DOWNTOWN February 11

Missing Michael Green

I would like to express some thoughts on Michael Green’s passing, not as his friend or colleague – sadly, I was neither – but as a fan. Michael was a fearless, funny and completely absorbing performer. When he was on stage, I could never take my eyes off him – even when he stood there […]

gifted January 31

“The Gifted Tag”

I’ve been wanting to write a story about giftedness for many years now. Over the last couple of months I finally did the research and interviews I wanted to do. The resulting story, titled “The Gifted Tag” appears in last week’s issue of Swerve Magazine. The story is also online here. I first became interested in […]

Hedgehog2 December 01

‘Song of the Caged Bird’ in Quill and Quire

Kamal al-Solaylee wrote a lovely piece about Song of the Caged Bird: Writing as Resistance in Palestine, and the ‘new’ genre of digital “short books”, in December’s Quill and Quire. The story, called ‘Marcello Di Cintio’s new Journey,” can be found here. (I apologize, in advance, to fans of Eat, Pray, Love.)

Photo by Joey Podlubny, Calgary Herald November 21

“On the Other Side of the Berlin Wall”

A couple of weeks ago, I met Heike Kretschmer at a recent event marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. She told an amazing and tragic story about how the Berlin Wall destroyed her family. Heike’s story appears in today’s Swerve Magazine here.

Gratitude all around

Sunday marked the final event of the Calgary Public Library’s ‘One Book One Calgary’ program. I joined a panel of fascinating folks at Fish Creek Library for a telling of personal stories of ‘walls’ in our lives. My thanks to Hadeel Qazzaz, Hector Frias, Cheryl Dueck, Cory Cardinal and Kris Demeanor for sharing their remarkable […]

Palestine 2009 118 November 12

Final ‘One Book One Calgary’ Events

There are only a few days left in the Calgary Public Library’s ‘One Book One Calgary’ program, and two final events I am happy to be part of. On Saturday afternoon, I will join the CPL’s current writer-in-residence, the ever-charming Rosemary Nixon, for an event called “From the Authors.” Rosemary and I will be ‘talking […]

DSC01787 November 11

Amedeo Sorrentino, soldier

My grandfather, Amedeo Sorrentino, is 91 years-old and a veteran of the Second World War. He did not, though, fight for Canada. He will not be counted among those rightfully honoured at today’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Nonno did not “fight for our freedom,” as we are so fond of saying every November. Still, I want […]


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