The French un-connection

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Beatrice, Reads the start of the e-mail message sent to me. Beatrice is not me. J’ai essaye do t’envoiyer des photos de ton sejour avec nous il y a asse longhtemps maintenant et j’ai cru que tout alle bien, mais peut-etre pas! (The gist of the note: I tried to send you photos of your time with us but they … Read More

Instant Hook Runner-Up

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In November, I printed off the first 300 words of a novel I was working on and mailed it off to the Fourth Instant Hook Writing Contest. This past weekend, I found out that I’m a runner-up. The Instant Hook contest gauges how well a writer can “hook” a reader in the beginning of an unpublished novel. Many of you … Read More

Okay

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I went to Ryerson University in Toronto for my journalism degree. I was taking a course on non-fiction writing and one of our assignments was to write about a recent experience. The following is a story I wrote about an evening in 1995.  Okay I was sitting on the subway. Feeling fat, loveless and cranky. On Feb.14. It was late … Read More

Heading south – to Nashville

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I headed south last week with a group of Calgary friends. We didn’t go to Mexico or Florida or the Caribbean. We went to Nashville, Tennessee — the first time for all of us — where we listened to some music, did some dancing and heard some interesting stories from the past (and created some new ones too). Nashville is … Read More

Flight path

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Flight has flown all the way to Yellowknife! The Raven named Flight and How She Learned to Fly is available at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre. On her way, she stopped in Enterprise and copies of her book can be found at Winnie’s Dene Art Gallery and Gift Shop. The Raven named Flight and How She Learned to Fly Flight … Read More

Frozen in time: lives behind photos

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The little girl in the photo on the left is three years old. She’s my grandmother. The child’s joy with being outside with her aunty is frozen in time. But the 94 year-old’s memories of that moment are fresh in her mind. I took the photo and restored it as best I could. I covered the holes, brightened the image, … Read More

Shared stories

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Stories bind us. Words tie society together with strands of familiar narratives and shared experiences. Not all stories are happy ones but there’s value in listening to how people are dealing with tough times. You may also learn others are more like you and me than you know. I heard a lot of these types of stories when I was … Read More

Oh Canada

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There’s been uproar in Canada over what’s happening to our neighbours – the almighty and powerful United States of America. What their new president is doing is abhorrent and nonsensical and as my husband paraphrases Trudeau (Pierre, that is), “We’re the mouse beside the elephant.” However, it’s bothering me that many Canadians are taking an active interest in politics stateside … Read More

Lost Andy

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Andy talks and talks and talks. Talks and talks. Then talks some more. “At school we painted pictures,” he says. “I can make super-sonic laser beams come out of my eyes.” “Can I take Jasper out for a walk?” Andy is annoying me with all his talking. I want to tell him to shut up but I won’t. He’s only … Read More

Laughing at life

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“Ha ha ha.” That’s me laughing. To myself. I constantly crack myself up. But while I think I’m funny, it sometimes doesn’t translate well onto the page. However, I can’t always write about serious life lessons or sweet little moments because life makes us laugh too. We need to inject humour into our memoirs. Writing humour is tough but it’s … Read More