Stories and Outtakes

As writers we produce so much that it often doesn’t always fit into a specific category. Here you will find some of my stories and outtakes. Enjoy!

Diary with Orange Peel – 3

January 3 My afternoon doze is interrupted when a cartoon-character beach ball bounces off my foot. I wipe the sweat-tears from my cheeks. My middle-aged face is the consistency of a candle left out at noon: my eyes feel full of cracking glass. His chair is empty....

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The Covenant – Part III

The day school started, sun blazed in the autumn sky. Beatrice’s morning sickness was over. She’d learned how to operate the wringer washer in the dirt-floored cellar without mangling her arms. And in the heat of summer, hanging load upon load of damp laundry hadn’t...

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Diary with Orange Peel – 2

January 1 The next morning, we awaken late and fuzzy-headed, then repair to our bamboo chairs under the coconut palms, speech-less on the sun-baked Caribbean beach. Creatures of habits, good and bad. The azure slash of sky edges the pale rolling pith of horizon that...

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Books about The Writer’s Heart & Psyche

From author Kate Frieman (https://www.facebook.com/kate.freiman). This series of writer resources originated as a handout from a Toronto Romance Writers’ workshop. Brohaugh, William (ed.), Just Open A Vein, WDB Burnham, Sophy, For Writers Only, Ballantine...

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The Covenant – Part II

He did his best. When the house was ‘finished’, it resembled a sharecropper’s cottage more than anything else. There was a well in the back and a hand pump in the kitchen. An ice box sat in the lean-to pantry. Meals were prepared on a wood-burning cast iron cook...

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Diary With Orange Peel – 1

The week before my husband and I left on our ‘last chance’ getaway, I’d stumbled across our wedding album, tucked in a buffet drawer behind a box of tarnished fish forks. Unlike our relationship, the thick, brocaded covers were still pristine. I propped the book on...

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The Covenant – Part I

The three posts that follow are taken from my entry in the One Book: One Aurora writing contest (2018) sponsored by the Aurora Public Library. My short story, part of a literary memoir, was awarded 2nd place. I owe many thanks to Reccia Mandelcorn, Manager, Community...

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Finding Your Authentic Voice

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical...

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The Labyrinth at Knox

Labyrinth Prayer: based on Ecclesiastes 3. My Calgary writer-friend Diana and I meet every year when I travel west to celebrate my Aunty's birthday. In 2018, Aunt Germaine turned 90, which is an amazing milestone. Diana and I took some time on a glorious sunny day to...

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