All posts in "Written Work"

Shoes



My son Herrick wad diagnosed with schizophrenia in his mid-twenties. Before that he moved around a lot. Once when he had been off “living rough” as he called it, he phoned ne, said he was in town and wanted to…

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Storywork



When my daughter Lucy was very young we found a book in the library by Astrid Lindgren about a little girl named Brenda who lived deep in the Swedish forest with her grandmother. When the old woman became sick, Brenda…

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February



I’ve always liked February. It’s a short month. And there’s more daylight at the end of it than there was when it started. Chicadees begin making that call “Phoebe, phoebe,” that says they’re thinking about nest building. The snow gradually…

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Middle Earth



I spent the evening of December 31 with my family at the  Spaghetti Factory celebrating my son’s forty-fourth birthday. We’ve been going there for such occasions since he was young and it’s a familiar place. We exchanged the usual hellos…

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Tourette’s Girl



Fourteen-year-old Matti Iverly, one of the narrators of my forthcoming novel On Fire (Thistledown Press, Spring, 2013), has Tourette Syndrome, commonly called Tourette’s or T.S. In the opening pages of the book she has this to say about herself: “At…

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Each Book Has A Story to Tell



Congratulations to Susan Nielsen, Vancouver author of The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, just awarded the 2012 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. There is no higher honour for a writer of Y.A. fiction in Canada. Here’s what Canada’s…

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Talking to Montezuma



I got a text message from one of my nieces recently.  She was on the way to a conference of some kind in the States. I read out her message to my domestic associate, Mr. Wood. ‘Have to be honest,’…

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Wink



I used to think when I got to a certain age I’d have things pretty well figured out. Not cosmically, but in terms of myself: why I’ve done the things I’ve done. Left undone the things I’ve left undone. Etc….

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Impermanence



I was talking with a friend recently. Just drifting along conversationally. And suddenly the exact word I had ready to pop out into our exchange wasn’t there. Poof. It was gone. I knew the familiar edges of it. With the…

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E-Essays



I’ve been thinking recently about the difference between a blog and an essay – trying to come up with something to call the latter, when it appears on-line. I shared this with my far more techno-savvy daughter, who immediately produced…

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