Apple of my eye

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For the past several months, I’ve been giving writing workshops to children. Every Sunday afternoon, students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 learn about formatting essays, figurative language and other …

Mass appeal

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When someone doesn’t like your memoir “What if someone doesn’t like what I wrote?” asked a participant in my memoir writing class last week. That’s just it – not everyone …

It’s time

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What is this ratty, ripped and torn burgundy thing? It’s my wallet. Well, the wallet where I keep my credit and debit cards. The writing on the front and back …

Non-fiction fiction

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Sometimes memories aren’t serious. They can be silly, too. Here’s one from my Revelstoke days in 2011. Smushed dreams I lean my bicycle against a snowbank outside of the Revelstoke …

Chipping inn

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A Facebook meme went around last week asking people what restaurants they remember from childhood and if the joints are still around. I remember the usual because they were unusual …

Our beagle girl

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When we spotted two beagles on the side of the dusty Nova Scotia road, we thought they had escaped from someone’s cottage. When we saw them a couple days later, …