Archive | Contemplations

Learning the Land of Water

Last night I went to a book event in the cafeteria at UCN (the University College of the North). There weren’t a lot of people there – which didn’t really surprise me, as I remember doing the northern Ontario tour for Lichen Bright and sometimes we’d have, oh, about five people out for readings. I’m […]

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Cabin Fever

It’s pretty quiet up here. The usually sunny and blue skies are disguised by snow: a fine mist that lays like a fog over the river. January crawls on and I realize I have a bit of cabin fever. I’ve been doing stuff: yesterday I went skating. The day before, I stopped by the Sam […]

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and the adventure continues…

My irrepressible husband, J., unsatisfied at the idea of being a supply teacher for the rest of his life, went and landed a full-time teaching job in The Pas, Manitoba. Where? That’s what I said. Here’s where: get in a car in Winnipeg, go north, and drive for six hours through flat land known as […]

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And, we’re back…

It’s been nearly a year since I let my blog slump into oblivion – whatever oblivion is possible on the web, which is actually not oblivion at all but more like that heap of greeting cards that ends up stuffed in a drawer. Until you cut them up into cute little gift tags or decide […]

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in support of the staycation

Rising gas prices have finally raised the question. Should we stay or should we go? It’s not an easy one to answer, but since airplanes deliver one of the worst doses of carbon, it’s long overdo that we stop treating travel like it is sacrosanct in the discussion about climate change and start thinking about […]

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happy birthday, queen victoria

Here in Canada, despite our long-standing sovereignty, we continue to celebrate the birthday of royal monarch Queen Victoria. Known affectionately as May 2-4 (get it?), the long May weekend, which just passed, always reminds me of those oh-so-brief relationships that peppered the tedium of high-school. You know the type. For weeks before actually getting together, […]

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the end just might be nigh

I don’t know if it’s because I recently finished re-watching the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or all the bad news lately but if ever there was a time when I was tempted to grow a long, white beard and hoist a sign on the street corner, this is it. The end, I […]

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the blogging debate

A few weeks ago, bloggers Peter Davidson – a fellow Canadian currently writing out of Shanghai, China – and Julie Schwietert – a prolific writer who splits her time between New York, Mexico City and San Juan – asked me and a few other travel writers how we decide whether to pitch or to blog. […]

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lots of work for low pay

The New York Times recently published a great article about the perils of the blogging sweatshops that have formed in the new reality of writing for the Internet. In a word, death. It seems a few tireless bloggers have suffered coronaries possibly caused by the incredible stress of being ‘on’ all the time, in order […]

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mental meanderings in march

Thanks to T.S Eliot, everyone calls April the cruelest month… Well, maybe in England. Maybe in England April is all about soggy skies and flaccid flowers but here, in Central Ontario, April is more about, um, Hope, Sun, and, ultimately, The Big Melt. In fact, I can’t wait for April. In this neck of the […]

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