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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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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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