• READING FOR CHARITY

    On March 9th, 2019, I shared the company of great, local talent at The Variety Hour hosted by Vincenza’s Angels. While some danced, sang songs, shared humorous anecdotes, or animated poetry, I just read. The fundraiser was for the benefit of The Heart and Stroke Foundation. My material included a short story called In the Absence of Rain, that speaks of heart disease and the effects of a stroke, and a poem in memory of my grandfather called New Gumboots. During the intermission, everyone was invited to bid on items donated for a silent auction. I bid on two. Imagine everyone’s surprise – especially mine – when it was announced…

  • Book Launch Celebration

    My first novel The Crest debuted on Amazon on December 10th, 2018. Well before it’s release, friends and family began asking me about a book launch. Given other festivities held in December, hosting a book launch didn’t make sense to me.  Deciding to Host a Book Launch Celebration For weeks, I hemmed and hawed about what to do. All the while, friends and family kept reminding me that they were keen to celebrate. Before I could host a book launch, I had to understand its purpose and structure.   “Who would want to come and hear me read?” I asked myself on more than one occasion. At the same time,…

  • Remembrance Day, 2018

    Sister Agnes-Marie Valois Remembered on Remembrance Day Sister Agnes-Marie Valois died in France last April. She was 103 years old. To Allied soldiers injured during a failed raid in Dieppe in August 1942, she was known as the “White Angel”. I had the opportunity to meet with her briefly in 2014 and found her delightful. Honour Veterans, Especially on Remembrance Day Veterans at Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium 2014In addition to remembering all of those who participated in World War I, World War II and other wars before and since then, and those who continue to serve our country, I will remember Sister Agnes-Marie when I attend a Remembrance Day ceremony…

  • Surrey International Writers Conference (SIWC)

    Throughout my career I attended many conferences. The primary purpose for doing so was to learn advanced skills, knowledge and techniques about my profession, so I could remain competitive and do my job well. For me, attending the SiWC provides additional value. I embrace my passion for writing and am enriched through the fellowship of like-minded individuals. Any writer will tell you that writing is an isolated choice of career. Aside from encounters with individuals during the research phase, we spend hours parked in front of a computer. The only companionship we might have for days on end are those characters firmly installed (or not) in our head telling us…