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May.10.2011
Well, here I sit in a Starbucks cafe in the Annex (near Bloor st. and Bathurst), in Toronto. How did I wash up here? Good question. My visa timed out, so I'm back from teaching in England. It was a great experience, but it was time for me to head back, so here I am. It's been a while since I wrote...
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May.10.2011
It's been five years since I left L.A., but still a part of me dreams of returning back there in triumph. That's the kind of person I am. I don't let go of things easily. It's a trait that can be beneficial and detrimental in turns. I've never been one of those fickle people that like a particular...
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Mar.18.2011
The Employment Situation as I Experienced it in Toronto, Canada   It is with a very heavy heart that I bought my one way ticket back to Toronto, Canada today.  If I had a choice I would stay in the UK if I could.   This seems to baffle people in England that I’ve told this to.  They all say, “Why...
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Mar.18.2011
  “The 1981British Nationality Act also ceased to recognise Commonwealth citizens as British subjects.”  But basically the situation now is if you are European you are treated like a de facto British citizen, but if you are commonwealth you are not.   I think the situation with Britain in regards...
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Mar.16.2011
My Immigration Story  My family originally came to Canada in the 1900s, 1910s and 1920s from Poland and Russia  to escape pogroms and anti-semitic violence.   They came to Canada because at the time it was easier to immigrate to Canada than the United States, their first choice.  When they came to...
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Mar.15.2011
The greatest blessing I can think of, is to love and be loved in return.It matters not by whom or in what fashion—infant, child, youth, adult, middle aged or old we all want to be loved and we all have love to give.  If such tender impulses could only be accepted instead of ignored, crushed and...
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Mar.15.2011
About the whole communism thing... I don't know, personally I think people are too hung up on political systems. There can be oppression under communism and oppression under capitalism and oppression under monarchy and oppression under socialism. Basically anywhere power is held by a small group...
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Jan.25.2011
Why do we never see anything about this in the press?  Generally we think of countries like the Phillipines as countries that export people, but Canada does it too.  The shameful truth of the matter is that one of Canada's best exports is its educated populace.  Canadians with BAs and BEd's are...
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Jan.25.2011
!  I was just thinking that if you are ever looking for a really excellent read, you should check out the original screenplay for ‘The Deerhunter” by Washburn.  It’s far, far better than the film it became when Cimino took over.  I have it somewhere.  I’ll see if I can find it.  Character-wise it...
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Dec.20.2010
This is bloody criminal!    I’m talking about the delays at Heathrow airport of course.  It is the busiest airport in Europe. 200, 000 people pass through Heathrow on an average day.  This is the busiest time of year, with lots of people heading home for the holidays, so the amount of people...
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Dec.06.2010
  Another Trick: Start from the Most Exciting Part and Go Backwards   Another ending trick (not invented by “Momento” by the way, it was a staple of Golden Age of Radio detective and adventure plays) is to start from the most dramatic or exciting point in the narrative, which usually occurs...
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Dec.06.2010
  Wikileaks- why I'm not bovvered, well, not that much   While it is understandable that the U.S. Government is freaking out over the whole Wikileaks, what bothers me more is the idea that somehow, “for our own protection” all this material has to be kept secret from the American public at...
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Dec.05.2010
Thoughts on NarrativeOkay this arises out of the workshop on Narrative I did with Steve Roe of Hoopla fame a few months ago, I know, super late, but better late than never.This was a really excellent workshop by the way, so take it if you have a chance. I learned some new exercises and had a great...
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Dec.05.2010
“The Circle is Now Complete”   One of the major differences between stories and real life is that the ideal narrative story tends to come full circle in the end. This proves very satisfying for the audience. For example, take the classic student-becomes-the-master, child-becomes-the-parent,...
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Dec.03.2010
Quote Yourself!   A little weird I know, but lately after all the editing I’ve done recently  I’ve had some of my lines from “Little Jane”  floating around in my head.  Some I especially like and I was just wondering, to my writer friends and other witty friends out there, what do you think is the...
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