Long Time Gone

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Yowza!  It’s been a while since I’ve seen the backside of these pages and–more importantly you. Since I last sat down to really share with you, I’ve been to Everest and back–with my dad. I started teaching writing again at … Continue reading

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Laughing into memory: Sharing a Buffalo blizzard with my teenager & mother

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Since it’s the season of blizzards, I thought it timely to repost this. My thoughts go out for the safety and fun of those hunkered down braving the Blizzard of 2015. As I hold down a house with two sick … Continue reading

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Niagara Escarpment Flora & Fauna: from a Brief Hike on the Family Farm

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Elizabeth Gilbert: To The Signature of All Things from Eat Pray Love

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I must admit, I’m a reluctant latecomer to the Elizabeth Gilbert phenomenon. But here I am. Recently, at the urging of journalist friend Selina, I succumbed to reading Eat Pray Love. *GASP* Can you imagine? But this week, I had … Continue reading

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Photo Essay: Vancouver’s Public Market and Surrounds

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The Fault in Our Stars – A Literary Peek at Death Personified

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Despite having once shared an evening with actor Willem DaFoe, I still think I would find his confounding and curmudgeonly character Peter van Houten, the most fascinating character in The Fault in Our Stars. While I thought author John Green … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Stars Part 1: The Fault in Young Love

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I’m glad my daughter’s boyfriend is boy enough that he didn’t want to see The Fault in Our Stars with her! That meant I got to! My girls and I had read the book together, and we were curious how … Continue reading

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Kathmandu, Dad & The Bucketlist Trip

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Call me crazy. I’m headed to Kathmandu. With my 73-year-old father. And I need your help. I would like to collect Kathmandu travel stories as part of my preparation for this trip. And, soon. Weekly Reader Inspired Dreams No, I’m … Continue reading

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Desert Nights Rising Stars ASU Writing Conference Moment

Been busy making writing connections. Perhaps a post about writing conferences is due later this week. This tweet and photo by writer Kevin S. Moul, official Piper House Photographer. Pictured: Renee and writer Susan Pohlman, workshop instructor and author of Halfway to Each Other.

What Handheld Devices Have Done to Family TV Viewing

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TV when I was a kid was a different animal than today. Sure, it had its detractors and proponents, but what it didn’t have was 24-7 programming—anything you can imagine watching and then some—at your fingertips in your pocket. We’ve … Continue reading

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