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Sonny Black

In Beauty, Contact Information, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 30, 2009 at 6:40 AM

Sonny Black

returns with two more essential  jammys!

PARTY GIRL

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Want the best Canadian writing? Read short fiction

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2009 at 5:21 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

A couple of weeks ago, British Giller judge Victoria Glendinning bashed Canadian writing in the Financial Times of London. She said our stuff is too homogenous and that it’s easy to get grants and be published if you’re Canadian, no matter how bad your writing is.

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Rawle James Entertainment

In Contact Information, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2009 at 7:16 AM

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Lack of protection for H1N1 vaccine nothing new in Canada

In Culture, Disability, Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 27, 2009 at 4:13 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the Financial Situation Behind H1N1 - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Financial Situation Behind H1N1 - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Concern over the H1N1 vaccine is growing and Canada still doesn’t have effective legal protection for people if getting the shot results in injury.

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Canadian content making its mark on U.S. media

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 25, 2009 at 3:05 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the Impact Canada Has on the U.S.

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Impact Canada Has on the U.S.

By Rachel Muenz

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how many Canadian TV shows have been picked up by U.S. networks this fall. But while U.S. TV has the most Canadian content, Canadians are having a decent impact on other areas of U.S. pop culture as well.

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Canada’s university magazines beat the U.K.’s in word economy

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 24, 2009 at 6:25 AM
Rachel Muenz Compares the Word Count of Stories Between Countries - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Compares the Word Count of Stories Between Countries - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Apparently, Canada doesn’t think its university students can handle long articles. Either that or it just uses language more efficiently than its U.K. counterparts.

Based on a random selection of five articles each from five Canadian online publications for students and five from publications in the U.K., Canadian articles are over 120 words shorter than those in the U.K.

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The Vegedables

In Contact Information, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Writing (all kinds) on September 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

THE VEGEDABLES


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Canada needs to right past wrongs in response to H1N1 on reserves

In Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 22, 2009 at 4:15 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About H1N1 on Aboriginal Reserves - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About H1N1 on Aboriginal Reserves - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Many have said one good thing about the H1N1 outbreak in Canada’s aboriginal communities is that it has brought attention to the lack of basic needs they face. But, it’s doubtful anything will actually be done about improving living conditions in reserves across Canada.

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The Best of Donna Magazine Published

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 21, 2009 at 6:08 AM

The best from this online magazine is now packaged in hardcover, paperback and ebook format so you can take it with you anywhere. On the bus, in a canoe, wherever and whenever. Check it out at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Clean energy company shows Ontario’s green services sector is greenest of them all

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 20, 2009 at 4:55 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About a Green Ontario - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About a Green Ontario - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Ontario’s environmental services, retail, and professional services sectors have the largest number of companies using clean power, according to information from Bullfrog Power.

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Top 5 children’s books that are still fun to read as an adult

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 19, 2009 at 1:21 AM
Rachel Muenz Makes Children's Book Selections For Adults - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Makes Children's Book Selections For Adults - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Often, people read books as children that they think are the best things ever only to be disappointed when they return to them as adults. But there some children’s books that, whether you re-read them or explore them for the first time as an adult, are still great adventures.

Here, in my opinion, are the best kids’ books anyone of any age can enjoy:

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The Writer’s Life Writer’s Book List

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 17, 2009 at 3:41 AM
Wally Bock Has His on Website on Writing Tips - Photo Courtesy of Wally Bock's Website

Wally Bock Has His on Website on Writing Tips - Photo Courtesy of Wally Bock's Website

@ Copyright 2003, Wally Bock

Here are some books about writing that I really like. They are offered subject to the following qualification.

Over the years I’ve read a ton of books about writing. What I have not done is make a comprehensive survey of the literature on writing. I’ve read what looked interesting to me.

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J.J.

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 16, 2009 at 2:46 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About a Missing Person - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About a Missing Person - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

There was this kid who lived in a town near where I grew up. He was a friend of my cousin’s cousin and went missing when I was in elementary school and he was a teenager. His friends might have called him J.J. so I’ll call him that too.

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Is the media biased against rural areas?

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 15, 2009 at 4:41 AM

Rachel Muenz - Rural - September 15, 2009

Rachel Muenz Writes About How the Media Portrays Rural Communities - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Almost every article I’ve read in urban newspapers about the countryside and its people seems to rely on stereotypes. Maybe it’s just because I’m from a small town and more sensitive to these things, but media coverage of rural areas often appears condescending.

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Dropouts (Excerpt From Soon to Be Published Book)

In book reviews, Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 14, 2009 at 7:24 AM
The Publisher Writes About Some of Her Days at the CBC - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

The Publisher Writes About Some of Her Days at the CBC - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

When I first started working in radio I had a lot of dropouts

Poor reception of radio quality on the reel-to-reel

I would bike down to the CBC building on Front Street with my red Yakota bike

That bike was “stoked”

The saddest thing was a light being stolen

Why can people be so mean?

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Pen to Computer Screen (Originally Published with Digital Eve)

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 13, 2009 at 4:03 PM


Trecia Harley Does an Online Magazine - Photo Courtesy of Trecia Harley

Trecia Harley Does an Online Magazine - Photo Courtesy of Trecia Harley

Writing and the written word have been a major part of Trecia Harley’s life ever since she could remember. As a child she loved to read and be transported to another world.   The magic of words was her main pastime growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario. Thus, writing became her favourite form of expression.   Trecia attended the University of Toronto where she studied English Literature, History and Celtic Studies. She also completed a publishing certificate course at Ryerson Polytechnic University.   “Throughout my entire education, I loved reading books, reading about the making of books, discussing the power of literature, and debating the need for it in daily life,” says Trecia. “To me, writing was, and will always be, THE ultimate form of connecting the minds of men.”   This lead Trecia to becoming involved with The Breath, an online magazine. The Breath was the brain-child of two men from Toronto: Shane Belcourt (Anthony) and Jordan O'Connor. Shane and Jordan are musicians and artists in their own right in Ottawa. Shane and Jordan saw the early possibilities of the Internet and were excited by the idea of forming an arts collective site which would house an e-zine and independent Canadian record label.   Shane and Jordan asked Trecia and her husband Craig to help out - and they were immediately hooked. Read the rest of this entry »

Simple writing is best for everyone

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 12, 2009 at 3:46 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Simple Writing - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Simple Writing - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Every English teacher I’ve ever had has always said using plain, clear language is best in any kind of writing. Authors don’t make readers think by language that’s impossible to understand, but by the complex themes and ideas they write about.

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Poison

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on September 10, 2009 at 7:12 PM
Rachel Muenz - Poison - September 10, 2009 - 1

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Anger of a Man - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Dolphin was going to kill the dog because it had desecrated the tree. The tree was the most beautiful monument he had ever seen. He liked it because it reminded him of a snake and he loved snakes and though it was carved with the names of kids who’d been shot to death, it didn’t call them heroes and it didn’t call their killers evil. It simply remembered the dead and he liked that.

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Murder?

In Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2009 at 12:17 PM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Murder

Rachel Muenz Writes About Murder

By Rachel Muenz

Stan hates Maude and her purple raincoat and the way she trips instead of walks. She even wears that ugly thing in middle of summer when the air chokes you and sits heavy on your head.

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How safe is the H1N1 vaccine?

In Disability, Education, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2009 at 6:16 PM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the New H1N1 Vaccine

Rachel Muenz Writes About the New H1N1 Vaccine - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

A friend of my family, who is a nurse, and her colleagues have always refused to get flu shots. When their hospital tried to make the shots mandatory for all staff, they went to the union to put a stop to that plan.

They certainly won’t be getting the H1N1 vaccine when it arrives this fall.

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The Best of Donna Magazine to be Published Soon

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 7, 2009 at 7:14 AM

There are now more than 400 posts on Donna Magazine. Updated from Journalism Stories Collection, The Best of Donna Magazine will incorporate the publisher’s personal favourites from this online magazine in a hardcover, paperback and ebook format that you can take with you anywhere such as any magazine you would  find off the racks. Look out for it coming soon to be sold at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Get 20 Per Cent Off My Books

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 6, 2009 at 5:28 AM
Old Cover Design for My Roxanne

Old Cover Design for My Roxanne

You can get 20 per cent off my books this Labour Day weekend only. Please enter the code “WHITE” when you checkout. Choose from a variety of books, a CD and two audio downloads in hardcover, paperback and ebook format.  The online store is at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Video Release – Carl Henry

In Beauty, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2009 at 3:43 AM

VIDEO RELEASE


YOU TUBE LINK

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5emV1CjVu94

MOV VERSION

http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/d5oen2

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Carl Henry

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Working and living at home can sometimes cost you

In Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2009 at 4:42 AM
Rachel Muenz Navigates Through Living at Home - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Navigates Through Living at Home - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

In this tough job market and with a load of student debt to deal with, many college and university graduates like me have had to move in with parents to survive.

When I tell people I’m living and working from home, they always say something like, “That’s great! You must be saving a lot of money.” This is true, but I’ve found it can also lose you money as well.

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Wii’s impact on mental health growing

In Culture, Disability, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2009 at 4:55 PM
Rachel Muenz Writes About Video Games Affect on Mental Health - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About Video Games Affect on Mental Health - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Nintendo Wii became an integral part of mental health therapies in the future.

Though Wii is mostly being used for physical rehabilitation and fitness in hospitals and nursing homes, it also seems to be gaining a place in the mental health field as well.

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Bob Phillips: Canadian

In Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Bob Phillips was the editor of a bilingual newspaper in Aylmer, Quebec. This tells of his story as a sensitive man who tried to bridge the gap between two language communities in the place where he lived:

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Judging a song by its title can be a delight

In Culture, Entertainment, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 2, 2009 at 3:07 PM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the The Unusual Title of Songs - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About the The Unusual Title of Songs - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

Going by its name, you’d expect Martha Wainwright’s song Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole to be an angry rant about a former lover with lots of screaming. But, it’s actually one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard.

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Economy Affecting Colour Choices

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Entertainment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 2, 2009 at 7:30 AM

The Economy is Affecting Paint Colour Choices - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman

The Economy is Affecting Paint Colour Choices - Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman

By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

Toronto, Ontario – September 1, 2009 – The economic recession is affecting more than people’s pocketbooks.  It’s also influencing their choice and use of colour.

That’s the finding of CIL Paints, following a detailed study of colour trends by its international team of colour experts.

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Why being a triplet is annoying

In Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2009 at 5:46 PM
Rachel Muenz Tells the Story of Being a Triplet - Picture Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Tells the Story of Being a Triplet - Picture Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

When I first meet someone, the last thing I usually tell them is that I’m a triplet. Most people make a scene when they find out and I’d rather avoid that.

I love it when people act normal, as if being a triplet is an everyday thing, because it is.

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Adoption

In Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2009 at 12:09 AM
Cori's Newly Acquired Cell Phone Tells Quite a Story - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Cori's Newly Acquired Cell Phone Tells Quite a Story - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

One afternoon Cori found a token and stayed on for the whole route pressed to the back with her nose against the glass, watching the city leak out behind the red and white canister of people. Someone had opened a window at the front of the streetcar and the air chilled her throat all the way down to her stomach.

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