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Bacon and Eggs

I’m in the midst of a physical and mental transformation. Don’t worry: I’m not getting plastic surgery or starting a religion. Instead, I’m figuring out how to eat in order to shrink. You see, over the past couple of years I’ve gotten a bit, well, chubby. Not grossly obese or unable to squeeze through doorways, but […]

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Seven Ways to Stay Sane

Well, now. How’s everybody doing? A little bit of this? A touch of this? Yeah; I hear you. I’m not sure what to say. I could reiterate my own outrage; I could talk about fascism; I could point you to this excellent (and, yes,  frightening) article by David Frum (uh huh, that David Frum, who […]

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Craving Kin

It took about two minutes of talking to a few writer friends at the Canadian Writers’ Summit last weekend before I began realizing what might be wrong with my novel. I felt like a sponge, soaking up thoughts, ideas, writerly conversations while wandering between tents and event rooms at a muggy Harbourfront Centre in downtown […]

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Jennifer Manuel: Out of a Jar (on Writing with Honesty)

I’ve been on a reading blitz lately about residential schools. I’ve read a couple novels that address this atrocious time in Canadian history, and I’m deep into volume one of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, a text that every Canadian should read, and which many will read, thanks to […]

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Fend for Yourself

“We need a … youth complex, a youth centre, somewhere for the kids to go and hangout and have some fun,” the hockey coach in Pimicikamak Cree Nation (Cross Lake) told CBC last week. “There are no arts, music, dance or self-defence programs, Harold Nachbaur said, leaving young people with nothing to do and nowhere to […]

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Southern Seduction

Last week, when J. and I were back in Ontario, we spent two hours one afternoon looking (in part) for gluten-free Worcestershire sauce. It seemed ridiculous, and yet familiar. Often, when we lived there, we would find ourselves setting out on hours-long missions to collect all the food and other items we needed or felt […]

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Walking With Our Sisters

Last week, J. and I, along with his sister and mom, who were visiting from Ontario, climbed in the car and went up to Flin Flon. It was the final day of the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit, which I’ve wanted to see since hearing that it was coming to our area (go here to […]

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Earth For Sale

What I thought about yesterday morning, as I opened up the new package of dental floss with a special weave so it won’t break, is how so much of our human ingenuity and our diminishing energy supplies goes towards making new stuff that will appeal to the discriminating consumer. It was an echo of an […]

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Invisible Women

Last Saturday, at the Storytellers Film Festival, a short film called eu-tha-na-sia screened. Made by multidisciplinary artist Jani Lauzon, the film follows the feet of a girl leaving her territory, going to residential school, spending time on urban streets and finally, returning home. While the film has a happy ending, with feet fit once again […]

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Lila: Off her chain and warm but still needing home

J. and I are animal lovers. Combined we’ve had five dogs, eleven cats, four parakeets, four geckos, two iguanas and a robin with a broken leg that J. spent a summer helping heal before teaching it to catch its own worms and finally, fly off. Our cat came to us two years ago outside the […]

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