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What a surprise!

What a surprise!

I just received a response to a message I sent eight years ago! In my novel The Medal, I created the character of Sam who is a composite of three Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. Before the book was published, I wrote to each of their parents to...

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Metro’s Goldwyn Mayor

Metro’s Goldwyn Mayor

Allan Lamport, mayor of Toronto from 1951-1954 was dubbed ‘Metro’s Goldwyn Mayor’. Like Sam Goldwyn, he had a knack for saying things in innovative and memorable ways.  Here are some examples: I get up at five in the morning no matter what time of day it is. You’ve...

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Champion of the World – Not!

Champion of the World – Not!

Taking a break from editing my novel, Finding Home, to participate in a Rummikub tournament. The competition was stiff. I triumphed in the first two games. Sadly, my husband managed to come from behind to become Champion of the World. Maybe I should stick to editing!...

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Until the Day We Die – Congratulations, Jockie.

Until the Day We Die – Congratulations, Jockie.

Tea and my newly-arrived book, Until the Day We Die by Jockie Loomer-Kruger. What could be better? Jockie's first book, Valley Child - A Memoir, was self-published in 2016 when she was 80. In it, photos of 33 of her folk-art pieces accompany stories about growing up...

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Adjectives

Adjectives

Native speakers of a language usually use adjectives in the correct order, but what if you are trying to explain the rule to a non-native speaker. It turns out that adjectives in English must be in this order: opinion-size-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun....

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Inspiration sometimes comes from interesting sources. When sorting through my library recently, I came across a novel that I've kept since my teaching days: Invitation to the Game. Part of the inspiration for my novel, The Medal, came from this book by the late Monica...

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Can you read this?

Can you read this?

Years ago i enrolled in a Recreation Leadership Course at Algonquin College. One of the requirements was learning to communicate in different ways, depending on people’s needs. I chose the deaf community and took a sign language course. I found it a challenge but I...

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