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The Next Big Thing

On Friday, one of my colleagues at Georgian College asked me what was going on with my book. Since I started working there, after completing my MFA in Creative Writing, I’ve been talking about the progress: rewriting, getting an agent, more rewriting, interest!, rejection, more rewriting…. It’s been so long that the elusive Book I […]

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Black Creek Pioneer Village

Travel Back In Time

This weekend, weather permitting, J. and I are heading to Black Creek Pioneer Village on the north end of Toronto. I’ve been meaning to go for awhile – mainly because my love of history and genealogy has started me on a writing project (my second book of poetry) that tells the tale of my great-great-grandparents. […]

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at the holocaust museum

When my brother was living in Baltimore a few years back, I went south to see him. He took my husband and I to the Holocaust Museum in nearby D.C. I remember the exhibit on eugenics and the excellent display about the rise of Nazi power. But what I remember most of all was that […]

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And, we’re back…

It’s been nearly a year since I let my blog slump into oblivion – whatever oblivion is possible on the web, which is actually not oblivion at all but more like that heap of greeting cards that ends up stuffed in a drawer. Until you cut them up into cute little gift tags or decide […]

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blast from the past

Last year, around this time, Jason and I headed to the Quebec City region to toodle around the nearby island of Ile d’Orleans for a story I wrote for National Geographic Traveler (March 2008). While in the area, we were also able to attend early August’s New France Festival, a five-day extravaganza that turns the […]

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T.G.I.F.

Last week at this time I was somewhere in southeastern Michigan. I say somewhere because usually on the last day of a press trip (which it was last Friday) my brain is so addled that I’ve no idea where I am. And to try to remember a whole week later? Forget it. So, thank goodness, […]

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exploring st. jacobs

This past weekend, J. and I embarked on a bit of a staycation. We still drove three hours to get there, but by creeping along in our fuel-efficient car, we only used about a half tank of gas (the starter went and J. had to replace it in our B&B’s driveway and then the emergency […]

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from garbage to greatness (well, sort-of)

This morning I jumped out of bed at 7 a.m., realizing we forgot to put the garbage out. My husband took the dog for a walk as I scurried around the house, sweeping every paper receipt, toilet paper roll and stray ice cream container (hey, it’s been a hard week) into the recycling bin. The […]

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fungal tree

taking a break

Busy, busy, busy. Working ten-hour days this week, while the world outside shifts between grey skies and sunshine, edged in cold and warm, air weighted in moments with humidity. Off to Uxbridge tomorrow for an assignment, while another lies all over my desk like an exploded bomb. In the midst of it all, bum sore […]

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