A Different Rustle

I once made a film based on letters I found in a shoebox in the attic of an historic house museum where I was employed as curator. During the turbulent World War II years, new flight training schools were built around the country, and Summerside must have had a good politician at the time, because we got one.

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The Wise and Wonderful

I was enjoying lunch with my parents today - a rare and treasured occurrence  - when the discussion turned to my son's friend, Layten Kramer. Layten, a member of my son's band Rebel On A Mountain, just won the Calgary Stampede Talent Competition. In trying to describe Layten and his music to my dad I found myself thinking of one of the characters in my third novel in the Drifters series, No Greater Love.

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You Can't Go Back

It's true, what they say. You can't really go back. But you can go forward by trying to go back. Errr… What I mean to say is that sometimes healing comes from the most unexpected places, including... the past. Confused? Read on.

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Music and Me

Tonight Steve and I are going to Credit Union Place in Summerside to see Gordon Lightfoot, one of Canada's most well-loved singer songwriters. I think the gentleman must be about 76 now, and Steve thinks he won't be in top form after all those years of belting out hundreds of hits, but I don't care.

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So I Had This Dream...

I'd been a single Mom for about thirteen years before I met Steve. He stuck because he refused to let me run away (you know the old PMS adage - Pack My Stuff). I really admire him for that because, like Jessie Wheeler in my Drifters books, I'm a runner. I'm also Aries. Need I say more?

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Coffee is My Ally

Why is my musician / barista / coffee-geek son hanging out at TED 2014, where some of the world's leading thinkers and creative minds have come to share ideas? Because coffee is being offered to TED speakers and attendees by world class baristas provided by the Specialty Coffee Association of America and World Coffee Events.

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The IT Factor

We all know people with the IT factor. They have a magnetism that exudes positive energy, that draws others to them like snowflakes to a driveway. It's storming again today - a good 'ole late winter nor 'easter is whipping up a frenzy outside my window, so I hope you'll forgive the allusion to snow. Seems like a good day to sit quietly and ponder whether this IT factor actually exists. 

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Around the Bend

Well hellooooo world! What's new in your corner of the earth? We are chilled today, both metaphorically and for real. Many of us east coast maritimers are reeling with shock and loss upon hearing the tragic news of Loretta Saunders' passing. Her body was found today after two weeks of frantic searching and praying.

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Love and Other Not-So-Complicated Things

This little feller, perched happily on the driver's side of my car Tribby, greeted me with a twiggy wave when I pulled into my snow-covered lane way late this afternoon. Yup, my old Mazda Tribute was humming a happy tune as it glided to a gentle stop and spied this little guy - 'bout two feet high - waving from atop a drift-covered flower bed. 

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Joy

I am an Olympi-holic. Not that I've seen much of the 2014 Winter Olympics, but I grab bits and pieces here and there when I can. I love the Olympics despite the uneasy feeling in the pit of my stomach when I think about the billions of dollars that make them happen.

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Roy and His Music

Roy is my fictional husband. I'm expanding my comfort zone (terrifying yet exhilarating) and appearing in my first big play in a few weeks. Well, I had a small part in Calendar Girls, which was nerve-wracking enough, but this new play runs about 45 -50 minutes and I'm on stage the whole time.

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My Hockey Film...

I feel like I can take a breath now that the busy fall has come to a peaceful end. With January's pristine white snow (another blizzard-y heapful arrived on our doorstep yesterday - when the winds got too strong around 4 pm and I feared a power outage I quit editing and succumbed to the tradition of baking snowstorm-day chocolate chip cookies) alight with sunshine sparkles these days, my mind's been drifting to my next project. 

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…and Life Marches On

My office is super cozy today. It's minus 23 celsius outdoors, my driveway has become a snow tunnel, and I find myself turning around periodically to lay a freezing hand or cold toe on the ceramic heater that has become my pet, of sorts, since I drag it from room to room in search of warmth as I go about my days in this northern wasteland called Canada. (I might name the heater. Its cord is like a leash. I talk to it. Why not?) 

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