Tag : tango

Karen Shklanka: Spiritual Abandon

As promised, here is another back cover blurb to tempt your appetite for Passionate Embrace:  Faith, Flesh, Tango.  Karen Shklanka is a local tanguera, poet, and physician.  We met in 2009, at the book launch party for her collection of poetry, Sumac’s Red Arms (Coteau Books) and have since become good friends.  I was honoured when […]

Luci Shaw: Refreshing Surprise

I’m going to allow my brother-in-law, a Manitoba rancher and cattle breeder, introduce poet Luci Shaw’s review of Passionate Embrace. At a recent family gathering on the prairies, my brother-in-law plunked himself down in the lawn chair across from me, took a long sip of his beer and said, “I hear you’ve written a book.”  […]

Celeste Snowber: Embodied Prayer

If books were dancers, I would take special delight in sending Passionate Embrace:  Faith, Flesh, Tango onto the dance floor with Celeste Snowber’s Embodied Prayer:  Towards Wholeness of Body, Mind, Soul.  When I read this inspired book almost twenty years ago, I underlined passages like this: However we phrase it, men and women are crying […]

Carl Leggo: Gifts Given, Gifts Received

I have been witnessing a cascade of miracles over the last several weeks.  In truth, I suppose it’s the same miracle happening over and over again, just with different people.   I spent over five years of my life exploring and trying to put into words the miracle that happens in the space between two […]

Dancing Tango with Pope Francis

  What could Christianity possibly have in common with Argentine Tango?  Good question.   Yesterday afternoon, soon after the announcement of the election of an Argentine pope, a CBC reporter and cameraman showed up at the home of local tango instructors Santiago Yanez and Deborah Lynne for an interview and tango demo.  Naturally.  If the […]


This week, I spent a lot of time pondering the notion of hospitality.  Hospitality is what converts community halls, church basements, cafés, auditoriums, studios, and living rooms around the world into welcoming spaces where tango can happen.  I am privileged to live in a city where tango events are hosted every night of the week. […]

Hunger of the Soul

  “We probably have wondered in our many lonesome moments if there is one corner in this competitive, demanding world where it is safe to be relaxed, to expose ourselves to someone else, and to give unconditionally.  It might be very small and hidden.  But if this corner exists, it calls for a search through […]

Embracing Risk

It should not have been a surprise to discover that writing for a brand new blog is just as daunting as setting down the first words for any creative project.  The blank page has a long history of intimidating writers and artists of all stripes.  This week, I worked hard to chip away at the […]