Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books

  In the process of culling a lot of other possessions to make for a less cluttered home, I eventually ended up at the bookcases. Some years back, it seemed like sacrilege—me, professing to be a disciple of words and story—to discard books. Pass along so others can enjoy them, donate to book sales, pack … Continue reading Keeping the Grass Green; making sure the sun shines on beautiful books

Dispensing stories

The Calgary Public Library has joined many other sites internationally in dispensing short stories, quick reads.  This marvelous use of technology offers authors and readers a whole new venue for sharing story:  https://dispenser.short-edition.com/#section7 I am delighted to have one my own short stories, "Party Favours" available as a 5 minute read at the beautiful main … Continue reading Dispensing stories

An old story re-run, just because it’s the stormy season.

(previously published in AlbertaViews magazine, and A Crack in the Wall  (Oolichan Books 2008)   Storm Warning   Jess has been staring at the ceiling for hours, possibly all night. But it’s only since dawn she’s noticed the water stain in the corner above the window. A dark blot that starts on the ceiling and trickles … Continue reading An old story re-run, just because it’s the stormy season.

The names that become infamous; the names forgotten

Today is the anniversary of the 1989 massacre of fourteen women at  École Polytechnique, an engineering school affiliated with the Université de Montréal.  Marc Lepine's name is indelibly written in this tragic piece of history. Today is the day to remember the names of the victims. While I was doing research toward writing The Boy, … Continue reading The names that become infamous; the names forgotten

The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)

  I’m stuck in traffic, making one last trip to the mall. A radio announcer with a soulful voice implores me to consider the children who will have nothing under the Christmas tree. He wants me to help build Toy Mountain. For three weeks, I’ve shopped, baked and decorated. I am building Christmas for my … Continue reading The Top of Toy Mountain (1999)