Archive | Seasons

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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Birds, bugs, and ticks… Oh my!

I did a trek in the Amazon River basin in Ecuador in 2000. I bring that up because I’ve been thinking about it lately, in particular one moment when we made camp at the mosquito-netted banana wood platforms in the jungle, and I kicked off my shoes only to be chastised by the guide. Put […]

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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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