Thursday, January 28, 2016

Ore Samples Writers Series set to launch this spring, bringing established Canadian authors into the community on a more regular basis. The readings are free and open to the public.

Ore is thrilled to announce that Garry Thomas Morse will be the inaugural visiting author.

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 pm
Flin Flon Public Library

Ore gratefully acknowledges the reading by Garry Thomas Morse is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.

The Ore readings will feature a visiting writer, a local writer, and a local performing artist when possible performing original work. For more information about the event and the series, visit the Ore Samples blog.

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(updated Feb.3)

Monday, January 11, 2016

The 10th Creighton Christmas Bird Count

...took place on January 2. I didn't realize it was the 10th anniversary until submitting the data to Audubon and the Saskatchewan Bird Data Bank yesterday. Had I known on count day, we would've celebrated in the count circle with cake and selfies. But perhaps it's better that I didn't know. This way the focus stayed where it belonged. Here's a pic of one of the last birds we counted in the last light of January 2.  

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Exile on a Grid Road Shelley Banks (Thistledown Press) is my first book purchase of 2016 and a lovely one it is. Fitting, too, as I got my hands on the book on Wednesday in Regina where I attended the ceremony at Government House formally introducing Gerald Hill as Saskatchewan Poet Laureate. 

Gerry was my mentor in the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild mentorship program many years ago and has been a great friend and force in the CanLit community. Shelley, also very active and supportive in the community, was at the ceremony as well both as writer and official event photographer. After a year of self-imposed physical exile from the literary scene, it was wonderful to see so many writer friends in person. We shared stories, had fun, and made some new memories, including one hilarious moment that Gerry relived in his interview with Sheila Coles on the CBC Morning Edition on Friday. H and I were just leaving Regina at the time. We laughed our way out of the city.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Already a big fan of 2016

comparatively speaking, the shady
tail becomes a tale backlit and ratty  

Thursday, December 31, 2015

A fitting end to a day and year

plows through a twilight we sometimes call
the dark, damn hard to see, or nothing at all  

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A sign of snow

the backside
full stop

the morning glow
somewhere between

violet and violent
the low life

feathers brushing

a torn vole