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Out To Lunch

We are about to embark on the 2500-kilometre drive back home, hauling our new (to us) three-person (or two people, and a dog) pop-up trailer and all the boxes pulled out of my mom and step-dad’s basement plus a few extras (my grandma’s strawberry cream-and-sugar set; my late aunt’s three-tiered cookie tray; the 1970’s yoghurt […]

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Climate Change

Today is the third day of rain since J. and I arrived in central Ontario. When we took Mowat for a walk this morning, we could smell mould on the forest floor, and up the street, the house on the corner is covered in overgrown ivy. It’s like a rain-forest here, compared to the dry […]

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Gone Fishin’

This: And this: And this: And that’s about all, for now…. Next week, hear from Marguerite Pigeon, the author of Inventory, Open Pit, and the forthcoming Some Extremely Boring Drives (as well as a high school friend of mine from Blind River) on the Firelight Interview Series.

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Strawberry & Lavender

All week I’ve been one day behind. It wasn’t until early this morning, unable to sleep in our hot house, that I realized it was actually Thursday, not Wednesday. It’s been a bit of an exciting week – with the arrival in the mail of the latest issue of Prairie Fire that contains my winning […]

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Jam Jars

Somebody on Facebook said that there are robins in Toronto. Really? This is the time of year that totally screws me up. Edging s.l.ow.l.y out of winter down south when up here, the snow has yet to start slumping and this morning it was forty below with the windchill. Should I stop? But the weather […]

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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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Happy Christmas!

Happy Holidays Christmas! Earlier this December I was inspired when I heard Rabbi Russ Salo speaking with Jim Brown on CBC’s The 180 about bringing back the Merry Christmas greeting. He and Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka and Imam Jebara believe so much in this that they’ve started a Bring Back Merry Christmas campaign. I’m not really […]

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Winter Writing Hideaway

It’s already winter up here. The snow came in early November but it feels like we’ve logged a couple months of cold season. Temps have dropped to nearly 30 below with the windchill some days, and there’s snow: lots of it. We’re wearing our parkas and our winter boots and, at this rate, cabin fever […]

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On the (Northeastern Ontario) Road

Life has been looking a lot like this lately: silver guard rails streaming by, against the blur of bright autumn. Clearly, I’ve been doing a lot of driving over the last week as we – that’s me and my mom, who’s been helping with driving, staying awake while driving, book sales, and the rest of […]

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Launch Day

Yesterday was the official launch day of my book. It felt incredibly anti-climactic. Not a whole lot new happened, other than my awareness that the book could now be easily ordered – rather than pre-ordered – online or even outright purchased in the bookstores that carry it. But mostly I spent the day typing out […]

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