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The Pink Dolphin

The Pink Dolphin

Beneath the river lie mysterious treasures, yet undiscovered. Deep in the murky waters of the Amazon River, feeding on catfish and piranha, live the mysterious pink dolphins. Known as Boto, or Bufeo by the locals, these mammals are the largest and most intelligent dolphins. Locals believe they lure children who make the mistake of swimming […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portraits of the North – Meeting Gerald Kuehl

Portraits of the North – Meeting Gerald Kuehl

The portrait of Betsy Anderson that I stared at while waiting for Gerald to take the floor is mesmerizing. Her toothless smile, deeply lined skin and worn kerchief tell a story I know I want to hear, and Gerald Kuehl tells it. Betsy is 101 years old in this photo, and will go on to […]

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 […]