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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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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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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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A German Christmas

Today my post is by a guest author, sharing first-hand memories of what Christmas was like for the children of Germany two generations ago.  *  *  *  *  *  *  * One of us always wanted to be the first to pull the 30th of November off the calendar, because Dec. 1 marked the beginning …

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Banff Bison – Sustainability in Canada’s Ecosystems

Ever since I learned about Canada’s ecosystems while researching my book Respect Our World-Sustainability, I have had the topic on my radar. I am very thrilled about Parks Canada’s announcement that after 140 years of absence, bison have been reintroduced to Banff National Park!  Right in my backyard! This is not only an ecological triumph, it is also …

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Making it Merry Again

The simple act of receiving a Christmas card means someone remembered you, that you are cared for, and that you are not invisible. When my friend Barb initiated a wonderful tradition in sharing the joy of Christmas cards with homeless individuals, the initial goal was to collect 80 cards. As it turned out, 80 was …

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Culture, geography, history and inspiration – Chinese Immigrants in Canada

From as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by other cultures and eager to know about countries around the world. This fascination has led to traveling, learning about global holidays, attending pow-wows… …writing to overseas pen pals, learning Scottish Highland dancing, volunteering at a First Nations wilderness camp… …AND writing about other …

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What Did Lucy Read?

What literary works have had an effect on you? Who are your favorite writers, and how have they influenced your perspectives or improved your life? Have you ever wondered what literary works influenced your favorite writers? I recently read The Complete Journals of L.M. Montgomery: The PEI Years, 1889-1899, about the woman considered Canada’s most …

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