Category Archives: Reading? Ugh!

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CSI: Cat Stink Investigation

Originally posted on Drinking Tips for Teens:
This time, I have no one to blame but myself. I could blame the cat, I suppose, but there’s no point in blaming something that doesn’t understand remorse. Or how to use a…

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The Real Fate of the Furious

Short-term spike in blood pressure Tell-tale spittle droplets on conference room table Uncomfortable silence from co-workers Promise from supervisor in soothing voice to resolve problem Feelings of satisfaction that situation will be remedied thanks to forceful rhetoric Feelings of guilt … Continue reading

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Mary, Thunder Road, responds

So I’m listening to the radio, some oldies crap that my stupid mother can’t seem to get enough of. Yeah, fine, I’m still living at home. You think it’s easy getting a job with a lousy high school degree? Anyway, … Continue reading

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Talking about A Hole in the Ground

Here’s an interview I did a while back on “Quebec AM,” the province-wide CBC Radio morning program out of Quebec City. The host, Susan Campbell, is a fellow Nova Scotian, and we have known each other pretty much since we … Continue reading

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Fave books of 2016

Most of the books I read this year weren’t from this year. Here, though, are four novels published in 2016 that I quite enjoyed. Nutshell by Ian McEwan Could McEwan possibly have had more fun? I doubt it. It’s as though … Continue reading

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The Interoffice Coffeemaker Arms Race

The office where I work is in a former home set a fair distance from the rest of the school. I’m alone on the second floor, making me the most outlying member of the school staff. I’m the institutional Pluto. … Continue reading

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The Green Study’s “Positively Happy Nice Story” Contest: 2nd Place

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2nd Prize goes to Ross at Drinking Tips for Teens for “The Secret Side-Effect of Kindness”. His essay is a gentle reminder of how we impact each other with even the simplest of acts.…

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