Hobnobbing with Canadian Political Leaders
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.
This week, I hob-knob-bed with Elizabeth May, leader of Canada’s Green party, when I spotted her […]
I hope you’ve had lots of summertime fun. I have! I’ve done some kayaking in my new (to me) periwinkle kayak.
I’ve also been busy performing and writing new pieces. Writing with all summer’s distractions is hard! I had some fun with that topic for the Federation of B.C. Writers. Check out my article […]
Colonoscopy cruise – all aboard!
Thank you to those who emailed to say they enjoyed reading about my “colonoscopy cruise” in April 2015 Readers Digest Canada. (If you missed it or you’re contemplating a “voyage to the end of the colon,” you can check it out here: Read more... →
Conveyor belt klutz
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? […]
Trailer factory screw-up
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 […]
Finding your funny bone
How’s this for a terrific “welcome home” from my three weeks of prowling around Portugal—a note from the Mark Twain House and Museum people about their inaugural Royal Nonesuch Humor Contest! No, it didn’t say I won (darn), but it said I made the top 20. That sure tickled my […]
George Clooney Crush
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 […]
I love libraries
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 […]
The gift of laughter
’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 […]
Finding the whimsy
Where are you finding the whimsy in your everyday life? Where are you creating it? That’s what Sprout Online Magazine asked me in an interview they published in this month’s (Aug. 2013) eye-catching issue (#22). It got me thinking.
When it comes to finding the whimsy in life, some […]
Dem bones … dey break!
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 […]
Bad poetry, good fun—see who won!
On May 14, we launched our first annual “Bad Poetry” contest—just for the fun of it. And fun it has been! But all bad things must come to an end.
Our esteemed judges (one from B.C. and two from Ontario) all maintain they enjoyed combing through the “crappy couplets” submitted in search of truly terrible […]
Bad Poetry – Good Cause
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 […]
Pierre, Justin, Jack and me
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 […]
Coming up daffodils
Spring has sprung. When I was a kid, Spring always sprung on March 21, but for some reason it’s been backdated on calendars, which makes this blog post look one day tardy. Never mind. Spring itself has been tardy in getting to most of snowbound […]
Me and the R.C.M.B.
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 […]
Tattoo trouble … yours for free!
It seems every second person has a tattoo these days. Some are subtle—others are, ahem, regrettable. When it comes to tattoo trouble, I’m not having any—the only sharp, ink-carrying object I want anything to do with is my writing pen. I can’t say the same for my characters. Ink in a Blink has set up […]
Is Santa going Smoke-free?
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 […]
Beaver on the Information Highway! Alert!
A publisher friend of mine sent me a link to this hair-raising (and side-splitting) YouTube video of a Canadian beaver trying to dodge traffic on the highway.
Boy, can I ever identify with this roving rodent! For the last couple of months, I’ve been far from my natural habitat […]
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