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The World in Words: Nature Writing

January 22nd, 2021 · No Comments

I admit that I’m a sucker for beautiful words about the natural world (anyone who has ever read one of my books can likely tell, as I probably write far too much description of such things). Some of my favourite non-fiction books deal with the natural world and human mysteries and the intersection between the […]

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Discovering Japan – New Cover!

January 8th, 2021 · No Comments

Here is the gorgeous cover of the new edition of my short story collection, out soon. This edition includes all of the stories from the original, plus one new story, and FIVE excerpts from my two works in progress. More details to come later!

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What I read in 2020

December 30th, 2020 · No Comments

As with all things, this year’s COVID craziness has affected people differently. Some of my friends have barely managed to read anything. Some people have concentrated on rereads and comfort found in familiar words. Before I did the tally, I thought I’d read a lot more this year than last, but it turns out the […]

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What I learned (or relearned) during 2020

December 24th, 2020 · No Comments

The best thing I ever did was figure out that love is not a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach Once I got that sorted (roughly 32 years ago), I was able to realize that the person who made me the happiest was the man I would go on to marry. We celebrated […]

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We decorate the tree…

December 14th, 2020 · No Comments

The holiday season this year may involve no Tree Decorating Party (36 years running), no Christmas Eve dinner with family, no Christmas Day visit to “the Hall” to see the extended clan, no brunch with friends, no New Year’s Eve dinner and movie with the usual suspects, but at least we still got a tree […]

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The Show Goes On

November 29th, 2020 · No Comments

We see a fair bit of live music, mostly because we have subscriptions to three different series (one classical on Sunday afternoons, one modern music series, and one mix of everything from Bach interpretations to a tribute to Frank Zappa). In 2019, I counted 22 shows on the calendar. Needless to say, 2020 has not […]

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Beautiful Books

November 16th, 2020 · No Comments

My good friends at The House of Pomegranates Press have started to produce amazing editions of classic titles with the feel of old books. As it says on their website: “Whenever we would find ourselves wandering in book shops, dusty antique or junk shops we are always drawn to the back where the stacks of […]

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A Good Day

November 7th, 2020 · No Comments

It was 20 degrees celsius today. The sun was shining. We saw friends at an appropriate distance. Joe Biden is the President-elect of the United States. It was a good day.

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Hallowe’en … maybe?

October 25th, 2020 · No Comments

Hallowe’en in Ontario is not exactly cancelled – just “recommended against”. This shouldn’t make much difference to us, because our activity ranges between 10 and 20 kids. Trick or Treating action in our neighbourhood of small blocks is highly street-dependent. If you don’t have critical mass of decorations, they just keep on walking. This doesn’t […]

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What I read at the Cottage, 2020 COVID edition

September 23rd, 2020 · No Comments

The annual two weeks up north was the usual balm for the soul, despite rainy weather the first week. I went swimming twice (given that the second time was on September 15th, I thought that was pretty good. It was … not warm). I did my one annual ride on the rail trail. I got […]

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