Featured Author: Brenda-Lee Ranta


Brenda-Lee Ranta composed her first poem at the age of seven.  Throughout her life, she used prose as a means of logging her experiences in a life which has been under ‘constant construction.’

Amazing to her, is that at the age of 58, CTU Publishing Group published her first book, “Myriad of Perceptions,” to be followed by “Allegories – a thirst for connection.”  It was for her, a life changing experience, taking her from journal writing to giving her words a life beyond herself.  Her two books also were awarded five-star reviews from Readers Favorite.

Brenda-Lee shares her journey with her soul mate, Hugh Dysart, also a published poet, lyricist and musician.  They are parents to their collective five children and grandchildren.  They live a life dedicated to each other, their kids, pets and their shared artforms.

Here is an excerpt from Brenda-Lee’s latest book A Soul Passenger

Chapter 3



Arise from your sleep,

for new life calls to you

Arise from slumber,

for your soul has

secrets to share


A new spring was approaching. Brandi felt a deep longing to see her mother. She decided to spend Easter in Manitoba, booked her holiday and made flight arrangements. She looked forward to having an entire week alone with her mother, which she had not done in over twenty years.

 The airport was a distance from town, which was an issue for Brandi. She didn’t want to leave her car at the airport for a week. While online with Drew, he asked him if he would be able to drive her there in the morning to get her flight.  He was the only person she knew to be awake that early in the morning to get her to the 6:00 a.m. flight.  He agreed to drive her there, which was a relief.

The night before her flight, Brandi packed weather appropriate clothes for Easter in Winnipeg. She thought she had better reconfirm with Drew, regarding a lift to the airport. While chatting with him online, he suddenly backed out; stating that his car was not running properly. Brandi called another friend to drive her, knowing she would be setting her clock for an ungodly hour; she was grateful for the ride, feeling badly about inconveniencing her friend. Brandi strongly suspected that Drew was avoiding having to physically see her or deal with the un-comfortable ordeal of a good bye at the airport. A heaviness in her heart combined with nervous energy, confirmed to her that this was likely true.

Driving to the airport, early dawn was breaking into a glorious red, purple sky.  Brandi watched the sky, with a feeling of just letting everything go. She wasn’t sure what the trip would bring; however, reaffirmed her need to connect with her mother and gain some clarity. She also felt the children needed a break from her as well. The magic of air travel had her reunited with her mother by lunch time. She saw her mother’s excitement of having her there. She had planned an itinerary for the week ahead, which included the Norman Rockwell art exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She also had a shopping day at the Forks planned.

Brandi’s mother had recently completed her certification as a Reiki Master and was very enthusiastic about this. Having been raised with a very strict Catholic upbringing, her mother had included part of her education in the convent.  She had at one time considered becoming a nun. She had become deeply spiritual in recent years, having taken ‘A Course in Miracles’ and various ‘light worker seminars.’ It was a departure from her early formation in Catholicism. Brandi had difficulty taking any of this very seriously previously; actually, at times feeling annoyed with her constant suggestions that Brandi read certain books, which would be considered “New Age” material. She couldn’t believe she had compromised her Catholic roots.

Brandi, having personally discovered the benefits of chakra clearing on her own coupled with meditation, was open to her mother’s new philosophies.

Continued in book . . .

A Soul Passenger

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  1. Featured Author: Brenda-Lee Ranta — Creative Talents Unleashed… another excerpt <3 | The Lyrical Journal

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