Writing During the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Steph Beth Nickel

Before ad agencies began to promote back-to-school as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the majority of people would say the phrase applied to Christmas. And while I do enjoy the Christmas season, to me, Easter is the focal point of the year for believers in Christ. What would Christmas be if it hadn’t

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Read and Therefore Write On by Brenda J Wood

One of my great pleasures in life is reading, but guilt sneaks in whenever I sit down to imbibe in a gluttony of chapters. “A waste of time,” whispers the little voice in my head. “You must vacuum, dust, write something, or cook a meal … anything but read.” Such lies must be refuted instantly.

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Let Me Make You Laugh by Brenda J Wood

Question: When are kids most likely to go to school? Answer: When the door is open. Question: What letter can you drink? Answer: T (tea) Question: Why did the sea monster eat five shops that were carrying potatoes? Answer: No one can eat just one potato ship! Question: What does a snail say when he

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What Do We Know About Mrs F by Brenda J Wood

Mrs. F., as the sheriff calls her, that is Mrs. Fletcher of Murder She Wrote fame is not as mysterious as one would think. She eats like I wish I did, lots of fruit and veggies, preferring seafood over steak. She never eats a full dessert although she’s been known to have a bite or

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Keeping it All Together by Pamela Mytroen

Our grandson hopped up and down and pointed when he opened a game on Christmas morning. “Hungry Hippos,” apparently, is the most exciting thing next to hockey. However, we soon discovered marbles rolling everywhere around the living room, including under the couch, and a new game, “frustration,” began. We needed a plan to keep all

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The Big Idea by Pamela Mytroen

If you think writing essays aren’t important, ask the thousands of immigrants who have studied, worked, and filled out paperwork. They have all been required to write an essay on their journey to permanent residency or citizenship in Canada. Why? Because the government wants them to be able to raise literate children, to be able

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The Not-So-Boring Essay by Pamela Mytroen

Boring. Be honest. That’s what springs to mind when I say, “essay”. But what if an essay gets you a raise at work? Or time off work to thaw out in Mexico when it’s minus thirty here? Is an essay boring then? Because that’s what an essay is: the ability to persuade and get what you

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Get Your Platform Moving Part 4 by Tracy Krauss

You’ve got your online hub, your email subscription provider is capturing emails, and you’re producing some great content. Now, in order to ‘move’ your platform forward, you will have to find ways to SHARE. I liken this to pedaling the bike. I have listed various methods of sharing in no particular order. Obviously, you should

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Get Your Platform Moving Part 3 by Tracy Krauss

We’ve got our frame and our two wheels – which are non-negotiable – but now it’s about choosing what mechanical parts or gears work best for you. In practical terms, this equates to ‘content’ – what you talk to your audience about. Examples of this are the content of your newsletter, blog posts, videos, podcasts,

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How to “Right” Funny – Brenda Wood

I’m told that I write funny. People laugh at my comments all the time, but I can’t say that I always understand why. Anyway, there is no point trying to dissect the why of a joke because then the joke is no longer funny.  Some of the world’s funniest people had no sense of humour

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