book: Creative Block Author: Danielle Krysa For fellow AU students seeking a book oozing with creative inspiration and artistic motivation, look no further than Danielle Krysa’s Creative Block (2014).  This gem of a book overflows with solid advice from fifty different artists worldwide who work in a variety of diverse mediums.  Each artist outlines a… Read more »

Mentors

Surrounding yourself with people who are doing what you aspire to do is a worthwhile endeavour on the path towards success.  I didn’t give much thought about why I admired certain individuals and felt negatively toward others until I came across a book that suggested writing down all the people you looked up to—whether famous,… Read more »