Come out to the festival

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Yesterday I was at the Calgary library talking about my experiences teaching memoir writing workshops to participants from the Drop-In Centre, Alpha House and Women’s Centre. My presentation was one of five and part of the This Is My City Festival 2015. I’m a volunteer with This is My City (TMC). TMC matches artists with people living at the margins … Read More

Whip it real good

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We’ve all had those days or weeks or months or years. When things are tough. When things aren’t going smoothly. When everything you do ends up on the proverbial floor. Today though, I’m finding humour in the unfunny. Turning the tables on the rough stuff and looking through the gloominess and into the sunshine. During a particularly bad week, I … Read More

Making friends

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I’m missing a family member today. Thursday, our cat, died last week. I wrote about how I met her a few weeks ago but I hadn’t had a chance to post her story. Here is it now. She’s orange and white. Yes, a female and that’s unusual for an orange cat. Her name is Thursday and she’s 19 years old. … Read More

A collection of reflections

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Rita H. Araujo is a client of mine. I published her collection of reflections on the various Mysteries of the Rosary. The book, The Rosary and Global Evangelism, is not-for-profit and if you purchase a copy you are only paying for the printing and shipping costs. She also made the book into a PDF and it’s free to download here: TheRosaryandGlobalEvangelism … Read More

Target, Zellers and Grade 7

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I walked past some Calgary seniors last Thursday lamenting the loss of Target. It sounded like they were truly upset. However, one woman asked, “What was wrong with Zellers? I miss that place.” I have to agree with her. While Target and Zellers are only two of the many retailers fading away, the Mom and Pop clothing stores that used … Read More

Top five Christmas 2013 memories

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Last Christmas 2013 was amazing. Fantastic. Superuber wonderful. It should have been: my husband and I went on our honeymoon to Europe. We went to Switzerland and Norway. Today I’m listing our top five trip moments.  #1. Having our luggage arrive with us on our numerous flights across Canada and Europe I’ve flown both Air Canada and WestJet and both … Read More

Cooking up dreams

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Walking past a downtown Calgary restaurant the other day I smelled something good. What wafted through a restaurant door, hitting my nostrils on the cool winter day, was a mixture of inviting and warm comfort food: tomatoes, fresh bread and a hint of cinnamon. Maybe not something you might think of together but for me it combined into a memory … Read More

Dressing like a “gangsta”

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For the past four weeks I’ve been spending some time at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre teaching a memoir writing workshop. Every Wednesday morning for about an hour a few people write around a table in the midst of a busy room buzzing with conversation and movement and a movie blaring on the TV in the corner. It’s not … Read More