I’m not a name-dropper (exactly). I’m more of a hobnobber. In my case, the spelling should likely be amended to “hob-knob-ber,” as I can now truthfully say I have “rubbed shoulders” with Canadian political leaders of ALL persuasions.
I love libraries any old day—but I especially loved one yesterday! That’s when I took in the official opening of the new Nanaimo North branch of Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL). Colour me impressed! It’s a stunning facility. (My iPhone photos don’t do it justice. If you’re in the vicinity, check it out; if […]
Here we are, well into the lusty month of May, and I haven’t had anything to say for months. Not here, anyway. A rep of the company that hosts my website actually phoned the other day to remind me that web crawlers won’t find my blog unless I post new content. Hmm. That makes it […]
’Tis the season to be . . . blorft. “Blorft”is an adjective coined by funny lady Tina Fey in her autobiographical comedy book Bossypants to mean “completely overwhelmed but trying to proceed as if everything is fine.” In the mad dash that precedes the holidays, there are a lot of […]
I’ve been bad. I’ve been goofing off having fun in Santa Fe instead of writing new stories or even writing this blog. The only thing I have been writing has also been BAD—bad poetry, that is. Writing deliberately bad poetry is just SO MUCH FUN.
I’ve already shared some of my intentionally bad poetry in […]
With the Liberal leadership race in the home stretch this week, Canadian eyes are on Justin Trudeau. Can he turn his youthful supporters into voters? When push comes to shove, does he have his papa’s panache?
I’m the last one to speculate on political outcomes, seeing as how I’ve planted the kiss of death on […]
Turning pennies into books? It sounds like magic—but it’s easily done, and you can do it!
I’ve blogged about my love for libraries—and even tried to support them by participating in the “Fill the Shelves” program. We don’t have a similar program in Canada, but I was intrigued […]
I love libraries—and librarians. My first job was in a library, and my comical characters are still hanging out in the stacks of fictional Big Beaver County libraries trying to make my readers laugh. But there’s nothing funny about the empty shelves in many underfunded school libraries these […]
Is Santa now a quitter? And if so, who’s next? Those are some questions I’d never have thought to ask if I hadn’t read this article about self-published Vancouver writer Pamela McColl and her literary campaign for a smoke-free Santa Claus.
Apparently McColl has made it her mission to […]
Hi! I’m a Canadian writer, humorist and performer—and the author of Beaver Bluff: The Librarian Stories. That sounds like a simple message to convey. It might be, if my name weren’t Judy Millar. Carving out an internet identity when your name is Judy Millar is a huge problem because […]
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