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The Kiss

And then he kissed me. He was my grade five teacher, Mr. Woodward. It was not a peck on the cheek, but smack-dab wet on my lips. I was ten years old. I never told anyone. I had stayed after school to help him clean up. Perhaps he asked me to, I don’t remember. IContinue reading “The Kiss”

A call to action re the siege of Ottawa, Canada February 2022

Op Ed NOW Magazine Toronto. February 19, 2022. (longer version) Since when is hot-tubbing with hate groups an acceptable practice in Canada? Like many, I am deeply troubled by these images and the underlying messages they convey.  After visiting Ottawa and devouring press reports about the protests and the Emergencies Act over the last few weeks,Continue reading “A call to action re the siege of Ottawa, Canada February 2022”

Op-ed: #FreedomConvoy and the link between misogyny and white supremacy

Extreme misogyny and white supremacy aren’t just related, they’re entangled – both see increased demands for equality coming at the expense of white privilege I learned about fascism at my father’s knee. He explained to me that he was not a pacifist because some forces in the world have to be fought. Fascism is oneContinue reading “Op-ed: #FreedomConvoy and the link between misogyny and white supremacy”

My Mother’s Shoes

The first time crippling anxiety assaulted my mind and body at age twenty-nine, I felt super-stimulated by everything going on around me. My mind raced.  I could not follow a radio broadcast, it barreled along too quickly, too much information. No matter how I tried, I could not fall asleep. This continued for seven days beforeContinue reading “My Mother’s Shoes”

Bear Alert

It’s mid-afternoon on a cool June day. I am walking in the forest with Bear, my daughter’s dog. He’s a big, black-haired beast of an animal with a sweet disposition. The trees overhang the road, verdant at this time of year. We’re going to walk down to the boat house on the lake. It’s aboutContinue reading “Bear Alert”

Dancing Bear

An achingly beautiful dancing polar bear sculpted from a piece of light green serpentine. It is a sight to behold. The white specks in the stone have a slight bluish tint and the entire piece gleams in the sunlight coming through the window. The sculpture  simply radiates joy. I am sitting quietly in the living room,Continue reading “Dancing Bear”

Book deal signed

I have signed a contract to have my collection of essays, “The Swirl in my Burl”, published by Adelaide Books in New York. Feels pretty exciting. What is a burl? A burl originates from a tree that is stressed. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. The burl is formed coming out ofContinue reading “Book deal signed”

A dilemma

I’ve had two offers to publish my book “The Swirl in my Burl: Essays”. One is from a Canadian publisher and one is in New York. The deals they are offering are essentially the same. I am trying to figure out if a U.S. publisher will likely sell more copies than a Canadian one. IfContinue reading “A dilemma”

Success!

This week I heard from a publisher who would like to publish my book of essays. Incredible! We had a long talk on the telephone to discuss what the book would look like and how it could be marketed. I am very excited about taking this step. The book would come out in Spring 2022.

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