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The fog has lifted – behold the breathtaking view!

Over the past few days it’s felt next to impossible to write. Granted, there have been a lot of things to make it difficult.  A ten year high school reunion that took up 12 hours of my day, days of heat – the type of heavy, wet, energy sucking heat

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The Butterfly Effect . . . well, kinda

I’ve been reading through the novel I started writing about 7 years ago.  It started off as a few lines of writing inspired by a walk in a small town in rural NB about 4 years earlier, followed by a sketch I wrote in a notebook while at the Northrop Frye Festival

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Just People

Several weeks ago I was at the airport waiting to board a flight I should have boarded 20 minutes earlier.  I started people watching.  I noticed a young girl, probably about three years old, happily playing with a number of children also waiting to board.  The staff started calling families,

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Rays of Happiness

Today was one of those days when my body decided to be my enemy and leave me in some pretty excruciating pain.  To add to it, a call from the doctor’s office revealed that, although not life threatening, they found the reason for my pain and wanted me to come

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“For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”

Last night I came across a section from Kahlil Gibran’s, “On Children.” As I read, I reflected on my own experience with my parents, the experiences of my siblings, the stories I’ve heard from people’s experiences with their  parents, and the experience I hope to create for my own children

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Is it ever a good idea to spit in the face of serendipity?

I was walking home from an appointment this afternoon when I decided to walk through the Public Gardens (a beautiful fenced in garden in downtown Halifax) and spend a few minutes soaking in some sun and reading Wizard’s First Rule, the book I was talking about in yesterday’s post. When the alarm went

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The Hero’s Journey

With the exception of  The Hobbit, The Lord of The Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia (which I got started on before I reached double digits), I haven’t read very many fantasy books.  I’m not sure why.  I loved both of them.  They took me to places my normal reading choices don’t go.  At

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Never Leave The Playground

I watched a video today that had me smiling in moments.  It was about a 71 year old man , Steven Jepson, whose philosophy in life is “never leave the playground.”  For Jepson, that means keeping active, agile, sharp, and exuberant by daily play. Jepson had me wanting to head

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Following My Bliss

For the first time in a well over a week I was able take a few consecutive hours to work on what will be my first full-length novel.  I’m mere hours away from having the first draft completed and unlike the last few times I went to write, when I

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A dreary day in this harbour town

It’s a wet and dreary day in Halifax.  Halifax gives its residents a lot of these days, however, on days like today, when it’s been awhile and we’ve been blessed with sun, I treasure the rain and the fog. It’s somehow endearing in this harbour town, the way a Leonard

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