Art

The countdown to Christmas is here!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

The countdown to Christmas is here!

Some of us count down in days, others in weeks, and those with big shopping lists – in pay periods! One of the most fun ways to countdown to Christmas is with an advent calendar. I decided to add a new twist to an old tradition. In this article, I will show you how to make beautiful ‘advent’ boxes. These boxes also make perfect gift boxes for those ‘great things that come in small packages’ or, fill with chocolates for a wonderful hostess gift. In our home, we number these boxes and hang them on a garland, but feel free to hang them right in your tree or anywhere else that needs a...

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She opened the lid, peered inside.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 3 comments

She opened the lid, peered inside.

“Where did you find this, Lydia?” I asked.  “It was in the garden. I was digging a hole for the new lilac bush, over by the kitchen      fence, when I hit something hard with the shovel. I thought it was a rock and tried to pry it out but then when I cleared some more dirt off it, I saw it was a box.” “Well, it’s been there an awful long time then, because we’ve lived here for twelve years now.” Lydia cleaned the box some more and saw there was tiny padlock still in place. “I don’t want to damage anything, how can I get that...

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Striking It Rich….

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 4 comments

Striking It Rich….

Clara agreed to visit his claim, the one he’d been digging for years. Fancy meeting after all this time. She hadn’t changed much, wore her hair shorter, but had that same gorgeous smile. If he wasn’t careful he’d fall in love all over again. And she might too, if he struck it rich. If he kept at the digging. Jack lifted another shovelful and threw the rocks, crashing into the wagon. One more and he’d be ready to ‘wash it’. “Why don’t you just give it up, Jack? This place is done for. I found all the gold.”  Old Henry, his neighbour, had struck gold a long time ago and...

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The Man Who Couldn’t Smile

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 2 comments

The Man Who Couldn’t Smile

He looked like a mischievous little gnome standing at my office door with his twinkling eyes. His short physique accentuated his balding head. He had the most incredibly small and crooked hands I had ever seen. The other outstanding feature about him was the lack of expression on his face. You see, Don couldn’t smile.  I found him to be a dynamic seventy-two-year-old man. His philosophy was that “age had nothing to do with happiness”. He just wanted to make the most out of the rest of his life. He hoped I could find him someone to love. Don didn’t believe he had a disability, but...

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My Garden Decor

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Gardening, General | 0 comments

My Garden Decor

Even when your thumb is not particularly green, you can have an intriguing garden– certainly one with more personal, perhaps nostalgic, history behind it than the heirloom rose in the corner. Not to knock the roses though, because my robust and invasive Rugosa, covered with scented blooms, carries with it a story of the Alaska Highway. But back to those garden specimens that have sprouted without roots and need no pruning or fertilizing. Probably the first of these is an ancient cast iron Franklin fireplace. While directing its placement in a corner by the hedge of my present yard, my husky...

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The Briefcase

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 4 comments

The Briefcase

There was nothing else in the briefcase. I set the gun down on the floor and checked more thoroughly. I ripped the lining out, ruining the briefcase in the process. Why? I wondered. Why had they left me a gun but no instructions? What was I supposed to do with it? I picked the gun up again and checked. It was loaded. I wrapped it in the torn lining and put it back in the briefcase. Before I left the hotel room, I searched the closets and drawers, even the bathroom. Nothing, unless you counted the Gideon Bible in the bedside table. Damn. This wasn’t meant to be a guessing game, was it?...

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Saudade*

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 5 comments

Saudade*

Early spring. The place we called the cottage is still there. Familiar and strange as eye blinks in a desert. Rose of Sharons cut down, confederate with uprooted lilac and pear tree. The building’s paint is freshened – trendy provincial blue with lemon pie trim. No faded white siding or forest green sills for the latest occupants. Won’t do. Bright tile-red shingles christen the roof. Young hands and feet banned from climbing its slick surface. The maple is steadfast where two sandy roads carve out the property line. The catalpa tree will soon spread spade-shaped leaves....

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The Pink Hat

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 3 comments

The Pink Hat

I know all those faces wild flashing eyes angry chanting voices   centuries of walking  the great global umbilical road of this long long march yesterday   today        tomorrow   can anyone answer why we have to ask for our rights? why they are not a given?  who it is that refuses us?   and it’s not over yet we are still marching on those harsh ancient stony roads    but we take each of you with us woven into each stitch of this pink hat knit one     purl one     knit one     purl...

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The Reason Why.

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Real Estate | 0 comments

The Reason Why.

Gabriola Art Council and why I live here.Gabriola’s Art Council is the breath of live, of energy on this “Isle of the Arts” community.  I’m proud to be a sponsor and member, and an artisan of sorts.  I love to write.  The late night seems to be my most creative vibe.  Turn on a Brazilian rap, lilt the ivories and sink into my keyboard.  The words flow.  A little of Hemmingway, a little of Wolfe, a little of Martin, a lot of Gabriola.  Why do I live here?  This ramble has more to do with the isle d ’Gabriola than me.  Back a ways, in July I recall of 2002 maybe it was, I...

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abide

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 2 comments

abide

 In the moments between when we cannot feel the warmth of your hand in mine, the brush of skin on skin and we are open to the world alone unsafe exposed  I know that somewhere you are thinking of me   knowing that I am treasuring the memory of you, and we abide in our love as in a warm home in winter. by Sandra Leigh. ********************   The Years Have Stolen Everything. There was a time, wasn’t there? when your halting tender breath searching found and touched my diffident skin caught and held me silent held me silent astonished trembling with desire like sudden pain. Do...

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Where The Wild Pines Grow

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 1 comment

Where The Wild Pines Grow

Written in 20 minutes by Márta O’Reilly during a writing exercise we had in our writing group. The title topic was “The Place Where Wild Pines Grow”. I feel as if I’d been here before. I recognize the lay of the land, the shape of that hill on the horizon. I know as I walk this path what I will see when I turn that corner. This is not an ordinary déjà vu; this familiarity with every tree, every outcropping of rock down to every blade of grass. Yet my plane landed here only yesterday. I am an old man. I have travelled far and long on the many trails of my world. But my history...

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The Thursday Writers

Posted by on Dec 17, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

The Thursday Writers

Written in twenty minutes by Chris Beryl from this writing prompt:  “He Turned the Key in the Lock and Opened the Door” He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw a huge dog and three puppies. “What…where did these come from ? We’re not keeping them you know. Oh no…” “Daddy daddy, we found them in a field. Someone forgot them. They left them in a box. They were crying Daddy.” ” Left them in field my …. Dumped them more likely” he said under his breath. He looked at his children. They were delirious with joy. Jack and Patricia sat on the...

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How-To Books.

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Art, Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

How-To Books.

How to successfully self-publish a How-to book.  If you are an expert in your profession or hobby then writing a How-to book might be right for you. How-to books are extremely popular because many people, including myself can appreciate a step-by-step guide of how to do something we have never done before. We might be intimidated to jump right into something without research or basically we are lazy and don’t want to do all the research. Why reinvent the wheel when someone else has already done it? The wildly popular “Dummies for ______” are everywhere and easy to find. Here are some...

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Ode to John Hellum.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in Art, Business, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General | 0 comments

Ode to John Hellum.

John Hellum was larger than life in every possible way, physically, mentally and gastronomically. Unfortunately for us John has died and has left us poor mortals for that ultimate kitchen in the sky. The patrons there will soon learn to recognise and love the man in the hat just as we did. Fortunately as long as there is one person here that knew him, John will live on. His swagger,  his story telling ability, his incredible knowledge base on all things, his kind and gentle heart and his rapier like wit will never leave us. Fortunately we can also still experience the essence of John...

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Yes You Can Self-Publish.

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Yes You Can Self-Publish.

I have people asking me  all the time if they think anyone would read their memoirs. The answer is a resounding, yes! If you have led a full adventurous life, travelled a lot and friends or family are constantly telling you that you should write a book, then go for it! You might consider taking a writing course or hiring a professional copy-writer if you can’t write. A copy-writer will research content for your book, be creative and also ensure sentence structure and flow. Remember not to do your own proofreading. This is separate from copy-writing and done after the manuscript is...

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The new kid in town

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

The new kid in town

It’s really exciting to see things picking up again. This year, we are getting so many reports about an upswing in the economy and everywhere we go “SOLD” signs are proving that the real estate market is booming. Tourism BC predicts the biggest influx of tourists in years. It’s been a long time coming, but things are finally looking up! In the town of Chemainus there is evidence of a healthy economy everywhere. Willow Street has been spruced up with new sidewalks, park benches, gardens, paint on buildings and a new clock tower. Waterwheel Park’s parking lot and court yard...

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