The Quick Brown Fiox

Canadian literary agent Rick Broadhead seeks nonfiction

Rick Broadhead
Rick Broadhead & Associates
47 St. Clair Avenue West
Suite 501
Toronto, Ontario
M4V 3A5

Rick Broadhead & Associates was established in 2002. It’s one-man agency specializing in nonfiction. The agency’s founder, Rick Broadhead, is an author himself, most recently of Dear Valued Customer: You are a loser.The agency's clients include accomplished journalists, historians, scholars, physicians, television personalities, bloggers, creators of popular Web sites, successful business executives, and experts in their respective fields.

“I am always interested in seeing non-fiction proposals from prospective clients,” says Rick, “especially in the following subject categories: history, politics, business, natural history/environment, national security/intelligence, current affairs, biography, science, pop culture, pop science, relationships, self-help, health, medicine, military history, and humor.

“I am not accepting screenplays, poetry, children’s books, or fiction at the present time.”

Full submission guidelines here.

Martha Webb
Brian Henry will lead How to Get Published workshops on Saturday, Feb 20, in Kitchener, with literary agent Olga Filina of The Rights Factory (see here) and on Saturday, Feb 27, in Brampton with Martha Webb of the McDermid Agency (see here).

Other upcoming workshops include  How to Make Yourself Write Saturday, Nov 28, in Mississauga (see here),  Writing Your Life, Saturday, Dec 5, in Burlington (see  here), and How to Build Your Story, Saturday, Jan 16, in Georgetown (see here), and Saturday, Jan 30 in Toronto (see here).

For more information or to register, 

But the best way to grow as a writer or to get your manuscript ready for publication may be with a weekly class. Starting in the new year, Brian will be offering a full range of courses for both beginning to experienced writers (details of all five classes here) ...
Welcome to Creative Writing, Thursday afternoons, Jan 28 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Burlington. (See details of this class here.)
Writing Personal Stories, Tuesday afternoons, Feb 2 – March 29, (no class March 15) in Burlington (see here.)
The Next Step in Creative Writing, Wednesday evenings, Jan 20 – March 30 (no class March 16), in Burlington (see here)
Intermediate Creative Writing, Thurs evenings, Jan 21 – March 31, (no class March 17), in Georgetown (see here)
Intensive Creative Writing, Wednesday afternoons, Jan 20 – March 9  (For details, email 
See details of all five classes here.
Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
To register or for more information, email:

See Brian's full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Saint John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 3:54 pm


Joan Leslie:

Joan Brodel est née le 26 Janvier 1925, à Détroit (Michigan); elle était la cadette des trois filles de
John ( employé de banque) et Agnès Brodel (pianiste). Betty et Mary jouent du banjo et du saxophone dans des spectacles et Joan les rejoint à l'âge de deux et demi, en jouant de l'accordéon.
En 1929, c'est la crise économique, leur père perd son emploi, donc les filles doivent faire des spectacles pour aider.
«Les trois Brodel» partirent en tournée au Canada et aux USA.
En 1936, un talent-scout de la MGM découvre les soeurs et surtout  Joan, sur scène à New-York. Il lui offre un contrat de si mois.

Elle tourna son premier film "Camille/Le roman de Marguerite Gauthier" (1936). Elle fut licenciée, car on ne trouvait pas de rôle, elle retourna chez elle e travailla pour plusieurs studios.  "Sa soeur Mary entra chez Universal.  On lui offre un petit rôle dans "Men with wings" (1938), le réalisateur découvre le vrai âge de Joan et engage Mary pour terminer le film.
Après quelques films, elle signe un contrat avec  la Warner Bros, on change son nom de scène et tourne: "High Sierra/ La Grande Évasion", "Sergent York" (1941),  "Yankee Doodle Dandy/ La Glorieuse Parade"(1942)
 Joan Leslie posait en pin-up pour les GIs , mais elle représentait la jeune fille idéale que les soldats voudraient présenter à leurs parents pour l’épouser. Elle tourna: "This Is the Army", "Thank Your Lucky Stars/ Remerciez votre bonne étoile" (1943), "Hollywood Canteen "(1944) et autres comédies musicales.
En 1946, elle est punie par le Studio parce qu'elle refuse des rôles, pas aussi matures qu'elle
souhaiterait. Elle décide alors de poursuivre la Warner et réussit à casser son contrat. Malheureusement, Jack Warner a la dent longue et la met sur la liste noire des grands Studios.
Elle trouve, alors, des rôles que dans des westerns bas de gamme de la firme « Républic ». Le rôle principal féminin revient souvent à l’ex patineuse Vera Ralston, l’épouse du patron. Elle tourna, entre autres, "Born to be bad" (1950). En mars 1950,  Joan Leslie épouse u obstétricien, William Caldwell (mort en 2000). Le couple eut deux jumelles: Patrice et Ellen (1951). Son dernier film fut "The Revolt of Mamie Stover/ Bungalow pour femmes" (1956). Elle fit des apparitions dans des séries télévisées des années 60 à 80.
 Elle se consacra à sa famille et travailla comme bénévole au St. Anne's Maternity Home.
Joan Leslie est décédée le 12 Octobre 2015.

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Posted on 21 November 2015 | 4:27 am

Other Food - Daily Devotions

Tap into God's mysteries

book against a background of mysterious symbols (castle, dragon, birds)
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TODAY'S SPECIAL: Jeremiah 33:1-13

TO CHEW ON: " 'Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.' " Jeremiah 33:3

Everywhere around us there is change in the air.
  • In Canada we had an election a month ago which brought about a change of government and leadership.
  • Popular science insists that the recent increase of world temperature and the severity of weather events (storms, droughts, floods) are the result of human activity. As a result we are being pressured to change our ways and lifestyles in order to slow this "man-made global warming."
  • Strange diseases and strains of infection resistant to medicine are appearing and wiping out thousands.
  • Radical warriors are terrorizing whole nations. In the last months we've seen streams of refugees emptying out of countries like Syria and flowing into Europe.

In the middle of this uncertainty and flux, God's words to Jeremiah here come as a welcome invitation to us. Two words in Jeremiah 33:3 stand out:

"Call to Me and I will answer you…"

["Call (qara) means to call out, to cry out, to address, shout or speak to someone. It is often a loud cry meant to get someone's attention. It can also mean to call something by its name (as God named light and darkness - Genesis 1:5) or name places, holidays or children (Genesis 29:35) - from "Word Wealth" by Dick Mills - New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 1006.]

God invites us to call on Him!

"… and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."

["Mighty (batsar) could also be translated "secrets," "mysteries," or "inaccessible things."] 

God is telling Jeremiah that He will give him privileged information, showing him things that, without God's revelation, would be hidden from him.

The sidebar article in my Bible that introduced me to this thought concludes:  
"Such 'revelational insight' has always been essential for a clear understanding of victorious spiritual warfare. One cannot pray effectively without insight into how to pray as well as into what things God truly longs for us to seek after in prayer" - Dick Eastman, "Divine Revelation and Spiritual Warfare" - New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 1007.

I love these thoughts for myself and all of us during our times of change, upheaval and uncertainty.

  • God invites us to call on Him.
  • He promises to show us things that only He knows, to give understanding about our times so we will know how to pray and live.

Dear God, thank You for the invitation to call on You. Help me to make a habit of doing this first when I encounter things I don't understand. Please give me ears to hear Your "great and mighty things" answers and the faith to live by them. Amen.

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 10:00 am


OMG! I Reached the Target!!! -24.5kgs!!

I've been so busy and it has been hard to follow the diet since my new job begin but still at least my brain has burned some energy so much while I've been sitting front of the computer that this morning when I stepped on the scale, for the last time of this project, it showed me 62.5kgs, meaning that I managed to reach my target weight that I set a year ago! 

I haven't yet checked the wedding dress but it should fit. I try it this evening when the kids fall asleep! And I promise to come back with photos and final fitness test results but don't wait me too early. I have to travel to Norway next week so the updates may last...



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Posted on 15 January 2015 | 7:14 pm

After the Kids leave

Dr OddGlove – or how I came to hate my dentist

Yes, I know, I know, we’re on a “break”.  But I just have to interrupt our brief holiday to up-date you on my harrowing experience with the Demon Dentist of Harley Street.  I wrote the post below, along with a follow-up, about a year ago, detailing all the ways I’d like to torture my (former) […]

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Posted on 2 June 2015 | 12:13 pm

Buzz Feed

What Weird Thing Do You Do To Stay Warm During Winter?

The cold never bothered you anyway.

The brutal cold of winter can get really rough, but there are some really creative ways to stay warm.

The brutal cold of winter can get really rough, but there are some really creative ways to stay warm.

Walt Disney Pictures

Maybe you put hand warmers in your shoes to keep your toesies nice and toasty.

Maybe you put hand warmers in your shoes to keep your toesies nice and toasty.


Perhaps you go to sleep with socks over your hands to keep your fingers warm while you snooze.

Perhaps you go to sleep with socks over your hands to keep your fingers warm while you snooze.


Or maybe you put your outfit in the dryer every single morning before work.

Or maybe you put your outfit in the dryer every single morning before work.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 3:39 pm

How to survive life in the suburbs

Find The Perfect Gifts At Walmart ~ Giveaway

Have you done the math?  Not just crunched the numbers on how much the holiday season will actually cost you this year.  (Hint: If you’re not careful, an awful lot.)  But counted out the days until Christmas is actually here?  I didn’t want to start the countdown, but with my parents headed down to Florida […]

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Posted on 23 November 2015 | 5:49 pm

Progressive Bloggers

Cowichan Conversations: Alcohol vs Weed

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 5:04 pm

Bird Droppings

Everything is relative, including cancer

Entry 3 in the colorectal cancer blog journal "I've Got a Mass in My Ass".

It's been hugely gratifying to receive so many well wishes after my first couple of blog posts on dealing with a stage 3 colorectal cancer diagnosis.  In light of the much-appreciated accolades for having a positive attitude and approaching this challenge with humour, it's worth reiterating that it's easy for me to crack wise because I have a decent prognosis.  Nothing is guaranteed and I won't know whether and to what extent my radiation and chemo treatments are working until the surgeon boldly goes where no man has gone before, but I feel fine mentally and physically, which is more than can be said for some of the people whose paths I cross on a daily basis at the hospital.  Last week, I shared a waiting area with a father and his teenaged son.  The son was undergoing treatment, and his dad's emotional burden was palpable.  It was unspoken but obvious that he would trade places with his boy in a second - as any loving parent would - and it made me grateful that it's me and not one of my kids who's been dealt this hand.  I can only imagine that father's feelings of fear and helplessness.  There but for the grace of God...

Shout out to the gang in radiation oncology room 6
I go to the same treatment room at the hospital and deal with the same staff just about every day, and when they found out I work on the radio they thought that was pretty cool.  I thought it was cool that they thought it was cool, because they're all in their 20s, and their curiosity about my work reassured me that not everyone under 30 looks at pre-millennial pop culture and technology with fustian hipster disdain.  Anyway, I promised to give them a shout out on the air at 8:15am the next day, didn't remember until 9:45 and got one of their names and the name of their department wrong.  And they still thought it was cool.  Suck it, hipsters.

They're magically antimetabolic!
My hospital-appointed dietitian says Lucky Charms don't cure cancer, to which I say, "It's never been tried."  And that's why I'm a visionary pioneer in the field of medical research when I'm not cranking out yesterday's hits and the day before yesterday's classics on lite and refreshing Jewel 106.7 FM.  

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 12:44 am

Trashys World


(10) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

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Posted on 11 November 2015 | 1:27 pm

The Galloping Beaver

Gift for your Conservative friends and family

The holiday season is fast approaching. It's a time for sharing, for rebuilding bridges between friends and family that ruptured by a decade of Conservative misrule. Show your angry/depressed/embittered Conservative loved one that you care, by giving them the magic of Justin Trudeau, immortalised on your choice of T-shirt, tanks, and jumpers. If you're a non-Conservative living in a riding

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Posted on 9 November 2015 | 1:40 pm

Michael Geist

Signing vs. Ratifying: Unpacking the Canadian Government Position on the TPP

The official release of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a global trade agreement between 12 countries including Canada, the United States, and Japan, has generated considerable confusion over where the Trudeau government stands on the deal. The TPP was concluded several weeks before the October election and the Liberals were careful to express general support for free trade, but refrain from embracing an agreement that was still secret.

Over the past month, there have been mixed signals over the issue. Chrystia Freeland, the new Minister of International Trade, has committed to a public consultation and noted that her government is not bound by commitments made by the Conservatives (in the interests of full disclosure, I had the opportunity to meet with Minister Freeland to discuss the TPP earlier this month). Yet following a meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama at the APEC conference in Manila, Obama indicated that he expects Canada to soon be a signatory to the deal.

How to explain the seemingly inconsistent comments on the Canadian position on the TPP? The answer may well lie in the differences between reaching an agreement-in-principle, signing the formal text, and ratifying the deal.  Each step is distinct and carries different legal obligations.

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 2:54 pm

Montreal Simon

Why the Ugly Record of the Harper Cons Must Not Be Forgotten or Denied

It was just another traffic accident in downtown Toronto, where everyone is always in a hurry, and time is money, and sometimes bloody.

And Godzilla knows I've seen enough of them.

But as I watched them try to figure out what happened, and who was to blame?

I couldn't help thinking those are exactly the same questions we need to ask about the catastrophic disaster, and the years of democratic darkness, that Stephen Harper and his monstrous Cons inflicted on this country.
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Posted on 26 October 2015 | 11:59 am

Ghost of a Flea

CBG19 - Epic History X-Men Volume 2, The Phoenix Saga

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Posted on 20 November 2015 | 1:14 pm

The Disaffected Lib

Sorry JT But the Honeymoon's Over

Even the New York Times can't look the other way any longer. America's "grey lady," put it on the record today. Saudi Arabia is no ally to the West. It is, by contrast, the greatest "state sponsor of terrorism" on the planet and the radical Islamist outfits it backs are the same murderous gangs we're fighting - al Qaeda, al Nusra, ISIS and their affiliates who are sowing chaos through the Muslim world, Europe and even in North America.

If you need more details you can check out this trip down Memory Lane from Foreign Policy in Focus.

So, prime minister Trudeau, you're on notice. Unlike your predecessor, Harper, you can't duck this. You'll know that Harper approved the biggest arms deal in Canadian history for the supply of $15-billion worth of armoured fighting vehicles to the biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the increasingly chaotic Middle East.

Harper tried to duck his, and by extension all Canadians', abject moral failure with the greasy excuse that, if Canada didn't sell these combat vehicles to the Saudis, another country would. That's the talk of a moral reprobate but, unless you act Mr. Trudeau, you'll also have to own it.

It's not just the Saudis either. It's the Kuwaitis too. Apparently this is how they express their gratitude for our war to drive Saddam Hussein out of their homeland. And it's the Qataris and, it seems, our NATO ally, the Turks. Oh well you know all the players from that dossier Vladimir Putin handed to you at the G20 summit.

What exactly did the Saudis tell us they had in mind for all those armoured fighting vehicles? I wonder if it's got anything to do with their extermination campaign against the Houthi people of Yemen? Those Saudis are going through a massive amount of ordinance. When it comes to the Yemeni people they prefer smart munitions and cluster bombs. It's about all the Americans can do to keep up with demand.

You see, Mr. Trudeau, here's the thing. When the Saudis are placing an order that massive with Canada's defence industry, it's a good bet this state sponsor of terrorism has a pretty clear plan to use that high-tech death hardware before long and, with what we know of Saudi Arabia and the murderous swine it sponsors, whatever they do with those combat vehicles will be on our heads and I really don't like that idea.  We can't feign innocence. Harper says he swore not to talk, a condition of the sale insisted on by the Saudis. Why? What did Harper and his Saudi pals not want the Canadian people and the world to know?

Stop this, Mr. Trudeau. Stop it now before one of those fighting vehicles reaches the hold of a ship.

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Posted on 21 November 2015 | 2:22 am

De Smog Blog

Brussels ‘Revolving Door’ Keeps Relationship Cozy Between Big Energy and EU Decision Makers

The Brussels ‘revolving door’ has allowed Big Energy to remain close to European climate and energy decision makers ahead of December’s Paris COP21 climate talks, a new report shows.

The report, by transparency campaigning and research group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), highlights the easy and frequent flow of EU public servants and elected representatives into corporate jobs linked  to the fossil fuel industry, or those who represent them, and vice versa.

Major industry players such as Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, and energy lobby consultancy FleishmanHillard are linked to the latest revolving door cases this year.

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 8:01 am


Product Review: Slingbox 500 Taps Into the Power of Your Cable TV

Stuck at your cousin's wedding during March Madness? No problem. Just pull out your phone and it's game on. Your aunt's birthday party is seriously going head to head with the NFL playoffs? Really? Who does that? Well, it's not an issue anymore, thanks to the Slingbox.

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 12:48 am

Canadian Living

The Canadian Living Nutrition Survey 2015

Take our survey about your healthy eating habits and you could win a basket of healthy, organic breakfast foods and snacks from Nature's Path, valued at $100.

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Posted on 20 November 2015 | 12:01 pm

Pro Woman Pro Life

Planned Parenthood shouldn’t have celebrated that episode of Scandal

I saw a number of pro-lifers posting about the latest Scandal episode on Facebook. It’s one of television’s top shows. In last week’s episode, the main character apparently undergoes ‘the most realistic’ abortion ever shown during prime time. I’ve watched Scandal. But I didn’t watch last week’s episode as I caught a story about it […]

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 2:40 pm


Even though so few have read it, the TPP may already be in the books

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 7:37 pm

Rolling Around in My Head

History: A View From The Wrong Side

Discussing the issue of 'assisted suicide' with almost anyone outside the disability community is a difficult thing to do. There seems to be a general dismissal of the concerns that are being legitimately raised by disability activists and organizations such as Not Dead Yet.

I am, they assure me, 'making myself upset when there is no cause.'

I am, they insist, 'purposely misunderstanding the issue.'

Those that I have spoken to seem to think that, we as disabled people, are a bit addled and prone to upset. Perhaps there's need for a massive PRN that we need to be given, from time to time, to settle down our nerves. I argue, strenuously, and to no effect, that disabled people do see the issue and perhaps see it more clearly than anyone else. When that doesn't work:

I am, they tell me, 'on the wrong side of history.'

For a moment this does silence me. Because they are right. Disabled people have always been on the wrong side of history. We have been left in forests to die, we have been vilified by those who think that we are manifestations of sin, our 'final solution' though seldom acknowledged came first and genocide honed it's skills on our lives in the basement of institutions. We have been sterilized, brutalized, congregated, segregated, persecuted and destroyed. History isn't our friend, you've got me there.

I am, again reassured, that 'this is all in the past.'

When I'm not comforted by this, and when I suggest that past attitudes are influencing present legislation, I'm considered to be, again, 'purposely resistant to the real intent of assisted suicide, which is to end the suffering of people who are terminally ill.'

But that's not true is it? Diane Coleman from Not Dead Yet "Under the Canadian Supreme Court ruling, disabled people explicitly qualify for assisted suicide whether or not they are 'terminal'". 

So, just how does the court see people with disabilities? What faith can we put in legislators and law makers and decision makers?

Recently there was a ruling in a case where a teenager was convicted of the murder of a young police officer. During the commission of the crime the teenager became disabled. While you can argue the judges ultimate decision to not imprison the teen, I'm not going to comment on that. It's what the judge said about the young man's life as a wheelchair user. Justice Alex Sosna said, "... already serving a life sentence, imprisoned in his wheelchair."

"imprisoned in his wheelchair."

That's what he said. this educated, sophisticated, interpreter of the law and justice maker. His view of disability is the view that has been held of disability from the get go, we are imprisoned and our only release will be ... death. Justice Sosna's ignorance of the life that people with disabilities live is, if the power he has didn't make this so frightening, laughable.

Let me state clearly.

I am not assured or reassured that prejudice will not be part of decision making about our lives and our deaths.

I am very aware that the voice of the disability community is being purposely ignored by those who want laws that make our deaths easy to procure.

I am deeply frightened that one day, some one like Justice Sosna, will have a say over me and my life.


Repeats itself.

Like a demanding child.

Until it's heard.

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Posted on 25 November 2015 | 1:27 pm

A Canadian Foodie

Lavazza Series 2015: Spectacular Special Coffee Recipe

My favourite first cup and a great Lavazza Holiday Giveaway! My Lavazza assignment this month is centered around enjoying my first cup. There is nothing that sings comfort more in these coming icy winter months than a steamy cup of fragrant coffee freshly brewed first thing in the morning – or right after midnight! It...

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Posted on 20 November 2015 | 11:20 pm

Dean Somerset

High Tensile Strength Available Today

It’s taken 18 months from the moment of inception, through a beta test phase, program development, website set up and all the other fun factors that go into something like this, but HIGH TENSILE STRENGTH launches today!! This is the first product I’ve put together that’s meant for the end user and isn’t a continuing…… Read More

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Posted on 24 November 2015 | 3:08 pm