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Time Out

If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. And because I’m up to my eyeballs in chapter rewrites (still pushing to finish before the holidays, despite not meeting my deadline of this past Monday), knitting, TWUC stuff, and trying to get packages organized so they arrive before Santa in Ontario, all you’ll […]

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Aurora Borealis

I haven’t been sleeping well. My head full of stuff that needs doing as I prepare for Calgary, and too many true-crime mini-documentaries watched on Netflix. Torturing myself with stories of random violence, not without reason, for this is a theme I’m exploring in my new book. Said book, however, is stalled, needing, I think, […]

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Beauty and Truth

The sky today is grey,  toneless, a single hue of cement and shoreline stone. I’m sick, up in the night lurching to the bathroom to toss my cookies, and should be back in bed, ensconced with a good book, a fat pillow, and my electric heating pad. This sudden illness seems to fit my mood, […]

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One Year

It’s been one year plus two days since J. and I arrived in the cold winter of The Pas. To mark the occasion, we made a calendar of our photos to give away to a few people at Christmas. Thought I’d share the images, and details of where they were taken. And, by the way: […]

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Swarm Cover Art

Lately I’ve been off my blog a bit. The solidity of the winter’s grip has made the days seem almost the same – blue sky, white snow – as if the deep-freeze is having an effect on time. But it’s not like things aren’t happening:  J. and I danced with new friends until the wee […]

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Icecapades

Went out to Clearwater Lake this afternoon, a half-hour drive north. In the summer, people tell us, you can see through its 40-some feet of water to the very bottom. These days it’s solid and white. We met up with a few co-workers of J.’s and let our dogs run loose on the snow-packed trails. […]

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Today In Flin Flon

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Happy New Year from Dryden, ON

Griffy’s a trooper! Yesterday she rode 11 hours in the truck with us, using her floor litter twice, and sleeping most of the way. It’s super cold up here (feels like minus 32) so she hasn’t had any outside time (which is okay, since she’s mainly an indoor cat and we want to keep her […]

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no more teachers, no more books

Today is the last day of school in my neck of the woods. And what that means is that my dear husband will soon be wandering around the house, watching DVD episodes of long-cancelled TV shows in the middle of the afternoon and generally attempting to find something to do. By August, he’ll be hanging […]

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bakery

cookies in the countryside

Last week, I went to the countryside town of Uxbridge, Ontario on assignment. While there, I wandered into Bredin’s Bakery, bell jingling and old-fashioned porch door slamming behind me. Inside, as a fourth-generation baker toiled away in the background, I tasted some cookies I’m pretty sure they are serving on simple china plates on a […]

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