Swimming again

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I used to be a competitive swimmer for Ryerson University. Swimming is great exercise and the water always feels like home to me. It’s because no matter where I am, pool water never changes. It’s always wet in South Korea, The Gambia, Fort Smith and Calgary. Since I just moved to Edmonton, I thought I’d head to something familiar in … Read More

Firsts and forgets

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I love seeing people’s “first day of school” photos (especially those of my niece and nephew). While I was home in Nova Scotia last week, Acadia University students were moving into residence, some for the first time. It has been more than 20 years since I was a student at Acadia, set on changing the world. I was going to … Read More

Breaking up with Calgary

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Dear Calgary, It’s not you, it’s me. You’ve probably heard that before but it’s true. I’m not breaking up with you today because I want to, it’s because I have to. After living in Cowtown a total of eleven years, it’s time to move on. We’ll always have our memories. When I first landed here in 1999, you were a … Read More

Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence

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The Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence is fascinating. Despite what the British said when they arrived in Hong Kong many years ago, the island is not just a pile of uninhabited rocks. There’s a lot of history here. Hong Kong has been settled for 30,000 years and ruled by many dynasties and fought over many times. A former fort … Read More

Where is Winnipeg?

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While visiting Hong Kong in May, my friend told me about a plaque near the start of a hiking trail that commemorated a Second World War soldier from Winnipeg. She suggested I go see it and so I took a taxi to the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir Park path. However, I couldn’t find the sign when I started out. What … Read More

Hollywood Hong Kong

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Looking out across Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, I see lightening split the sky. It’s only noon but it’s as dark as a Calgary winter evening. I had hoped to be shopping right now but my friend, Digger, just texted and told me to stay in. “Don’t go out in the storm,” she said. “Wan Chai can wait.” I’m glad … Read More

The pulse of Hong Kong

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“Can you get to Vancouver on Friday?” texted my friend late Wednesday night. “I can get you to from Hong Kong from there.” Ummm…   “Sure!” I said, from Calgary. One perk of being self-employed is that I can work from anywhere, any time, 70 per cent of the time. Two days later, on Friday April 28, I started the … Read More

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

Being Human

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Exhibits, creating art, film screenings and songs circles are just a few events going on at a Calgary festival right now. The This is My City Festival takes place over the month of April. It’s free and there are many things to see and hear and do. This is My City Calgary Art Society (TMC) is the organizer of the … 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