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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 […]

Van Life

Van Life

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re life seems a little boring and you’re yearning for adventure, follow me but be prepared. It’s not always fun and games. We were still east of Regina when Westie broke down for the first time. The problem was overheating, but the cause was not completely obvious. I […]

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place is a story I wrote for a contest several years ago. I am republishing it here for my Creative Writing class and requesting feedback from my Professor. Some of my readers may already have read a version of this story. An Unfamiliar Place Day 23: The guidebook advertises three alburgues in this […]

The Anniversary

The Anniversary

It had been a fun evening until the end. We had over-stayed our welcome and had too much to drink. Awkward good byes were said and we headed out to the dark street. That truck, if only she could talk. We’d bought her from my brother for $150. He’d had a few adventures in her […]

Writer’s Block!

Writer’s Block!

Or maybe I should call it pure intimidation. I’ve started school this week – a creative writing course at the University of Winnipeg. It’s a second year English class, and please don’t tell my prof but this is my first ever post-secondary English course ever. Hopefully he’s too busy to read student blogs. My classmates […]

Preparing for Africa

Preparing for Africa

Africa is calling. Almost a year in the planning, we leave finally in just two weeks. I think we’re ready! Our trip will begin and end in Cape Town. We have a general itinerary but we’re basically just going on an epic road trip. We have hired a caravan – that’s South African speak for […]

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The Boy in the Park

It was my first rainy Tucker walk this morning, rainy enough for me to force the dog into his hated rain jacket. Victoria is a privileged society and we don’t let our dogs get wet. I had to drag him to Saxe Point, he hates the rain. As we walked through the trails in the […]