Moving on

Just listening to Stan Carew on Weekend Mornings - he plays the best music and woke me this morning with a rousing fiddle tune by Natalie McMaster. I'm feeling my toes tap under the covers as I sluggishly awaken. But the song spoke to me. Lately I've heard from a quite a few people who…

Mourning for Christmas

Ho oh ho! Celebrate! It's the big day next week! Let's laugh and play... Not so easy for those who have lost someone this year, or recently, or who have someone like my dad, who passed away on Christmas Eve, this making every year an ache of longing for him and his cruel/funny approach to…

Living with sorrow

It's been an interesting week, as the old Chinese curse would say. I read "The Deception of Livvy Higgs" by the wonderful writer Donna Morrissey, while simultaneously realizing I couldn't attend her evening class as planned due to a minor flare up of my MS which seems to be hanging on, alas. Then I went…

WHYanmar, Myanmar?

This is what one gets when you ask someone to pick letters for you to get the country you should write about that day. I get Myanmar, a beautiful country located somewhat appropriately on the "balls" section of Southeast Asia, lying along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Back when it was Burma,…

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award – or check here to depress yourself about a writing career

Wow. Just pulled up this list, as my favourite author ever, Helen Humphreys, is on the long-list, for her wonderful book, The Reinvention of Love. GAWD it's depressing how many really truly good books there are out there. It's not that I feel envy, no, it's just that when I read them I realize how…

Thanks awfully, but…

Way back, when I started this writing gig, I felt totally inadequate. All the best writers, I felt, had a disastrous childhood, a set of parents who beat or ignored or hurt them in some way, a problem with addiction, run-ins with the church or with the police or school. They had handicaps, couldn't write because…

OKAY! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

http://thechronicleherald.ca/metro/87595-updated-man-dies-after-gottingen-street-assault So, apparently last night in my adopted and loved home, a man who was an outspoken but kind advocate for the gay and lesbian community, and the editor of Wayves, was beaten to death on the street. From the Chronicle-Herald: "Although police have not released his identity, several sources said the victim is Raymond…

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

So much sorrow. So much sadness.  So much going wrong in the world. And then this, a loss closer to me, of a cousin I wish I'd known better, who I never saw without a smile on her face, a kind word for everyone, and a wee twinkle of mischief in the corner of her eye.…