HOME is out!

The Winter issue of Saskatoon HOME is out now, so be sure to pick up your copy. It’s the one with that house on the cover! Thanks again to Jenny Underhill for letting us feature the Hopkins House in this issue, and for letting us satisfy our long-standing curiosity about what that house on Sask Crescent West is like inside. Who hasn’t wondered? Now you can know. And look, there’s me pretending to live there! Check out a bunch of other good stories, too.

Lovely surprise!

I am so pleased to be the winner of the draw by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. They asked for feedback from those who have enjoyed Board support in the past (I received a grant a few years ago to work on my novel). I thought that was gift enough, but then they drew my name for those providing feedback in the survey! Not only that, I got to reconnect with novelist Joanne Gerber (The Misleading Absence of Light) who was my mentor in a Saskatchewan Writers Guild mentorship in the early 2000s. Rick, Jim and I popped in to the Arts Board offices a couple of days ago to meet up with Joanne, and Michael Jones, CEO. We had a great visit and catch-up … and I was presented with a very pretty gold Apple iPad Air 64gb as my draw prize! Wow, I don’t even have a cell phone so Rick’s got his teaching cut out for him. Thank you very much, Arts Board!

Speechless and absurd

I’m still processing the results of the U.S. election, thinking about writing something just to get it straight. So far, the absurdity of it has escaped my grasp. But then I read this from Andrew Coyne of the National Post. I’m still speechless, but I appreciate Andrew for one of the most articulate pieces I’ve read so far.

Ahh, pig therapy

Some people go to the spa for a special bit of pampering, to get nails done or have a hot stone massage to relax. I like to go visit my buddy Hamlet. Stale marshmallows and a couple of 2015 Halloween candy bars can really solidify a relationship. Thanks as always to Marilyn and Rick Omer for letting me have a little pig time!

Mayor Charlie

We are so energized having been part of positive democracy in action. Rick worked with the campaign from the start, and on election night we all ran around to get the vote out. That one woman we threw in our car to get her to the polling station paid off! And the after party soon turned into a victory celebration at Amigos. We are just beginning to get our hearing back. What a night. Congratulations to Charlie, Sarah, and his well organized, intensely focused and perpetually positive team. We met some great people, and what a diverse cross section of the city. Check out the poster that hung in the campaign office all these weeks – that’s what City Hall is going to look like. Happy to have been part of it.

uh oh, dig out your woolies

AccuWeather predicts temperatures this winter colder than the 30-year average. That cold will sneak in soon (that’s us under that nice Arctic Blasts label); January and February will be the coldest (about 4 degrees below normal), and winter might just stick around until April.  At least it’s a ‘drier than normal cold.’

Cuba, anyone?