The Quick Brown Fiox

Two new agents at Canadian agency P.S. Literary are looking for new authors: YA, New adult, literary, commercial & upmarket; the other 3 agents at P.S. all want new authors, too

P.S. Literary Agency
20033 – 520 Kerr Street
Oakville, Ontario, L6K 3C7 

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The P.S. Literary Agency is a relative newcomer to the agenting world, having been established by Curtis Russell in 2005, so all its agents are actively looking for authors.  P.S. is located in Oakville (a suburb of Toronto) and represents literary and commercial fiction, Young Adult and Middle grade fiction and picture books, and nonfiction.

In the last month, two new agents have joined P.S., and like all new agents, they need authors:

Eric Smith ~ Associate Agent
Eric was previously the social media & marketing manager at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, A frequent blogger, Eric’s ramblings about books appear on BookRiot, The Huffington Post and more. He is the author of Inked (Bloomsbury Publishing) and The Geek’s Guide to Dating (Quick Books).

Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), New Adult and Literary and Commercial fiction (especially sci-fi and fantasy and thrillers and mysteries).

In nonfiction, Eric is interested in Cookbooks, Pop Culture, Humour, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.

Query Erica at: 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

Kurestin Armada ~ Associate Agent
Kurestin began her publishing career as an intern with Workman Publishing and spent time as an assistant at the Lofts Agency before joining P.S. Literary.

She holds a B.A. in English from Kenyon College and a publishing certificate from Columbia University. Kurestin is based in New York City.

Kurestin is actively acquiring Upmarket and Commercial Fiction, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Alternative History, Historical Fiction LGBTQ (any genre), select Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Mystery, including mystery with element of science fiction or fantasy, and Romance. She has a particular affection for science fiction and fantasy, especially books that recognize and subvert typical tropes of genre fiction.

In nonfiction, Kuristin is looking for Design, Cooking, Pop Psychology, Humour, Narrative Nonfiction, Photography, and Pop Science.

Query Kurestin at: 
Query on. No attachments unless specifically requested.

The other three other agents at P.S. Literary are also looking for authors:

Carly Watters ~  VP, Senior Literary Agent. 
Carly is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, World literature, Women’s fiction, Literary thrillers, high concept Young Adult novels and Picture books, and up-market nonfiction in Health, Wellness, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Carly also represents select titles in North America for the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency. Carly did her MA in Publishing Studies at City University London in the UK where she worked in the publishing industry at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency, and Bloomsbury PLC before returning to Canada in 2010 to join the P.S Literary Agency. She blogs here.

Many readers will know what a treasure Carly is from when she’s been my guest speaker at “How to Get Published” workshops.

Maria Vicente ~ Associate Agent
Maria began her publishing career an intern with Bree Ogden at D4EO Literary Agency and then interned at P.S. Literary before joining the agency as an associate agent. Maria has a B.A. in English Lit from Carleton and a Bachelor of Education from Western. She blogs here.

Maria is actively looking for Literary and Commercial fiction, New Adult, high-concept Young Adult, Middle Grade, high-concept Picture Books, and nonfiction in the Pop Culture, Pop Psychology, Design and Lifestyle categories.

Maria was my guest speaker at a How to Get Published workshop Sunday, June 22, in Ottawa.

Curtis Russell ~ President & Principal Agent
Curtis began his publishing career nearly a decade ago as proprietor of a micro press. In 2005 he crossed to the other side of the desk and founded the P.S. Literary Agency. He has a wide-ranging and diverse client list, and is interested in discovering writers with unique ideas, no matter what the category.

Curtis is currently acquiring both fiction and nonfiction. In terms of fiction, he is seeking Literary, Commercial mainstream, Women's fiction, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult and Middle Grade novels, and Mysteries & Thrillers.

In terms of nonfiction, he is looking for Business, History, Politics, Current Affairs, Memoir, Health, Wellness, Sports, Humour, Pop science and Pop psychology.

Query any agent at P.S. Literary at: 
No attachments unless specifically requested.  Limit your query to one page and include...
Paragraph One – Introduction: Include the title and category of your work (i.e. fiction or nonfiction and topic), an estimated word count and a brief, general introduction.
Paragraph Two – Mini-synopsis: A concise summary or overview of your work.
Paragraph Three – Writer’s bio: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background (awards and affiliations, etc.).

Full submission requirements here

Martha Magor Webb
Brian Henry will lead "How to Get Published" workshops in Windsor (for my American readers, that's just across the river from Detroit), on Sunday, May 31, with Martha Magor Webb of the Anne McDermid Agency (see here) and in Mississauga on Saturday, June 20, again with Martha Magor Webb (here).  

Brian will also lead a “Writing for Children & for Young Adults” workshop with Anne Shone, Senior Editor at Scholastic Canada, on Saturday, May 2, in Oakville (see here).

For more information or to register, email:

Other upcoming workshops, include “Writing great characters,” Saturday, March 28 in Brampton (see here) Saturday, July 11, in Burlington (here), and Saturday, July 18 in Kitchener (here), “Secrets of Writing a Page-turner,” Saturday, April 11, in Peterborough (here), Saturday, May 11, in Barrie (here) and Saturday, June 6, in Georgetown (here), “Writing & Revising” Sunday, April 12, in Ottawa (here),  and “How to Build Your Story,”  Saturday, April 25, in Thessalon (here), Saturday, May 9 in London (here) and Saturday, May 30 in Guelph (here).

Anne Shone
The spring session of Brian’s weekly creative writing courses begins in April See details of all five weekly courses, for beginning to advanced writers, here.

Exploring Creative Writing” will be offered Wednesday evenings in Burlington (see here), “Writing Personal Stories” on Tuesday afternoons in Mississauga (here), “The Next Step in Creative Writing” on Thursday evenings in Georgetown (here) and “Intensive Creative Writing” on Wednesday afternoons in Burlington (here) and Thursday afternoons in Burlington (here).

Read reviews of Brian’s courses and workshops here.
For more information or to reserve a spot, email:

See Brian's full 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, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 3:06 pm


Photo-mystère 136

Qui est cette belle dame? (photo récente)

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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 1:52 am

Other Food - Daily Devotions

A song for all us lost sheep

"Christ, Savior of Mankind" - Unknown Flemish master, 1590s, Alabaster.
"Christ, Savior of Mankind" - Unknown Flemish master, 1590s, Alabaster.
TODAY'S SPECIAL: Isaiah 52:13-53:12

TO CHEW ON: "All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned every one to his own way
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6

Our reading today is the final Servant Song. I don't think there's any doubt about who the Servant in it is; it's obviously Jesus. My Bible's notes say about this grand passage:
"It is one of the greatest passages in the Bible, the mountain peak of Isaiah's book; the most sublime messianic prophecy in the O.T. relating to so many features of Jesus' redemptive work" - Nathaniel M. Van Cleave New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 936.
In it we see a multitude of prophecies:
  • Jesus' incarnation and early life: "He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant ... a root out of dry ground" - Isaiah 53:2.
  • His rejection: "He is despised and rejected... He was despised and we did not esteem Him" - Isaiah 53:3.
  • His suffering: "His visage was marred more any any man .... He was wounded ... He was bruised...", He suffered "chastisement" and "stripes" - Isaiah 52:14; 53:4-5.
  • His death: "He was cut off from the land of the living... they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death" - Isaiah 53:8-9.
  • His triumph and exaltation: "He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high .... Kings shall shut their mouths at Him .... Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong" - Isaiah 52:13,15; 53:11-12.

    Significant is Isaiah's explanation of how Jesus will be the substitute lamb—that sacrifice for sin that will appease a holy God (Isaiah 53:4-6). I love how he makes it personal, implicating even himself in this unthinkable action:

    "All we like sheep have god astray, we have turned every one to his own way and the He has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

    And that is, finally, the personal message of Jesus' passion for each one of us. He didn't die because of some theoretical idea. His death wasn't to restore a blurry mass of people. It was an "offering for sin" for me and you because we "turned to our own way" and are full of "iniquity" and have no merit of our own on which to approach God.

    All these thousands of years later, this Servant Song still has significance and application to each one of us on the most personal level. Jesus still invites us to come to Him and promises that God will accept us on the merit of His (Jesus') life, death and resurrection. Hear Him say it Himself, using the imagery of sheep and shepherds:

    "I am the door of the sheep ... I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture .... I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly" - John 10:7-10.

    PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You that You who had no sin became sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Help me to forsake sin every conscious moment and to live the life of rich abundance You promise. Amen.

    MORE: Prophecies fulfilled

    Did the prophecies of Isaiah's come true? Indeed they did. A handy table in my Bible details the prophecies in today's reading with their fulfillment:

    - He will be exalted - Isaiah 52:13
    Fulfilled - Philippians 2:9

    - He will be disfigured by suffering - Isaiah 52:14; 53:2
    Fulfilled: Mark 15:17,19

    - He will be widely rejected - Isaiah 53:1,3
    Fulfilled - John 12:37-38

    - He will bear our sins and sorrows - Isaiah 53:4
    Fulfilled - Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 2:24-25

    - He will make a blood atonement - Isaiah 53:6
    Fulfilled - Romans 3:25

    - He will be our substitute - Isaiah 53:6,8
    Fulfilled - 2 Corinthians 5:21

    - He will voluntarily accept our guilt and punishment - Isaiah 53:7
    Fulfilled - John 10:11

    - He will be buried in a rich man's tomb - Isaiah 53:9
    Fulfilled - John 19:38-42

    - He will justify many from their sin - Isaiah 53:10-11
    Fulfilled - Romans 5:15-19

    - He will die with transgressors - Isaiah 53:12
    Fulfilled - Mark 15:27; Luke 22:37

    - From "The Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53:12)" - New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, p. 937.

    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 27 March 2015 | 9:00 am

    Anglican Samizdat

    A Green Easter in TEC

    In Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Easter missive, the message of Jesus’ Resurrection is like the seed scattered among the thorns: it is choked by weeds – green weeds. In reading her Easter guide to spring planting, I remain uncertain as to … Continue reading

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    Posted on 23 March 2015 | 9:02 pm


    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

    Say again? Midlife hearing loss

    Dear Wendy, Many years ago, Mitchell had a favourite “joke” he liked to play: whenever anyone mentioned hearing loss, he’d cup his hand around his ear and say, “Pardon?” to get them to repeat what they’d just said. Yeah, I know. A veritable laff riot. But it amused him…until his own hearing began to deteriorate. […]

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 7:00 am

    Buzz Feed

    What Life Lesson Did You Learn From Disney Movies?

    ♫ Hakuna Matata! It means no worries for the rest of your days! ♫

    As a kid, Disney movies never ceased to entertain you and pull you into their beautiful stories.

    As a kid, Disney movies never ceased to entertain you and pull you into their beautiful stories.


    Magically, these movies also managed to teach you some of life's most important lessons.

    Magically, these movies also managed to teach you some of life's most important lessons.


    There's the time in The Lion King when Rafiki encouraged Simba to reflect on the past for the lessons it has to offer.

    There's the time in The Lion King when Rafiki encouraged Simba to reflect on the past for the lessons it has to offer.


    Then there's the time in Ratatouille when Gusteau told Remy to never, ever stop dreaming.

    Then there's the time in Ratatouille when Gusteau told Remy to never, ever stop dreaming.


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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 3:14 pm

    How to survive life in the suburbs

    Spring Essentials By Denby And A Beautiful #Giveaway

    Can you feel it?  The air feels a little fresher, the breeze has a new crispness, the sun is shining a little brighter.  I don’t want to jinx it; but is it possible that Spring has finally arrived?  Yesterday I threw caution to the wind, opened up my windows, blew away the cobwebs and yes, […]

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 5:07 pm

    Progressive Bloggers PressProgress: Firefox makers come out against C-51

    The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet?

    Article by PressProgress

    Bill C-51 will ”undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users,” according to Mozilla, the creator of one of the world’s leading web browsers.

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 4:46 pm

    Bird Droppings

    Twitter and the evolution of social media outrage

       I am forever befuddled and bemused by the unique phenomenon of social media outrage - both in its selectivity and the rapidly-evolving cycle of backlash.
       Let's start with the backlash.  During its relatively brief life span, Twitter has become a convenient platform for righteous mob indignation.  Anyone who tweets anything perceived as being outside the socially-acceptable norm is set upon by an army of social justice warriors and hashtag activists whose fundamentalist fervor smacks of the same intolerance they claim to abhor.  It wasn't long before the self-appointed Twitter thought police became a parody of themselves, and disproportionate social media outrage became a running gag among the majority of people who don't devote their time to looking for reasons to be offended.  Of late, I've noticed SJWs trying to swing the pendulum back the other way by arguing that superfluous outrage doesn't preclude the right to be offended.  They're not wrong, although as usual, they overstate their case.
       The most fascinating aspect of social media outrage, however, is how it's targeted.  In the past two weeks, professional hockey players Morgan Rielly and Dustin Penner were pilloried online - Rielly for saying in a media interview that his teammates "shouldn't be girls" and Penner for cracking wise on Twitter about whether he required sexual consent from his girlfriend.  Rielly made a poor choice of words in describing the frustration of losing, while Penner - who's well known as a Twitter jokester - hit the "send" button when he clearly should have opted for "cancel".  Both subsequently apologized, but not before being subjected to the full wrath of the pitchfork-wielding, torch-bearing progressive Twitter hordes.
       Meanwhile, two far more consequential Twitter incidents involving current or retired professional athletes were met with relative silence.  A tweet erroneously posted on TSN alleging adultery between Toronto Maple Leaf Joffrey Lupul and teammate Dion Phaneuf's wife, Elisha Cuthbert, and a series of tweets promoting the violent rape of former major league baseball pitcher Curt Schilling's daughter were both widely reported in the media, but neither incident got much traction with the SJW crowd.  The difference?  Rielly and Penner were high-profile perpetrators, while the celebrities in the latter two incidents were the victims.  Aside from Schilling himself and a law firm representing Lupul, Phanuef and Cuthbert, forming a posse to go after the relative nobodies who were behind the tweets in those cases didn't seem to be high on anyone's priority list, even though the content of the tweets were far more offensive and potentially damaging than anything Rielly or Penner said. 
       I don't doubt the altruism of do-gooders who want a warm and fuzzy world where we all sing Kumbaya around the campfire, but whether they recognize it or care to admit it, the righteous Twitter mob are the online version of a big game safari.  They're only interested in taking someone down if the trophy is going to look good mounted on their wall.  
       They would do well to be more consistent in practicing their principles.

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    Posted on 4 March 2015 | 2:55 pm

    Trashys World

    A few thoughts about my union…

    I belong to a public sector Union. It isn’t a huge Union, not the scale of PSAC, PIPSC, CUPE and the like. There are around 12,000 members, I think; the majority of whom work in one department.   I, and for a great many of my colleagues, think that our Union should deliver two basic services. These are: […]

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    Posted on 24 March 2015 | 11:09 pm

    The Galloping Beaver

    A major international war has just broken out

    Syria, Iraq (with Iranian support), ISIL, Kurds and assorted internal factions and now Yemen with it's own complicated civil war with likely involvement from Iran, both meet a Saudi-dominated pan-Arab military coalition.  Libya has internal problems. Al-Shabaab, Horn of Africa. Boko Haram, Nigeria and other places, links with ISIL. Al-Qaeda is still in there somewheres. There is now effectively a

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    Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:05 pm

    Michael Geist

    Why the Crull Controversy Is a Symptom of Bell’s Bad Bundles Bet

    The furor over Bell Media President Kevin Crull's banning of CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais from CTV news coverage following the pick-and-pay decision made for a remarkable news day yesterday.  From the initial Globe report to the unprecedented response from Blais to the Crull apology, it was a head-spinning day. While Bell presumably hopes that the apology brings the matter to a close, that seems unlikely to be the case as there are bigger implications for Crull, CTV News, and Bell more broadly.

    Crull's future has been the subject of much talk, with some calling for his resignation, particularly since there is evidence that this is not the first instance of the editorial interference. Assuming it has occurred before (the reference to "re-learning" in the Crull apology is telling), CEO George Cope was undoubtedly aware of the practice and must surely have condoned it, suggesting that Crull will survive. However, Crull's bigger problem may be that his ability to represent Bell Media before the CRTC has been irreparably damaged. Bell could have Cope represent the company rather than Crull (indicating the seriousness of the issues), but Crull will struggle as the public face of the company before the regulator for as long as Blais remains chair.

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    Posted on 26 March 2015 | 11:42 am

    Montreal Simon

    Why Are the Harper Cons Preparing to Support Al Qaeda?

    The brutish Con message has been there from the very beginning, but it just got even more disturbing.

    Because there is nothing Stephen Harper will not do or say to try to win another  majority.

    So if you don't support Bill C-51, his plan to turn us into a police state, you must be with the terrorists.

    And if you don't support our Glorious War in Iraq AND Syria, and counting. 

    You're not a Canadian !!! 
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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 11:28 am

    Ghost of a Flea

    Paul McClure, jewellery artist (Saidye Bronfman Award)

    Paul McClure, George Brown College design faculty and 2015 winner for a Governor General's...

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 12:48 am

    The Disaffected Lib

    Running on Empty - Harper Defence Budget Stretching Military to Breaking Point

    It's the usual story.  The federal government talks a good game but it's just empty talk. A glaring example is Canada's military.  Harper came to power promising to build up the Canadian Forces into a war waging, ass kicking powerhouse.  Rick "The Beached Cod" Hillier praised Harper to the rafters for rescuing the forces from their "decade of darkness" under the Liberals.

    Today the boast is burst.  Harper has his own stealth programme, quietly defunding the military.  As Liberal senator Colin Kenny has pointed out, Harper won't downsize the military to meet his budget cuts, unemployed soldiers would be hard to conceal.  Instead he's just allowing their equipment to fall apart as already overdue replacement is stalled.

    Harper's Hubris inevitably summons Harper's Nemesis, the parliamentary budget officer.

    Jean-Denis Frechette, the parliamentary budget officer, says the federal government will need to either pour more money into its defence budget, scale back its ambitions, or do a mixture of both in order to put Canada’s military on a sustainable footing.

    The Harper government currently spends $21.5 billion on defence — or 1.1 per cent of the gross domestic product.

    In order to sustain the existing number of troops, bases, tanks, planes and ships, the budget office says the Conservatives will have to spend about 1.6 per cent of GDP, which would be an increase of at least $3 billion annually.

    “The model shows that it was only with the significant spending increases seen in the latter half of the 2000s that the affordability gap was closed and capability was able to be maintained and to some extent re-built. However, the recent cuts to the defence budget point to an impending affordability gap beginning in this fiscal year.”

    That affordability gap — or shortfall — runs anywhere between $33 billion and $42 billion.

    Frechette said, under the current budget structure, the government can afford a military about the same size it had in 1999, at the height of what the Conservatives have often described as the “decade of darkness” under the Liberals.

    The Great Economist doesn't seem to understand that you can only play war war if you're ready to pay pay.  Ask the Royal Canadian Navy.  They can't sally forth to defend even one of Canada's three coasts because their air defence destroyers and provisioning ships are at dockside preparing for their next life as artificial reefs.  

    It speaks volumes of the character of Stephen Harper that he shamelessly squeezed every drop of political capital possible out of the dead and broken bodies of Canadian troops in Afghanistan and then dumped them when they were of no further use to him.  This while Vlad Putin is aggressively contesting the skies and the seas, especially in the Arctic where Canada stands wholly unprepared.

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 5:01 pm

    De Smog Blog

    Industry-Funded Taskforce for Shale Gas Just Published Its First Report. This Is How People Reacted

    The industry-backed Taskforce for Shale Gas has just published its first report. But as Ben Lucas, MA Investigative Journalist student at City University, finds, the reaction from local communities and industry shows it may have missed the mark.

    This week, the Taskforce for Shale Gas published its first interim report, calling for a new single regulator for the UK’s inland oil and gas extraction sector.

    The industry-backed body said that the current system is too fragmented. Currently, responsibilities are shared between the Environment Agency, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Health and Safety Executive, and local authorities.

    The report recommends that the next elected government legislates the creation of a new, unified regulator for onshore underground energy as soon as possible.

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 9:27 am


    Tommy Milone Battling For Spot in Twinkie Rotation

    Pelfrey may have lost his shot by giving up seven hits in 4 2/3 IP on Monday. On Thursday, Milone gets the start against Boston, with May pitching the next day in what may be the two most important games to decide how this competition will be resolved.

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    Posted on 26 March 2015 | 5:18 pm

    Canadian Living

    Chris Hadfield's Canada: Can you guess these Canadian views from space?

    These stunning images taken by Chris Hadfield from space are now world famous. Can you guess the location of each one? Hint: They're all of Canada. Take our quiz and test your geography skills.

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 12:00 am

    Pro Woman Pro Life

    How do you spell hypocrisy?

    Turns out it’s spelled “Fern Hill.” Fern Hill is a blogger. A bossy, brash blogger, who doesn’t like people like me and often singles me out, met with much gleeful sarcasm from her minions. I asked her for a coffee a while back, simply to see that we are both people (it was not an […]

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    Posted on 26 March 2015 | 2:11 pm


    Labour leader speaks out on Bill C-51 in Parliament

    Thursday, March 26, 2015
    Far reaching anti-terrorist Bill C-51 could be used to muzzle labour and other activist groups, says CLC President Hassan Yussuff to parliamentary committee

    Anti-Terrorist Bill C-51 is so far-reaching that it could be used to stifle labour unrest, strikes, and other forms of civil protests, Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff told the committee hearings on Bill C-51. 

    Yussuff spoke about how the bill opens up the definition of a national security threat to include “interference” with  “critical infrastructure” and “the economic or financial stability of Canada.” C-51 could be use to muzzle labour, indigenous rights, and environmental activist groups.

    Image: People's Social Forum

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    Posted on 26 March 2015 | 8:22 pm

    Rolling Around in My Head

    No Where

    We got home yesterday, from the clinic, where Joe was told that 'all was well' and there was 'absolutely no reason for worry,' exhausted. Sitting and waiting, in a waiting room not designed for a wheelchair, and feeling both conspicuous and worried was tiring for me. Going through the testing was exhausting for Joe. So, we were quiet. Joe had something to eat, then went and had a very long nap. I logged on to work and quietly answered emails and completed tasks.

    A few hours later we headed out to do some banking and to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. I knew that Joe was going to be a while at the bank so I took a huge stack of 'scratch and win' lottery tickets over to be checked at the automatic scanner. This is one of the things I do - because Joe doesn't really enjoy the chore. Me, I find it kind of fun and relaxing. I just scan and put the winners (3$ WOW) in one small pile and the 'oops you lose' in the much, much larger pile.

    Because we were at the bank I went to the small convenience store that had a 'checker' inside the mall and around the corner from the bank. I was feeling good. Joe was well. My worry had been unnecessary. Or, possibly, my worried had healed him, which is possible because worry is such a powerful tool for dealing with stress and crisis. But whatever, he was well. I was well. We'd had a nice bit of quiet time at home, me plucking at computer keys in silence while he slept. I was out. And though I was out, I forgot what that meant. And, as I ran the tickets through the scanner, I felt safe. I didn't notice people in the mall. I didn't notice anything. I just did the tickets, separating them into one pile or another.

    Then, into my reverie comes a face. A fellow, wearing a shirt and tie, expensive I notice, is looking at me, with hard eyes, "Just remember, this isn't actually like having a job. A job. You know, like, where you go to work and make money."

    And he was gone.

    He returned to a group who were laughing at his little jibe.

    And I was left.


    There's no where safe.

    There's no where safe.

    There's no where safe.

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    Posted on 27 March 2015 | 12:38 pm

    A Canadian Foodie

    Cafe du Monde: The Famous Beignet

    And Cafe du Monde’s best kept secret! The old adage “Looks can be deceiving.” could not be more true than at Cafe du Monde. The world famous donut-like beignet from Cafe du Monde truly is second to none. Be prepared for an “only here” culinary experience that is unforgettable. The day we were to board […]

    ** Remember to join %% to create your own online recipe box and then click SAVE on my recipe below to add it! I use my online recipe box ALL the time! **

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    Posted on 4 March 2015 | 12:49 am

    Dean Somerset

    5 Random Training Concepts Slightly Pertaining to Squats

    Lately I’ve had a lot of stuff swirling around in the ol’ noggin, what with training clients, organizing a couple different products to be released soon, getting some presentations ready for future seminars and workshops, plus building a house and digging out of the occasional spring snow storm. 2 words: SNOW BLOWER!!! As a result,…… Read More

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    Posted on 23 March 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Knit Nut

    Ernie goes to Italy: Part I

    I was going to blog about Italy today, but I didn’t get around to it. Here’s the thing: an Italy post needs pictures. I have a new camera (a real one, not a phone) and I’ve started learning Adobe Lightroom but I’m still figuring it out. So far I’ve imported our 1,987 Italy pictures, sorted [...]

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    Posted on 24 November 2014 | 2:42 am