Friday, August 26, 2016

Kelp! Beatle Fun on Twitter

Yesterday on Twitter there was a hashtag,

#BeatlesForFoodies ,

which was an invitation to change the title of a Beatles song

to make it more inviting for foodies.

Here are some of my contributions:

Rubber Sole


Honey Dew


Glass Onion Rings

Martha My Deer  (or Martha My Venison)

All My Oven

I've Just Seen A Plaice

I'll Follow the Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Niagara-on-the-Lake

On the way home from Corning, we stopped at Niagara-on-the-Lake to browse...

...and to have dinner at Queen's Landing, with a view of the Niagara River.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Interesting Article on Hybrid Authors - Toronto Star

"Hybrid writers get the best of both worlds" by Mike Doherty, Toronto Star

I enjoyed this article about authors who are successful using both traditional publishing and self-publishing.

Published on Saturday August 13, 2016.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Not Even Two Cups of Coffee Help

Yes, I'm nocturnal, like most owls.

 Not me. I'm a Snowy.

I said "most."

Morning is not my best time.

But after an early morning trip to the hospital
for a non-emergency reason
(the MRI machines run 24 hours a day
and 1:45 am was the appointment time)

and getting to bed at 4:00 am

I think I'm going to have to do some daytime napping today.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Glass Owl

My birthday present from M, 
bought in Corning, NY

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Corning Vacation

We just returned from a week in Corning, New York.

Corning is in the Finger Lakes district of southern New York, a half-hour away from Watkins Glen (famous for race cars and a gorge with waterfalls) and about an hour south of Rochester.

We discovered Corning in 1982, driving home from Florida. Although we only stayed overnight that time, we have been back many times since. Its main attraction is the Corning Museum of Glass.

Steuben Tower

We took the tour, saw the current exhibits, and especially liked the modern and the art deco glass.

Corning and I have a long, happy history. Because I discovered it in 1982, and bought a piece of
Steuben Glass for a relative's wedding present, I was put on the Steuben mailing list. In that way, I found out about a Toronto exhibit of one of the Steuben designers, James Houston. 
And that lead to my writing and publishing a profile of James Houston for enRoute magazine! 


After a hurricane and flood in 1972, the city revitalized its Victorian-era buildings on
Market Street. Visiting Market Street is like stepping back in time, with the old-fashioned facades and the quaint signs. There are lots of antique stores and, of course, plenty of places to buy glass items.

 Vitrix Glass

My favourite store has an owl on its gable! I've named him Rocky after the Rockwell Museum.

  Rocky the Owl - click to enlarge picture

Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Overdue Anecdote

Sometimes something happens that is so priceless, so unique, that it begs to be told publicly. Because the two main people involved are no longer alive, I can finally tell this story.

During my Grade 11 English class, we read from Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible, about the Salem witch hunt (and an allegory for the 1947 Hollywood Communist blacklist witch hunt).

Various characters were (falsely) claiming that they saw other characters with the Devil. "Goody" was a term that meant "Miss" or "Missus."

Going down the class rows, each of us read one line from the play. It sounded something like this.

I saw Goody Good with the Devil!

   I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil!

My friend was next. But instead of the written line, she read:

        I saw Gordie Howe with the Devil!