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  1. June 7th, 2015 - We are Moncton, and we are not afraid

    A man doesn’t plant a tree for himself. He plants it for posterity—Alexander Smith. Earlier today, Glad Tidings church in Moncton, New Brunswick, dedicated a green space on its property to the memory of three fallen RCMP officers killed in the line of duty June 4, 2014. They were killed by a lone gunman in the city’s north end, where the church is situated.

  2. August 25th, 2014 - Come from away

    I’ve lived in New Brunswick all my life and have never been to Grand Manan Island. So this August, while on holiday, our family decided to remedy this.

  3. June 8th, 2012 - Is there a book on your bucket list?

    The WFNB presents workshop on publishing: A June 16, 2012 workshop in Fredericton, NB, may help realize your dream!

  4. May 9th, 2012 - It pays to unplug…for a while, at least

    Come on, admit it. Are you addicted to technology? Do your hands start shaking if you’re torn away from your handheld device for more than a few hours?
    For an introvert like me, social media has fit my personality like a glove. I’m verbal and bold online in ways I would never be in person—and I get to practice my quips and one-liners.

  5. March 12th, 2012 - The days are long, but the years are short

    Nine pillow fights * Nine incomprehensible Knock-Knock jokes * Nine bike rides through the mud * Nine growth spurts that make trousers and best-loved t-shirts too short * Nine hugs for teachers

  6. December 2nd, 2011 - I am Queen of the World!

    So I’ve come to the end of my running odyssey, and I find it ironic that at the end of this program, I find myself running 10K alone—on my treadmill—just the way I started.

  7. November 15th, 2011 - Hurts so good

    I read once in a beginning runner’s handbook that one shouldn’t try to increase distance and speed at the same time, but I appear to have broken that rule.

  8. November 8th, 2011 - Nitty gritty time

    At running club last night, I christened week seven with another 8 kilometre run. Note to self: pee before you go, dummy.

  9. October 31st, 2011 - Something wicked this way comes

    Last week, the long, slow distance requirement (tens and ones) was 8 kilometres. I really tried, but I could only manage 7.6. My huffing and puffing brought me so close and yet so far.

    But I did it this morning.

  10. October 25th, 2011 - Tuesday thanks:

    a) for the prolonged warm fall weather, b) for the pleasant (if breathy) chats with friends during a Monday evening run, and c) for youthful running leaders who run slowly on purpose and pretend they are not plodding along for my sake. God bless their skinny hearts.

  11. October 19th, 2011 - I wasted time, and now doth time waste me

    What an ironic quote of the day from The Bard. I only ran three days last week because I was juggling two book launches for my first young adult novel, Rachel’s Manifesto. And I’m available for more dates–a great excuse not to run!

  12. October 10th, 2011 - Harvest laps

    Today is Thanksgiving Monday, so running club was cancelled tonight. But I did my scheduled 5K run anyway, 10 minute run/1 minute walk.

  13. October 6th, 2011 - The tortoise and the hare

    My quads have recovered from last week’s travelling lunges…I’ve been doing them all week trying to loosen up my thighs. They were pretty tight for the first few days. Through the miserable weather I’ve been using my treadmill.

  14. September 27th, 2011 - Sign up for a 10K? Are you nuts?

    Yes, I think I am. Last night I joined the first session of an eight week running club with friends and acquaintances from my church. I have been jogging for a long time, but I’ve never run with a group, let alone compete in a race.

  15. September 18th, 2011 - The parable of the grapes

    I wish I were a better gardener, because there is nothing in the world like the satisfaction of harvesting food that has been planted and grown in one’s own backyard—to see the magical transformation from bud to flower to fruit.

  16. July 8th, 2011 - I’ll pencil you in

    I think guys working at repair shops sometimes have difficulty with the concept, “making an appointment.”

    Or maybe they think customers need to learn that the word appointment really means “preliminary-sizing-up.”

  17. May 22nd, 2011 - Sleeping on the job

    A funny thing happened while I was writing today’s main blog about Randy Pearlstein’s Writing for Comedy workshop. I was in the public library, intending to write over my lunch hour and headed for my favourite spot by the large windows in the reference section upstairs.

  18. March 10th, 2011 - Technology addicts

    This March Break morning, my daughter woke up in her room next door, and said, “good morning.” Not by popping her head out of the door and stumbling to the bathroom, mind you.

    She said it on Facebook, cause she saw we were online, too.

  19. January 31st, 2011 - Anatomy of a con

    How do you cure children of faking sick? You make them stay in bed, that’s how. Both my husband and I had to get to work this morning and since our seven-year-old son informed us he was “kind of sick,” my husband agreed to stay home for the morning, and I would trade places with him in the afternoon.

  20. November 26th, 2010 - Hurry up, you slackers

    Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo? If you didn’t know already, well, you have four more days. Can you write 50,000 words in four days?

  21. September 11th, 2010 - Grapefulness

    There is something spiritual about grapes and grapevines. Maybe it’s because of all those biblical references with which I am so familiar. Nevertheless, I always associate grapes with fruitfulness in life.

  22. April 30th, 2010 - Use your imagination

    Recently, my son Caleb woke us very early on a Saturday, anxious to watch the rest of Peter Pan (Columbia Pictures, 2004).

  23. March 22nd, 2010 - Moncton writers present Reveille

    The Professional Writers Association of Canada’s Moncton Chapter invites everyone to its 2nd annual Reveille, an event where members of the audience and special guests, including local celebrities and Frye Festival authors, share “works” from their youth.

  24. January 14th, 2010 - On the up side, I won a door prize.

    Picture this: a business networking event where plenty of entrepreneurs are wandering around with wine, cheese, business cards and a nametag. It’s a small city…lots of people already know each other, and lots of people wish to be known.

  25. December 3rd, 2009 - Of detainees, ClimateGate, and Y2K

    We can hardly blame the mainstream media for no longer hosting public debate about whether climate change is actually happening: nobody wants to appear as though they’re supporting foolish conspiracy theories. Dissenters have been relegated to the journalistic ignominy of the internet, which is why the Internet is so juicy.

    Isn’t it ironic that the people wearing the end-of-the-world sandwich boards used to be considered the wild-eyed fringe? Now, they’re the reasonable ones and the crazies are the ones saying, “hold on, it’s not that dire. Everything’s going to be okay.”

  26. November 23rd, 2009 - Who’s the boss?

    Dressed warmly for walking to school this morning, Caleb stood at the front door with his dad and sisters.

  27. November 21st, 2009 - There’s a sucker born every minute

    My husband and I checked out our local building supply store this afternoon in search of closet systems, and I discovered something: crappy pressed board covered with fake wood veneer is expensive.

  28. November 16th, 2009 - Cleaning out the treasure closet

    I had no idea he was doing it. After completing my kitchen chores this evening, I came upstairs to find my husband unloading the contents of his closet. “If you’re going to blog about it,” he said, “at least say I was awesome enough to start by myself.”

  29. November 3rd, 2009 - You are what you eat, Missy

    I must speak with my 11-year-old daughter Sophie regarding her methods for packing school lunches. (My husband and I thought mornings were moving along much more smoothly this fall since our two eldest children started packing their own lunches on previous evenings.)

  30. November 2nd, 2009 - To purge or prevaricate, that is the question

    After much virtual switcheroo , we have decided on a new floor plan, and it hinges on two things: 1) an extreme closet purge and new closet organizers with drawers, eliminating the need for a large dresser in the room, and 2) a new, wider office desk with built in heavy-duty shelving above, eliminating the need for the large bookshelf in the room and the glass desk we currently are using.

  31. October 28th, 2009 - To dream the impossible dream

    Okay, I’m almost finished Step One. Wanna hear “The Dream”?

    I want a bedroom flexible enough to serve three functions: it needs to be bright and friendly, conducive for creative work and homework during the day, relaxing and restful for sleep at night, and an alternate television spot for the kids when they jockey for entertainment space in the house.

  32. October 26th, 2009 - Dream a little dream with me

    As promised, my experiment in bedroom organization (and by extension, spousal dynamics) begins today. I’m calling it “Project Bliss and Ecstasy.”

    It’s possible that the process will be anything but blissful, but I’m hoping the end result will be.

    My chosen organizational guru, “The Organizing Connection,” (OC) offers a six-step program to help procrastinating saps like me reach my clutter-free bedroom goals. My plan is to take a week or two for each step.

  33. October 22nd, 2009 - Forget the small talk

    I love a good argument, and therefore I think it’s time I tried my hand at book reviews. Tonight, I’m going to read my latest purchase, “Nothing created Everything,” by Ray Comfort and later, I’ll tell you what I think.

  34. October 13th, 2009 - Use your imagination

    My son Caleb likes to stay up late and watch movies with the big kids. Like any savvy six-year-old, he tries to negotiate when bedtime is enforced.

  35. October 12th, 2009 - Time warp

    I’ve always loved visiting downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, with its historic waterfront, quirky little shops, multicultural atmosphere and lively pubs.
    My husband and I stayed there following our modest wedding ceremony in October 1991, and recently we returned to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary.

  36. October 5th, 2009 - The sweeping (I mean, weeping) power of movies

    On Saturday, I visited the Marine Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia this weekend, with my husband. We were on a getaway weekend celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary (which is actually today.) I was hoping to find some information there for my next novel, but instead found myself weeping among the photographs and artifacts in the second-floor Titanic display. I got a few curious looks from the American bus tourists, but I tried to pretend there was something in my eye.

  37. October 1st, 2009 - What’s a Guinea pig to do?

    In honor of author Julie Powell and the movie “Julie and Julia,” I’m thinking of embarking on an experiment for the purposes of daily blogging. What should it be?

  38. September 30th, 2009 - Move over, Jim Carrey

    Kids say funny things sometimes, but my youngest child, Caleb, is really a crack-up. Sometimes he reminds me of Calvin, in the old “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip.

  39. September 29th, 2009 - The Greatest Carefully-Marketed Message on Earth

    Heard Richard Dawkins peddling his new book, The Greatest Show on Earth, on CBC radio’s The Current this morning with Anna-Maria Tremonti.

  40. September 28th, 2009 - Everything old is new again

    Saw a group of teenage boys climb into a car while I was running today.

  41. September 27th, 2009 - He’s shorter in real life

    Saw Ian Hanomansing at Sobey’s last night. He caught me staring, but I didn’t speak to him…