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From the Journals – Believe

It’s the start of the month and so I’ve popped open my journals again. This time, however, I didn’t limit myself to the traditional date match. Instead I decided to do some random dives. The first led me to a brief passage written way back in February 2000, at the point when I was just […]

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New York City

If you’re a regular reader of these posts, you know I’ve been in New York with Kenneth since Wednesday –– we arrived mid-afternoon on May 29th, checked into the Hudson (a charming boutique hotel on 58th Street) and after changing from travel to event-appropriate clothes, headed for the IPPY Awards venue. Kenneth has already reported on […]

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A Medal For My Father

So today we travel to New York City to attend the IPPY Awards ceremony where I’ll be presented with a silver medal for A Daughter’s Gift. In an interview earlier this week, I was asked what this award means to me. I don’t think I answered it very well; I’m not sure I can ever […]

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Roses –– One Red. One White.

One of the things I’ve learned from my son Kenneth is that you have to be prepared for the possibility that some writing projects won’t work… that sometimes the best thing you can do is set aside twenty or thirty thousand words and begin anew, or put those words on a shelf for a while […]

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A Girl, Her Dad and a Land Rover

Ten years ago today, I brought Kal –– my 2002 Land Rover Discovery Special Edition Kalahari –– home from the dealership. Those of you who have read A Daughter’s Gift would know how much my father loved his Land Rovers, and how much it meant to me to be his fellow adventurer in them. You’d […]

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Blank Page

When I started writing this note yesterday, I was planning to talk about the endless possibility of the blank page. The proprietors of a favorite shop of mine – Phidon Pens in Cambridge, Ontario – are currently in New York City at the National Stationery Show. I’d just seen a Facebook post of Mano standing in […]

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Friday Favorite – Space Man

Last Friday I had the opportunity to tour the River Building at Carleton University in Ottawa, which houses the Journalism and Communication school. It’s an incredible facility, with state-of-the-art classrooms, editing suites and broadcast studios –– things we quite frankly couldn’t have imagined when I did my Masters in Journalism at Western University in the […]

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Something Borrowed

People who love to sew know the allure of a bolt of beautiful fabric, and most of us have a fabric stash to prove it. Someone once explained it this way: when we look at the fabric and rub it between our fingers to feel its weight and texture, we can already see the finished […]

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Black Band

One of the questions I’ve been asked many times over the years is how I remembered the things I wrote about in A Daughter’s Gift. Part of the answer is context related –– as my father increasingly forgot things, I became more and more determined to remember them. It was my way of preserving and […]

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Rabbit’s Teeth

Kenneth’s May 8th post about the food adventures and brilliant improvisation aboard HMCS Sackville this past weekend sparked more than a few chuckles and family food stories in our house. Since this is a week in which we’re celebrating the recent IPPY award for my father’s story… and since we’re coming up on Mother’s Day, […]

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Silver

In lieu of a standard Author Note today, I’m copying and pasting from a news release issued by Iceberg earlier this morning. Times like these I’m reminded how much I miss being able to pick up the phone and call my mother and father at 709-576-4020 to share some good news. But then I remind myself […]

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How Cool is This?

This time last year we were getting ready for a photo shoot for the Champions alternative history series. The exact date was Sunday, May 6th on location at the Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society venue in St. Jacob’s, Ontario. The number of people involved, including models, photographer and assistant, make-up and hair, props, Iceberg team, […]

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From the Journals, Mind to Mind

It seems I’m developing something of a habit. At or near the start of the month, I find myself browsing through old journals in search of postings from the same day or date in years gone by. It’s an enlightening practice. On the one hand, the exercise can reveal some simple facts. For instance, on […]

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The 29th of April

Normally posts about favorite things are reserved for Friday Favorites. But today we’re making an exception… because this favorite book is very much tied to something that happened 33 years ago today. Fifty-three years ago, on April 29, 1960, my mother’s father –– John Morry –– passed away suddenly from a heart attack at the […]

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Singing with Boba Fett

Sci-Fi on the Rock 7 – Newfoundland’s premier science fiction event – starts tomorrow in St. John’s. While Iceberg won’t be there in person, we’ll be thinking of all of the fine volunteers, organizers, and attendees again this year. We initially heard about Sci-Fi on the Rock from co-founder Darren Hann when we met at […]

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Penguin in a Red Scarf

Since one of my Iceberg editorial roles is to review scheduled News and Author Note posts before they go live on the Iceberg website, I saw the spider tale that showed up yesterday before the rest of the world. Setting aside the fact that I will now feel like I’ve thwarted the next great love […]

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And Every Day After…

A couple of days ago I commented on the fact that spring has been a long time coming this year. Well, yesterday we skipped right over spring and went to summer –– a high of 24 degrees with a humidex of 29, an occasional hint of sun, and some dandy thunderstorms thrown in for good […]

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Clearing out the Cobwebs

Spring has been late coming to Southern Ontario this year. Almost four weeks in, and we’ve had less than a handful of warm days. We’re even still waiting for buds to appear on the trees –– they’ve been held at bay by snow, wind, freezing rain, regular rain, and temperatures more consistent with February. Each […]

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Event Tradecraft – Special Details

In previous Event Tradecraft posts, I’ve covered everything from duffle bags and buffer time, to dress code and dealing with the unexpected. I’ve also talked about location, and how the venue can help make an event particularly memorable. Today, I want to point out how other special details can further add to the distinctiveness of […]

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Discussing Gruesome over Dinner

We had dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant yesterday –– Yummyaki in Waterloo. Yummyaki is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and we’ve been enjoying their outstanding atmosphere, service and food from the very beginning. Indeed, in addition to Iceberg’s annual New Year’s Eve planning sessions, we’ve held many an Iceberg meeting there. Most of those […]

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