Monthly Archives: December 2013

That in-between week of looking back and thinking ahead

There’s something special about the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The pressures of Christmas – planning, buying, wrapping, mailing, cooking, cleaning (or at least tidying up), decorating, traveling, and whatever else is put in our path – are all … Continue reading

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The winter that keeps on giving, and it’s not even winter until tomorrow

Winter has come early to lots of places. We’ve had snow and cold temps since the latter part of November. But we’re the lucky ones. Ottawa has been under a blanket of snow since early November and, according to my … Continue reading

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Watching the snow, thinking of the sand dunes of Morocco

One of the most characteristic features of a steady snowfall – when it isn’t accompanied by howling winds, power outages, or the need to get somewhere when you should be staying home – is the quiet. If you are one … Continue reading

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A first look at Morocco

As I sit here shivering in an Arctic blast of early winter weather, it’s hard to believe that 7 weeks ago we were in the sunny, dry climes of Morocco. We spent a good chunk of October traveling in Portugal, … Continue reading

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A Newbie’s Analysis of a NaNoWriMo November

It’s been a week since I submitted my “manuscript” for validation on the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) web site. Such an understated climax, pasting what you hope will be recognized as 50,000 words into this tiny, two-line text box … Continue reading

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