"Writing is what I do between the ironing"

Alice Munro



LINDA McLEAN, writes songs, poems, articles, essays, journals, and promotional material. She has a BA in English and History, and a Masters in Education, a professional background as a theatre artist, teacher, musician, and yoga practictioner. Her purpose here is to chronicle her artistic journey, to share her writing, to entertain, and to inspire others to follow their own creative muse. If you're interested in finding out more about her music, you can go to the menu bar and click on MUSIC. If you're interested in finding out more about her yoga teaching, you can go to the menu bar and click on YOGA. And if you would like to join her on writing journey, you can scroll down this page, where she's posting journal notes, poems, excerpts from her novels, and a selection of pithy words of wisdom from other cracker jack humans being.








EverythingI know about forgiveness, I learned from my mother. "Of Wives and Daughters" July, 2010


August 13, 2012


I'm so glad I found you.

Your smiles, your muffins, your sense of humour and wild mind

wet hair, koala bear, sideways glance, stares

in the back garden, your back in that dress, Christmas presents, teeth and geometry

All the lines that drew me to you.

I'm so glad you found me.




September 10, 2012 (Palace Gardens, Sydney Australia)


Were I to judge this sacred earth

My breath be caught in wind thrown bowlength

Or sleeping neath this bluened sky

My body lanced to ground below

Or turned to dust and sparce lint spruce


My future here, in this place, bestow.


So beauteous, so spacious rare

Amidst street festered menscaped ruin

How peaceable fine romantic true

Near roughened clatter smoked stoops hued

Dear mother gaiam remained unmoved





October 29


I am breathing now, inhaling and exhaling,

one breath at a time,

in my large small fat skinny tall short black white red pink orange brown purple body

I don't need a mat to do yoga.




November 13. 2012 5:09 pm EST Solar Eclipse,

No one noticed with day already done.

No one mentioned in the news.

Not me either. You?

Or the back pages of a brown filled notebook

Or considering change from then since morning

Or if the life we thought will darken too,

Or if all this is true.







Blue Jay came today, left her body on the step, and this powerful message; 'Give over doubt and fear. Wait quietly, and listen intently, for spirit to answer.'

Linda McLean, Mandolin Studios * Huntsville and Toronto, Ontario, Canada *705 571 1078 * linda@lindamclean.com