The Quick Brown Fiox

Love Letters ~ Where your fellow writers are getting published

Congratulations, Jennifer!
Hi, Brian.
I'm very pleased to share that I've signed a contract with Scholastic for my first book. SPEECHLESS is a middle grade novel about Jelly who decides that this is the year he's going to win the speech competition at school, in spite of his morbid fear of public speaking and the connivings of his classmate who thinks the prize is rightfully hers.
I started this in one of your “Welcome to Creative Writing” classes, and I'm grateful for all the help and support given by you and the fantastic writers I met in your sessions.
Jennifer Mook-Sang
Note: The next “Welcome to Creative Writing” class starts Tuesday, Sept 23, in the mornings (see here). I also have a “Writing your life and other personal stories” class starting Tuesday, Sept 23, in the afternoons (see here). And I have a “Writing for children & Young Adults” workshop on Saturday, Nov 8 (see here). ~ Brian

Hi, Brian.
Two of my speculative fiction stories were just published in a new anthology from the Houston Writer's Guild called Tides of Possibility. It's available in both print and eBook formats on Amazon here.
Would you be able to help spread the word?
Brandon Crilly
P.S. Brandon is looking for someone to review Tides of Possibility for Quick Brown Fox. If you’re interested, please email him at
Please copy me, too, so that I know a review will be coming at:

Congratulations, Wilma!
Hi, Brian.
My short story “Spynx” has been published by Perspectives Magazine on line and in print form in August.
Best regards,
Wilma Seville
Check out the August issue of Perspectives here.

Sarah Heller
Hi, Brian.
Good news: I signed with Sarah Heller of the Helen Heller agency. 
Sara Walker
For information about submitting to the Helen Heller Agency, see here.

See Brian Henry's schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Barrie, Brampton, Bolton, Burlington, Caledon, Cambridge, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara on the Lake, Oakville, Orillia, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Stouffville, Sudbury, Toronto, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 3:31 pm


Photo-mystère 123

Qui profite des dernières chaleurs de l'été?

Réponse: ICI

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 7:54 pm

Other Food - Daily Devotions

Nurture your song-life

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 98:1-9

TO CHEW ON: "Oh, sing to the Lord a new song!
For He has done marvelous things" - Psalm 98:1a

Are you a singer? By that I mean, do you find yourself voicing or humming tunes? Do songs play in your mind and overflow from your mouth?

Songs perform many functions in our society. They tell stories, express love, grief, longing, and outrage. They entertain us and with them we entertain ourselves and each other. Unfortunately we often equate singer with star and feel that if we don't sing well we have no business inflicting our sour notes on others.

But the psalmist never mentions accuracy of pitch or quality of tone when he tells us to sing. One gets the sense that instead of technical skill, it's the spiritual life behind the song that matters. It's a life so vigorous it can't help but find expression in "a new song" and a "joyful shout." It spontaneously erupts in songs and praises, taking advantage of every available music-maker; the harp, the trumpet, and the horn for the Psalm writer (the piano, guitar, drum, synthesizer, violin, cello, bass etc. for us)

The second part of our focus verse—"For He has done marvelous things"—gives us the reason for such songs and a clue about how to nurture a robust song-life. It begins when we move our attention from ourselves to God. For He has done and is doing "marvelous things" all around us in creation, in history, and in our own lives.

Let's prepare a path for song as we meditate on God's many "marvelous things." Then let's open our mouths and lend our vocal cords to sing the praise, worship, and thanks that flows from our meditation.

PRAYER: Dear God, may thoughts about You and Your "marvellous things" birth songs in my heart today. When I don't feel like singing, help me to open my mouth in faith that my feelings will follow as I sing anyway. Amen.

MORE: Holy Cross Day
Today the church celebrates Holy Cross Day or Feast of the Cross It is a feast that celebrates the cross as the instrument of salvation. The day's liturgy begins with this Collect:

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. 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 14 September 2014 | 5:00 am

Anglican Samizdat

Off to Australia

I am going to be spending some time travelling in Australia and New Zealand, visiting family, friends and Hobbits. Photographs to follow, Wi-Fi availability permitting.

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 8:21 pm


Weigh-in After 34 Weeks

I had one kilo extra weight compared to the result I had two weeks ago. Thanks to the carbohydrate refueling I have had due to half marathon. Now it's time to tighten the diet and exercises to achieve my main goal and fit into my wedding dress..!

I have walked this week already 14 kilometres and tried also running steps a bit, even if I haven't been able to do anything else due to leg and back pain I have had after the running event.

Have a nice weekend!


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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 2:13 pm

After the Kids leave

IKEA wins Sunday Videos

Dear Readers, IKEA is amazing.  We’re not necessarily talking about their peculiarly-named sofas, nor are we discussing 101 Things to Do with an Allen Wrench  (what a great idea!  Must do post on this soon).  We’re talking about their recent commercials.  Whoever is coming up with this stuff should get a raise, a Volvo and […]

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 12:04 am

Buzz Feed

25 Famous Phrases From "The Amanda Show"

“Stick around, we’ll be back in a second to do stuff!”

The Theme Song

The Theme Song


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Amber from "The Girls' Room"

Amber from "The Girls' Room"

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Mr. Oldman

Mr. Oldman

Fun fact: He was played by show creator Dan Schneider.

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The Honorable Judge Trudy

The Honorable Judge Trudy

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Posted on 13 September 2014 | 1:39 pm

How to survive life in the suburbs

Getting My Groove Back With HamiltonBeachCA ! #Giveaway

School’s back! I know, I said the “S” word.  The good news?  September is the perfect month to get re-organized, start anew and get your groove back!  During the school year my girls run me ragged.  From School to Dance classes.  From Volleyball practice to Cheer events.  I am not exaggerating when I say there […]

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:11 am

Progressive Bloggers

Morton's Musings: Rule against perpetuities

The rule against perpetuities says:  Any valid interest must vest not later than twenty-one years after the death of some life in being at the creation of the interest.  For the purposes of the rule, a life is “in being” at conception.  Recognizing a life “in being” is a life span of an individual plus nine months (at the most) the rule limits vesting to say 90 years (at highest) plus 21 years or about 111 years. 

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 5:29 pm

Bird Droppings

Dr. Machiavelli, please report to emergency

I'm not a Rob Ford basher.  In fact, the only thing more cynical to me than the mainstream media's deliberate campaign to discredit Ford at every opportunity is their transparent coddling of Justin Trudeau.  That said, there's something fishy about Ford dropping out of the Toronto mayoralty race on health grounds but still running for city council.  What's the medical dividing line for being too sick to run for mayor but not sick enough to run for council?  And how did Ford make that distinction before even knowing the results of a biopsy on a tumour found in his stomach?  Throw in the fact that his brother Doug is replacing him as a candidate for mayor, and it's not offside to simultaneously wish Rob Ford well and wonder if there's something rotten in Etobicoke.   

The Guy Turcotte case is a depressing reminder that justice and the law don't always intersect.  That a man who stabbed his 3 and 5 year old children to death is being freed on bail pending a retrial is completely at odds with common sense, let alone any sense of justice.  Turcotte was found not criminally responsible in 2012 but a retrial was ordered after the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the verdict last year.  Even though there's no question that Turcotte killed his children and that he has a history of severe mental illness, Superior Court Justice Andre Vincent says Turcotte has a right to the presumption of innocence. If that's the letter of the law, the law needs to be relettered.

Regardless of the outcome, there are important lessons to be learned on both sides of the Atlantic in this Thursday's Scottish referendum.  The clear, unequivocal question being put to Scottish voters is a lesson in intellectual honesty for Quebec separatists. On the flip side, with the Queen herself declining to intervene for the No side in what Buckingham Palace calls "a matter for the people of Scotland", Canadian federalists should understand that Quebecers have the right to decide their own destiny without undue influence.  That right, however, only extends to the referendum itself, and everything is on the table moving forward from there. 

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Posted on 13 September 2014 | 12:30 pm

Trashys World

So I’m officially not running for anything…

… this time around. I was, however, very tempted to run down to City Hall around noon to register as a school Board Trustee candidate in my zone; where there was no one contesting the lone candidate who filed his papers. But whammo! someone named Talis-Ilmars Brauns has filed and will provide some opposition to […]

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 3:23 pm

The Galloping Beaver

A Burger for Stevie . . .

Burger King Japan’s Kuro Pearl burger,which has a black bun, black sauce and black cheese in addition to black-pepper heavy beef patties. ACCORDING TO SALON, Burger King Japan is re-introducing its pitch-black cheeseburger. Goths will love 'em . . .  If I ran any of the anti-Harper parties, I'd air-freight 400-500 of 'em from Tokyo. Put each one in a nice re-cycled cardboard box with

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Posted on 11 September 2014 | 8:11 pm

Michael Geist

Ontario Not Alone in Seeking Netflix Regulation: CBC, Government of Quebec, and Cultural Groups Making Similar Demands

The Government of Ontario's call for regulation of online video services has generated considerable attention and a government campaign against what it is calling a "Netflix tax." While the Government of Ontario has tried to back pedal on its request, the newly released CRTC transcript confirms that government officials were warned about the likely public response. Indeed, the following exchange with CRTC Jean-Pierre Blais foreshadowed the reaction:

THE CHAIRPERSON: To put a blunt face on it, you are inviting the CRTC to regulate Google, YouTube and Netflix, aren't you, and what advice will you be giving your Minister later on today when the potential headline is, "Government of Ontario wants to tax Netflix" or "Government of Ontario wants to regulate the Internet"?

MR. FINNERTY: Well, in fact what we recommend is that new media broadcasting activities be regulated. We did not recommend that the Internet be regulated, but we are very clear in our submission, both our written submission and in today's presentation, that we believe that new media broadcasting activity should be regulated to support the principles of the Broadcasting Act and to support Ontario's very important entertainment and creative cluster.

It is worth noting that the Government of Ontario is not alone on this issue. A review of submissions from many cultural groups reveals that "regulating Netflix" is a common theme in the submissions. For example, the Government of Quebec asks the CRTC to investigate the possibility of imposing payments on online video providers:

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 10:26 am

Montreal Simon

Why We're NOT Better Off With Harper: The Video

It's so bizarre, so crazy, it could only happen in a ghastly corrupted state like Harperland,.

Or spring from the increasingly desperate and deluded mind of Stephen Harper.

For what else can explain that on Tuesday his propaganda machine would release a video bragging about all the jobs Great Economist Leader has created.

Only to prepare to deploy the useless Joe Oliver on Thursday, to announce that, hello Houston, the Cons have a job creation problem.
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Posted on 11 September 2014 | 7:28 am

Ghost of a Flea

Gucci Presents: Men’s Tailoring (Director’s Cut)

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Posted on 13 September 2014 | 2:05 pm

The Disaffected Lib

Smear Job or Indictment? The Rise and Collapse of Boeing's Corporate Culture

Al Jazeera pulls the wings off Boeing's 787 to reveal the "new Boeing" where profit comes first, even at the expense of quality. 

There was a time when "Boeing" meant the essence of quality.  From the B-17 to the B-52, and the magnificent history of the "7" series - 707, 737, 747, 757 and 767.  And then something changed and it began in Boeing's corporate culture. 

The company built on its quality, Washington state workforce, turned on its workers, beat up their union and the State government.  Boeing decided to outsource assembly work to the Third World, a.k.a. Charleston, South Carolina. 

Ordinarily I wouldn't post a documentary this long but, on watching it, the reality sank in that this is the face of today's corporate culture and we all need to be aware of that.   As for me, I've pretty much given up commercial flying but if I do have to travel, it sure as hell won't be on a Boeing 787.

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 3:27 pm

De Smog Blog

Speeding Up Renewable Energy Access Critical for Climate, Health and Economy: Report

Renewable energies are increasingly seen as the best solution to a growing global population demanding affordable access to electricity while reducing the need for toxic fossil fuels that are creating unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions.

That’s the underlying message of a new report — REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System — published this week by the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Rapid technological progress, combined with falling costs, a better understanding of financial risk and a growing appreciation of wider benefits, means that renewable energy is increasingly seen as the answer,” the 94-page report says.

Not only can renewable energy meet the world’s rising demand, but it can do so more cheaply, while contributing to limiting global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius – the widely cited tipping point for climate change,” the report adds.

A technology once considered as niche is becoming mainstream. What remains unclear is how long this transition will take, and how well policy makers will handle the change.”

The world’s population grew from four billion to seven billion people in the past 40 years, the report said, adding that population trends forecast more than eight billion people by 2030.

In the next two decades, the report noted, world electricity generation is expected to increase by 70%.

But the report warned that there is an environmental cost to producing the required future levels of electricity.

There is growing consensus on the threat of climate change brought on by increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, prompting worldwide efforts to reduce emissions,” the report said.

If business continues as usual, these efforts will not succeed. The average emissions intensity of electricity production has barely changed over the past 20 years. Gains from the increasing deployment of renewables, and less intensive fossil fuels such as natural gas, have been offset by less efficient power plants and the rising use of coal. Without a substantial increase in the share of renewables in the mix, climate change mitigation will remain elusive.”

There is also increasing concern about the health impacts of burning fossil fuels, the report said, adding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently found that ill health caused by fossil fuels nationally costs between US $362 billion and $887 billion annually.

In addition, the European Union’s Health and Environment Alliance found that emissions from coal-fired power plants cost up to EUR 42.8 billion in yearly health costs.

Something has to change,” the report said. “Fossil fuels powered the first industrial revolution, but even in the new era of shale oil and gas, questions remain about their compatibility with sustainable human well-being. The stage is set for the era of modern renewable energy that is cost competitive, mainstream and sustainable.”

The report said renewable energy technologies have grown more robust and more efficient in the last decade and are increasingly able to generate power even in suboptimal conditions such as low wind speeds and low solar irradiation. Energy storage technologies are improving fast, it added, while costs have plummeted.

Worldwide, renewable power capacity has grown 85% over the past 10 years, reaching 1,700 GW in 2013, and renewables today constitute 30% of all installed power capacity,” the report said, noting the challenge today is how to finance and accelerate the continued deployment of renewables.

Total investment in renewable energy rose from $55 billion in 2004 to $214 billion in 2013 (excluding large hydropower), said the report, which also pointed out that $550 billion is needed annually until 2030 to double the global share of renewable energy and avert catastrophic climate change.

The report added that politicians have an important role to play. “If they make it clear that renewable energy will be a larger part of their national energy mix, and commit to long-term, non-financial support mechanisms, they could reduce uncertainty and attract more investors.”

Deploying renewables also stimulates economic activity, creates jobs, provides power for those left off the grid, the report said. Most renewables do not deplete finite resources and they also reduce the risk of ecological disasters.

The changes at hand offer the potential for a new industrial revolution – creating a renewables-based system, which enhances access, health and security, creates jobs and safeguards the environment,” the report said. “The technology is ready to deploy. People, businesses and governments must now embrace its potential.”

In an accompanying media release, IRENA Director-General Adnan Amin said speeding up the adoption of renewable energy technologies is the most feasible way of reducing carbon emissions and avoiding catastrophic global warming.

A convergence of social, economic and environmental forces are transforming the global energy system as we know it,” Amin was quoted as saying. “But if we continue on the path we are currently on and fuel our growing economies with outmoded ways of thinking and acting, we will not be able avoid the most serious impacts of climate change.”

Image credit: Solar and wind energy by Kenny Tong via Shutterstock

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Posted on 14 September 2014 | 11:00 am


2014 MLB Draft Grades: NL Central

In fact, after catching in the low minors, Schwarber was playing left field exclusively by the time he got to High-A Daytona. Stinnett has improved since being taken in the late rounds by the Pirates last year, as the 6’4” righty has a power arm but may be more suited to be a reliever at this point because of mechanical concerns. Sands, on the other hand, is much more consistent at repeating his delivery and can reach the mid-90s with his fastball. He also features a very good 12-to-6 curve.

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Posted on 13 September 2014 | 3:50 pm

North by East West

Twin Library presents: No Museums

Edmonton’s No Museums will release their debut album in late September. I Was A Worker And Now I’m Old was originally intended as the follow up to Twin Library’s Historical Tumblers album (April 2014) but over the summer it became something else. The new album is described as short and scrappy – only seven songs
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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:35 am

Canadian Living

Balancing motherhood and your passions: Toronto moms share how they do it

What started as an informal ball hockey team has led a group of moms to the 2014 Master's World Ball Hockey Championships. These Toronto hockey moms share how they juggle their family and their passions.

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 12:00 am

Pro Woman Pro Life

Support a great cause

The Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services (CAPSS) is having a matching grant fundraising campaign right now. This is a great organization and one you can confidently support with your pro-life dollars. Don’t know what CAPSS is? Let’s get you up to speed: CAPSS was formed in 1997 to provide a Canadian national association dedicated […]

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 4:09 pm


The Coastal Citizen: The costs of oil and gas

The Coastal Citizen Podcast

Offshore oil and gas development is high stakes. The companies involved in it are global giants: BP, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, Encana. And the governments in charge of regulating it stand to gain hundreds of millions in royalties. There's many on the east coast with concerns that oil and gas development, or even exploration, has risks and impacts that are just not worth the payoff.

On this episode of The Coastal Citizen, we take a look at a global industry taking root off the Atlantic coast, and the concerns being raised about the dangers it poses to our ecosystems and economies.

Featuring voices of: Dr. Lindy Weilgart, Mary Gorman, Troy Jerome, Claude Jeanotte

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:45 pm

Rolling Around in My Head


At the intersection of Yonge and Bloor there are three pedestrian crossing possibilities. North South. East West. And then there's 'all ways' crossing where traffic is stopped in every direction and people can cross from whatever corner they are on to whichever one they wish to go. It's kind of cool when you get there and it's 'all ways' because it still feels kind of wrong going both North and East or South and West both at the same time.

Yesterday we were one of the cars stopped right at the crosswalk when the 'all ways' crossing blinked on. We saw a woman in a wheelchair with bright red hair; brightly multicoloured stilettos on her feet; fashionably cool clothing and with the most amazing cape draped over the chair behind her back. She entered the intersection and then wandered in a lazy kind of lovely meandering route. She looked to be simply enjoying the chair and enjoying her ride out and enjoying the opportunity to do a wheelchair ballet in the intersection. Joe had classical music playing on the radio and it was the perfect soundtrack to her movements.

She made it to the curb and continued on her way, the light changed, and we were off. But I was so glad that we had stopped there. I was so glad we had seen even for a few moments. She managed, in front of an audience of cars and fellow crossers, to demonstrate that wheelchairs free us. Free us to move. Free us to travel. And more than that ...

... free us to dance.

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Posted on 13 September 2014 | 8:42 am

A Canadian Foodie

Bartlett Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake

Bartlett Pear Upside Down Gingerbread Cake Gingerbread cake. It’s been a loooong time. Home from the hospital with my first child, Ragan, 36 years ago now, I arrived to a lovely home cooked meal thanks to my neighbours that included a square tin of deep, dark, spicy gingerbread cake with the classic pairing: apple sauce […]

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Posted on 12 September 2014 | 11:54 pm

Dean Somerset

Best Exercise In Ever: Butterfly Hip Flow Series

I’m heading off to London later today to teach a workshop with Tony Gentilcore to a group of almost 30 fantastic trainers and strength coaches, and random folks who just want to deadlift and get selfies with Tony in a collared shirt. Since my plane ride is going to be about 9 hours of red-eye…… Read More

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Posted on 10 September 2014 | 8:00 am

Knit Nut

Rutting Farm Animals and Pink Lungs

Remember back in the winter I started a migraine prevention medication which is also a popular anti-seizure medication, and which is known to cause significant cognitive impairment? Apparently more than half of the people who take this drug don’t last more than a couple of months on it because of its side effects. Well, I’m [...]

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Posted on 7 September 2014 | 12:04 pm