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PEOPLE  PLACES  PUBLICATIONS  TOPICS

PEOPLE

B
Ballem, John Bishop
Berry, Chuck
Berry, Richard (You’ve never heard of him but you know his song. Chords provided.)
Berton, Pierre
Black, Conrad
Borge, Victor
Brown, Ian

C
Chumir, Sheldon
Cowsill, Billy

D
Diana, Princess of Wales 
Duffin, Shay

E
Edwards, Norm

G
Green, Michael

H
Hoare, Jean

K
Kent, Arthur

L
Layton, Jack

M
Macleod, Alistair
MacManus, John
McNair, Rick
Morris, Stan
Mother Teresa

N
Notley, Grant
Notley, Rachel

O
O’Callaghan, J. Patrick

P
Pemberton, Roland (Cadence Weapon) (A rapper as poet laureate, who knew?)
Presley, Elvis

R
Rach, Al
Reeve, Winnifred Eaton

T
Trump, Donald

V
Vickers, Kevin

W
Ware, John
Webber, Len
Weber, Tara
Williams, Tennessee

PLACES

Calgary (Centre Street bridge lions)
Calgary (Charly Chan’s Rice House)
Calgary (New Central Library)
Calgary (Old downtown Herald building demolished)
Calgary (Rebranding the city after “Heart of the New West” loses its cachet)
Calgary (“Sweet City Woman” lip dub)
Calgary (25 years after the Winter Olympics)
Dublin
(Nelson’s Pillar)
Dublin (Revisiting the city where I spend my first 23 years)
Dublin (Why I left when I might have stayed)
Edmonton (Tornado of 1987)
Fort McMurray
 (Before the wildfires)
Waterton (A disappointing stay at the Prince of Wales hotel)

PUBLICATIONS

111 West Coast Literary Portraits (My review)
A Thames Moment (Video trailer for Gord Cope’s great book)
Brief Encounters

Calgary Herald (What might have been in my farewell column, had I written one)
Calgary Herald (Newsroom strike of 1999-2000)
Calgary Herald (More on the 1999-2000 strike)
Fast Forward
A Great Feast of Light (A review of the John Doyle book)
Inspiring Life Stories (A review of my Calgary Public Library history)
Leaving Dublin (The story behind the video trailer for my best-selling book of memoirs)
Leaving Dublin (A review)
Leaving Dublin (Chapter by chapter summary)
Literary Review of Canada (I respond to a reviewer who misspells my name)
Postmedia Network (Axing jobs)
Postmedia Network (Sunday newspapers scrapped)
Rogues and Rebels (Launch photos)
Saturday Night (An obituary for the magazine)
The Good Steward (A review)
The Rebel (Briefly banned by the Notley government)

TOPICS

9/11 
Canada’s history has never been boring
Celebrating my 50 years in Canada  (I wouldn’t have changed a thing.)
Covering the theatre beat for the Calgary Herald (It was the best of times)
Digitizing music on old cassettes (Preserving one’s favourite tunes from long ago)
Don’t leave the driving to Greyhound  (No, nay, never, no nay never no more)
Expropriating intellectual property (How media organizations shackle freelancers)
How we reimagined our front yard (Sustainable landscaping)
Langara College journalism program
 (50th anniversary)
Making it into the Guinness Book of World Records (Who knew how easy it was?)
Our front yard, then and now (An update to my post from three years ago)
Questions to myself (Asked and answered)
Quotable quotes from Brief Encounters (Things celebrities told me)
Reader View available (The best way to read a web page)
Self-published books (The merits and drawbacks)
Sexual abuse in Irish schools (Witnessed by me at first hand)
Thoughts on turning 70 (Living in the moment is a good first step)
Trump as dealmaker-in-chief?
Turkey unrest cripples tourism (The cruise ships no longer stop there)
Water fluoridation
 (Should municipalities impose this on their citizens?)
What to do if a bear attacks (You won’t get this advice from Parks Canada)
When Words Collide (The little literary festival that could)
Where I do my writing (In a room with no view)
Why I will never again use a Microsoft product (No, nay, never, no nay never no more)
Writers make music at the Banff Centre (And they can sing, too)

 

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