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Jan.12.2009
We had a discussion this morning, which started over the clock on the wall. It is about five minutes slow, set that way by accident. Where do we turn to get the exact time? My husband says, 'my watch is set exactly to the CBC, which is accurate within a second.' I can use that. For even more...
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Jan.09.2009
Fat Cats in a Thin World
'Write fat, edit thin', a phrase I've adapted from an old cat adage, 'Walk thin, sleep fat'. I love that phrase—it's applicable to so many situations in our life experience, from writing, to the environment, to relationships, to... well, cats. And they do live that way, trust me, I have five of the...
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Jan.08.2009
Elizabeth Stark likens the act of writing to an olympian practicing for the big meet, the contest, the personal best. A writer is alone at the keyboard, and the meet itself becomes what..... the agent's response to a query, the publisher's contract you've finally landed? Is it the reviews, the...
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Dec.30.2008
I've been musing over a prompt on Redroom for a blog / essay topic. The prompt—without Chirstmas—has given my head a definite spin. I haven't quite caught it yet, or slowed it down. I keep wanting to talk about the evolution of ritual and how our modern Christmas season has factored into human or...
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Dec.30.2008
I was rummaging through the boxes under my bed the other day, looking at tearsheets from past publications. Perhaps I should scan them all and save them as images of the originals. I'm determined to transfer them all to CD, but hence the dilemma:  Should I keep the original hardcopies or consign...
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Dec.21.2008
A day of the week that repeats itself:  in this frenzied world we all live in, it's hard to find repetition from day to day, and perhaps even harder to remember a seasonal or annual event that remains the same. But it does recall for me a special childhood 'always on this day' event: journey to the...
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Dec.18.2008
The other day my husband, Warren, caught a virus. Not the sniffles type, but one that somehow found its way past his anti-virus software and firewall. It masqueraded as another anti-virus program, reported numerous infections in his laptop and urged him to click on the link provided and buy the...
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Dec.17.2008
I received an email from my cousin today which included a reprint of an opinion piece by author and environmental activist David Suzuki. The article originally appeared in the Toronto Star Newspaper so I thought I would visit the paper's site and review the article as it originally appeared. No...
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Dec.15.2008
'At the same time she knew that the freedom now permitted made it easy for a man to turn a girl's head, and knew how lightly men regarded an offense of that kind.' Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina -- Oxford University Press via Evie Shockley It goes like this: Grab the book nearest you.  Right now....
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Dec.15.2008
My friend Agnes just dropped by for a coffee. I was in the middle of a scene, but there is never a problem with intrustion when she drops in, as she serves as the example of the person I most admire and would like to emulate. Agnes is a nurse, but while doing that full time, she is studying for her...
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Dec.13.2008
I'm sitting here at my laptop, wondering what topic would be interesting for a second blog entry, and guess what? My mind is blank, which, eureka, instantly becomes a topic. Writer's block has probably been talked and written to death, but on the other hand, it doesn't make it go away. Not much of...
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Dec.11.2008
I suffer from a compulsion which seems impossible, even though I'm fully aware of it, to stop. Oh, it's not as bad—I hope not—as, say, picking one's feet on the subway, or consuming a tub of Sinful Chocolate Ice Cream to accompany one of those 'why me?' sessions. On the other hand, I don't seem to...
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