Laughing My Ass Off

A while back I asked you to send me photos of the blook from wherever it happened to find itself. I had a grand time watching it travel around the world like that garden gnome on TV, everywhere from St. Pierre et Miquelon to Paris to Memphis to Morocco. And now I have yet another […]

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Checks and Balances

Obviously, there’s a lot to love about putting a book in the world that has your name on it. No matter how simple it is or how few copies are sold, it endures (at least until it goes out of print). But probably what I love best are the emails I receive from kind souls […]

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Meat and Greet—Part Deux

Well, it appears that Saint Martin really is a saint after all. Without the festival that bears his name, I’d actually have to write something clever today. Finders, I’m just too tired. I’ve been averaging about 4 hours sleep a night for over 9 weeks straight. So, if it’s a clever story you’re after, you’re […]

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Meat and Greet

Like most market towns in Europe, Vevey has its share of traditional celebrations and I’m hoping to see every one of them. First up, the 543rd (!) annual Foire de Saint-Martin. Okay, all you végétariens out there, brace yourselves and maybe even avert your eyes. It all started, as does any respectable party, with the roasting of a whole ox […]

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Statuesque

Back before I landed here on the Swiss Riviera, I was blabbing about feeling that there was some reason for me to be here, that I was being drawn to this charming town by some intangible force beyond the lure of snow-capped mountains, sparkling lakes, chocolate, watches and multi-function army knives. Charlie Chaplin spent his […]

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This Could Get Hairy

You know, it’s the oddest thing. I noticed it in France and now the same thing here in Vevey and La Tour-de-Peilz. The most common place of business is a bakery, right? Not even close. I’ve never seen so many hair salons in my life, sometimes three right in a row. This surprises me in […]

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The Choice of Champions

So. Let’s say you wake on a Sunday morning in late October to snow, howling winds and temperatures typically found in the Arctic this time of year. And let’s also say that, in what has to be the unluckiest turn of events for lunatics who run 26 miles just for the hell of it, the […]

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Saturday, Swiss Style

The move-in/settle-in frustrationaganza is finally settling down here. There are still a few outstanding To Do Tidbits, but with temperatures in the mid-twenties and the sun high in the sky, it’s time to get out there and see what there is to see in the Swiss Riviera before the grey of winter descends upon us. […]

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Maple Leaf Forever

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Goodreads. Basically it’s a social networking site devoted to the joy of reading. People make lists of books they’ve read and books they want to read, review and recommend books to friends and it’s a great way to discover your next favourite book. Finding Me […]

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At the Risk of Being Risqué

Ah Switzerland, land of mountains and lakes, sour cream and driver’s licences, you are shaping up rather nicely as a country I must say. But still. There will always be a longing for the things that make Canada great, specifically Shopper’s Drug Mart. I’d say once a week (at least) for the past 2 years, […]

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Full Speed Ahead

Immigration is great fun, probably ranking up there with repeatedly sticking a fork in your eye. It’s hard to say what the biggest hurdle is, but looking back over our move to France I’d have to say that the driver’s licence debacle was the worst piece of bureaucrazy we encountered. Just to refresh your memory, […]

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Trivial Tragedies and Minor Miracles

Okay, so maybe this move to Switzerland could have been smoother. But honestly now, does any of it really matter? There are people out there with real problems, so today I’m all about being grateful for what’s right in my new corner of the world. Sure, our apartment is small and apparently lacking in any […]

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A New Life Begins—Again

Well mes amis, here we are: the end of the line. France and I must say au revoir. What a wild and wacky time it has been. I’d have to say that my two years in France have been … weird. A good weird, as in completely different from my life before France, but weird nonetheless. […]

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Personal Effects

Sweet Jaysus it’s just sad, triste as they say in these parts. I’ve started packing and I’m dismayed to see just how much stuff I’ve accumulated. I mean how can a person who sold off all her worldly goods just 2 years ago have so much crap? There’s a pale turquoise vacuum cleaner, an Ikea love seat that […]

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