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the end just might be nigh

I don’t know if it’s because I recently finished re-watching the final season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or all the bad news lately but if ever there was a time when I was tempted to grow a long, white beard and hoist a sign on the street corner, this is it. The end, I […]

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better late than…

On April 17th, a poem of mine went up on the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Without Borders blog, a project that is publishing a poem a day by writers across Canada. This one of mine is from a new collection I’m working on, writing a poem every month using the etymological meaning of each […]

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relevant reading – and writing – on earth day

Lately my interests keep moving towards food – how it’s produced, where it comes from, the costs in creating it, the sometimes hidden science behind it, the often invisible threats to our health that occupy many of our supermarkets. Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t that I’m obsessed with my own health. It’s that I […]

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the blogging debate

A few weeks ago, bloggers Peter Davidson – a fellow Canadian currently writing out of Shanghai, China – and Julie Schwietert – a prolific writer who splits her time between New York, Mexico City and San Juan – asked me and a few other travel writers how we decide whether to pitch or to blog. […]

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lots of work for low pay

The New York Times recently published a great article about the perils of the blogging sweatshops that have formed in the new reality of writing for the Internet. In a word, death. It seems a few tireless bloggers have suffered coronaries possibly caused by the incredible stress of being ‘on’ all the time, in order […]

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on stands now…

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a photojournalist for National Geographic. Last year I managed to somewhat fulfill this life-long ambition, when a story I pitched to their travel mag, National Geographic Traveler, was accepted. In August, J. and I jumped in the car and headed back to that little bit of […]

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back on track

Okay, Okay. I know. I know! I have fallen prey to the blogger’s disease, procrastination, abandonment, evident in the long delay between posts, that vacuous sense of time that must greet any of my regular readers as they wander over to my site only to see that, no, I’ve yet to update and haven’t for […]

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about writing and travel…

My interview with is up today. Read my responses to questions about the relationship between travel and writing, when I first found my wanderlust and, of course, what advice I’d give to newbies. Then come back and tell me what you think. Does travel feed your creativity? What is inspirational (or not) about that […]

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read all about it…

Having returned refreshed from my holiday hiatus, I am ready to atone for the blogger’s sin of disappearing off the face of the earth for over eight days… With a brand new year comes some freshly published clips to share. Last winter, when January was white, snowy and damn cold (unlike these days with persistent […]

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the fiction of place

Lately, I’ve been settling into another kind of place: made-up landscapes pieced together in my head and put on the page. I just finished a short story that unravels around and in an abandoned house perched beside a big lake. I grew up on the north shore of Lake Huron, where the horizon line is […]

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