Memoir horror story

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Finally. I finished the 598 page tome, The Worst Journey in the World, that I’ve been tackling in the evenings for at least a year now. It has taken me a while to read because often I had to put it down. Some passages were too much to take in right before I shut my eyes to go to sleep. …

Writing in pencil

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Most writers nowadays use a computer to write their stories. But what if you’re a homeless writer and you don’t have access to a laptop or an iPad? Then you use paper and a pen as several participants do in my memoir writing workshops. I’ve been volunteering with the Calgary organization: This is My City (TMC) for just under a …

Canada Writes Bloodlines contest

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I submitted a story for Bloodlines a Canada Writes contest. It asks you to dig through the pages of your family’s past and share a compelling story from your bloodline. Well, I’m not sure if this is what they’re looking for but this is what I wrote: http://bit.ly/1bE3Vuq

Two years and counting

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It has been two years since I launched my corporate and personal legacy writing business in Calgary. These two years have been filled with successes, mistakes and a lot of learning. But my business has taken root and is managing to grow little by little. Each day, month and year adds up — and each story I help write and …

The magpie and the sparrow

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A “gotchi” is what I call a magpie. I hadn’t seen one before I went to South Korea a long time ago. Once there, I noticed tons of these black and white birds. Sometimes their feathers are so black they turn iridescent green in the sun. “What is that bird called?” I asked a Korean friend. “That’s a gotchi.” This …

Lest we forget

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To be posted during World War II at Cape Spear, Newfoundland wouldn’t have been a cushy job. It was cold, cold, cold with bone-chilling strong winds. It was lonely work searching for German U-Boats amongst the whales and icebergs. Click here for some stories from soldiers stationed to coastal radar units around Canada during World War II.

First snow

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When the snow starts flying in fall, it’s the most beautiful. The light outside turns silver. Not that thin autumn sunshine or grey-tinged gloominess. The air surrounding Calgary turns moist for a few hours and chases the dryness away. Everything becomes quiet. People scurry inside to get away from the snowflakes falling from the sky. Pets aren’t walked. Vehicles are …

Anchorage House ghost

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Anchorage House is a beautiful old mansion sitting like a grand gentleman on the Mount Allison University campus. The old man has a white beard, white hair, wears a black top hat on and is rather stout. He looks distinguished in the daylight, inviting enough to come in for a cup of coffee or a snifter of brandy. But looks …

The way it really was: My life

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I just finished a memoir project with Karl. He had been searching for someone to help him write his story and found me. He had a lot of his thoughts already written out in German and translated these words into English for me. I asked him many questions and we ended up with a first person account of his life: …

Adding memories to photos

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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” ~Ansel Adams I’m adding memories to my Newfoundland photos. Putting in some of the little details that can’t be seen by looking at the pictures. I’m capturing the uncaptured frozen in time. The orange cabin we stayed in in Bauline East. Did you know some places in Newfoundland are named twice? Portugal …