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New Year. New Microsites.

The Iceberg Publishing team has been known to tackle some relatively simple projects during the Christmas holidays. First there was the year we redesigned and proofread the entire backlist to accommodate the new sizes required for international distribution as part of the 2010 plan. Next there was the year we moved the majority of our […]

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Resolutions

January –– the month when fitness clubs see an influx of new members and people tuck away their credit cards as they resolve to exercise more and spend less. A quick Google search reveals that no matter which list you look at, there are approximately 10 common New Year’s resolutions: exercise more, eat less/healthier/better, lose […]

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A Story Tree

This is the first Christmas in a long time that I haven’t heard people debating the merits of ‘real’ versus ‘artificial’ trees or vice versa. Why that is, I’m not entirely sure. I have listened to people –– mostly cat owners –– wondering aloud whether to have a tree at all. I’ve also been told […]

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My Mother’s Hands

This past Saturday morning Peter and I were at the grocery choosing a package of bacon when, at the other end of the cooler, I saw my mother’s hands reach in. They weren’t my mother’s of course, but the shape of the fingers and knuckles were so similar to the image etched in my memory […]

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Friday Favorite –– Three Pink Roses

Anniversaries seem to have been a recurring theme in our Author Notes this past year –– weddings, first meetings, last breaths, and book launches have all made an appearance at one time or another. Today is another anniversary, a particularly defining one I’ve always believed. Because it was on November 29, 1974 that three pink […]

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Back By Popular Demand

The Author Note section of Iceberg’s website launched almost one year ago on December 1, 2012. In the 12 months since, Kenneth and I have posted what has to be well over 100,000 words between us. I’d give you the exact number, but the number-obsessed person who has been known to share his writing-blitz word […]

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Blank Page

It’s late on a Sunday evening when I finally have time to sit down and pull up a blank page on my laptop screen, ready to begin today’s Author Note. I’m feeling a certain irony as I do this. My last post was about the importance of stillness, but the only stillness in my weekend […]

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From the Journals – Stillness

I was reminded by a regular reader yesterday that I haven’t done a traditional From the Journals post in quite a while. I don’t think I was being chastised exactly, but I did get the sense one would be appreciated. That in mind, I removed just one journal from the leather box I keep them […]

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The Right Material

Last week in my post about knitting (or more precisely, about not knitting), I mentioned that I was trying to decide between red or gray fabric for a new winter coat. I ultimately settled on both –– red for one style, gray for another. The red was on a ‘buy one-meter-get-two-free’ sale; the gray was half […]

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Mac and Cheese

Earlier this week I toured one of the long-term care homes in Kitchener. My time there included a visit to the day program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We didn’t interrupt the activities that were underway, but stood off to the side watching and listening for a little while. I also saw the […]

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What Not To Do

One of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes is about choices. “Deciding what not to do,” he said, “is as important as deciding what to do.” I thought of these words this morning because this is the time of year when I inevitably have the urge to start knitting. Knitting is something I tried for many […]

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We Remember

My father was a veteran of both WWII and Korea. He did not speak often about those wars, but when he did, he told stories that became part of the fabric of my life. Those stories, and the way he told them… his life, and the way he lived it… showed me that every life […]

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Seeing Chris Hadfield

As regular readers will know, I made a career change last month, moving out of the post-secondary education sector I’ve been working in for about 20 years and into health care. I didn’t know it at the time, but the new position was going to give me the opportunity to attend the annual Ontario Hospital […]

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Following My Own Advice

I managed to let the entire month of October slip by without a regular ‘From the Journals’ post, so I decided this past weekend that it was again time to scan the pages of my past and see if I stumbled across anything interesting. It seems that over a four-day period in 2005, sprinkled between […]

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Nineteen Years

On Monday evening I spent more than an hour chatting via Skype with a student from Dartmouth College who was doing research for an oral history assignment about the Alzheimer’s caregiver and family member experience. We talked about my father –– the progression of the disease, how the time period of the late 1980s/early 1990s […]

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Stargazer Lilies

In preparation for this week’s Author Notes, I’ve been scanning my post-1994 journal entries from the month of October. As I wrote last week, the past echoes most loudly for me this time of year, and I suspected that reality would be reflected in my writing in years gone by. I was right –– while […]

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Echoes From the Past

Over the years I’ve come to accept that the past echoes more loudly during certain months. October is such a month for me. It starts with two anniversaries –– my wedding anniversary and the anniversary of the sudden death of our first German Shepherd, Vulcan… both on October 1st. It is the month that little […]

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Too Good To Be True

Yesterday Kenneth wrote about a missed anniversary. I can’t believe we somehow forgot that date, but he’s absolutely correct –– if you’re going to forget an anniversary, it’s good to know the characters involved won’t hold it against you. Indeed, the Earthers wouldn’t expect the recognition in the first place. The Equations series has a […]

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Friday Favorite – Basho and Thoreau

There is a small book on one of my shelves called Morning Mist: Thoreau and Basho Through the Seasons, by Mary Kullberg. As Kullberg explains in the Preface, the book is “an open window through which the reader can look into the thoughts of two poets (Matsuo Basho and Henry David Thoreau) for whom oneness […]

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The Colour Red

It’s been more than a month since I’ve posted an Author Note about writing –– between my wedding anniversary, my new job and a few other things, there’s been a lot going on. But I did find time on the Thanksgiving Day holiday to go for a long walk, which provided the idea for a […]

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