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Writers festivals…

I knew a guy once who worked years to get his first book published in the children’s market. He was on a board I frequented. The first school visit he did, I think he showed up in jeans and bragged to the kids that he could work in his pyjamas. I think he only ever […]

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And what an experience. I’m starting to hate the travel that’s involved. I’m starting to dread packing and going to the airport…especially during summertime when I’m supposed to have some time to myself. But I’ve learned not to grumble because everytime I think this will be a lot of work, I end up having a great […]

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A Pleasant Day and an epiphany…

The first time I’d ever heard of Norman Bethune was probably in passing in Grade nine history. Mr. Regan, our very handsome history teacher, let us choose different topics to present to the class, and one of the topics was Dr. Norman Bethune. I didn’t pick that one. I picked something about the Palestinian/Israeli situation, […]

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Creating Grass Roots support…

Oprah said luck is preparation meeting opportunity. And somewhere else I heard that it’s really good to ‘develop in the dark’. That is, use the years that you are unknown, to hone your skills, so that when the spotlight shines on you, you’re ready to shine back. And I think it was while I was watching the […]

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A good reason NOT to get Botox!

On Friday I got one of those characteristic thick envelopes that always signals that a teacher has assigned her students to write me a letter after one of my presentations. This was from a school up north I visited a while back. It was odd too, because I’ve often judged how well a presentation has […]

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After Every Hardship…

there is ease. I keep telling myself, but I’m not quite believing it right now. I know it intrinsically, but I’m not *feeling* it if you know what I mean. We got the kitchen in on Monday. Beautiful granite counters, cabinets with that special type of closure where it doesn’t slam, I believe the colour […]

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On the eve of the Hackmatack Award…

What a day it’s been! Started this morning with a presentation in west Saint John, New Brunswick. About seventy eager children arrived, many of whom had read WANTING MOR. I had to present in the main room of the library with women and babies weaving through the grade four and five kids sitting on the floor, […]

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On the Road again…

I’m writing this from my hotel room in Saint John New Brunswick, on tour with the Hackmatack award. The ceremony is on Friday the 13th (in three days or two–too tired to count) and WANTING MOR is up for the award but I doubt it will win. The old adage of it’s an honour to […]

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Ups and Downs…

But mostly downs. This week has been tough! Every morning I’ve been getting up early to go to a different school, and every night I haven’t been getting to bed in time. It’s definitely taking its toll on me. Of course there was the news on Sunday night that Osama was dead. Such a relief […]

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Espanola and Manitoulin Island

I know I said I wouldn’t be blogging till I got back, but it’s kind of surprising how much time you have when you don’t have to do any housework! So I’ve actually been thinking of sharing my thoughts while I’m away. The last few weeks, I’ve been honestly too busy at home to think […]

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