Fireworks

I'm feeling a little misty-eyed lately over my ratbag children. It's the season of fireworks and where I'm living we've already had four nights of them, and another one tonight. It's Natal Day weekend in Nova Scotia, an event celebrated with even more enthusiasm than Canada Day. This surprised me the first year I was…

Am I ignorant? Dim? Or why can’t I enjoy prize-winning books?

I read. A lot. I have authors I love, I have ones I can't dig through. Colm Toibin is impenetrable. Jane Urquhart makes me want to weep, and not in a good way. Even Tom Hardy gets into the story faster than these two. I need a long time in the quiet of a soundproofed…

Single and over sixty: solitude or sorrow?

I've recently had the chance to speak with several over-60-year-old men, and women, about relationships, being single, loneliness. Well, okay, some of these were dates. Some were laughter over dates. Some were thought provoking, others broke my heart. We all handle being alone differently. Many of the women I know who are single seem happy…

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

I know I am by no means the first to cheer this wonderful book about writing and life and joy and jealousy and competitiveness and outgrowing that and love and loss. It's one of the MUST READ books in any writer's (or person's) collection. But I had it out last night for some inspiration and came…

The humour connection, or the life of the party

I think when I was born, I was designed to be comic relief. Smaller than I shoulda been, breech, I was the only birth for which my mother required laughing gas. I think I've felt the need to bring laughter to others since then. In my family, I was the one who could be counted…

Now Accepting Submissions for our 2013-2014 Theme Issue: Love and Sex

Now Accepting Submissions for our 2013-2014 Theme Issue: Love and SexPosted on July 2, 2013 by PRISM internationalDear writers,We are now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, and translation for our Love and Sex theme issue. By love we mean romantic love, unromantic love, familial love, unrequited love, lost love, love of a friend, love…

Fresh Ideas in Dating and Writing

Those of you who know me well know that I've been having my adventures in the over 50 dating circuit. It's madness out there. Seriously. If your marriage has even a whisper of hope, and there's no abuse going on, take it from me and do what you can to stick out the dry spells.…

Self-Love, or geez, some writers need to get a sense of perspective!

Okay, writers out there - here's the thing. I KNOW we've all been told we have to develop our "platforms" and get known and be followed and all that such stuff, but we need to stop the self-adoration long enough to realize a few hard truths. 1. If you are self-published, make good and sure…

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words – The Atlantic

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words - The Atlantic. Two points after this article. 1. MUST get subscription to the Atlantic 2. Looking forward to Sgriob later on tonight.

Dumb Ways to Die, or how to stick a safety message in the head…

I used to write advertising copy. Yeah, sure, we used to call it health promotion, but so much of that is just advertising, good or bad. Unfortunately, there's often not a sense of humour to the messages we use in our "professional" voice. So many people are sure something might offend someone they pull even…