Author Archive: skyblueseagreen

Writing to Senior Pen Pals

Ah, the joys of writing! And today I am referring to literally WRITING, handwriting, using pen or paper–not typing. I have found handwriting or printing one of the best ways for me to create and record my thoughts. But here I want to focus on sending snail-mail letters to people as a way to connect …

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Freedom with Writing

Are you, like me, dusting off some stories or manuscripts that have been filed away for a few years? If so, you probably want to find homes for them. Or, you might be looking for periodicals that are in need of exactly the kind of articles you write.     Let me tell you about …

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Notes of Encouragement while wandering in the Park

Two things happened recently, one good, and the other… also ultimately good. The first is that the winter weather finally left, and it’s spring! That is definitely a good thing. The second is that I was recently laid off from my teaching job. It felt bad at first. But if you believe as I do …

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Calgary spring used book sales – the 2020 version

UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020     At this time of year, I usually post information to help you plan for the Calgary’s biggest and best used book sales, but this year things are (obviously) a bit different…   RESET Calgary usually holds the first used book sale at the Crossroads Market. Here is the note …

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For your viewing pleasure: “First Novel”, a NFB film

I hope all of you authors and aspiring authors out there will get a chuckle from this 1958 film. I did, and as a writer I also found it encouraging. While researching video viewing options online, I ran across many sources of entertainment and education (see below), including the National Film Board of Canada. I …

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Happy Leap Day! Leap Year in Literature

Just for fun, since it only comes once every four years, I decided to look around for Leap Year-related literature. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found! The Pirates of Penzance Having a birthday on February 29th makes you a “leapling”, and sometimes one birthday every four years can get you in trouble! This …

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Valentine’s Day Toss-up: Something old, something new

With all the romance novels out there, it’s hard to know where the good quality reads are. So here are some recommendations of clean, well-written romance novels I’ve read over the past couple years. Some are set in past history, others are set in present day, and one is both!   Falling for June by Ryan …

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Unsung heroes in Canadian History

I grew up in the U.S. in a predominantly white neighborhood during the sixties and seventies. My city’s school system began forced busing when I was eleven years old, just as I was leaving elementary school and preparing to start junior high. It was a controversy that sparked violence and unrest. From a social media …

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Holiday Gems

One of the joys of the holiday is settling down after all the energetic activities to read inspired holiday fiction.   You are no doubt familiar with some of the well-known holiday books and short stories… Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol…     The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson… Eugene Field’s The First Christmas Tree…          …

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Discovering Ralph Connor

In July of 2009, I went for a hike in our nearby Rockies. It was on Grotto Mountain, an expansive mountain that fills the landscape east of the mountain town of Canmore, Alberta, one of my favorite towns in Alberta. Here is a photo I took from the trail on Grotto Mountain, looking south…. ….and …

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