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The Westie – A Love Story

The Westie – A Love Story

If you’ve ever been in love you know, the heart rules. That’s as it is with our 1985 Volkswagon Westfalia. Westie became ours because our original 1976 Westfalia caught on fire and burned on Highway 9 just out of Selkirk, Manitoba. We looked and looked for something more practical than a Westfalia, but when I […]

Winnipeg Folk Festival – 2018

Winnipeg Folk Festival – 2018

I’ve just come back from my annual inoculation of peace, love and optimism – four days of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. My faith in the human race is once again restored. I can go on boldly nattering on about my ideological, social-liberal, tree-hugger beliefs, knowing I am not alone. Hot Hot Hot! The overarching theme […]

The Great Cycle Challenge

The Great Cycle Challenge

Starting tomorrow, June 1, wherever you are in Canada you might see a few more people taking to their two-wheeled vehicles. The Great Cycle Challenge kicks off for its third year. The Great Cycle Challenge is a national fundraising initiative for raising money for Kids Cancer Care. I got involved this year just for some […]

Rented! Victoria Condo for Rent

Rented! Victoria Condo for Rent

Rented! Dates: May 1 – October 31 (flexible) Rent $1550 per month Fully furnished 1 bedroom plus den 1 bath ~830 sq. feet balcony private rooftop patio Located in Esquimalt, British Columbia our condo is available for rent this coming summer. The condo, located on the top floor of the Ovation on the corner of […]

Tiny Space Artist

Tiny Space Artist

I’m a tiny space artist.  A little room at the top of the stairs, meant as a landing for the rooftop patio, is now an office, a guest room and a yoga studio. And it’s my little haven. Almost exactly a month ago I had my last writing class and handed in my portfolio. I […]

Christmas in Victoria

Christmas in Victoria

The light dusting of snow fell quietly, dampening my hair and squeaking under my crocks. We’ve just finished a west coast Christmas Eve dinner, salmon, prawns, perogies and meatballs. Were it not for Tucker I might not even have stepped outside this evening. The view from our balcony is of an empty, quiet street that […]

My Tenacious Christmas Tree

My Tenacious Christmas Tree

I have a small hidden pond in my backyard that attracts all sorts of wonderful things; birds, frogs, snakes, dragonflies… but for the past couple of years it was attracting a gnarly little pine tree (or spruce or fir I’ve been told). Two springs in a  row I took the pruning shears to it, nipping […]

Shards

Shards

The assignment is Ekphrastic Poetry. Ekphrastic poetry describes a work of art in words in a specific way. The poem must have 4 stanzas. The first describes the art objectively, the second subjectively, the third interpretively and the fourth is a turn away from the artwork towards a broader concern. The work of art I […]

The Retirement

The Retirement

This is my second attempt at fiction. Really,  just fiction, I swear. It’s just economics. Don’t you be judging me. Statistics are clear, most men don’t live past 65 and there are way more widows than widowers out there. Do you think this is a coincidence?  What happens in a marriage is a private affair […]

Meet Shannon Dee

Meet Shannon Dee

As part of my Creative Writing course, I had to interview a Canadian author and update their Wikipedia page. This was an opportunity for a wonderful lunch at Pineridge Hollow with an old friend. If you’re looking for some new children’s literature for Christmas gifts, her books are great reads, but also beautifully illustrated. Shannon […]

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