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 hope you’ve had lots of summertime fun. I have! I’ve done some kayaking in my new (to me) periwinkle kayak.
Have you ever tangled with a conveyor belt? I don’t recommend it.
I was a conveyor belt klutz. I promised to share more tales of my factory floor fiascos. Well, here’s one for the klutz record books. Who knew sorting poultry parts could be so dangerous? […]
I am a writer. I consider this a good thing because there is a limit to the actual damage you can do to yourself or others while sitting at a keyboard. This cannot be said of some of the other jobs I have attempted over the years. I’ve shared tales of my employment fiascos with […]
It’s been a tough year for women like me—women with a George Clooney crush. As long as the “silver fox” was out there being his commitment-phobic, bachelor/playboy self, each of us could nurse our secret fantasy. We just knew that someday, perhaps in an airport concourse or a busy Starbucks, we’d look up and spot […]
’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 M.I.A. online for awhile. Those of you who follow these posts may be wondering why. Blame “dem bones”—the ones in our family that keep breaking. First my mother fell and broke her hip necessitating an extended trip/stay in Ontario for me. I returned to B.C. to break my little toe on a […]
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’ve been goofing off. Instead of writing new Beaver Bluff stories or editing drafts of others, last week I took off to beautiful Victoria, B.C. I had a wonderful time with my friends—and met some new ones. Including this guy. Here’s me and the R.C.M.B. (Royal […]
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 […]
It’s a New Year … Get a New Body … Get Fit! … proclaim lots of the blogs I’ve surfed of late. “Surfing” sounds sort of like it could be exercise, doesn’t it? Hmm. So far it hasn’t done anything to eliminate my holiday weight gain. It’s time to get moving again, which is a […]
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 […]
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