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Friday Favorite – Einstein’s Dreams

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted a Friday favorite, and I hadn’t really intended to do one today either. But I opened one of my journals from 2006 to see if any of the passages sparked an idea, and came across one about time that had been written in April. When I […]

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Black In Newfoundland

The year was 2008, and two excellent historians, one from Ontario and the other from South Africa, were questioning me about my thesis on the Caribou Hut –– the club for servicemen in St. John’s during the Second World War. The Hut was established by everyday Newfoundlanders, because the government had been so bankrupt by […]

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Full Slips And Stockings

I wore a dress to work yesterday, which was a fairly unusual occurrence since my office wardrobe tends to be built around skirts and trousers. The wearing of a dress required a full slip –– for those not familiar, that’s the slip that hangs from the shoulders, usually by the means of narrow straps –– […]

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Heading To The Club

Let’s start with a game. How many times in my life do you think someone’s asked me what I was doing tonight, and my answer was: “I’m heading to the club!” If you answered zero (0) times, then you can feel pretty good about yourself… and perhaps feel a bit sad for me. Whatever. This […]

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Big Day For Iceberg Alumnus

Today is a big day for Iceberg Publishing’s first award-winning author, John Fioravanti. He and his wife Anne are officially announcing their new publishing house –– Fiora Books –– and are setting out on their own. But they’re not going far. John was one of Kenneth’s very best high school teachers. When we first imagined […]

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No Feet Left

As it’s been more than a month since the launch of Snapdragon, I can finally address one of the parts of the story about which I was most excited. Naturally, this means spoilers, so govern yourself accordingly… I’ve written before about Douglas Bader –– the very real, very British flyer who lost both his legs […]

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I Remember

I am currently reading Old Friend From Far Away, Natalie Goldberg’s 2007 book on memoir writing. It’s been sitting on my iBook shelf since 2010 –– one of my first ebook purchases after I got an iPad, which, for the record, is the best 50th birthday present ever. Writing Down the Bones sits on the […]

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Family At Sea

Frightening times for our Royal Canadian Navy in the Pacific last week; HMCS Protecteur, one of the fleet’s two logistical support ships, was stricken by a fire in her engine room. The crew successfully put out the blaze, but not before it disabled Protecteur’s propulsion, and left her adrift in heavy seas. Fortunately, no one […]

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The Call

Earlier this week the Alzheimer Society of Canada shared a link to a short film via Facebook and Twitter. Produced by a young British filmmaker, David Cooper, whose grandmother was diagnosed when he was 14, The Call is “being used to spearhead a global campaign supporting dementia charities throughout the world.” The four-minute film is […]

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The Railguns Are Coming

Well, it’s official: starting this summer, some warships of the United States Navy will be equipped with directed-energy weapons. That means that in some ocean around the world, a USN Captain may be confronted by a real-world combat situation which will require the words: “Lock laser on target.” And all of us sci-fi types will […]

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Family Day

Yesterday was “Family Day” in a handful of Canadian provinces –– a statutory holiday first celebrated in Alberta in 1990. At that time, February was the only month without a long weekend, so the premier created the holiday, noting that it was important for Albertans to take time for their families. Over the past decade […]

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The One You Love

We all know that Valentine’s Day was created by the evil corporations to sell chocolates, while getting men in trouble for not being sufficiently thoughtful, and stereotyping women as shallow creatures who determine the value of their relationships based on meaningless gestures. Anyone with half a brain should therefore hate what February 14th represents. Unfortunately, […]

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Olympic Reminders

Before the Olympics started late last week, the first posts that appeared on my Facebook newsfeed were focused on the fact that Sochi apparently wasn’t ready for the Games. The evidence included photos of restrooms with visitor chairs (front row seats?) across from the toilet, toilet seats installed incorrectly, doors without door knobs, rooms without […]

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Befriend A Biathlete

When it comes to the Winter Olympics, there aren’t many events I won’t watch. Some of them are quite alien to my understanding –– with the deepest respect, I have no idea how to tell a good snowboard run from a bad one, except if someone falls. I follow some other sports with more regularity […]

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Olympic Fever

This past Saturday morning I went to The Bay in search of a toque, scarf and mitts from the 2014 Winter Olympics collection. I’d been there a few weeks ago, but hadn’t made the purchases, thinking I’d pop back another day. Turns out that wasn’t the best idea. By the time I got back Olympic […]

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How To Keep Up

During the development of Champions, a rather obvious problem came up: if ordinary people like Stephanie Shylock and Mike Strong are supposed to protect a genetically-enhanced human like Alex… how do they keep up? As readers caught up to Snapdragon will have noticed, when a Champion is told ‘get to the airport as fast as […]

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Friday Favorite – Equations

Kenneth doesn’t actually know this yet (though I guess he will the moment he reads this post) but after finishing the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and then moving on to Chris Hadfield’s An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth, I decided I was in the mood to re-read his Equations Novels. As the […]

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Sackville’s Home

By now it’s a cliche to speak of the ‘greatest generation’ –– children of the Great Depression, who emerged from a level of poverty and starvation that we can scarcely imagine, to fight the injustices being wrought in Europe. Cynics among us are rightly skeptical that any war –– no matter how apparently just its […]

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From the Journals –– Free If By Sea.

Every so often I think I should take the time to go through all my journals and transfer their contents into a Word or Pages document that I could then categorize and sort. From time to time, I even think there may be a book concealed in those handwritten volumes, and that the various pieces […]

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Our National Sport

Last weekend, I spent roughly four hours with a shovel in hand. As Chris Murphy –– one of the residents of Mount Olympus who works at Canada’s Weather Network –– explained to my mother via Twitter, we were in line for some lake effect snow… and here in Waterloo, we certainly got our share. I’m […]

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