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“You only have to be an expert in your own life to have something of value to share with others.” – Jenny Gates

A different kind of normal

Some of the group workshopping with director Sarah Gavron (top centre). Twelve months ago, Zoom was not on my particular radar. Most meetings were in person, partly because that was how we did things, and also because a conversation over coffee was an opportunity to...

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When life goes to Schitt’s Creek

Welcome to Schitt's Creek. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the COVID news, political chatter, and social media banter that combine – and perhaps conspire – to weigh us down, dash our hopes, and dampen our spirits. Some days, it is hard to look on the bright side,...

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In my own backyard

The first words – in fact, the only words – I saw were Directing Mentorship. Everything else in the introductory paragraph blurred out as my imagination took me on a wild ride. Me, directing a play, at a major theatre company in my own backyard. For a brief moment, I...

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A few good tips for writing

If you're doing a bit of writing at the moment, here are a few things you might like to keep in mind. All of these have come up on a somewhat regular basis in some of the manuscripts I've edited over the years, and even a few published books I've read, so I thought I...

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I want you to know

My dear Mum. It was not the celebration I hoped you would have,Alone in your room, quiet, distant.Oh, to be there by your side,To be holding your hand,But not this year. It was not lost on us, this momentous occasion,A milestone in life, your life, and ours.Oh, how I...

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When we least expect it

I’m not one to go looking for accolades, so it sure means something if they arrive when I least expect it. Earlier this week, I was helping a friend tally votes for a Toastmasters club we’re involved with. Going through all the handwritten slips, I was pleasantly...

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