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Bound for Flin Flon

I’m ridiculously excited about J.’s and my road trip to Flin Flon this weekend. We’re going to buy Mowat a larger crate (he’s growing so fast!) and to use up our Christmas Canadian Tire gift-cards but to me, home-bound by book edits and regular life, it feels a bit like “coming out” after an extended […]

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Cabin Fever

It’s pretty quiet up here. The usually sunny and blue skies are disguised by snow: a fine mist that lays like a fog over the river. January crawls on and I realize I have a bit of cabin fever. I’ve been doing stuff: yesterday I went skating. The day before, I stopped by the Sam […]

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Red Ink

I’ve been working on edits of Swarm this week. Chapter 10, in particular. There’s a lot going on in this chapter, a lot of important stuff, but also, I’ve realized, several bits of prose that I’d fallen in love with but that aren’t actually all that necessary. It’s called ‘killing your darlings’ – trimming those […]

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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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