Seize The Day

*a collection of art from readers…My brain’s been like a Goodnight Moon-bowl-full-of-mush the past week or so. I’ve been settling down from the tour, breathing in Spring every chance I get, and smiling at the memories that seep in to fill all the spaces between. Like remembering the concierge at the Delta Chelsea Toronto who greeted me at 5am in the hotel lobby the morning I was to fly back to Halifax. He handed me a cup of coffee, called me a cab and then asked, “Do you know this word, Kowtow?” I sleepily nodded and said, “I’ve heard it

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It’s a Frank Parker Day day…

Frank Parker Day (note: he’s wearing a hat) I’ve been thinking about Frank Parker Day quite a bit today. This morning I was sitting a The Art Can cafe in Canning chatting with Ken Schwartz about theatre, fiction and life. I’m very excited that Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Co. has a musical adaptation of Rockbound in the works. (click on Two Planks to read more about it.)For those of you who may not know, the 1928 Frank Parker Day novel was the last book standing in the 2005 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads literary face-off. Although the

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Grab the Clickie…

Last week while I was in Vancouver I taped an interview with Andrew Dawson of OMNI TV’s “The Standard”. It’s a wonderful show that takes an in-depth look at life, people, and where inspiration comes from. I had a great time meeting Andrew and chatting with him. We covered everything…from the story behind The Birth House to women’s lives in the early 20th century. It airs Wednesday March 15 at 9:00pm in western provinces.Omni BCOmni Manitoba and on Sunday March 19 at 1:00pm EST on OMNI 1 (in Ontario and on any digital service that carries OMNI 1)OMNI Ontario hope

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Toronto Scrapbook

(this was written on the way home from Montreal this past week)It seems odd to be writing about Toronto while sitting in the Montreal Airport, waiting for a flight to Halfiax…but I have a bit of time before boarding the plane, so here I am.One quick airport food note: I’m a popcorn-a-holic, so when I saw “Maple Popcorn”, I thought, hmm…maybe.” Now that I’m munching it, I’d say, “ummmm…definitely a no.” I’ll stick with cranberry juice and a bag of pistachios. The Toronto leg of my tour was intense and fun. Highlights included: A Reception and reading at the Riverdale

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On the Radio!

I’m just back from Montreal where I visited bookstores and spent a wonderful day doing radio programs all over the city. (As many of you know…my first leap into the world of writing came in the form of writing for radio. I LOVE radio.) I’ll detail the rest of the trip soon, but if you’d like a taste of my day in beautiful Montreal, take a listen to the audio of the noon call-in show at CBC Quebec. It’s a lovely conversation about the inspiration behind the book, the history of midwifery, and midwifery in Canada today…hosted by the wonderful

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