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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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Count Your Blessings

My grandmothers and mother, as regular readers will already know, had a robust supply of phrases available for a wide range of situations, or when a particularly vivid description was required. “Man on horseback” and “long and hungry month of March” are two. This being Thanksgiving Day in Canada, there are two others echoing in […]

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Welcome Space Man

On Tuesday of this week, the news broke that Canada’s favorite space man, retired astronaut Chris Hadfield, had landed a new job –– aviation professor at the University of Waterloo. The reports say he’s not able to actually take up his teaching duties until Fall 2014 because his schedule is so full, but he’s coming […]

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Four Centimetres

I do most of my reading these days on either an iPad or Kobo, and sometimes a Kindle. All of these devices give me a certain amount of control over how the book appears –– font, size of font, margins, etc. I’ve come to appreciate the flexibility, just as I’ve come to happily ignore the […]

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Meeting Lionel Richie

It’s probably no surprise that today’s Author Note is about our 30th anniversary gift from Kenneth –– the Meet & Greet tickets to the Lionel Richie concert at Casino Rama. I’m not someone who generally goes to concerts on this scale –– the closest would have been The Irish Rovers tour that took them to […]

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Elbows Up

Today is my 30th wedding anniversary, and if you’ve read Kenneth’s post from last Thursday, you’ll already know that thanks to his conniving and my credit card (which he has since paid off), thirty years and one-day after we danced to “Three Times a Lady” at our wedding, Peter and I will be attending a […]

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Chapters

People who are familiar with the Iceberg Publishing story know that this labor of love is an after-hours initiative. Since the very beginning, all three partners have been either full-time students (in the case of Kenneth in the early days) or have had full-time jobs. For the most part we’ve kept these different aspects of […]

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From the Journals – Dreams

I’ve had more than a few conversations recently about the choices we make and how we make them… about what it takes to stay committed to a dream when it’s impossible to know how long the journey will take, or if its realization will be all that we expect or hope it to be. Strolling […]

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Over the Fence

Yesterday afternoon, my Aunt Laura (Laura Morry Williams) launched her third book in Ferryland, the outport community on the southern shore of Newfoundland where my mother and her six sisters and seven brothers grew up. Published by DRC Publishing, Over the Fence: Stories from Outport Newfoundland is a compilation of commonly themed stories. The book […]

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5:00 p.m.

This past weekend Kenneth updated his Facebook page status with the following post: It’s rare that I’ll find myself a week behind a book deadline. Been that sort of September. Writing (a first draft at least) tends to be a mostly solitary undertaking, but when it comes to actually publishing a book, the process usually […]

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Cursive

The decline of cursive writing is a topic that’s been receiving a fair bit of attention lately. I have some sympathy for the position of schools that have chosen to remove it from their curriculum. How do you justify continuing to dedicate limited resources to teaching a skill that’s required less and less, over ones […]

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Barron’s Basement

All my posts this week have been about my mother, Mary Louise Barron. I’m going to continue that trend for my Friday note, but move to a subject that’s quite a bit lighter than those I’ve been focused on so far. Because my mother didn’t like to have her picture taken, I have fewer photographs […]

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The Measure of a Woman

As regular readers will know from Monday’s Author Note, my mother, Mary Louise Barron (Morry) would have celebrated her 85th birthday on September 8, so it’s perhaps not all that surprising that I’ve been thinking of her even more than usual the past few days. Truth be told, I’ve indulged in much reminiscing, and told […]

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Happy Birthday

Yesterday would have been my mother’s birthday, her 85th. I’ve written about her more than once in these Notes. I’ve reminisced about her nurse’s cap with its black band, talked about her role as my father’s caregiver, shared a little of their early romance and talked about her red and white roses. She was only […]

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Driving Range

I’ve recently taken up golf… recent being a relative term since it was actually over a year ago that I bought a beginner set of clubs and headed to the driving range with Peter. My motivation was simple: I’d been talked into participating in a charity tournament, and though I ultimately had to cancel on the […]

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Roses – Part 2

The last long weekend of the North American summer is now behind us, so it’s back to a regular schedule of Author Notes for the Iceberg Publishing website. For my first of the fall season, I decided I should pick up where I left off in Roses–One Red. One White. In that post I talked […]

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From the Journals – Dance

This time of year in North America, the TV program So You Think You Can Dance airs on Tuesday nights. Week after week I am amazed by the stories woven by young dancers across the stage… in awe of their talent and precision… inspired by their willingness to share their hearts and souls. If I […]

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What Do You Think?

This morning I changed my Facebook cover and profile pictures in recognition of the fact that it is my father’s birthday. The images are of us trouting on a pond about 45 minutes outside St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1979. I am crouched on a rock looking towards my father who is wearing hip rubbers and […]

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Paying Attention

I am, at this very moment, undertaking a writing exercise. It’s nearing 7 p.m., and I’m sitting on the front veranda of our home. The sun is beginning its slow descent, and the temperature is still in the mid-30s Celsius. While there’s a breeze today, the air is quite still where I sit because the […]

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Bellevue

Over the past few weeks it has felt like I’ve been home less than I’ve been away, traveling on a combination of Iceberg and non-Iceberg business. The week before last I was in New York City to accept the 2013 IPPY Award silver medal for A Daughter’s Gift –– a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable adventure […]

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