Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 3)

This is the third and final instalment on my Cuba series, covering a trip I took with my friend, Darcy. If you haven’t read from the beginning, feel free to hop over to Part 1 and Part 2 first. I’ve already touched on many of Havana’s landmarks, so this post will focus on Cuba’s people, Ernest…Continue reading Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 3)

Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 2)

This is part two of a three-part series on Cuba. If you missed the first one, you can read it here. I’m currently back in the deep freeze of Toronto, but it wasn’t long ago when Darcy and I felt the heat of the sun on our cheeks and heard the ocean behind us from…Continue reading Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 2)

Guantanamera and Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 1)

This week, I’m taking a break from my usual music blog where I showcase a song that influences my writing. Instead, today’s music post highlights Cuba. When the temperature dipped below -20C the first week of January, my good friend, Darcy and I desperately wanted to escape the cold. Within days of thinking about it, we…Continue reading Guantanamera and Cuba told in pictures and prose (Part 1)

Frozen Memories ~ My story for @RBwood’s FIRST #WordCountPodcast of 2018

2018 marks the beginning of the eighth season of R.B. Wood’s WordCount Podcast! I’m so grateful I connected with Richard and discovered his podcast, hard to believe my first story appeared on his show March, 2011. I’ve been a happy regular (or irregular, as Richard calls some of us) ever since. His forum has allowed me to…Continue reading Frozen Memories ~ My story for @RBwood’s FIRST #WordCountPodcast of 2018

Station

“Station” sounds like a duet of two voices, but it isn’t. The talented Låpsley, a 17-year-old English singer/songwriter produced this track by pitching her vocals differently. (I could walk you) (I could walk you) Two for the taking You can have it all at once if you make it sane It’s gonna drive you Back…Continue reading Station

The Sound of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Very few people will not know this song from its opening lines. Written by Paul Simon in 1963, numerous artists have recorded “The Sound of Silence” over the years. This haunting version by Nouela achieves added poignancy with dramatic film clips. Like the…Continue reading The Sound of Silence

EDEN BAYLEE BOOKS is no more

My website http://www.edenbayleebooks.com has closed its virtual doors. The domain name is one I purchased for a site that showcased my books. It was primarily a static website. My main activity has always been on this WordPress blog, which I opened in November 2010. And though Wordpress.Com and I have had a good relationship all these years, it’s…Continue reading EDEN BAYLEE BOOKS is no more

With or Without You

This is my favourite of U2’s songs, first released in 1987. Though many interpretations exist for the song’s lyrics, it was apparently inspired by Bono’s conflicting feelings about his duo life — as a rock star and as a regular man. I also love the Canadian connection of this song, co-produced by Daniel Lanois (with…Continue reading With or Without You

Cigarettes After Sex

I’ve never been a smoker. The one and only time I put a cigarette between my lips was more than forty years ago. My best friend’s father smoked, so we stole one of his cigarettes and stood over the kitchen sink to try it. I’m not sure why we decided to do it there. In…Continue reading Cigarettes After Sex

Benediction

My first blog of the year begins with a prayer, but not a religious one. Instead, it’s a song I’ve been meditating on for the past few weeks.  I first heard “Benediction” at my yoga studio. It played toward the end of a 75-minute class with Farley, one of the many wonderful instructors at Union…Continue reading Benediction

Time to Say Goodbye

I decided to add one more post to my blog before the year ends. 2017 has seen its ups and downs for me. On the up side, I have my health, definitely something to be thankful for. The majority of the people I started the year with are still alive and well. I’ve made wonderful…Continue reading Time to Say Goodbye

Renewal, Rest, and Re-awakening my Creative Self

This will be my final post of 2017. I don’t know about you, but the year flew by for me. In previous year-end posts, I’ve tried my best to reflect on what I’ve learned and provide some inspiring thoughts. This year I have nothing to offer. Instead, I want to share a few words received…Continue reading Renewal, Rest, and Re-awakening my Creative Self

Music Monday says I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

It’s the holiday season, and whether you observe Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or something else, I hope you’re able to make time to enjoy it. I celebrate Christmas insofar as it’s a time for family and friends. Hosting a Christmas Eve get-together has become a tradition, but traditions change as people’s plans change over the years….Continue reading Music Monday says I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing

Music Monday remembers John Lennon

This past week marked 37 years since John Lennon died Dec. 8, 1980. I often think about what more he could have done if he were still here. It’s a sad thought, tempered only by the enormous contribution he left behind. His bestselling and most popular solo song, “Imagine” is packed with simple but powerful…Continue reading Music Monday remembers John Lennon

Music Monday goes back to SCHOOL

I heard this song recently and remembered how much I like it—a tune from my youth by Supertramp on their hugely successful Crime of the Century album. “School” contains a catchy interlude and one of the most memorable extended solos of any song I know. The tune also reminded me we should never stop learning, whether…Continue reading Music Monday goes back to SCHOOL

Music Monday plays "Jig of Joy" from Return to Jogja #mtagung

Further to my blog about Bali last week, you will know that Mount Agung has since erupted—several times. The latest series of eruptions yesterday sent ash 4,000 metres into the atmosphere. Ngurah Rai International Airport, located in southern Bali has closed, stranding thousands of travellers. Authorities are considering if they will reopen the airport on Tuesday. Though it must…Continue reading Music Monday plays "Jig of Joy" from Return to Jogja #mtagung

Bali told in pictures and prose and Mount Agung finally erupts!

I just returned from Bali and had an amazing time. I wrote about my adventure last year, following a trip to the Indonesian island nearly three decades after I first set foot on it. As good fortune would have it, I was able to go back this year and provide a recap of my journey…Continue reading Bali told in pictures and prose and Mount Agung finally erupts!

Music Monday rings with Hells Bells @acdc

This blog is dedicated to rhythm guitarist, Malcolm Young who passed away this past weekend. Along with his brother Angus, Malcolm founded hard rock band AC/DC in 1973. The Young brothers were born in Glasgow, Scotland before the family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in the early sixties. This 2009 footage from the River Plate Stadium…Continue reading Music Monday rings with Hells Bells @acdc

RESTLESS EARTH set to release in #NEW series by @JohnDolanAuthor

To say I’m a fan of John Dolan’s writing would be a gross understatement. He hooked me with his debut novel, Everyone Burns from his Time, Blood and Karma series, and I’ve been happily under his spell ever since. Now, Mr. Dolan is embarking on a new series called Karma’s Children, with Restless Earth launching November 24th. This latest book also…Continue reading RESTLESS EARTH set to release in #NEW series by @JohnDolanAuthor

Music Monday asks "Are You the One That I’ve Been Waiting For?" @nickcave

Nick Cave is an Australian singer/songwriter, author, and patron of the arts. I was pleased to see his support of the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, from which I recently returned. “Are You the One That I’ve Been Waiting For?” is a song that reflects on one of life’s biggest questions. The lyrics are bittersweet, the video…Continue reading Music Monday asks "Are You the One That I’ve Been Waiting For?" @nickcave

Find #new books on @Kindleworlds for the Lei Crime Series #LeiCrimeKW

Please welcome the latest books to join author Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle World!  If you’re not familiar with the series, read about it on Toby’s website. I’ve written three novellas for this series and you can too! These new stories will join the growing list of Toby’s Kindle World November 16th. You can find them along with…Continue reading Find #new books on @Kindleworlds for the Lei Crime Series #LeiCrimeKW

Pre-order SWEET PEASE by @CameronGarriepy #newrelease

Author Cameron Garriepy, a friend and diverse author of romance, short fiction, and a regular contributor to the Word Count Podcast has a new book coming out! Sweet Pease sounds delicious and is on sale for a limited time. In addition to a special pre-order price, you can also win a Kindle hosted by Love Kissed,…Continue reading Pre-order SWEET PEASE by @CameronGarriepy #newrelease

Author @LisetteBrodey releases BARRIE HILL REUNION

Friend and prolific author, Lisette Brodey, has recently released a new book called Barrie Hill Reunion, and it sounds like another great one. I learned of it from a fascinating post she wrote called: “The Very Long Birth of a Novel.” In it, she chronicles how Barrie Hill Reunion came to be. It’s a great read…Continue reading Author @LisetteBrodey releases BARRIE HILL REUNION

Christoph Fischer releases: The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac (@cffbooks)

One of my favorite people, author Christoph Fischer, has just released The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac, the follow-up to The Healer and The Gamblers. All three books can also be purchased together as a set via The Fraud or Miracle Trilogy. I’ve highlighted Christoph’s books previously. He remains ever prolific in his offerings, and I’m always happy to…Continue reading Christoph Fischer releases: The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac (@cffbooks)

Music Monday asks "What’s Up?"

I just returned from Bali, and this song was performed by an Indonesian band while I was there. It sounded quite different with a four man band, and a leader who sung with a slight accent. Still, it brought back memories of this 4 Non Blondes song, their one big hit. I’ll post more about…Continue reading Music Monday asks "What’s Up?"

Win prizes with the #LeiCrimeKW Bloghop

You can travel with me this week, along with other Lei Crime authors and win prizes! It’s a blog hop! Head to each author’s page to see their memories of favorite trips. Comment on each post with memories of your past trips, or your thoughts on this author’s trip, and be entered to win a…Continue reading Win prizes with the #LeiCrimeKW Bloghop

Music Monday is Home

I heard this song performed by an Indonesian band the other day. They gave me a whole new appreciation for a song I knew, but never listened to closely. I’m far from the home where I live, but I also feel right at home here in Bali. It’s a most wonderful feeling, really. Where ever…Continue reading Music Monday is Home

New Release by #suspense author @JasonCMcintyre ~ UNWED

I’m currently en route to Bali for a writers’ festival, but I did not want to miss the opportunity to tell fans about Jason McIntyre’s upcoming release. I love his DOVETAIL COVE series, and this latest addition sounds like a great one. Learn more about UNWED, and pre-order your copy today before it drops OCTOBER…Continue reading New Release by #suspense author @JasonCMcintyre ~ UNWED

Music Monday on the Eve of Destruction

In the wake of recent disasters–Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, floods in South Asia, wildfires in California, I started watching The Vietnam War, Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s gut-wrenching ten-part documentary series. It’s excellent and worth your time. I suppose I’m feeling disheartened of late. For as many natural disasters that have hit us, there are many more…Continue reading Music Monday on the Eve of Destruction

Music Monday remembers Tom Petty

Last week, amidst another mass shooting in the US, it felt like Tom Petty died twice — once via rumours spread by news agencies too quick on the draw, and then as the victim of a heart attack. Petty was 66. I’ve previously featured three of his songs on my blog, “I Won’t Back Down,”…Continue reading Music Monday remembers Tom Petty

Music Monday features @BigScaryMusic

Australian duo Tom Iansek and Joanna Syme formed Big Scary in 2006. Their catchy single “The Opposite of Us” ranked number 17 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2016, an annual poll hosted by the national Australian radio station, Triple J. Some music acts I’ve featured who previously ranked in the Top 10 of Triple J’s list include: London Grammar,…Continue reading Music Monday features @BigScaryMusic

On Poe, Words, and Legacy ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

The prompt for the latest episode of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast asked that we use the month of September and the picture below in our setting. Richard snapped the photo of a statue of Edgar Allan Poe near Emerson College where he’s in studying for his MFA. My story inspiration This may be the first non-fiction entry I’ve…Continue reading On Poe, Words, and Legacy ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

Music Monday returns to summer with @Lorde

The leaves are changing colour. Some have even fallen off the trees. It is autumn, after all, only you wouldn’t have known it this past week. We had record-high temperatures in Toronto, making up for the cool and rainy weather we’ve had most of the summer. I loved it! And judging from all the people…Continue reading Music Monday returns to summer with @Lorde

Music Monday features @Miss_GraceJones

The 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival concluded yesterday after ten busy days. Not only was it a passel of big names from the world of film, but a number of musicians also premiered their documentaries at the festival. Among them were Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, Grace Jones and the Tragically Hip. When I drew a…Continue reading Music Monday features @Miss_GraceJones

Music Monday features @HAIMtheband

I love these three funky sisters who make up the band, HAIM. They hail from a musical Jewish family and are multi-instrumentalists. The California pop-rock band has amassed a huge following thanks to their catchy melodies. Their harmonies and musical stylings have been compared to Fleetwood Mac, but I think they are quite unique unto…Continue reading Music Monday features @HAIMtheband

Music Monday remembers Walter Becker of Steely Dan

Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the the band Steely Dan, died this past week. Along with Donald Fagen, the duo formed Steely Dan back in the early seventies. Their music blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul, and their lyrics were always complicated and witty. It’s one of the reasons I enjoyed their…Continue reading Music Monday remembers Walter Becker of Steely Dan

Music Monday features David Byrne and St. Vincent

You’d expect something whacky from David Byrne, and this video is certainly that. Listen to “Who” by the Talking Heads frontman and another multi-instrumentalist musician, St. Vincent. Have a great week, ~ eden

Music Monday cares about ONE MORE LIGHT

I’d like to dedicate this blog to Jimmie, a sweetheart of a man whom I had the pleasure of knowing. His wife and I were close friends, and he became a friend as well. A Scotsman with an easy smile and a constant twinkle in his eyes, he reminded me of my father in many…Continue reading Music Monday cares about ONE MORE LIGHT

@LiisbethHQ interviews Eden Baylee

Relationship Strategist Sue Nador, founder of The Relationship Deal interviewed me and put together an excellent piece for LiisBeth. Thank you so much Sue! I’m extremely honoured to be included in LiisBeth, an online magazine for entrepreneurial feminists intent on advancing gender equality globally. Hit the graphic below to read the interview and be sure to connect…Continue reading @LiisbethHQ interviews Eden Baylee

Music Monday remembers Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell passed away last week at the age of 81, six years after his diagnosis with Alzheimers disease. Born the seventh son in a sharecropping family of twelve kids, his obsession with jazz guitarist Django Reinhard had him drop out of school to play gigs with his musician uncle. By 1962, he earned a spot with…Continue reading Music Monday remembers Glen Campbell

STICKS AND STONES ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

The prompt for the latest episode of R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast asked that we use the month of July and the picture below in our setting. Of note, R.B. Wood took this photo while hiking in Zion National Park, Utah. This is the beginning of the Narrows hike, where previous hikers sometimes leave their walking sticks…Continue reading STICKS AND STONES ~ A story for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

Music Monday features @LondonGrammar

London Grammar’s music has been described as a blend of ambient, ethereal, and classical sounds with powerful, soaring vocals. The English trio is made up of vocalist Hannah Reid, guitarist Dan Rothman, and keyboardist/drummer Dominic ‘Dot’ Major. “Strong” is a moody, emotional song, and I think you’re going to like it. Hope you have an…Continue reading Music Monday features @LondonGrammar

Music Monday asks "Who’ll Stop the Rain?"

The ivy is abundant, flowers are in full bloom, and mosquitos are a-biting. It’s been a wet summer so far, but this past weekend saw its first without rain. Whee! So nice to see the rain has stopped … for now. Hope you’re enjoying your summer so far. ~eden

Music Monday celebrates Joni Mitchell

Last week was all about women for me, beginning with Monday’s music post featuring Ella Fitzgerald,  A few days later, a girlfriend and I attended a wonderful exhibit by American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. Fantastic show and worth seeing if you’re in Toronto, closing July 30th so go soon. On Saturday, I hosted an all-female barbeque, It was…Continue reading Music Monday celebrates Joni Mitchell

Music Monday celebrates Ella Fitzgerald

Born April 25, 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, often referred to as the First Lady of Song would’ve turned 100 this year. To this day, there is no other singer I’ve heard with a voice as pristine as hers. In this version of Bobby Darin’s classic, she forgets the lyrics and improvises the entire verse. And she scats…Continue reading Music Monday celebrates Ella Fitzgerald

Music Monday says "Hey Joe"

“Hey Joe” is a song that has been recorded by numerous artists, most notably The Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. This weekend, I binge-watched a psychosexual series called Gypsy on Netflix. Charlotte Gainsbourg’s recording of “Hey Joe” appears during an edgy scene between two women. Haunting and moody, it was the perfect song for the scene. If…Continue reading Music Monday says "Hey Joe"

IN TWO MINDS ~ A story written with Bill Kirton (@carver22) for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

The prompt for R.B. Wood’s Word Count Podcast #67  asked that we use JUNE in the setting AND the picture below: For this story, the fabulous Bill Kirton and I are at it again! You’ll recall I joined forces with Bill on two other shows:  “The Wrong Shoes” and “Selfie Love.” “In Two Minds” came together quickly,…Continue reading IN TWO MINDS ~ A story written with Bill Kirton (@carver22) for @RBwood’s Word Count Podcast

Music Monday asks "If You Could Read My Mind"

Canada celebrated its 150th birthday two days ago on July 1st. Fifty years ago for the Centennial, the great Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot performed at the celebration. He did so again this Canada Day and sung one of my favourites from his vast repertoire. Lightfoot said his divorce inspired the lyrics for this song. The…Continue reading Music Monday asks "If You Could Read My Mind"

3 things I’ve learned from writing

1. The process of writing means more to me than the finished product. I’ve gone back to reading several of my old works. Admittedly, some pieces are cringeworthy; others still resonate true today. This comes as no surprise, really. The familiarity of what I’m reading allows me to bypass the story and concentrate on elements…Continue reading 3 things I’ve learned from writing

Music Monday says "Get Lucky"

I heard this song last week and can’t get it out of my mind. It’s not a new song, nor the first time I heard it, but this time it finally stuck. The video is a shiny piece of space-age funk mixed with anime and Pharrell. How can you go wrong? Have a great week…Continue reading Music Monday says "Get Lucky"