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  • The Hidden Stories

    by Janice Tait, almost 3 years ago

    I am 87 years old and recently moved into a retirement home in Ottawa. As I came to know some of the residents, I discovered that many of the women had amazing stories to tell about their achievements during their working years. One woman began teaching native children in the Yukon at the age of 18. Another woman won a prestigious award for her work in photogrammetry - the first woman ever to receive that award.

    I have now determined to create a memoir of the unsung achievements of many working women whose accomplishments are hidden as not being as... Continue reading

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  • Bi-Coastal Writer

    by Marjorie Simmins, almost 3 years ago

    Growing up in beautiful Vancouver, BC, in the 1970s, with no intentions of ever moving - I never expected I'd one day write about the West and East Coasts of Canada with deep and knowledgeable love. BC, maybe, if I was lucky enough to be able to write and publish my writing. But like many Western Canadians, what I knew about life beyond Quebec you could hold in a teaspoon.

    And yet after five years of working as a freelance journalist in Vancouver, specializing in the commercial and sport fishing beats, and as an essayist, I met and married another... Continue reading

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  • Balancing the Books

    by Roger Moore, almost 3 years ago

    I knew that I did not have the strength and stamina to make a living as a writer. I knew too that I could not put my beloved and my family through the strain of maybe, or maybe not, making it as a writer. And I wanted to be an artistic writer, a poet above all, not just a commercial writer, writing adverts for a living, or pandering to the lusts of a baying multitude.

    So: the most difficult thing for me would be look after my family and balance the books. Rather than writing full time, I... Continue reading

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  • My annual February 18 re-read

    by Jack Drury, almost 3 years ago

    Clouds of white smoke sat still, as though frozen on the tops of chimneys. Shivering, but not feeling the cold, I stood by the front window of Campbell's Drug Store, just down the street from Drury's Meat Market, my parents shop. An illuminated clock with the smiling, Speedy, the Alka Seltzer kid lit the back wall of the pharmacy; a blue Royal Bank calendar hung beneath it. I looked at the watch my mother had just given me for my fourteenth birthday. Both time-pieces read the same. It was five o'clock in the morning. The date on the calendar showed... Continue reading

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  • How I Found Out You Didn't Have To Be Dead to Write a Book

    by Jean Freeman, almost 3 years ago

    Born and raised in a relatively small Saskatchewan community, starting out in the Dirty Thirties and growing up "using up, wearing out and making do", I learned about the magic of the local library early on! My mother was a staunch advocate, since the books were FREE, and my supply was almost unlimited.

    I parlayed my reputation as a book-lover into snagging an almost-job with our elderly librarian, Mrs. Griffin. Because I was pretty much always in the library after school and on Saturdays, she let me re-shelve books for her, and tidy up the daily papers and such. Which... Continue reading

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  • Why I write

    by Lynn Wyvill, almost 3 years ago

    My country is a veritable stew of possibilities. Everywhere I turn there is a story. A bee nuzzling the bleeding heart, causing the blossom to vibrate with the invasion. An angry woman sitting in the driver's seat waiting passively for her arrogant partner to return for a ride home. A toddler tugging on the tails of a very weary mother, her face frozen in weary loving. Even the faceless man in the restaurant declaring his arrogance to the world over a cup of Tim's double-double. How can I not write these stories? They beg to be told. And I must... Continue reading

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  • Still Writing After All These Years

    by Kalamitycat, almost 3 years ago

    I have been a freelance writer for over thirty-five years and am still in the business. My uncle, John Fisher was a famous writer, and public speaker and I guess that I inherited my love for writing from him. My first article was on my uncle after he died. I showed it to a professor who criticised it mercilessly and I cried and put the story away in a drawer. A year later I thought that all they could do to me is to say "no", so I submitted the story to a magazine. They called me and asked for... Continue reading

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  • Canada Makes it Possible

    by Giga Patney, almost 3 years ago

    S. Giga Patney

    I came to Canada to teach - two years at a university and then ten years at a community college teaching part-time. Teaching English to new Canadians, making it possible for them to make it possible in Canada.

    After fifteen years, a comfortable pension and superb medical care, I retired on an acre of land in the Okanagan in British Columbia to grow flowers and vegetables, to paint a little, and to finish the stories that had been humming in my mental hard drive for years. I had been published in the academic world while in the... Continue reading

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  • Telling the Stories of Canadian Sports Heroes

    by Sunny Jim, almost 3 years ago

    by Jim Shearon

    I have self-published two books about the careers of Canadian-born baseball players, Canada’s Baseball Legends and Over the Fence is Out. I researched old newspapers, interviewed retired players and corresponded with former team-mates to compile stories that described their achievements because most people have no idea that more than 200 Canadians have played major league baseball.

    My greatest satisfaction comes not from the book sales but from the messages I receive from family members who never saw a father or uncle play baseball.

    Frank Colman’s daughter picked up my book in a store in London, Ontario and... Continue reading

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  • We are from Nova Scotia

    by Bill, almost 3 years ago

    In the military, we spend a lot of time training our possible replacements. To do that we need a great deal of experience. What follows after serving is classroom time, individual instructions, writing orders and manuels.... I served again, taught, retrained... served again (in another theatre) and when it was again time to teach, I resigned and used my teaching talents in a Church with children, taught labour relations to supervisors and then students at a University and I wrote manuels on strike control and managemen obligations and then taught union stewards their obligations under the same rules. I was... Continue reading

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