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Drum Camp

Drum Camp

Djembes, Ashikos, doumbeks, congas, tars, shekeres... last weekend had them all and more at the drum camp held at Camp Oconto on Eagle Lake, north of Kingston, Ontario. From Thursday afternoon to Sunday's closing circle, the days and nights were full of workshops,...

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Orphan Train

Orphan Train

Orphan Train, a best-selling novel by Christina Baker Kline, features an unlikely friendship between a girl in foster care and 90+ year old Vivian.  A community service position helping the widow clean out her attic is meant to keep Molly out of juvie for the theft of...

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Signs of Spring

Signs of Spring

Did we bypass spring and go directly  to summer? We might assume so from the weather, but the arrival of the lambs and angora kids at Pine Hollow Farm would indicate otherwise. New life burgeoning from the wombs of sheep and goats, the smell of hay, the bleating of...

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Upping the ante

Upping the ante

Abandoning the last draft of Finding Home for months turned out to be a wise move. Why? When I re-read the manuscript last weekend, I realized that once Sarah arrives in Canada to find her family, I lost interest in her in favour of Richard's story. If a writer loses...

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Coincidence, coincidence

Coincidence, coincidence

I got a phone call this morning from a stranger. She introduced herself as Ina. She had just finished reading The Medal, a Christmas gift from her grand-daughter. She told me how much she enjoyed the book, and asked me a question about the acknowledgments. She had...

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Where fact meets fiction…

Where fact meets fiction…

Canadian political assassination, a flamboyant Prime Minister, controversy and responsibility in government. Last night had them all. Gordon Henderson, Roy MacSkimming, and members of the SALON Acting Company presented a night of historical fiction at the Kingston...

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Lost Interviews

Lost Interviews

In 2012 and 2013 my dear friends Jo and John died. They were 94 and 98 respectively. A few years earlier, I had interviewed them about their lives. The recordings were intended to be used as part of a project that would feature Cheryl-Ann Webster's artistic...

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Surprise!

Surprise!

Sgt James Locke got quite a surprise this morning when he walked into the conference room of his Ontario Provincial Police detachment. Not only were his colleagues there, but his wife and daughters had also come to see him feted. The surprise gathering was organized...

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