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"We see them at their worst": Gail Bowen on creating strong characters in crime fiction

Gail Bowen, author of the Joanne Kilbourn mystery series, shares her thoughts on the enduring fascination of crime novels and allowing her sleuth to age....

Charity, tin cowboys and bathtub fires: The Fringe shows of dreams

Summer is Fringe festival season in Canada, and we're taking a page from the stage and celebrating the art of alternative theatre.In creating our roundup of the 10 must-see shows...

Fringe For All: Bill Nye, Alex Trebek and Chaka Khan

Summer is Fringe festival season in Canada, and we're taking a page from the stage and celebrating the art of alternative theatre (all you really need to tell a great...

Shakespeare Selfie youth judge Eric Walters: "Willy Shakespeare would be proud"

We're announcing the winner of the youth category of the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge tomorrow. But for all of you who submitted, we wanted to share with you just how impressed...

Announcing the Shakespeare Selfie shortlist: Adult category

Out of the hundreds of submissions we received, we're pleased to announce the 20 shortlisted entries for the 19+ age category of the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge. ...

Announcing the Shakespeare Selfie shortlist: Youth category

Out of the hundreds of submissions we received, we're pleased to announce the 20 shortlisted entries for the 12-18 age category of the Shakespeare Selfie Challenge. ...

"Romeo and Julien" by Maya Smith

Maya Smith made the shortlist for the Shakespeare Selfie competition in the 12-18 category. Congratulations Maya!Here is her present-day soliloquy for Romeo from Romeo and Juliet....

Shakespeare Selfie: A Vancouver garden cures Ophelia's winter blues

Later this week, we'll be announcing the winner of our Shakespeare Selfie Challenge. Our esteemed judges Alexi Zentner and Eric Walters are currently poring through the hundreds of entries we...

Shakespeare Selfie: Titania hosts a cooking show

Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could win some great prizes, including an iPad...

Shakespeare Selfie: Ophelia's done with online dating

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could win...

"The Shopping Channel: Presenting Friar Laurence and his Elixir" by Lexia Bao

Lexia Bao made the shortlist for the Shakespeare Selfie competition in the 12-18 category. Congratulations Lexia!Here is her present-day soliloquy for Friar Laurence from Romeo and Juliet....

Shakespeare Selfie: Mercutio's in the principal's office

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present-day times, and write a new monologue or soliloquy for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Will Desdemona survive technology withdrawal?

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Romeo tries to play it cool

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Lady M takes a trip to Costco

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: The Macbeths go to couples' therapy

Until May 9th, we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Falstaff goes to Weight Watchers

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Juliet takes a selfie

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Brutus at the Drive-thru

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Mercutio cruises the beach

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

"What Foreign Game of War?" by Madelaine Alaric

Madelaine Alaric made the shortlist for the Shakespeare Selfie competition in the 12-18 category. Congratulations Madelaine!Here is her present-day soliloquy for King Henry the Fifth from Henry V....

Shakespeare Selfie: Macbeth ponders Facebook, Twitter, Imgur

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You could...

Shakespeare Selfie: Lady Macbeth is one-upped at the party

Until May 9th we want your Shakespeare Selfies. Take a Shakespearian character, drop him or her in present day times, and write a new or monologue for that character. You...

Comedian Debra DiGiovanni chooses the best "Worst Valentine's Date Ever"

On Friday, February 14, we joined forces with Canadian authors from Harlequin and stand-up comedian Debra DiGiovanni for the "Worst Valentine's Date Ever" Twitter Challenge. And today we have a...

Merry Twistmas: We have a winner!

Whose #twistmas tweet made the top of judge Don Ferguson's "nice" list? Behold the winner of the Merry Twistmas Twitter Challenge....

Merry Twistmas All-Stars Part 3: Giddy senators, Griswolds and gift guilt

We'll be announcing the winner of our Merry Twistmas Twitter Challenge later this afternoon. Until then, here’s the final instalment of tweets that made our "nice" list. [<a href="//storify.com/canadawrites/merry-twistmas-challenge-all-stars-part-3" target="_blank">View the...

Merry Twistmas All-Stars Part 2: Acid Frosty and Naked Miley

We’ll be announcing the winner of our Merry Twistmas Twitter Challenge on Thursday, December 19. Until then, here’s part 2 of our All-Star Tweets, currently sitting in judge Don Ferguson’s...

Merry Twistmas All-Stars: Part 1

We'll be announcing the winner of the Merry Twistmas Twitter Challenge on Thursday, December 19. Until then, we're rolling out the All-Star Tweets that have landed by magic sleigh in...

Surf's up: Gillian Cornwall on winning Twisting Titles

We caught up with Gillian Cornwall, winner of the Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge, and asked her about her love/hate relationship with Frankenstein and how she came up with her award-winning...

Nick Mount picks winner of Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

We received over a thousand entries for our latest Twitter Challenge. We were looking for you to paint a scene, in 140 characters or less, that incorporated one or more titles of...

Top Tweets in our Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

Last Thursday, we snuggled up with publishers Cozy Classics to present another #CanadaWrites Twitter Challenge. This time we asked you to have some fun with your favourite books and paint a...

Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge is now closed

And it's a wrap! Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge! ...

Twisting Titles Twitter Challenge

It’s time to have some fun with your favourite books. For today’s Twitter Challenge we are asking you to be creative with well-known works of literature. In 140 characters or less,...

Words and Comfrey by Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes tackles Lawrence Hill's third writing prompt with a story about testing out words while picking comfrey. You still have time to send us your story. In his third and final prompt,...

The Illusion of Warmth by Kerri McCourt

Kerri McCourt takes Lawrence Hill's third writing challenge and has her character bake a pie for other people to enjoy.Send us your story by 10 am on August 28th for a chance to...

Stirring, Shaking, Sliding by Craig Temple

Craig Temple gives us a different take on defusing explosives in his response to Lawrence Hill's third writing prompt.Send us your story by 10 am on August 28th for a...

Henry's Garden by Nancy de Guerre

Nancy de Guerre gets her hands dirty in her story inspired by this week's writing prompt. What would happen in your story?Write a description of somebody who is all alone, doing something that...

An Unravelling Seamstress by Sharon Gerger

Sharon Gerger's character fights with a seam ripper in her story based on this week's writing prompt. ...

Child Gunner by Patti-Kay Hamilton

Patti-Kay Hamilton, from Fort Smith NWT, sends us this chilling story inspired by this week's writing prompt. ...

All those numbers by @ReadyOwl

Stuck in an elevator as imagined by @ReadyOwl, who we know only by his/her Twitter handle....

Not Delivered by David Burga

David Burga takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge with a story of relationships gone wrong....

Shoes & Yogen Früz by Stephanie Hall

Stephanie Hall, who made a New Year's resolution to participate in all of Canada Writes' challenges this year, shares her elevator story with us. ...

What people do by Stephanie McGrath

Stephanie McGrath takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.What would happen in your story? You have until 10 am tomorrow morning to send it to us. Put two people in an elevator. It is stuck...

The Rhinoceros by Matt McTaggart

Have you ever spent time with a stuffed rhinoceros? Matt McTaggart, from Kingston On, tackles Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.Send us your elevator story. You have until 10 AM on August...

Overheard in the Elevator

Ever had to talk to someone with spinach in their teeth? Carol Anne Shaw takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge.What would happen in your story?Put two people in an elevator. It is...

"Stuck" by Star Spider

Star Spider takes Lawrence Hill's second writing challenge and shows us what can happen when two people who don't like each other are stuck in an elevator together. What would happen...

True or false: Seeing the most popular girl in Gr. 7 or being kicked in the "nuts"? by Dawn Reddick

Dawn Reddick, from London, ON, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: was she the last one to see...

True or false: An animate painting or a mother takes a week off? by Tina Wayland

Tina Wayland, from Montreal, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did a painting change the way she saw...

True or false: Shy or never shy? by Raymond Maher

Raymond Maher, from Melville Saskatchewan, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: is he the shy gullible kid who...

True or false: Girl bird rescuer or lady roofer? by Chris Galvin Nguyen

Chris Galvin Nguyen, from Montreal, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did she try to rescue an injured...

True or false: Parrotfish or baby elephant? by Leslie Beckmann

Leslie Beckmann, from North Vancouver, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: did she swim with the parrotfish or...

True or false: Fighter or prankster? by Rhonda Bulmer

Rhonda Bulmer, from New Brunswick, takes Lawrence Hill's first writing challenge and tells us one tall tale and one true story. Which one do you believe: the story of her first fist fight...

We have a winner: The Tweet Your Own Horn Challenge

It turns out that Canadians really are humble—braggers, that is! There were so many great entries our readers and judges had a hard time choosing.  This is what judge Terry...

Tweet Your Own Horn Challenge: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the Tweet Your Own Horn challenge, Stephen Barredo, about his winning tweet....

"Tweet Your Own Horn" All-Stars Part 2

We'll be announcing the winner of our “Tweet Your Own Horn” writing challenge on Monday, February 25. In the meantime, we're rolling out the All-Stars as chosen by our...

The Last Time I Saw Him By Deborah Whelan

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Yolanda by Christopher Levan

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Cashing In by Richard Borek

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

T-shirt by Taylor Wilson

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

She Whispered by Lyle Burwell

This story won for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Leaving on a Jet Plane by Shell Ledrew

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Background Noise by Judith Ouellette-Bezaire

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Layla by Ann Sarich

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

The Jimi Hendrix experience by Bruce LeFevre

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Helpless by Debra McGrath

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Mad Rush by Cristina Rizzuto

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Yodeling by Lana Willocks

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

That Friday by Stephen Barredo

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Engelbert by Elaine McDivitt

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Being Big by Stephanie Hall

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Morrissey by David Burga

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Congregations by Carla Gadula

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Cat's in the Cradle by Elizabeth Booth

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

The Reason by Carmen Vickery

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Bach's Concerto No. 5 by David Waltner-Toews

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

The Weakerthans by Greg Pratt

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

The Age of Aquarius by Irene Fantopoulos

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Three Songs by Susan Borgersen

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Freedom and Bruce Springsteen by Terri Favro

This story is on the shortlist for The Song That Changed Your Life challenge. ...

Bonanza! by Johanna Zomers

Immigrants to Canada, we were rural pioneers in a challenging landscape. Alone at the end of a tiny rural road, without hydro, running water, radio, telephone or television, we were...

By Steven Toth

I need my hit again. I can’t wait for the needle to do its job. Carefully, I lift the tone arm from the vinyl before the mechanism can kick in...

By John Hansen

In the early days of 1990, I was newly returned to Canada from youth exchange stint to Senegal with Canada World Youth. After a number of debriefings and reunions with...

Dude Looks Like a Lady by Pat Mills

I never liked rock music. I was too busy repressing my secret love of dance music to do anything else, but it was 1990, and I was determined to be...

The Bullet and the Shrapnel by Andreas Dolberg

I was living the dream of a carefree life, looking to expand my horizons.  There was no better way than by connecting with a motley group of guys from different...

Snowbird by Henry Adam Svec

The first time Gene MacLellan’s “Snowbird” kicked my ass was when I heard the late songwriter’s daughter, Catherine, perform it at a folk club in London, Ontario. I knew Anne...

By Maggie Panko

In his old Ford, I push off my jeans. He turns on to the highway, making dragging panty hose over one knee rough.  We hit a traffic jam.  Luckily the...

Lost and found by Dawn Ruddick

It was 1977. I was 7, she was 58, and man, did we have the music in us.She bought me my first record player, and supplied all the 45s; gems...

By Michael Barton

On an evening back in 1982, I went to see Bruce Cockburn at the University of Alberta after a friend that knew I was a fan had informed me that...

How Bach Saved My Soul by David Waltner-Toews

During my teenage years in Winnipeg, rock music (and even some folk music) was not allowed in our Mennonite Brethren home. To still my soul, I spent many hours lying face-down...

Time, The Magical Musical Box by Thomas Bauer

For years my favorite music memory was dancing on the dining room table to ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’. The year was 1969, and the room full of father’s...

By Lita Bablitz

So you want to know the song that changed my life? There is such deliciousness in the challenge of deciding. Whose life does not have a soundtrack?I was born in...

Life is a Song, Love is the Music by Pamela Dillon

October - is my favourite month of the year. It brings the glorious changes of colour as the trees shed their leaves, the cooler air and occasional thunderstorm, reminders of...

This Flight Tonight by Star Spider

'Look out the left the captain said...'It was the dead of night, on the first night I arrived in that distant land.  Far away from everything I knew.  Shrouded in...

Kitchen Serenade by Lawrence Larouche

At the age of twenty-one Eva came to Canada from Austria to find and marry Elvis Presley. Unfortunately she took a wrong turn and ended up sharing an apartment with...

by Raymond Maher

I was a farm boy and cut my teeth on country music. Besides a steady diet of country songs, the radio featured a big slice of pop music. I never...

Jonathan Goldstein: It's good to be a Grinch

The CBC's latest Grinch (and our official judge for the Seusstivus Twitter Challenge on Tuesday, December 18) on the Dr. Seuss-gangsta rap connection, what liking the name "Bartholomew" says about...

Next Twitter Challenge on Tuesday December 18th

We hope you've been enjoying Seusstivus brought to you by Canada Writes and some of our beloved Canadian children's authors. Now it's your turn to get in on the action...

Jacob Speaks by Marcy White

It took eight years but I never gave up.Like most parents, I eagerly anticipated my child’s first words. Unlike most parents, I was told by doctors that my son would...

Science as Language by David Gosse

He was an older gentleman and the dishevelled look of a nutty professor fit him well. A retiree, he was not the normal teacher, nor was he one of the...

Racing Point of Light by Rob Colter

As night overtakes the bay, we grow quiet. The scent of the cooling forest wafts across the water. Small animals rustle at water’s edge. Overhead, the stars spread their surreal...

Monochrome by Wayne MacPhail

Memory is a liar's notebook. Black and white television images overlap for me. The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Neil Armstrong's ungainly foot on the lunar surface, the Zapruder film in...

Something Happened by Gwenellen Tarbet

A rush of blood soaks my pants and runs down my leg.  I frown, and watch puzzled as it spreads onto the grimy pea green carpet.  For a moment all...

The Science of Recess by Janet Trull

I am a shy nine-year-old girl with one friend.  Wendy is bold and full of ideas.  She is bored with the games in the playground.  Skipping, tossing hockey cards, playing...

The Crystal Set by Edythe Anstey Hanen

It was an infinitesimal spark, a glittering shard of light from somewhere in the Universe. It was a moment that burst my small world open and ignited my imagination like...

Fallout by Patricia Hamilton

My son was born and raised in the 70’s in a one-room log cabin on a trapline east of Yellowknife. I hauled water from the lake to bathe him and...

The Year of the Bulb by Sylvia Holt

The science revolution struck our old farmhouse on August 15th,1958. I was eleven and the oldest of five siblings. That night all of us stood reverently with Mom and Dad...

Seeing the World by Yvette Menard

My eyes have always been more than just a way for me to focus on the world.  They’ve been out of focus, really.  Born with one near sighted eye, one...

I No Longer Remember by Linda Hossie

I no longer remember what country I was in. I can recall only the sound—the soft pop-pop ... pop.  I was a reporter, in and out of conflict zones. I...

Total Eclipse of My Heart by Laurie Burns

I have had a lifetime fascinating with the sky, with the planets, with thinking about how big, wondrous and dark it is. My father horned my love for the sky...

The Red Devil by Julie Achtermeier

The nurses bustle from patient to patient, plastic smiles plastered on their faces. The familiar chemical smell fills my nostrils and ignites a new fear; how much more can I...

Premature by Johanna Van Zanten

My temporary assignment had come to an end. I would not see 19-year-old Candace and her baby Amy anymore in a professional capacity.  To my surprise, one Saturday morning a...

The New Age by Lyle Burwell

It was October of 1957; not too late in the month, I think, because I remember the night was warm. Over the years, cities have hidden themselves from the stars....

Firsts by Kelly Marcon

A blast! A real blast. Adjust the microscope. Lymphoblast? Can’t be. Not on my first night shift alone. I’m over reacting. I’m sure it’s a blast cell and if that’s...

Close Encounters by Caroline Woodward

We lived at the top end of an L-shaped piece of land in the north Peace River region. To get to the Co-op, Dad drove our team of horses along...

The MRI by Shannon Falconer

It’s 4:30 a.m. when my alarm clock goes off. I reach towards the noise on my bedside table and struggle to recall what day of the week it is. Sunday....

My First Experiment by Odie Geiger

As the child of a father who had studied bacteriology and had a keen interest in nature, I had been probably been exposed to science from my earliest days, but...

The Latent Heat of Fusion of Ice by Mo Srivastava

“Allahu Akbar ... “ . The muezzin’s call to the dawn prayer floated on the Harmattan wind. Red dust and a faint whiff of baking bread.I woke and heard the...

My Moment of Rebellion by Myrna Rootham

I pouted and told Uncle Bill that I would leave the city as soon as I could, for somewhere green. You see my teenaged friends and I had just been...

Origin of the Species by Sherwood Hines

In my small hometown, only once did I ever do a science project for my school’s annual Science Fair.I was in Grade Six. It was 1971. And I had just...

Better Living Through Chemistry by Tom Reynolds

In the days of my early twenties I was told by my doctor that I had an incurable disease. And so I did. Then, much later, I was told...

Shaken and Stirred by Leah Seltzer

I live in a place where the wind is a howling song at night.  Where thrusting cedar branches threaten to shake and stir your slumber.  Where the power flows through...

I.V. Liquid Plumber by Robert MacKenzie

There was consensus. Her death was inevitable.She would die in a small, rich, mid-Michigan community hospital.In 1973 the technology used to confirm her dismal diagnosis didn’t exist in most large...

Weather Relations by Erin MacNair

We were the last of the feral children, raising ourselves on BMX bikes, eating out of vegetable patches. Suburbia offered little in the way of extremes, so we tested limits...

My First Radio by Elvidio Mejia

When I was a child living in the Sierra Maestra, Guatemala in the 1960s, we were disconnected from all forms of modern life. The only means of communication were the...

The Big Disconnect by Louise Fabiani

In my entire time as an undergraduate in Biology, no encounter with science had as much influence on my life’s trajectory as my first part-time lab job.The ad was for...

Nuclear Family by Terri Favro

I was born in the big, fat fifties, a decade stuffed with lardy piecrusts, fluffernutters and fear. With the hands of the Doomsday Clock at two minutes to midnight, I...

Salmon Run by Elizabeth Ledwosinska

We arrived in yellow school buses, scarves, rain coats and rubber boots. Running to the water’s edge, today no one stooped down to choose a pebble to skip. Folded up...

The Griz and Me by Mark Polet

I am a biologist, and the longer I work in this field, the more I marvel at the mystery of science, which is really the viewing platform where we glimpse...

By Jesse Dressler

Most of our moments in life are forgotten forever. Some memories you wish you could forget. I had probably wished to forget it in my younger years, but when it...

A Mad Scientist in the Making! by Raymond Maher

It was long ago and far away. I was in the first year of high school, but still mostly an impressionable kid at heart. Television had come to our home...

Wondrous Magnets by Amber Stechyshyn

As a young child, I had a thing for magnets.Normally, we kept them on the kitchen fridge so my mom or dad could tack things on, like paintings my sister...

By Anne Spencer

Meal worms were the answer! As  teacher of this elementary class I found them perfect for my insect unit. Cheap. Easy to keep .And would obligingly turn into beetles before...

Car Wash Kitty by Edward Yatscoff

The King Car Wash was the first automatic car wash in town and had recently opened.  Everyone said it was the best ever, anywhere. I cranked the wheel and drove...

Phase One by Renate Pohl

In a past life I was a scientist. I died, and woke up an artist.If the first phase of dealing with grief is denial, I passed through it the moment...

Pumpkin banana cream mousse tart by Sylvia Shawcross

There are some of us who just don't belong on the Internet. We just don't.We, the technically illiterate, charge onto the Internet with unbridled optimism, curiosity and unfortunately a whole...

The 1977 Discovery of Gravity in the Tim Hortons Parking Lot by Mark Paterson

I was five when Quebec’s first Tim Hortons opened and it was right in my hometown of Rosemere. My parents were quick to convert, but it took me some time...

Fired by Maggie Panko

“Aye, see here, Private! You’re getting your weapon all wet!”He was right. I was crying all over my rifle. A corporal with a brash Scottish accent took a cotton rag...

By Liam McKenna

When I was a child, everything about dinosaurs fascinated me. I would run through the forests around my parent’s property, crouching to avoid the imaginary beasts that populated it, marvelling...

Mrs. McGregor-Smith Was Right After All by Rachel Williams-Oakes

I can remember sitting in Mrs. McGregor-Smith’s junior kindergarten class when she told us that our brains looked like cauliflower.  Then and there, at four years old, I decided Mrs....

Reggie and Me by Michael Back

My first meaningful relationship with technology was as a grade 5 student in Ottawa in the fall of 1979 as I pondered potential science fair topics.  What did I really...

Paddling With the Jellies by Jane Langille

The ocean is a flat sheet of emerald glass as my 13-year-old son and I set out in a tandem kayak. We glide in soft rhythm as each stroke takes...

The Rules of My Nature by Christine Montgomery

In the eighth grade, I discovered that subjects and predicates moved me and that grammar was my forte.  I was an idiot savant.My father prided himself on his mathematical prowess....

Finding my Way by Genevieve Ross

I pondered the final assignment my teacher passed to me. It was the same as what he handed to my fellow Industrial Design students (I was a “mature-students”); next month,...

Bedside Vision by Jennifer Barr

The tea was lukewarm. I considered popping it into the microwave but I was too entranced. I sat in my pyjamas curled up on the couch and read the hand-written...

Life Lesson by Angela Mombourquette

I only have one vivid childhood memory that involves my big brother; he’s 12 years older than I am, so I never had the chance to get to know him...

Literary Triathlon: And the gold medal goes to...

Judge Bruce Dowbiggin has tallied up his scores and awarded the coveted gold medal. Who is Canada's foremost Literary Triathlete?...

By Deborah Whelan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Deborah Whelan of Islington, NL. Poetry: Life Running OutOver in a minute, dear, she saysBlue bunnies on her uniformShe holds my hand He vacuums between...

By Ali Bryan

Today's Pick of the Day is from Ali Bryan of Calgary, AB.Poetry: First PlacePlastic motorcycletop of hilltiny pilotandrogynousdirt-dusted cheekshands puffylike half baked doughgripping the handlebars Down hilleyes closedfeet kicked to the...

By Paddy Scott

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Paddy Scott of Trenton, ON.Poetry: Who made me?a question met with universal shrugsbecause some small nameless handis my creatorbroken bent aged...

By Tammy Isfeld-Petrone

Today's Literary Triathlon Pick of the Day is from Tammy Isfeld-Petrone of Port Alberni, British Columbia. Poetry: Zero MississippisMom! Ready?Count how manyMississippis.Set! GO!How many?Seven Mississippis.Count again.Ready? GO!How many?Three Mississippis.Again.Did I beat...

By Graeme Stewart

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Graeme Stewart of Waterloo, ON.Poetry: Against the ClockTime is running outFeign left, pivot rightReflex or thought?Don’t think, do Time is bountifulMisstep, compensatePush through, freeInto space Time...

By Trish Barnes

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Trish Branes of Cranbrook, BC. Poetry: Lucky isAh, to wend our wayin this lifeis how we tend to wishour days would pass.Or, failing this,we yearn for...

By Travis McLean

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Travis McLean of Burnaby, BC. Poetry: The RelayFour becomes three becomes two;I am one, waiting.Her speed comes ferocious,Reaches with an anchor’s weight.The baton dangles listlessly,Fumbles, falls;...

By Donna Fawcett

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Donna Fawcett of St. Marys, ON. Poetry: Air whips at sweat soaked skin.Lungs heave like bellows.Muscles scream with each command to contractThen contract again.Driven; the ribbon...

By Jeff George

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Jeff George of Tofino, BC Poetry: How Fast?I travelled lightand I moved fast,from Winnipeg to Georgia Strait then over to Kootenay Lake,while you raced from...

By Martin Wallace

Today's Literary Triathlon pick of the day is from Martin Wallace of Halifax, NS : Poetry: Relative SpeedIgnorethat thrum in your thighsdistant slap of sole on pavement,your breath, a wind tunnel in...

Home Smoked by Mela Sarkar

“Boathouse. Another boathouse. More boathouses,” said Ron, pounding on each one briefly as the boys scrambled their way along the pebbly beach. They were nearly at the end of the...

A Wolf in the Head by Gloria Varley

Snow, deep over my boots, over my knees, a feeling it will swallow me up. My parents are dragging supplies on a sled but there's no room for me to...

One for Murder by Deborah Whelan

My screams ricochet off the corridor walls and I scramble out of Barnaby’s room. I press my forehead against the window and choke back the bile. I don’t have the...

The Death Position by Elaine Bander

“Empty your mind,” said Rami, her voice like golden honey. “Let your thoughts float away like butterflies. Don’t try to control them. Breathe in through your nose, out through your...

Hanging in the Shadows by Susan Cross

As the shutter snapped picture after picture of the interplay of light and shadow in the old oak forest on the night of the full moon, Shawna suddenly dropped her...

Decontamination by Jack Ruttan

Decon Tech William Gibbs blanched at the scene inside the tenement front door. A drug deal gone bad, both sides down shooting. The TV was playing some random sports channel. Snack...

Dye Her In Red by Heidi Joffe

At seven am, only a few students prowled around Ribauld University campus, and as one of them, Anita felt studiously determined to finish her project before the weekend. So far...

Ashes and Dust by Gina MacArthur

Simply beautiful.They were the first words -the only words - that sprang to mind as he looked down at her face. The curve of her nose was perfect. Her eyelashes -wispy...

A Murder in Many Parts by Tina Wayland

Hands in the glove compartment. An ear in the tape deck. Bowls dangling from the gas tank.More metaphor than murder, Detective Grey thought. This case was going to be less...

The Gift of Gold by Terrence Thomas

She'll be sorry.Percy Marsden set the pistol down on the arm of the chair and poured another generous glass of Scotch, spilling some but not caring.  As he put the...

The Body in the Black Dress by Ruth Sutherland

You want me to what?I couldn't believe what this guy was asking me to do.  But he did have the gun, after all.  I never realized how big a gun...

The Milk of Human Evil by Geri Newell

PROLOGUEJUNE 25, 5:00 am, MONACO CASINO RESORT I lay in the immense king-size bed, with the fluffy duvet up to my chin, facing the floor to ceiling window.  The heavy drapes...

The Inefficiency of Dying Twice by Heather Husby-Wall

James was definitely dead.  His heart had stopped beating.  His eyes were glazed over.  His skin was cold and clammy from having lain in the slush-filled gutter for so long....

Art Appreciation by Tanya Ambrose

Two undercover security guys from the PMO stood between the body and the painting. Dressed in trademark black suits and dark glasses they talked casually but every word was heard...

Such a Change of Fortunes by Deb Loughead

Nothing more satisfying than a fresh block of wood.  As promising as a brand new day, awaiting him in its raw form to be transformed, given another chance in a...

Tell Me Not To by Megan Cavon

I click the clothespin open and shut.  It's cheaply made and the metal spring is coated with rust.  Still, it opens and closes with little complaint.  Such an innocuous object,...

Autumn Descent by Diane Wallace

The cornucopia overflowed with mini pumpkins, rose-hips and polished apples. It was flanked on either end of the harvest table by chunky candles and pewter vases filled with wild asters....

Stanley Park by Travis McLean

1983It was a Sunday night and Penelope Lau took the lever in her small palms and began to work at it, triggering the gates that held in the saltwater of...

What's the Frequency Kenneth? by Todd Brown

The investigating officer already knew a lot.For example, he knew the victim had mass, but no energy. On the subject of mass, the Detective knew that the victim was a...

A Man Falls, Burning by Susan Ellis

A man falls, burning. He falls lightly, carelessly, faster than the snowflakes falling with him, streaming smoke. No one sees him fall, with the exception of a dog sleeping curled...

Missing Clayton by Bev Irwin

I don’t like it here. It’s dark. It’s cold. Why doesn’t Mommy come and get me? She knows I don’t like the dark.“Your mommy has to find you,” the man...

Optimist Road by MJ Snyder

The last time I saw my old man, his knuckles were bloody, his face spattered with red freckles. Blood on his mouth too, thanks to my one good punch. His...

Copper and Diamonds by Joanne Coish

I was too late. Blood spread over the floors and ceiling like paint, but in a colour and odour that no one would deliberately choose. Copper, always copper along with...

Scarlet by Jennifer Sterne-Pownall

The knife’s blade flashed as she pulled it from her mother’s chest.  It slid out much easier than the child had thought it would, and she fell back against the...

Crimes Seen by Kevin Thornton

“The Problem with blood is that it sticks to your skin,” said Jonathan, in between the screams of the electric saw.  Leila glanced down at her naked body, and then...

'Til Death Us Do Part by Karen Janigan

Paula Baker angled her sailboard slight downwind to skirt a ghostly white mass floating in the evening sunset in the middle of Mahone Bay. A sunken tender, she thought, as...

Halloween Taxi Ride by Barbara Baker

"How much further?” I question the driver. “We should be there by now.” “Soon,” his leather finger pokes my thigh. He laughs. I jerk my legs over to the door; press my...

Home Sweet Home by Elisa McRae

Officer Galos pulled into the driveway. He didn’t bother putting the park brake on. The dispatcher had been wrong. His house hadn’t been broken into, as she’d reported. This wasn’t...

Breakup Tweet Challenge: And the winner is...

Our judge, Tabatha Southey, has made her final decision. The winning tweet in the inaugural Breakup Tweet Challenge is......

By Jennifer Goddard

The winner of our first-ever Namedropping Nonfiction Challenge is Jennifer Goddard of Montreal.Entry:  Jacqueline swallowed her saliva so she wouldn’t get dehydrated. Perhaps not the best decision, cutting hay alone. The John...

Hunter-Gatherer by Crystal Chan

Entry from the winner of our Edible Nonfiction Challenge, Crystal Chan.Hunter-Gathererby Crystal Chan Montreal, QC I was hunter and gatherer in one. I snarled as I pushed the screwdriver in and...

Yorkshire Puddings and Saran Wrap by Dawn Ruddick

I was reared on TV dinners, and Twinkies. Once, my mom even sent me to school with a cheese sandwich; featuring a Kraft Single, with the plastic wrapper left on. So...

By Tiffany Morris

I've known people who can cook. My roommate would whip up the best soups I've ever eaten, going from sink to chopping board to stove with hummingbird intensity. One soup...

Cold Curry by Phedra Deonarine

She sits on the rough concrete ground outside her backdoor. The ground is uneven with milkweed growing from the cracks. She bunches her faded purple dress around her knees. Her...

How I Learned to Cook by Yutaka Dirks

On my meandering journey into adulthood, newly untethered from the comforts of my suburban family home, I ate a lot of garbage. My roommates and I found free meals around...

Perfection in a Shell by Mary Jane Grant

"Make sure the white part is solid," I instructed my grandfather as he placed the egg onto the over-sized silver spoon and lowered it into the simmering water. "But the...

Picky by Jacqueline Valencia

My ten year old has autism spectrum disorder. He needs to feel in control of his surroundings and a regular routine helps him with that. As he's grown older, he's...

By Kyla Hanington

It was like sex. I mean, drunken sex. I mean, sex with a stranger one night, home from the bar. His home or your home? Whichever is closer.  It was,...

George, Neil, Two Chickens and Me by Signe Langford

I gave up meat at 13 as an act of hero worship. George Harrison was vegetarian, so I would be too.Dinner that night was Mother's boiled chicken - something I...

Les Petits Mitrons by Mylène St-Pierre

"You will go into les Abbesses and find Rue LePic.  Then, up the street towards Basilique Sacré Cœur. Find a pastry shop called Les Petits Mitrons. Purchase a savory and...

Don't You Like Our Food? by Jorlene Thiessen

The bowl makes a complete circuit, no takers this time around. "What's wrong? Don't you like our food?" It's a standing joke in our family now, but it originated with...

Desperation Scones by Penelope Dewar

During those few fine years of my childhood when we lived in a thatched cottage near one of the oldest inhabited spots in England, I developed a fondness for scones....

Braai by Veronica Sharpe

We call it a Braai. It's the equivalent to a barbecue. The cost of meat is ridiculous in Zimbabwe and therefore, it's a treat. Family gather in the front yard...

Brotherly Reflex by Nina Kabatoff

Nina, help me put the food on the table, my chubby mama yells to my bedroom.I come out wearing a yellow happy face t-shirt, a bothersome training bra and wide-legged...

Lost and Found by Eleanor Thomas

My partner and I strode through the saloon door side by side and paused just inside. The buzz of conversation died like air escaping from a balloon, and dozens of...

Baba's Holopchi by Jo-Ann Samo

Christmas was always an extraordinary time when Baba was alive. My mother, aunt and I would gather a day in advance at the crack of dawn to make holpchi (cabbage...

Risotto by Danielle Gregoire

When we were in love he made me risotto. I was twenty years old and this was the only risotto I knew. He made it with Texas long grain rice....

Mango by Paul Mitchell

The mangoes glistened like gold bullion in the African sun on this desolate stretch of no man's land in Ethiopia.  Weary, parched, hungry, in the waning afternoon we had not...

The Pantry by Glynis Sharpe

The Pantry was much bigger once you stepped inside. The enchanting smell of garlic escaped every time the door opened. Food in our home was mostly homemade. Homemade sauces, cookies and...

Maggie Panko's first job

Like many teenaged Canadians, my first job was at McDonald's.  Unlike the majority of those same Canadians, I got fired.   Back then I wouldn't talk about it. McDonald's was the...

Minted Sacrificial Lamb by Deborah Whelan

It's our third date and Malcolm has invited me to dinner at his apartment in downtown St. John's. I smell mint, rosemary, thyme as he opens the door. Bonus, I...

A Street Meet Food Adventure in Bangkok by Allen McAvoy

It's just past dusk as we round the corner on one of the narrow side streets off Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road and frantically scan the neon-filled, bustling soi for street meat.My...

Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...

Inside Out Under a Winter Sky by Chris Nelson

It seemed a reasonable decision at the time. Never having worn skates, joining the company hockey team would be a good way to learn to skate. I thought it odd they'd even...

Marco Polo by Robert Christopher

It was cold at the top of that mountain.  They called it the top of the world.  My last hunter died and because of that we never got paid.  Worse...

Christmas in Japan by Rhonda Collis

In Sendai, Japan, close to the epicentre of the most recent earthquake, winter is very similar to our own in southern Canada with temperatures dipping below freezing and snowfalls that...

A December night in Quebec by Jamie Mason

A December night in Quebec, and not the pretty kind. Rust-eaten vehicles howl the ice-choked highway as salt smeared road-signs stand guard. The air hangs humid-cold, the kind that creeps...

Kid in a Candy Store by Ronald Kurki

Our "Over 50 Hockey Team" begins playing on Sunday night and I heard that there was adult skating at the arena this afternoon.  Thinking that I should get a jump...

An Instant on Lake Temagami by Philip LiWei Chen

Let's stop here. I have never guided winter outdoor experiential education the way I am this time: more aware of the environment.  Doesn't it sound like an obvious thing to do?...

Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...

By Christine Selinger

Everyone has that one day they remember; that one winter day that really stands out amongst the rest.  In late December of 2006 I had flown from my home in...

One Winter by Maria McCullagh

In Quebec City, snow begins to fall when the most stubborn leaves are still clinging to branches.  Often as early as mid-November, when it is still officially autumn, we wake...

My Nonna by Carrie Hayes

Picture it...Montreal...1970. I was seven years old and already a seasoned Montreal 'winter' pro. Walking to school atop eight foot snow banks? Check. Spending days being literally snowed-in our house?...

Out of the Grey by John Woolfrey

I've often heard people say: Montreal comes alive in summer. Maybe they like all the life outside in the streets, but when it gets to thirty degrees and ninety per...

The Pink Mohair Scarf by Deborah Whelan

Between snowflakes that smear the windows like globs of glue, I strain to see what they're doing. They don't know that I'm watching. A few minutes ago, I heard them...

Skating With Owls by Chris McMahen

In the winter of 1974, snowy owls arrived in Victoria.  These brilliant white birds perched on the edges of the emerald green fairways of the Victoria Golf Club.  Snowy owls...

Heating Costs by Lisa Woolman

The devil drives a Propane truck. He seemed so friendly in the spring, when he kindly recommended the fixed price program. So, quick as a dipping thermometer, I sold my soul to the propane...

In The Winter of 1939 by Linda Dowhaniuk

When my father was a twelve year old, it fell to him to go on a rescue mission in a blizzard.  His aunt and her six month old baby were...

Ice Caves by Kathryn Zdybel

The way I remember it is that mom would tuck me and my sisters into our toques and snowpants and dad would lead us like a troop of ducks down...

When She Takes a Walk by Heather Cromarty

When my Mom's diagnosis finally came I went home as soon as I could. I arrived on Boxing Day. It was a relief to my Dad to have someone in...

C Word by Doug Koop

It seems I'm not the only one who doesn't want to be outside this morning judging by the reticent pink smudge on the Manitoba horizon.  The CBC radio goofballs are...

Bay Area Freezers by Mark Paterson

On a cold, grey November day in 1982, a week after my eleventh birthday, I stood at the top of our walk and watched my family's stretch-wrapped belongings get loaded...

Take me Back by Brenda Brooks

I walked out on winter 14 years ago and never looked back. I wanted to run, but those late January Toronto streets were tricky and slick, so I bought a...

A True Winter Tale by Joanne Underwood

By the end of January, 1955, I'd lived in Bagotville, Quebec for nearly two months and so far all I knew of it was snow and cold.  My Air Force...

By Stephanie Rideout (Marysvale, NL)

Lying under handmade quilts so heavy, I can't turn over against the weight. Snuggled in with my baby sister and the mattress so old we sink towards the middle in...

By Sheila Peters

December 23, 1980. I'm in the departure lounge at the Vancouver airport waiting for the flight to Smithers, 500 miles due north. I'm terrified. In my arms, wrapped in a...

By Catherine Lodge

Running frantically with coat, parcels, scarves flying in the wind, Jessie made it down to Union Station in a breathless state, just in time to catch the Ontario Northlander. Her...

Snow Piling Up by Erin Renwick

Winter, 1980: We are in Nelson BC, a town on a hill so steep and so constant that you can slip from top to bottom on sleds in winter.  It...

By Shamima Khan

The snow was like sky sugar. When I stood out in it, arms outstretched, face upturned and staring into the immense whiteness, quietly letting snowflakes pour over my body, I...

By Heather Lynn Carr

We skated to school in the winter.  We would don our skates at the front door, tie our shoes together and sling them over our shoulders, and carefully pick our...

"So What if I Waddle?" by Brianne Morgan

The winner of our Autobiography Challenge: Speaking out for the first time about the trials and tribulations of being raised by penguins, Brianne Morgan delivers a heart-wrenchingly sarcastic account of the...

Broken Wings & Second Chances By Shanyn Silinski

"It took me almost 20 years to realize I am not broken, that I can fly!", says author Shanyn Silinski on her new book.  What was broken was healed, the...

DAMNED BAD BASTARD By Alexander McKinnon

While self-proclaimed bastards must live up to the image, McKinnon writes of a life born to it.Authentic, disturbing, unabashed... on the fringe of polite circles where bastard is an...

Cell Block C By Edward Colley

Born in fear and reared in isolation. Edward Colley's deeply moving and sometimes disturbing perspective on his childhood, invokes images of a muted battle fought by a five year-old against...

Is This My New Home? By Lorrie Beauchamp

Raised by peripatetic parents with a penchant for relocation, Lorrie Beauchamp embraced the concept and went on to prove that "nothing is forever".  She moved 20 times, mastered several...

Walking Zombie Awakes By Deborah Elliott

Debbie finally awoke just before her fiftieth birthday; I mean she REALLY woke up.  She decided it was time to dump those dead bodies she was carrying around in the...

Impolitical Correction By Isobel Raven

In the most significant publication of this, the fifth decade, Isobel Raven, Leader of the Laura Secord Party, reveals her participation as a member of the Conservative Party of...

Canadian Identity Crisis By Sylvia Olson

Sylvia was born by the Black Forest in Germany where she was raised on Grimm Fairy Tales. She moved from the country of uniformity to the land of diversity. Now...

Suspension With Pay By Leo McKay

A birth forty years early for reality TV.  Talents too meagre for conventional achievement.  Leo McKay reached middle age and began to re-evaluate everything, including career goals.  Unwilling to coast...

Lust, Lies, and Lobbying By Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart is a young man chasing a feeling. Serial-dater turned womanizer, rambling grad student turned mercenary lobbyist - see how he finds his edge and the path of turmoil...

A Series Of Awkward Goodbyes By Adrian Budhram

Whether a sweaty handshake or a clumsy embrace, preparing for an awkward goodbye is daunting. Adrian Budhram lives in that moment of trepidation; from kindergarten expulsion triggered by macaroni art...

Interview With A Shallow Puddle By Susan Krupp

Somewhere between here and there I made up my mind to sit tight and abstain from drinking vodka in my coffee. Time sober was profoundly succinct. With hesitation I understood...

"Phil and the Phoenix" By Gordon Lambie

In the midst of tensions brought on by divorce, displacement, and unrequited love, fourteen year-old Gordon reinvents himself online in the form of Phil, the Burning Guy. Phil, perpetually aflame,...

The Extraordinary Ordinary Love Story By Nicole Korstanje

As a child she spent her days envisioning her future self. The image always the same. She would be married to a rich business man, living in a penthouse and...

True Story by Fiction Writer By Lee Kvern

Writer drops English 30 in High School. "Excessive novel reading, too much Shakespeare," says Lee Kvern. Does four years Remedial English in college. "She writes a helluva cover letter," quips...

"You Ate WHAT?!" By Donald B. Campbell

Traumatized by his childhood of mashed potatoes and oatmeal porridge, a young man sets off for some gutsy gastronomic globetrotting.  Turtle soup.  Snake soup.  Dog soup.  Anything but ****bell's soup. ...

'I Probably Don't Like You' by Stewart Reynolds

Raised by Scottish parents, Stewart Reynolds fought ridicule and battled to overcome the language barrier to become the delightfully uncelebrated artist he is today. Read this heartwarming and open autobiography...

"If I Had a Clawhammer" by Christine Lovelace

At the age of 40, when things started to sag and indigestion was a daily trial, Christine Lovelace decided that learning to play banjo would finally make her the hip...

"Self-Constrained Underwhelming Breeder Acrobatics" by Eric Rumble

People who can make babies do not necessarily know how. Drawing on years of lame courtship and futile attraction, Rumble explores the grey side of dating, revealing how to sidestep...

I: A Novel by Paul Marlowe

In any reasonable country, Paul Marlowe would be declared a national treasure. Not, perhaps, along the lines of the crown jewels, of course. More the sort of treasure that grandmother...

"They All Fall Down" by Mary E. McIntyre

In a freak storm, a centuries-old elm smashes her grandmother's cottage on Lake Scugog, killing a child. The fallout as told by ten-year old McIntyre relives the tragedy of 1957,...

"The Dyslexic Cartographer" by Joseph Sexsmith

Glen Sexsmith had the unfortunate occupation as a cartographer. Unfortunate, because of his dyslexia. He became known as The Dyslexic Cartographer. A world traveller, continually, frustratingly, going the wrong direction....

"To Scale a Rocky Chore" by Barbara Baker

Her short stories offer hot flash heat, the intrusiveness of pelvic exams, or the nonsensicality of new-age vacuum cleaners. Barbara Baker conjures up domestic chronicles as she scrambles peaks of...

"Twenty-Five to Life" by Hollis Sinker

In the throes of a quarter-life crisis, and turning more into her mother each day, Hollis Sinker seeks solace in hindsight's lessons and boxed wine. Take heed and read; you...

"Pit Mair In." By Stuart Mark

Stuart Mark dwelled on a diet of deep-fried intention and ketchup, until he was driven out of Scotland for hating football and using passive verbs. Head down into the Chinook...

"Where's the @#$% honey?" by Kyla Hanington

Clawing her way up the landslide of life, Kyla Hanington takes us on the humorous journey of raising two children - and herself - while having the attention span of...

"Anne ain't here" by Lisa Bulman Taylor

On an Island nostalgic for Green Gables, Lisa grew up wondering why life was not idyllic. Anne never tackled struggles of abuse, addiction and mental illness on her island. Digging...

"Not Older, Different" by Michael Hall

Time; It's difficult, when you don't believe something, to express yourself in terms of it.  I can see things change, but I am not things.  Although I am a collection...

"The Househusband" by Tom Bauer

He was a lousy husband, but he did good staying home with the kids. Was he thinking about gender reparation? Maybe penance. Then he opens a Montessori daycare. What was...

"Tea and Scrabble Anyone?" by Iris Nixon

She appreciates a formidable game of Scrabble.  The mother of three lovely daughters she is proficient in Fairy tales and pony tails. A partially completed New York Times crossword lingers...

Northern Irregular by Lev Bratishenko

Pressganged into the Soviet National Hockey team at age 6, Lev Bratishenko defected to Canada at the first opportunity and wired his parents enough money to join him. So begins...

Banned from the Brownies By Evelyn White

In this side-splitting autobiography Salt Spring writer Evelyn C. White details her expulsion from the Brownies on the first day the troop met. The event triggers a revenge plot in...

Hips, Whips, and Battleships By Danielle McTaggart

Soon after my husband's enlistment I knew that tending home fires wouldn't be enough. My search for definition beyond "dependent" would bring me to the fringes of society's tapestry. But...




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