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He Saved Me (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 This short story could be a romance but it makes a sharp left-hand turn into the…

Book Review: Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking Reviewed by Benni Chisholm

  BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS Author:  Stephen Hawking Copyright:  2018 Publisher:  Bantam Books, imprint…

Teachers Matter (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 Little was known about dyslexia in the late 60s and early 70s. So, perhaps, it’s not…

Book Review: Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

 If you asked most people what Skinny Legs and All is about they’d probably say something…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 13 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 12 Unnerved by Becky’s impending visit, Mara visits Windy. Windy tells Mara that she doesn’t…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 11 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 10 Owen takes Mara out for dinner and dancing and asks her about ‘the world…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 9 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 8 When Owen leaves to spend the evening with his friends, Mara runs down to…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 7 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 6 Owen and Mara find a “dream home” to rent. Read Chapter seven now… photo…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 5 by Leanne Dyck

 Ch. 4:  Mara works at a complaints department where she apologizes all day.  And now… The…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 3 by Leanne Dyck

Chapter two:  Becky and Tom help Mara and Owen move in, but immediately Mara feels a…

The Other Side (short fiction) Ch. 1 by Leanne Dyck

The Other Side was inspired by a house my husband and I lived in on BC’s Mainland,…

Happy 4th From Your Canadian Cousin (list) by Leanne Dyck

photo by ldyck Cross-legged on the carpet, elbows on knees, chin cupped in hands, two feet…

Book Review by Benni Chisholm: Lost Immunity by Daniel Kalla

LOST IMMUNITY Author – Daniel Kalla Publisher – Simon Schuster Canada edition Copyright – 2021 Pages…

Book Review: From the Ashes (memoir) by Jesse Thistle

From the Ashes Jesse Thistle Simon & Schuster Canada 2019 I saw him on the street.…

The Magic Carpet (short story) (children’s fiction) by Leanne Dyck

  photo by ldyck A boring rainy day is enlivened by a creative babysitter. Raindrops pitter-patter…

Mayne Island Bakery (short story) by Leanne Dyck

 How does a writer order an ice cream cone?              …

Across the Water (short story) (children’s fiction) by Leanne Dyck

 Reader’s review:  So good. I’d love to read this to a group of children. When it’s…

Book Review: Dropped Threads: What We Aren’t Told (anthology) (Volume one) edited by Carol Shields and Marjorie Anderson

 On Twitter, I tweeted that this anthology was ‘little-known’. It may have been ‘little-known’ to me…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (5/6) by Leanne Dyck

Part three:  All her life, Mom had shared a bedroom so I move into the palliative…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (3/6 ) by Leanne Dyck

Part two:  I flew to Manitoba to visit my mom in the hospital.  Reader’s review:  Heartfelt…

A Woman Like Her (short story) (1/6 ) by Leanne Dyck

 This part one of a heartwarming, life-changing six-part short story inspired by events that unfolded around…

Guest Post: How To Maintain Writing Productivity Through Tough Times by Savannah Cordova

“Savannah Cordova is a writer with Reedsy, a marketplace that connects self-publishing authors with the world’s…

Neighbourly (short story) by Leanne Dyck

Sometimes your childhood neighbours can influence–for your entire lifetime.  photo by ldyck Neighbourly Leanne Dyck My…

Book Review: Rabbit Foot Bill by Helen Humphreys

A boy’s friendship with a World War II veteran raises suspension but lasts a lifetime.  The…

Dog Hair (poem) by Leanne Dyck

 April is Poetry Month. To celebrate, I’ll share this poem I wrote for children–and the young…