Monthly Archives October 2009

A Reading

“A long bad novel is not as good as a good short story.” - Alistair MacLeod Recently I sat waiting for a time while something in my car was replaced. A recall of some sort was in order, my friendly-neighbourhood mechanic had pointed out, and so he booked the appointment for me. Alas, I missed it. The appointment was set for two days before the Halifax launch of Harbour View
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Reading Lesson

“People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.” - Logan Pearsall Smith We all have a few school teachers to whom we owe a lot. One of mine is Mrs K, my Grade One teacher. Mrs K taught me how to read, and as far as I’m concerned, there is no more valuable skill for a six-year-old to learn than reading. We learned phonetics (these were the days before
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Launched Again

“All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.” - John Ruskin I dashed home late on Saturday night from Cape Breton (beautiful, by the way, the autumn colours sublime even in the rain, the setting sun bouncing off storm clouds as we drove through the mountains) in time to wash my socks for Monday morning’s flight to Toronto. Spent half
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Autumn Leaves

“The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold…” - Johnny Mercer I have two journeys coming up, one after another: The first involves piling onto a bus with my colleagues and gazing out the window for four hours at the fall colours, which are at their peak, until we arrive at our destination in Cape Breton. We’ll spend a couple of
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Thanks

“Like wind for a sailboat, inspiration for creative work is vital but undependable.” - Unknown We recently celebrated Thanksgiving in our neck of the woods. There was much to be thankful for: (Yes, I ended on a preposition. In this case, I don’t think the boys behind The Strunk would object.) 1. The Non-Resident-Non-Teenager flew home from a faraway land to partake of the Great Gobble with the
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Launched

“There are two literary maladies – writers’ cramp and swelled head.” - Colson Kernaban A few things stand out from Monday night’s book launch in Halifax. One is the sound of Editor J’s voice as he brought greetings from Quattro Books in Toronto. The other is the sound of author John Calabro’s voice as he read from his novella,The Cousin, which I can’t wait to start reading. (Reader take note: Editor J and John
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How Long?

“Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage.” -Elizabeth Zimmermann So taken was I by a ball of yarn recently, a small amount of alpaca in a mouthwatering shade of mustard, I dusted off the knitting needles. I was back to work and there was a chill
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More Friends

“Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn’t have.” - Django Reinhardt Am I the last person on earth to be listening to CD’s? Because if I am, it’s a royal shame. I’ve always regarded CD’s as an entity, like a novel or a linked short story collection whose different
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