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Happy Birthday to Me!

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Donna Kakonge of Donna Magazine has a birthday today. I would like to thank my Mom, Yvette Kakonge for bringing me into this world and pray for her good health. I would like to thank my Dad, Dr. Sam Kakonge for helping to bring me into this world and pray for his continued good health.

Not to Be Boxed In Always Wanting to Try Something New

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In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on August 13, 2009 at 04:52

Hyacinth Harewood Continues to Live a Full Life – Photo by Donna Kakonge

Hyacinth Harewood is a civil servant with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) working from home, former college professor, former businessperson, former volunteer and mother of five living in Toronto, Canada. She worked as a sessional lecturer with Carleton University in Ottawa, as a professor with Algonquin College in Ottawa for 16 years, has been working with CRA since the late 1980s, and once had her own sole-proprietorship business focusing on communications and written work. This consummate professional used to get up at 3:00 a.m. to work on her business, and then take care of five children to get them ready for school. She would continue working on her business while her children were at school and tend to their needs once they were home. She played the role of a superwoman well. This impressive woman who was educated at the University of Western Ontario where she studied French and Spanish, then received her master’s degree at the University of Ottawa in applied linguistics managed to juggle a life of work, family and children. She has been a terrific role model for her five children. Read the rest of this entry »

Join Donna Kakonge at Indigo Yorkdale Mall on September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Join Donna Kakonge at Indigo Yorkdale Mall on September 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

She will be selling and signing her books:

How to Write Creative Non-fiction

How To Talk To Crazy People

and,

Three Quarters

Look forward to seeing you there!


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The Color Complex: The Politics of Skin Color Among African Americans

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In Beauty, Culture, Education, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Writing (all kinds), book reviews on August 11, 2009 at 06:10

The Color Complex is a Book that Discovers Some Blacks Obsession with Colour – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Too many blackfolks are fools about color and hair.
-Mabel Lincloln, interviewee in Drylongso: A Self-Portrait of Black America, by John Langston Gwaltney (1)

The Color Complex mentions the references made to skin colour in Spike Lee’s movies such as School Daze and Jungle Fever. Is hair one of the factors that lures many Black men like Flipper (Wesley Snipes) in Jungle Fever to white women? Why is it that it seems like the more successful a black man is he will have a white woman as his wife or girlfriend? Do black men have more a complex about colour and hair than black women do? Is this evidenced in the fact that fewer black women marry outside of the race and MAY feel more comfortable marrying and dating men darker than they are? Read the rest of this entry »

Entertainment: Books Excerpt from How to Write Creative Non-fiction by Donna Kay Kakonge

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In summary

1)    Each chapter has small optional assignments (not reviewed by me, but extremely helpful for progressing as a writer). You will see these throughout the ebook each being labeled as a “mid-chapter assignment”

2)   Most chapters have a final assignment which you can upload to your own personalwebsiteifyouwish.Ifyousubmityourassignmentsontheweekend–you can email me to take a look at it.

3)   Successful completion of the ebook depends on the completion of a final assignment at the end of the ebook. This assignment is more complex and lengthy than the other assignments and will be reviewed by me.

Now, let’s talk about writing… Read the rest of this entry »

Book review of Cane by Jean Toomer

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 9, 2014 at 3:00 AM


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In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds), book reviews on August 9, 2009 at 02:41

Jean Toomer is the Author of Cane

I came across this book for three dollars at a Lebanese restaurant in the McGill ghetto of Montreal. It was worth every penny, and proves that you can find good books for affordable prices.

Jean Toomer was a genius. Cane is part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. This book has influenced such writers as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Eric Walrond, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Rudolph Fisher and his other contemporaries of the 20s. When reading the book, there is no wonder that it had a tremendous impact, and should be revisted for some reasons I will point out now. Read the rest of this entry »

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In Beauty, Business, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 7, 2009 at 05:41

Varda Etienne is now a Host of a Radio Show in Quebec

As she bops and moves looks real pretty and talks a fast game on Canada’s French music station, Musique Plus, Varda Etienne, 27 and a VJ, works on two shows: Bouge (the highest rated show on Musique Plus) and Groove. She does not like music that lacks movement, but, she has other things on her mind.

“What bothers me is how corrupted the world is today,” she says. Read the rest of this entry »

Channel Zero (Originally Published in the Queen’s Alumni Review)

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In Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds), travel on August 6, 2009 at 04:53

Stephen Marshall Traveled Around the World for a Video Magazine – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Mary Luz Mejia and Donna Kakonge

He’s been dubbed “guerrilla film maker,” “boy wonder” and “video artist” – titles he doesn’t seem to mind and takes in stride as he charges toward the goal: “to establish and alternative universe to that of broadcast television.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Fool (Excerpt from Stories in Red and Yellow)

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In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Writing (all kinds), travel on August 5, 2009 at 07:49

Afro Almost Plays Dice With Her Life – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

I was embarrassed to tell my boyfriend’s parents I was out of work again. It had been a year and I was on welfare, but at least I had love in my life. Richie, my boyfriend, just got a job as a public relations officer at the University of Toronto. He had been looking for a long time and was feeling lucky. When his parents came into town one mild January weekend for his birthday, we all decided to go down to Niagara Falls to the casinos. Gambling had never been my thing, but going was the only present I could afford for him.

The line into the casino was long, even for January. With my laugh lines no longer coming out just when I laughed, I figured I would have no problem getting in. Read the rest of this entry »

Study Finds New Technology For Fossil Fuels Can Cut CO2

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Isn't it time you protect your rights?

In Business, Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2009 at 07:11

EPRI Did a Revealing Study on Electricity – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

A study by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has found the replacement of fossil fuels technology with electric ones would result in energy savings. The energy savings are as high as 71.7 quadrillion BTUs.

These savings would cut CO2 by 4,400 million tons between 2009 and 2030. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday President Obama!

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Creating Things: Profile of Roger McTair (Originally Published on Impowerage.com)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 4, 2014 at 3:00 AM


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In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds), book reviews on July 19, 2009 at 04:34

Roger McTair Creates Magic – Photo Courtesy of Seneca College’s Website

Roger McTair is a director, poet, professor and writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He has had short stories air on CBC Radio and BBC Radio.

He was born in Trinidad and Tobago on October 7, 1943. Not having much to do while growing up galvanized his love of creating things. Read the rest of this entry »

The Radio Call

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In Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds), travel on July 18, 2009 at 01:46

When It Comes To AIDS, It Is Better to Light A Candle – Photo Courtesy of StockExpert

It was a Saturday afternoon and the radio was on. I was living in Uganda in the fall of 1996 and the winter of 1997. The radio was calling out a list of names. I could not understand why.

I asked my aunt why the radio was calling out so many names. She said they are calling out names of people who have funerals; most of those people had died from AIDS she had told me. Read the rest of this entry »

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SHEA BUTTER MARKET – BRINGING GIFTS TO THE MASSES

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In Beauty, Business, Culture, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on June 22, 2009 at 06:58

Shea Butter Market is the Brainchild of Gifty Serbeh-Dunn

I CALLED GIFTY SERBEH-DUNN AS SHE WAS FEEDING HER CAT. HER BOYS WALKED BY THE CAT WITHOUT FEEDING HER. HER BIG BOY IS HER HUSBAND WAYNE DUNN WHO HAS A BUSINESS DEGREE FROM STANFORD. HER SMALL 7-YEAR-OLD BOY IS HER SON KABORÉ. SERBEH-DUNN HAS MANY THINGS TO DO SUCH AS FEEDING HER CAT AND RUNNING A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS SHEA BUTTER MARKET.

“SHEA BUTTER MARKET WAS INSPIRED BY THE WOMEN IN MY COMMUNITY AND ENCOURAGED BY MY HUSBAND,” SAYS SERBEH-DUNN. Read the rest of this entry »

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Universal Design is for Everyone

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Michael Lam, who did his undergraduate degree in engineering at McMaster University, is doing his master’s degree at the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice. This school is also affiliated with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His thesis is focusing on product design for people with disabilities.

“My project is revolving around designing art equipment for people with disabilities,” says Lam. “I’m still narrowing it down and interviewing people. Maybe I will be focusing on easels for painters, or photography or large cameras, like professional cameras.”

Lam started the program in September of 2008. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yari Yari Conference (Originally Published in Panache Magazine)

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In Events, Writing (all kinds) on June 5, 2009 at 06:40

An international conference in literature by women from African and the African Diaspora has been hailed an overwhelming success by its organizers. Held in New York and coordinated by New York University’s Africana Studies Programme last fall, the conference brought together world-renowned writers to this first-ever scholarly conference that explored black female authorship. “Yari Yari – Black Women Writers of the Future,” celebrated the creativity and diversity of black women writers. Among the 120 writers who attended were Ghanaian poet and novelist Ama Ata Aidoo, Maya Angelou, Gloria Naylor, Angela Davis, Sapphire, Haitian Edwidge Danticat and Maryse Conde from Guadeloupe. The conference also included notable filmmakers, artists, storytellers, journalists, children’s authors, playwrights and publishing executives. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Women Share Career Experiences (Originally Published in the Charlatan Newspaper)

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In Culture, Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2009 at 07:09

Nov. 6 presented a rare opportunity for five black women professionals to share their personal experiences, success strategies and encouragement with Carleton’s black community.

“It’s good to see someone there in the image of yourself succeeding,” said Kathy Wilkinson, a member of Perspectives.

Perspectives, an African women’s interest group at Carleton, host the career night, where a panel of five black women professionals talked about their experience. Four of the women are Carleton alumni and one is the only black female faculty member on the tenure track at Carleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Professor Turns Negatives into Positives (Originally Published in Centretown News)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2009 at 16:13

In Greek, Bernice means “one who bears good news of victory.” Bernice Moreau’s life is a testament to achievement in the face of struggle.

When Moreau first came to Centretown in September 1991, she was called a “nigger” y three white youths at the corner of Bank Street and Laurier Avenue.

She walked away from the experience feeling great. Read the rest of this entry »

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Black History Gets a Seat in Classrooms (Originally Published in Centretown News)

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In Education, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2009 at 12:09

Few people know that Matthew DaCosta, black fisherman and Micmac interpreter for Samuel de Champlain, played a role in Canadian history.

Historical information on black Canadians is almost absent in our classrooms and libraries.

“I’m on a hunt now to try and find information (on black Canadian history), but I haven’t been very lucky,” says Marva Major-Cosper, Connaught School. “That gives an example of the need that’s out here because we don’t’ have a resource centre of information. It’s so necessary.” Read the rest of this entry »

Association Helps Blacks (Originally Published in Centretown News)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2009 at 06:00

What does a business of frozen cassava and fresh crushed peppers have in common with a business of permed hair and painted toes? It’s the Black Business and Professional Association.

Black professionals and black-owned businesses have a chance to build contacts with other association members and in many communities, which will help them to succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

Low Flying: Island Wings has promise, but never takes off (Originally Published in the Hour in Montreal)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Writing (all kinds), book reviews on June 1, 2009 at 13:23

As many Canadian children were being told fairy tales of mystic lands where houses were made of candy cane and gingerbread, where glass slippers and a mere kiss could turn girls into royalty, the magical tales told to a young Cecil Foster were about joining his parents in the Land of Plenty: “We would sit around the fire with Grandmother enthroned on the big rock, her dress or skirt lapped between our legs, while she told us stories. She taught us about our family history and painted glowing pictures for Stephen, Errol and me about the great life awaiting us, when we joined our parents in England.” This is the story Foster tells in Island Wings: A Memoir. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Just the Baby Blues (Originally Published in Today’s Canadian Black Woman)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Disability, Health, Writing (all kinds) on May 30, 2009 at 07:50

When Halima Ali, an immigrant from Somalia living in Toronto’s west end, was 20 she decided that she wanted to get married and have a baby.

She did just that. However, her decision came with some unanticipated problems.

Three years later while pregnant, Ali had morning sickness like many other normal women. She kept getting sick and so weak that she had to stop working and was hospitalized. Read the rest of this entry »

In a Strange Land (Published in NuBeing International)

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In Writing (all kinds), travel on May 28, 2009 at 03:52

In Berlin, 11-year-old Leli came running to her home, digging her nails in her flesh so hard that blood was almost drawn. Tears were running down Leli’s face as she fell into the arms of her mother, Tsion Letta-Teferra, an Ethiopian woman who had lived in Germany for 16 years.

“My daughter had just come from the house of the old lady who lived next door,” says Letta-Teferra. “The old lady told my daughter that she is dirty, and that’s why she has brown skin. Leli was trying to scratch her skin off.” Read the rest of this entry »

You Can’t Clap With One Hand (Originally Published in NuBeing International)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 23, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on May 26, 2009 at 12:00

Five-year-old Heather Keogan smiles at the reflection in the mirror. Pushing her blonde hair off her face, she touches her blue nose and red cheeks. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! The sound of African drums draws Heather’s attention away from the mirror.

Heather goes to a corner of the room in the YMCA-YWCA in Ottawa [Ontario, Canada]. She joins about 14 other painted faces that were also lured to the same spot by the drums. The rhythms touch the children’s feet and slowly they begin to dance. The children shake wildly, trying to follow the beat. Some children hold hands while dancing. White hands hold yellow hands, brown hands hold red hands and black hands hold white hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Become The Next EL James: Find Out How to Self-publish Your Book by Teresa Madaleno

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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Brantford Boys (Originally Published with Young People’s Press)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on May 26, 2009 at 10:13

The greatest challenge to Big Brothers of Brantford and District is attracting volunteers, says executive director Pam Blackwood.

“It’s hard getting the volunteers to commit,” Blackwood says. “And they’re hesitant to work with the teenagers.”

But the agency may have found a solution in Digital Heroes, a new e-mentoring initiative by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC). Read the rest of this entry »

Big Brother Little Brother (Originally Published for Young People’s Press)

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In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 26, 2009 at 07:03

Charles may not see his Big Brother often, but he talks to him a lot – online that is.

The 13-year-old Barrie youth started to E-mail and chat online with his Big Brother, Darryl Ingham, about sports, humour, video games, family life and his favourite Web sites after the two were matched in a new Big Brother Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC) program, Digital Heroes.

The program, available through the Big Brothers of Barrie, matches volunteers with Internet access to children, allowing a Big Brother Little Brother relationship to flourish online. Read the rest of this entry »

Amanda and her Big Sister (Originally Published with Young People’s Press)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on May 25, 2009 at 17:23

A typical preteen girl, Amanda enjoys going to the mall, socializing with her buddies and chatting long distance about life’s trials and tribulations with her Big Sister.

The Cambridge girl and her Big Sister, Lindsay Serbu, who works in Windsor, have chatted regularly online since being matched in Big Brother Big Sisters of Canada’s (BBBSC) new Digital Heroes program. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Minimize Children’s Anxiety about Pandemics, says Psychiatrist

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In Health, Writing (all kinds) on May 13, 2009 at 12:35

By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

It takes longer for children than adults to get over traumatic experiences; fears must be addressed to avoid development of more serious conditions

Newmarket, Ontario – May 8, 2009 – The spread and severity of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus may fluctuate as the days go on, but for many children, the anxiety of contracting the mysterious flu remains constant. As a result, parents would be wise to educate and communicate with their kids to calm their fears and avoid the development of more serious conditions later on, says a Canadian psychiatrist. Read the rest of this entry »

A Hair Peace (Broadcast on CBC Montreal)

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In Beauty, Culture, Education, Health, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on May 6, 2009 at 12:21

My first hobby was playing hairdresser to my Barbie dolls. I had my childhood in the 1970s and 1980s but I was not much different from Black children in the 1940s who chose White dolls over Black dolls in a landmark study that lead to the desegregation of American schools.

It was not that I liked chocolate skin over the cream of white colour; it really came down to the hair. I wanted straight, long, blonde, brunette or red hair, hair that blew in the wind and that I could toss over my shoulder. And when I could not wish it on my head, I used a towel instead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does Online Education Pack on the Freshman 30?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 4, 2009 at 07:42

Distance education can be seen as quite a sedentary act. If you are sitting at the computer for hours on end, without any exercise…this could be something that could help someone put on weight.

Even for people who go to school that is not online, reports have shown that many young people are gaining 15 pounds from eating cafeteria food in their first year at college or university. What happens if you are studying by correspondence? Does online education pack on the freshman 30? Read the rest of this entry »

Is Journalism Education Becoming Obsolete due to Citizen Journalism?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 16, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Education, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2009 at 10:40

It seems as though anyone can pick up a video camera, a microphone and start a blog today and call themselves a journalist. What does this mean for journalism education?

Journalism education does not have a long history. Actually the first journalists, such as Ernest Hemingway were not actually trained in journalism. Journalists like William Zinsser were not trained in journalism either. Journalism education is a fairly recent phenomena especially in places such as Canada, where Carleton University was the first journalism school back in the 1940s. Before that, the newspaper men and women who delivered the current events were trained in other areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Lofty Living (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM

In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2009 at 09:12

He’s young, hip, running a raw food and vegetarian restaurant downtown and owns a couple of properties for rental. His name is Chris Italiano and where he calls home is a two-storey loft at 1029 King Street West.

“It’s a nice open space, that’s what the advantages are,” Italiano says. “It has bright high ceilings, big windows. It’s an open space you can do pretty much what you want to it.”

The loft development went up six years ago. Italiano is the original owner. Read the rest of this entry »

Miracle Makeover

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In Beauty, Business, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2009 at 07:27

On my way to Urban Textures Salons on 44 Gerrard St. W. I lost the hat that was covering the recent and awful weave I had received. It was an afro weave, done with synthetic hair, but I came with great expectations to put my head in the hands of Urban Textures’s owner Christos Cox and his team.

He’s come a long way from his first salon in Glendower. The décor of the place is welcoming, down-to-earth and warm.

“Everyone comes in here and they feel comfortable. We put a lot of effort into creating the atmosphere of the salon – everything from the colours to the logo on our shirts,” said Cox. Read the rest of this entry »

Up to Us

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In Creative Writing, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on April 26, 2009 at 14:59

Scene 1 – (Sun is setting and Jake Watkins sits at his dining room table snorting fine white powder into his nose. When he is done, he clears away any remaining traces of the powder and sits back in the chair and waits to feel good. Soon a smile appears on his face and he knocks over the chair when he gets up).

Jake: (screaming to an empty room) I need a par-tee, man! (Jake starts dancing around, swinging his arms, and knocking over a pot of flowers and a sculpture that were in his way. Then he grabs his car keys from the dining room table and leaves the house, wit h the door left wide open).

Scene blacks out

Scene 2 – (After midnight, Mrs. Watkins is packing across the floor, while on the telephone, in the kitchen.)

Mrs. Watkins: I wouldn’t be so worried if he would have at least left a note…(pause)…Well, Jake has been acting very strange lately, I just don’t know why. He fights with Rikki all the time, he’s always disappearing like this. I just don’t know what to do with him anymore…(pause)…OK…thank you Wendy, I’ll call you if I go into another frenzy. (Mrs. Watkins hangs up the phone).

(Rikki and Clyde enter the kitchen).

Rikki: Hi Mom, what’s up?

Mrs. Watkins: (glaring disapprovingly at Rikki and Clyde) Where have you been?

Rikki: Clyde and I went to see a movie. Is something wrong? Where’s Jake?

Mrs. Watkins: Your brother is missing again. He wasn’t at school all day. I was just talking with Milo’s mother. Milo isn’t at home either. Mrs. Redmond doubts that Milo is with Jake.

Rikki: (sounding nervous) Have you tried calling his regular hangouts? He might be at the Pizzaplace or Walt’s Bar?

Mrs. Watkins: No, I haven’t, but he should be home by now. I think it is time that I called the police.

Rikki: That’s not a good idea, Mom. Jake hasn’t been missing for 24 hours yet. If he’s at some party with people we don’t know, and we get the police after him, he’ll be embarrassed.

Mrs. Watkins: (frustrated) Then he should have told me where he was going. Why is he doing this to me? Why does he think he can do whatever he wants?

Rikki: Why don’t you give me a chance to find him before you involve the police?

Mrs. Watkins: Fine, Rikki. I just hope that you do find him. I had to cancel a date with Richard tonight because of Jake. Let him know, if you find him, that I am very upset with him.

Rikki: Yeah, anything you say, Mom. (Rikki grabs Clyde and steers him out of the kitchen).

(Rikki and Clyde exit the house and enter Clyde’s car).

Clyde: Your mother really hates me, doesn’t she?

Rikki: Honestly, yes. (Rikki laughs at the horrified look on Clyde’s face). Don’t worry about it though. It really doesn’t matter to me what she thinks. She knows I hate her boyfriend Richard, but she doesn’t let that bother her. My mother hates to let anything bother her. That’s why Jake is really going to get it when he comes home.

Clyde: What’s wrong with Jake anyway? He seems to be throwing his life away. I remember the days when he was just like Milo, nauseously nerdy. Football hero, a brainer, Mr. Popularity. Now his name gets called to the vice-principal’s office almost as much as mine does.

Rikki: I don’t know (a distracted look appears on her face). He used to tell me everything that was on his mind. All he ever seems to enjoy anymore is being by himself, or with all these scummy people who don’t go to Leabay. Half of them look like high school dropouts. I don’t know what’s going on, unless, it has something to do with…

Clyde: (He turns into the parking lot of the Pizzaplace) Something to do with what?
Rikki: (Lowering her voice) When I was looking for my Beatles album in his room, I found a bag of cocaine under his bed.

Clyde: (nervously) Cocaine? (He parks the car and turns the engine off).

Rikki: Yup. When I asked him about it, he got really upset and told me to mind my own business. I decided to try and forget about it. My brother is not the type to do drugs. If he was doing them, I would know.

Clyde: I’m sure that Jake wouldn’t be mixed up with the drug scene. (Rikki and Clyde looked for Jake at the Pizzaplace with no luck. Next they check Walt’s Bar also with no luck).

Clyde: I guess your mother is going to call the police (he pulls away from Walt’s Bar).

Rikki: Just stop at a pay phone. I want to at least try Milo. (They go to a phone and dial Milo’s number).

Voice through the phone: Hello, Redmond residence.

Rikki: May I please speak to Milo?

Milo: Rikki, it’s me. I’m really glad you called. Jakes’ here and he’s in pretty bad shape.

Rikki: Where has he been? My mother almost phoned the police.

Milo: Well, tell her not to worry anymore, but don’t tell her where he is. Your mother shouldn’t have to see this.

Rikki: What the hell is going on, Milo?

Milo: Besides a few bruises, some which I think he did to himself, he’s alright.

Rikki: (yelling) What happened, Milo?

Milo: Rikki, shut up and get over here. (Rikki hears a dial tone and hangs up the phone. Soon she enters Clyde’s car).

Rikki: Step on it, Jake is at Milo’s house.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 3 – (Clyde’s car pulls into the Redmond’s circular driveway. Rikki hops out of the car).

Clyde: Rikki, I hope you don’t’ mind, but I should really get home now.

Rikki: Bye, Clyde. (Rikki keeps running as she sys be to Clyde. Before she rings the doorbell, Milo opens the door and grabs Rikki’s hand to pull her inside).

Milo: What took you so long? He’s sleeping now. (Milo leads Rikki up to his bedroom. There, Jake is lying face down on Milo’s bed with a bucket next to him).

Rikki: (Frightened) My God, Jake! (She runs over to him and cradles his bruised face in her arms). Who did this to his face?

Milo: (He grabs Rikki’s arms). Let him sleep, Rik. He’s been having a lot of nightmares. Come on. (Milo leads Rikki out of the bedroom and into his living room). He was here when your mother called my mother for the second time, but I promised him that I’d pretend I didn’t know where he was. (Milo sweeps away the hair out of Rikki’s eyes) You look terrible. Should I get you something to drink? A scotch on the rocks, maybe?

Rikki: (Shouting) No, I don’t want anything to drink, Milo. Just continue the story, asshole.

Milo: OK…calm down. I felt bad to lie to your Mom, but I promised Jake. When he came, he was shaking badly. He was sweating all over the floor, he was so pale. From what he was trying to tell me it sounds like he owes some guy a lot of money, and when he didn’t have it, the guy beat him up.

Rikki: (Confused) Why would Jake have money problems? Mom gives us more than we need. Jake doesn’t even spend money. He seems to just wear the same old things all the time.

Milo: He spends his money on drugs, Rikki. Don’t you know that?

Rikki: (Defensive) He’s not addicted or anything, Milo. I know he has tried it a couple of times, but that’s only at parties. It’s not like he’s…
Milo: Rikki, when is the last time you’ve seen Jake in school?

Rikki: So, his grades are slipping. Jake can afford to goof off. He’s always gotten good grades.

Milo: When’s the last time you’ve seem me at your house, or Jake over here in the past few months? He’s my best friend and I hardly hand out with him anymore.

Rikki: I know that you and Jake haven’t been as close as you used to be. That doesn’t prove anything.

Milo: Rikki, remember when Jake almost got run over because he roamed out in the streets in the middle of the night?

Rikki: He was sleepwalking.

Milo: (Shouting) He was high! Remember the last time he was in school? He was sent to the office because his nose started to bleed.

Rikki: (Screaming) So what! My brother is not some fucking druggie. I would know. He tells me everything.

Milo: (Screaming) He used to. Does he still? I bet he doesn’t. He used to tell me everything too. He doesn’t do that anymore. He’s a different person now. Stop denying it, Rikki.

Rikki: (Bursts into tears) How did this all happen? Could anyone just answer that for me? How did my brother get this way?

Milo: I don’t know, Rikki. (Milo puts his arms around her). It’s been so long since the old Jake has been around, so long. (Sighs) I remember the first time I started to notice the change in Jake. He was getting so obsessed with his future. Maybe the pressure of always trying to be perfect was too much for him to take.

Rikki: (Mumbling) I know, he has change. I guess he does have a drug problem. (Getting angry) We can’t just let it keep happening. We have to get Jake some help.

Milo: (Sighing) I don’t know what to do.

Rikki: (Wipes away the tears and says sarcastically) Should we throw away all of his drugs? He won’t be able to use them, then.
Milo: No, Rikki, he’s only get more, I know that. He should be in a rehab centre.

Rikki: Sometimes they don’t work.

Milo: They don’t work when the person addicted doesn’t want them to work.

Rikki: Maybe we should go after the bastard who beat Jake up.

Milo: That’s the police’s job.

Rikki: Are they doing it right? I think not. They obviously need some help. (Rikki walks over to the bay window in the living room). My father always told me that if you want something done, it has to be done yourself. Even on his deathbed he would tell me that if you have faith in yourself, you don’t need to have faith in others. I’ve always believed, anybody can do anything that they really set their mind on doing.

Milo: (Shaking his head) I don’t think you’re making much sense. What are you saying, Rikki?

Rikki: (Serious) I’m saying that if we really want to help Jake, we have to do it ourselves. It’s up to us. We can help Jake by eliminating one his major problems, the drugs. We an deliver to the police the drug dealer.

Milo: That is a stupid idea, Rikki! It will never work, and it’s far too dangerous to get involved in.

Rikki: Do you have a better idea, Milo?

Milo: Yes, I do. Jake should go into a rehab centre. The only way we can help him is to notify the police, and give him all the love and support he will need to combat his problem.

Rikki: Fine, Milo, I agree with you. However, just because we go with your idea, doesn’t mean that mine couldn’t work. We can still get the police on the case, but we’ll just do a bit of our own investigative work.

Milo: We don’t have the right to interfere, Rikki.

Rikki: My bother and your best friend is addicted to drugs. Leabay is swarming with drugs, and there’s a code of silence that police officers would find difficult to break. However, we could do it Milo. Detective work isn’t that hard. All we have to do is come up with a good plan, follow it through, and be happy. It’s that simple.

Milo: We don’t have the right to interfere, Rikki. Drug dealers handle their business in a way that is out of our league.

Rikki: The scum that’s helping to destroy the people at Leabay, people like Jake, has to be stopped. People die from drugs every day and all the time. If we can do anything to help the situation, let’s go for it. Do you want to help Jake or not?

Milo: Rikki, I really don’t think…

Rikki: Milo, I’m going to help my brother with or without you.

Milo: (Staring into Rikki’s eyes). I guess I have no choice then.

Rikki: (Throwing her arms around Milo) You won’t regret this.

Milo: I already do.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 4 – (Milo’s bedroom next morning – following scene plays out with music) Jake awakes and instantly wants more drugs. Milo and Rikki urge him to admit that he has a problem with drugs. When Jake takes a good look at himself in the mirror, he admits he has a problem, but refuses to go into a rehab centre. Jake promises to go cold turkey with drugs from then on. He lasts for a week. He crashes up his car and almost kills a pregnant woman in the other car of the accident. The woman has a healthy pre-mature baby, and Jake enters the Carry Crescent Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Milo and Rikki try and get information from Jake about who was selling the drugs to him, he’s not much help.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 5 – (At Rikki’s locker in Leabay High) (Clyde gives Rikki a goodbye kiss by her locker. Milo watches in the distance, and waits until Clyde leaves to approach Rikki).

Milo: (Agitated) You spend way too much time with that clown.

Rikki: His name is Clyde, now clown. He happens to be a very nice guy.

Milo: (Looking at the diamond on Rikki’s finger) Did he give that to you?

Rikki: Yes.

Milo: How can he afford that? Actually a better question would be, how can you accept that?

Rikki: When my boyfriend gives me such a generous gift, I accept.

Milo: Well, he’s definitely not rich. I’m just wondering how he manages to shower you with diamonds.

Rikki: I don’t know. He works a lot, that’s why I hardly see him. But you know, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Milo: Or buying love makes the heart seem bigger.

Rikki: Got to hell, Milo. Do you have anything interesting to say?

Milo: Actually I do. I have come up with a brilliant plan.

Rikki: Well, what is it?

Milo: What better way to get in deep with drug dealers then to buy their product. Or, at least pretend to buy it. The regular users are easy to spot. All we have to do, or me…

Rikki: If anyone is going to pretend to be a buyer, it’ll be me. You’re too visible in this school. The minute anyone found out that you were interested in buying they wouldn’t be convinced, and it would be the talk of the school.

Milo: Must I remind you once again about the danger of the situation, there is danger.

Rikki: The point I’m trying to make, Milo, is that if I am the buyer, people would believe it. I am considered the bad Watkins kid around this school, at least before Jake started messing up.

Milo: Rikki, you’re not Nancy Drew, OK? What we’re about to do is not some adventurous plot line to some fictitious book. This is the real thing. There might not be happy ending to all this.

Rikki: Just because I’m younger than you Milo, I don’t deserve to be treated like a child. In my 17 years of living I have learned a lot of things about myself, one of them is that I’m not stupid.

(The bell rings for class).

Milo: Fine, Rikki, I’ll give in to you once again. (Milo turns on his heel and heads towards his class).

Rikki: (Quietly to herself) There’s no time like the present. I should start putting my Nancy Drew impression to work right now. (She puts her books back in her locker and takes her jacket out. She heads outside of the school to the tennis courts. She spots who she’s looking for and approaches the girl).

Rikki: Hey, Pats, what’s up?

Pats: (Getting ready to light a joint) The sky’s up, Rik. What do you want?

Rikki: Is that any way to talk to your long lost friend?

Pats: Long lost is right! Ever since you’ve been going out with Clyde, you don’t even have time to blow your stinking breath in my face.

Rikki: Sorry, Pats.

Pats: Don’t sorry me, just try and remember who introduced you to him.

Rikki: Of course I remember, pats. Why do you think I’m here now, I’m craving for your company.

Pats: (Surprised) Really? (She hands the joint over to Rikki) After what happened to your brother, you can probably use this more than I do.

Rikki: (She takes the joint, turns her head, and pretends to take a drag). How do you know about that? My brother is confidential information.

Pats: Everything that happens in Leabay never remains confidential. You have to be pretty crafty, or dangerous to keep secrets in this school.

Rikki: (Handing the joint back to Pats) Where could I get this stuff, Pats?

Pats: (Laughs harshly) If you only knew.

Rikki: What do you mean by that?

Pats: Nothing, Rik. Why do you want to know anyway? Drugs aren’t your scene.

Rikki: Well, I’ve had a lot on my mind lately. My mother’s dating a major league loser, my brother’s going to court for driving intoxicated, and I’ve been having horrible nightmares about my Dad. Is that enough reason for you?

Pats: That sounds real rough, Rik, but I don’t know. My supplier is real picky about who he sells to.

Rikki: Pats, I don’t see the problem here. I just need a little to help me feel more up. Just enough to get me through the times I’m having now.

Pats: (Reluctantly) OK Rik. I’ll see what I can do. I’ll you tonight.

Rikki: Thanks, Pats. You’re a true friend. (Rikki starts heading back to school).

Pats: Only when you need something, Rikki.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 6 – (Rikki’s bedroom – scene plays to music). Rikki gets the phone call from Pats. Pats gives her a time and location to meet the dealer the next afternoon. Rikki fills Milo in on what’s going on. Rikki gets to Walt’s Bar at 3:00 p.m. to meet the dealer. He never shows up. Next day, Rikki tries to find Pats to ask her what happened, but Pats won’t talk to her and she also has a black eye. When Rikki questions Pats about the eye, all she says is that Rikki better find another dealer because hers won’t sell to her. Pats warns her that if Rikki keeps trying to get drugs from her dealer, Pats is the one that will get hurt. Rikki and Milo both discouraged, question Jake some more about who his supplier is. Jake tells them he never got a good look at the guy’s face because he was always wearing a hat and sunglasses. Rikki, Clyde, Milo and Mrs. Watkins all go with Jake for his court trial for driving under the influence of drugs. Jake gets his license revoked for three years, has to stay in the rehab centre for at least three months, and is on probation for six months after that. Jake takes the verdict hard. In a long conversation with Milo after the trial, Rikki confides in Milo that she is really worried that they’ll never find the drug dealers in their school. Milo encourages her that he has a strong suspect in mind, and if he’s right, then they can call the police. The next day, Milo skips school and follows around a guy, dressed in a hat and sunglasses, the camera never focuses on his face, but Milo knows who it is. Milo witnesses the disguised man selling joints to Pats.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 7 – (In the school’s library. Rikki comes in to look for Milo. She finds him trying to get some homework done).

Rikki: Milo, I’ve been looking for you. Why weren’t you in school yesterday?

Milo: I had a little investigating I had to do.

Rikki: Did you find out anything?

Milo: Yes.

Rikki: (Angrily) Don’t be an asshole, Milo. What did you find out? Is it time to call the police or what?

Milo: You might not want to that anymore.

Rikki: What the hell is going on, Milo?

Milo: (Looking Rikki directly in the eye). The drug dealer we’re about to throw in jail is Clyde.

Rikki: (Confused) Clyde who?

Milo: Your boyfriend, Rikki. (Rikki stays silent for a good minute).
Rikki: I can’t believe that, Milo.

Milo: It’s true, Rikki. I’ve had this funny feeling for a while now that Clyde isn’t what he appears to be. I thought maybe if I tapped in the gossip grapevine I could find out something about him. But no one has anything to say about Clyde Allen.

Rikki: I can’t believe it.

Milo: The description that Jake gave us about his dealer, the height mats Clyde’s and the build. The way Jake says that the guy had such a strong jaw, it sounded like Clyde. That only fueled my suspicions.

Rikki: I can’t believe it.

Milo: I followed him all day yesterday. I saw him selling drugs to Pats. When he gave the drugs to Pats, he took off the sunglasses, I could make a positive ID.

Rikki: If Clyde was a dealer, especially Pats’ dealer, she would have told me.

Milo: Not if she thought it was going to get her another black eye, or worse.

Rikki: If Clyde was a dealer, Jake would have recognized him.

Milo: Not with the hat he wears. It covers any trace of his hair. Plus, the sunglasses cover half his face, and he puts on a fake earring and moustache.

Rikki: How could it be Clyde, he’s just not like that. Clyde is not like that.

Milo: (Grabbing Rikki’s finger with the diamond ring on it). How did he afford this, Rikki? How does he afford that flashy blue convertible of his? How does he afford to take you out all the time? He spoils you, you love it, but he’s spoiling you with drug money.

(Rikki jumps up and runs out of the library. Milo follows her. Rikki heads towards the empty tennis courts straight towards Pats, who is smoking a joint).

Rikki: Pats, I need to ask you some questions, I need the truth.
Pats: Leave me along, Rikki, Every time I talk to you, trouble starts.

Rikki: (Tears staining her cheeks) Is Clyde a drug dealer?

Pats: (Shocked and frightened) Who the hell told you that, Rikki?

Rikki: Never mind who told me that, I’m asking you to tell me now.

Pats: That’s ridiculous, Rik. Clyde would never…

Rikki: Pats, if you don’t tell me the truth, I’ll go to Clyde and confront him. I’ll also tell him that you told me. If he’s the one that gave you the black eye, you’ll be lucky to be alive once I…

Pats: Fuck off, Rikki, just leave me along. Clyde’s not a dealer.

Rikki: (Angrily) I meant it pats, either you tell me the truth, or Clyde will.

Pats: (Taking a deep drag on the joint) Oh shit, please leave me alone, Rik. None of this is my business.

Rikki: Tell me Pats, I need to know.

Pats: Leave me alone, bitch.

Rikki: Fine. I’ll have to talk to Clyde then. (Rikki starts walking away quickly towards the school).

Pats: Wait! (Pats catches up with Rikki).

Rikki: What do you have to say, Pats? I’m in a hurry.

Pats: (Hesitatingly) Clyde is a dealer. He doesn’t use the stuff himself. He just does it for the money. Makes him feel like a big man to act rich. And he enjoys impressing you with all that shit he’s always giving you. Don’t be so hard on him, Rik. Just pretend you know nothing.

Rikki: Pats, he was knowingly selling drugs to my brother. He’s probably the one who beat him up. He’s kept this all a secret from me, and has done nothing but lie to me. He told me that he’s a dishwasher at some diner along the highway. I admired him for being so hardworking.

Pats: Rik, do you really think that a rich girl like you would have stayed with a poor ass like Clyde for long? If he wasn’t constantly flashing his money around you, you would have said ‘so long’ a long time ago.

Rikki: I don’t care, Pats. He’s a drug dealer, a liar, and a fake. He’s going to get what’s coming to him.

Pats: Rikki, I beg you, don’t do anything. (She clutches on to Rikki before she almost falls. He’ll kill me, Rikki. He’d kill you too if it kept him from jail).

Rikki: (Surprised) He would?

Pats: He wouldn’t do it himself, but he’d get someone else to do it.

Clyde: Who would do what?

(Both girls turn around shocked to see Clyde approaching them).

Pats: Nothing, Clyde.

Rikki: Clyde, I was just about going to look for you. (Acting sweet).

Clyde: (He tries to kiss Rikki, but gets her cheek instead) I’ve been looking for you too, but I didn’t expect to find you here.

Rikki: I just wanted to say hi to Pats. We haven’t said much to each other in a while now…(awkward silence)…Clyde, I wanted to make sure that we were still going to that Spanish restaurant tonight?

Clyde: Definitely, I’ve already made the reservations.

Rikki: Good, I’ll be waiting at 8…(awkward silence)…Pats, I have the car today. Why don’t I give you a ride home?

Pats: (She notices the expression on Rikki’s face) Sure.

(Rikki and Pats say goodbye to Clyde and head towards the parking lot).

Scene blacks out.

Scene 8 – (Rikki’s bedroom – scenes under music) Milo already knows what happened because he was watching the whole thing behind some bushes. Rikki tells Milo her plan over the phone, and how she had to threaten pats to be a part of it. The plan is that Pats will call Clyde for a buy to be done while he’s having dinner with Rikki. That’s when Rikki would call the police. Pats will be a little late, to give the police more time to arrive. Hopefully they’ll be on time to catch Clyde. Rikki uses her acting skills to be with Clyde that night. The plan was put into action when Clyde left the table saying he had to go call his mother. Pats shows up, then the police. Clyde takes Pats as hostage to save himself from the police. His getaway is interfered with by Milo. Milo uses a knife to try and get Pats away from Clyde, Clyde has a gun and shoots Milo to get out of his way, the bullet hits Milo in the arm. Rikki runs after Clyde and begs him to let go of Pats. Clyde lets go of Pats in return for Rikki. Rikki begs him to give up. The police thinking that Rikki is an accomplice with Clyde, threatens to shoot both of them. Clyde decides to give himself up.

Last part of scene is of Jake, lying still on the floor of his rehab centre room. A nurse finds him and calls for an ambulance. When the paramedics come they pronounce him dead of a drug overdose.

Scene blacks out.

Scene 9 – (After Jakes’ funeral, Milo and Rikki sit silently by Jake’s grave. Milo’s arm is in a cast).

Milo: (Sadly) I’ll never be able to understand any of this. He threw away his life. Then he had a second chance, and he threw that away too. I don’t’ know if I’m mad or sad.

Rikki: I know, you almost lost your life for him, and he decided to throw his life away. (Rikki laughs sarcastically). What good has come out of this?

Milo: (Shocked) What are you saying, Rikki? Clyde’s in jail now. Maybe he’ll start choosing an honest profession from now on. Pats realizes that she needs help, she’s getting it.

Rikki: My brother is dead. I miss him so much already.

Milo: (Putting his arms around Rikki) So do I. Don’t ever forget that I’ll be there for you, Rikki. We’ll survive this together. OK?

Rikki: OK.

Scene blacks out and a list of statistics of how many people are addicted to drugs and die from every year appears.

 

Second Book Launch at A Different Booklist – TBA

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Come join me to launch the book How To Talk To Crazy People at A Different Booklist at Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto!

What?: Copies are available of How To Talk To Crazy People by Donna Kakonge at A Different Booklist in Toronto

Where?: 746 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5S 2R6, Tel: 416-538-0889, email:info@adifferentbooklist.com,http://www.adifferentbooklist.com

How?: Go to the store :-)!!!!! Check out the opening hours on the website  :-)

When?: How To Talk To Crazy People Book Launch at A Different Booklist

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Location: 746 Bathurst Street Thank You and See You There!

How?: Go to the store :-)!!!!! Check out the opening hours on the website  :-)

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Bayshore – March 26, 1993

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In Culture, Education, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2009 at 07:54

Sitting on a couch in her living room, 10-year-old Michelle Lucien points to a bruise on her left ankle. Her crutches sit in a corner of the room.

“My ankle got sprained when this boy at school kicked me and me trip,” says Michelle. “He called me a black bitch.”

Michelle is a grade 5 student at Bayshore Public School. Her mother, Girlsen Lucien, says Michelle has experienced racial discrimination at school for over two years. Read the rest of this entry »

Home staging

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In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on April 14, 2009 at 18:10

You have been looking around for that perfect dream home or condominium and you are constantly astounded by the beauty or the décor and how clean the environment is. It helps you to picture yourself living there. Who helps to design this space you are dreaming of living in?

Well, there is a special name for creating new home spaces through cleaning and décor so you will want to live in them – it is called home staging. Colleen Palmer with Distinctive Nest is one of the people who creates these beautiful spaces you see when you are out house or condominium shopping. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Talk To Crazy People Rough Edit Audio and Donna Kakonge at Mad Pride 2014

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Listen to How To Talk To Crazy People written and narrated by Donna Kakonge here:

You can purchase the book and others here:

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged

Employment and Those Labelled Mentally Ill (reading from How To Talk To Crazy People and Young Black Women in Toronto High Schools: Portraits of Family, School and Community Involvement in Developing Goals and Aspirations) – Mad Pride 2014 – July 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 246 Sackville Street

Donna Kakonge is selling her books at the Mad Market July 12, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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