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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Big Snow No Snow

This past weekend most of eastern Canada was treated to some more snow. Now, the general feeling seems to be that “We’ve had enough, thank you very much.” It’s therefore entirely possible that I’m setting myself up for some unpleasant emails by admitting this, but I was actually quite happy to see another 10 or […]

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That’s The Why

When I was quite young, I apparently had a habit of emphasizing my explanations with an emphatic: That’s the why. I don’t remember this at all, of course, but my mother, who loved my unique little phrase, talked about it often. She also admitted that she didn’t correct me for the longest time because she […]

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Snapdragons In The Snow

Today marks both the release of Iceberg’s first ebook of 2014 and the first Champions novella set in 1942… in one enjoyable 37,500-word package called Snapdragon. The cover features the awkward Lady Alex Smith and the ever-charming Mike Strong shading their eyes as they look upwards in a snowstorm, so I guess me saying that […]

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Friday Favorite – Magic

Earlier this week, Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism released its first new television ad of the year – Magic. I remember my reaction the first time I saw one of these ads on TV  a number of years ago –– after I’d moved to Ontario. Finally, I thought, someone has captured not just how I’ve always […]

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Some Rough Out

We’ve been having a real winter in Waterloo, Ontario this year. I say real because there’s been snow on the ground since well before Christmas, which I love. Also, the temperatures have generally been well below seasonal, which I love less. A couple of weeks ago, for instance, we had a couple of –40˚ Celsius […]

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A Funny Thing Happened

Based on the time of day my Author Notes are posted, most readers have probably figured out that I usually don’t draft them same day. I get up early, generally between 5 and 5:30 a.m. so I can exercise, then check my Iceberg email and regular websites before the workday starts. But there isn’t quite […]

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Find The Memories

For as long as I can remember, my father called me ‘duck’. When he stopped calling me that… stopped calling me anything, really… I knew he no longer recognized me as his daughter. He perceived me as someone familiar and safe for quite some time. Indeed, in the final months I was one of the […]

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From the Journals –– After The Fact

A question I’ve been asked from time to time is whether or not writing helped me cope while my father was ill. My answer usually surprises people, because the reality is I didn’t do a great deal of my own writing during those years. My words were mainly for others –– news releases, speeches, articles, […]

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More To Hold On To

In Wednesday’s Author Note I wrote about the start of Alzheimer Awareness Month, and the theme “There’s So Much To Hold On To”. I wasn’t thinking I would write another Alzheimer’s-related post so soon, but perhaps unsurprisingly, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I hold onto still. In Standing Tall: A Daughter’s […]

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Much To Hold On To

On January 7th, the Alzheimer Society of Canada launched it annual Alzheimer Awareness Month campaign. In 2013 the focus was on seeing the person, not just the disease.  It was a message I was intimately familiar with, and one I’ve been sharing for more than a decade. The theme on the Alzheimer Awareness Month website […]

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