my name is
Shawna Lemay.

I’m a writer who lives in Edmonton, Canada. I’ve recently published a book of brief essays on art and life and writing inspiration, titled The Flower Can Always Be Changing

I’m the author of the novel, Rumi and the Red Handbag. I've also published several books of poetry and a book of essays titled Calm Things

I hope that this blog inspires you to create some beauty of your own, and to take some time to contemplate those moments of ordinary, everyday beauty. 

Feel free to leave a comment or follow me on social media.

Read more about me on my author site, and please consider buying a book. 

This site is a labour of love. Taking the photographs and writing the blog posts takes a huge amount of time. If you enjoy what you read you might consider supporting me with a small donation by clicking the "support" button which you'll see at the bottom of each post as well as on the sidebar. 

With thanks and appreciation,



Lovers find secret places
inside this violent world
where they make transactions
with beauty

- Rumi