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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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A Walk In the Woods (and a Giveaway!)

In Calgary, this past spring, I had the real pleasure of reading Leo Brent Robillard‘s fourth novel, The Road to Atlantis. The publisher had asked me to blurb it, which means to give it a tidbit of praise they can use on the cover, and I’m usually careful with these things so I didn’t agree until I’d […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Shelly Sanders

This month’s Firelight Interview is with Shelly Sanders, the author of the Rachel Trilogy, a series of Y.A. novels about Rachel and Sergei, two young people who struggle for a better future, moving between early 20th century Russia, China, and the United States. Who are you?  I often describe myself as living “without borders” because I […]

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My Heart’s in San Francisco

This morning, it’s raining for the first time since arriving last Saturday in unseasonably warm weather for San Francisco. The whole state is in a drought but personally, I’ll take the warmth since the weather back home is in the minus double-digits right now, the Internet tells me. Every morning I get up and walk […]

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Swarm: The Current Crisis

So here we are.  One reading into my book tour and the U.S. government has shut down, sending nearly a million federal workers on furlough and risking the stability of the whole house of cards. By the last day of my tour in Ontario – October 17th, the day I head back to The Pas […]

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the pastoral outpost of door county

Wisconsin isn’t really that far. And, on a recent trip there, I was surprised to find that it is actually a lot closer than I thought. To my heart, that is. Driving through lush forests and green farm fields, I’d occasionally spot ribs of white limestone sticking up through the earth’s surface. It seemed a […]

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crossing the line

I love the United States. The country is full of grand vistas and great people. And even though lots of Canadians complain about the tough process of getting across the border these days, I’ve never had a problem. More often than not, I find the folks working the conveyor belts and waving me through the […]

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going irish in baltimore

A few years ago, my brother was living in Baltimore, Maryland and J. and I took the opportunity to visit. He lived in the suburbs, but showed us around the old downtown – the Inner Harbour (yes, here in Canada, we retain that old English ‘u’) and the city’s Little Italy. We learned that the […]

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sunbathing and sea burial in miami

A couple of odd bits of news from Miami, Florida popped into my in-box today, sent by TravelMole. Together, they summoned an image of that strange ocean-side world, so different from the wintry view out my window. How fun! The first is a newly offered guarantee from Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. They’re promising a […]

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Outbound

Last July, Jason and I spent some time hiking in hundred degree heat in southern Utah. It wasn’t just to get away. Nor was it an exercise in self-flagellation. Like Gary Ferguson, the writer of Outbound, a poignant and lovely essay I recently discovered in the Summer issue of Camas, the University of Montana’s lit […]

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