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Expressive Writing: EX. 21c: Prepositional Phrase Series

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 31, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I went through, sideways and down to reach the chair.
I looked towards, inside and underneath the glove compartment.
EX. 22: Adj., SP and SVOP
Adj. SP, SVOP

Cute and nice.
The clock ticked loudly all night.
The light burned in the morning.
I talked until my throat was sore.
I typed until my fingers chaffed.
I walked until my soles blistered.

Oshawa submits a compelling case against a proposed ethanol refinery at its harbour

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 30, 2011 at 3:00 AM

City of Oshawa hand delivers its 300-page response along with 3,300 opposition letters to Ottawa

August 15, 2011 @ 07:00AM

OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa’s six-week successful public awareness campaign opposing a proposed ethanol refinery by FarmTech Energy Corporation (FarmTech) on the shoreline of Lake Ontario has resulted in the delivery of the City’s 300-page comment submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. Accompanying the submission are approximately 3,300 resident letters in opposition, as well as influential letters from the David Suzuki Foundation, Council of Canadians and Margaret Atwood. Read the rest of this entry »

The City of Calgary to launch first search-based website in Canada

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 29, 2011 at 3:00 AM

August 15, 2011 @ 11:00AM

Following a successful preview, The City of Calgary today announced the official launch of the new search-based calgary.ca.

The website, which uses Microsoft SharePoint and Google search technology, was available for public preview from August 8 to 12. During the preview process, Calgarians were able to test the new site by typing in keywords to find relevant information. Public feedback during the preview process was exceptionally favourable with very few problems reported. Read the rest of this entry »

Everybody is doing it! Aging is our universal full time job!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on August 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

“Aging Is a Full Time Job” by Marcia Casar Friedman, is a motivational book written for seniors’ ages 50+, with an emphasis on Silver Sages ages 65+. Marcia writes about feelings, self-esteem, aging, wishes, loneliness, endings, worrying, gratitude, family changes and more. With the goal of guiding readers to improve their lives, Marcia discovered writing is healing. Everyone can write! There are numerous “How to—” topics emphasized throughout the book, with directions to write privately in a journal, using a computer or talking into a tape recorder. Read the rest of this entry »

The Peacock Parade, Canadian luxury flash sale web site, has launched

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The Peacock Parade gives its members access to luxury labels at insider prices

August 12, 2011 @ 03:30PM

TORONTO, Ont. – The Peacock Parade is proud to announce that it has officially launched. Canadians now have access to the Toronto-based, members-only flash sale Web site, which features coveted merchandise at up to 70 per cent off retail prices. Each time-limited sale includes a curated collection of designer merchandise. Membership is free and registration is now open at www.thepeacockparade.com. Read the rest of this entry »

TVOKids Fall lineup emphasizes fitness, the wonders of science, and learning through imaginative play

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 25, 2011 at 3:00 AM

August 05, 2011 @ 12:45PM

TVOKids kicks off its Fall 2011 season on September 5 with a lineup of on-air and online, curriculum-based children’s shows and web games that reaffirms TVO as an innovator in multimedia children’s content and programming. According to a 2011 IPSOS Reid Omnibus survey, Ontarians rate TVO as both the “most trusted” and the “most educational” media brand for children in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: Adverb Series

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on August 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I lovingly, passionately and aggressively dug into his pants.

I quietly, shyly and scrumptiously bit into the cake.

Ana’s Shadow – This Friday

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 23, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Ana’sShadow-EFlyer-1

Playwright Tara Goldstein is bringing her newest play reading to Toronto!

Join us for a reading of

Ana’s Shadow

a play about love, loss

and coming of age in an adoptive same-sex family

Friday, August 26, 2011 from 5-7pm

At 519 Church Street Community Centre

(1 street east of Wellesley subway station)

Free Admission

See ‘Da Kink Again

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Billy and Jasmin Singing and Playing the Guitar

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 23, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Billy is such a talented young man that he taught Jasmin how to play the guitar in a matter of moments. Listen to their creation:

Billy and Jasmin Singing

Billy and Jasmin Playing

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Writing (all kinds) on August 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Billy is a young musician and cook who is one of my Dad’s tenants, as well as my family’s neighbour and a gifted young man. In a matter of moments, he learned how to play a child’s game with Jasmin, the five-year-old daughter of my friend and neighbour Tiferanji. Enjoy!

Billy and Jasmin Playing

Exterior Painting Tips from Dulux Paints

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 21, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin is a premium acrylic paint that features early shower resistance, providing homeowners with protection against losing a day’s paint job if it starts to rain.

With the launch of Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin, a breakthrough paint that resists early showers, Dulux Paints offers these tips to ensure a successful outdoor painting project every time. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Let the Rain Put a Damper on Your Paint Job

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Dulux Home Exterior: When painting large areas of a home’s exterior, use a spray gun instead of a brush or roller for a uniform, professional finish.

Dulux Paints launches breakthrough paint that resists showers
in as little as 30 minutes, offers tips for exterior painting

August 8, 2011 – With cooler temperatures setting in, late summer or early fall is an ideal time to paint the outside of your house. Yet, this time of year also tends to be a rainier season, so what’s a homeowner to do? Read the rest of this entry »

WHAT’S IN A PAINT NAME?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

CIL Paints is betting that giving wall colours such as those featured in this home theatre room names like Bacon or Hockey Puck would get men more interested in painting. The actual paint names shown are CIL’s Spice Island (00YY 19/464) on the left wall and Dark Secret (00NN 05/000) on the right.

Want to Get Your Man On Board with a Paint Job? Start by Calling your Yellow Wall Colour Choice ‘Beer’ Instead of ‘Butterscotch’

CIL Paints sets out to cater paint names to a male audience

August 4, 2011 – Putting Green versus Pixie Palace. Beer versus Butterscotch. Blue Jeans versus Periwinkle Blue. Which paint colour would sooner have your man picking up a paint brush to give your walls a lift? Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond Powerful Radio

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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The Trial of the Gods: A Review

In Writing (all kinds) on August 17, 2011 at 3:00 AM

With the land that has been stolen from many Africans all over the continent, British rule of lands such as Botswana, it is not difficult for the lead character of The Trial of the Gods (Ontebetse, 2011) to answer the question: “Where is my homeland?” This work of fiction written by Khonani Ontebetse, an African journalist, tells the story of Jay Setlhare who battles with courts, gets the help of NGOs and human rights groups from all over the world and garners media attention by fighting to stay on his ancestral homeland – the CKGR in Botswana. For the protagonist of Ontebetse’s story, it is Jay’s strong ties to his African cultural heritage and his strong ties to his African homeland that make him fight so passionately for what he believes in. Read the rest of this entry »

Ana’s Shadow play reading August 26 5-7pm

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 16, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Ana’sShadow-EFlyer

Playwright Tara Goldstein is bringing her newest play reading to Toronto!

Join us for a reading of

Ana’s Shadow

a play about love, loss
and coming of age in an adoptive same-sex family

Friday, August 26, 2011 from 5-7pm

At 519 Church Street Community Centre
(1 street east of Wellesley subway station)

Free Admission

Releasing My Critical Chatter: An Autobiographical Narrative from the Black Diaspora: A Review

In Writing (all kinds) on August 16, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Mary Louise McCarthy is a PhD student at OISE/University of Toronto, an Employment Counselor with the government of New Brunswick, a mother of an adult son, and a fifth-generation African-Canadian. McCarthy was born in New Brunswick, and discussions of race were silenced in her household. McCarthy was often silenced – both in childhood, as well as in her adulthood. This book brings back the important voice of an African-Canadian woman, whose critical chatter can be shared by many. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 21a: Adjective Series

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 15, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The marvelous flame erupted from the lighter, smoldering into the cold air.

His weathered, but clean-shaven face was adorned with a baseball cap while he trudged through the snow.

Expressive Writing: EX. 19 – Email Story Working

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Pets, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 14, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Email Story Working

The way the Email story works in Make it New is by using various forms of communications devices, such as dialogue, prose, as well as email to tell its story. It is also an international story and uses dates to keep track of the time period between Meena’s and Greg’s relationship. There is also some humour in that Greg still mispronounces Meena’s name, no matter how long he has known her. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: To Praise

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on August 13, 2011 at 3:00 AM

To Praise: to compliment, to say nice things to, to boast about, to honour, to toast, to rejoice for, Dictionary.com: acclaim, acclamation, accolade, applause, appreciation, approbation, approval, big hand, boost, bravo, celebration, cheer, cheering, citation, commendation, compliment, cry, devotion, encomium, esteem, eulogy, exaltation, extolment, flattery, glorification, glory, good word, homage, hurrah, hymn, kudos*, laudation, obeisance, ovation, panegyric, pat on the back, plaudit, puff, rave, recognition, recommendation, regard, sycophancy, thanks, tribute, worship Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: To Love

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on August 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

To Love: to adore, to worship, to admire, to like, to respect, to be attracted to, to emulate, to mimic, to want to be around, to enjoy their company, to marry, to commit to, to be partners with, to take care of, to care for, Dictionary.com: adulation, affection, allegiance, amity, amorousness, amour, appreciation, ardency, ardor, attachment, case*, cherishing, crush, delight, devotedness, devotion, emotion, enchantment, enjoyment, fervor, fidelity, flame, fondness, friendship, hankering, idolatry, inclination, infatuation, involvement, like, lust, mad for, partiality, passion, piety, rapture, regard, relish, respect, sentiment, soft spot, taste, tenderness, weakness, worship, yearning, zeal Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: Five Sentences with Multiple Verbs:

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on August 11, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I peeled, boiled, drained, mashed and served the potatoes.
I shimmied, boogied, glided, hopped and danced to the music.
I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote all day.
I looked out the window, fastened my seatbelt and secured my luggage under the front seat.
I read the documents, checked for errors, agree to the terms and signed the contract.

Two Sentences with Multiple Verbs:

I woke up, rubbed my eyes, dragged off my clothes, pulled on clean clothes, sucked on a cigarette and grabbed my bag, then rushed out the door. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: Rhetorical Analysis of The Calculus Test

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on August 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The main character in this story shows that he has a supportive home life with the relationship with his mother. Although his mother does not like all of his books all over the kitchen table while he is studying, she wishes him good luck on his calculus test. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 15 – To Write and To Sit

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on August 9, 2011 at 3:00 AM

To Write: to scribble, to doodle, to be a scribe, to transcribe, to record, to document, to draw, to design, to dabble, to create, to type, to keyboard. From Dictionary.com: address, author, autograph, bang out, chalk, commit, communicate, comp, compose, copy, correspond, create, dash off, draft, draw up, drop a line, drop a note, engross, formulate, ghost, indite, ink, inscribe, jot down, knock off, knock out, letter, note, note down, pen, pencil, print, push a pencil, put in writing, record, reproduce, rewrite, scrawl, scribble, scribe, scriven, set down, set forth, sign, take down, tell, transcribe, turn out, typewrite, write down, write up. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 14 – Discursive on First Person Narrative on Smooth Operator

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on August 8, 2011 at 3:00 AM

This story was actually a mélange of truth and fiction. The reason why I chose to use the first person is because ultimately it was closer to truth than to fiction. I like the way in the course texts they discuss about using the first person, as well as actually at times using the writer’s name in the piece. It is much easier than coming up with names and a special part of creative non-fiction. It gives the reader more of a connection with the writer and helps the reader to know the writer knows what they are talking about. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 13: Bath Time Analysis

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 7, 2011 at 3:00 AM

“Bath Time” is a story that appeals to the emotions, to the mind, as well as to the senses. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 12 – Love and Food

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on August 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Love and Food

“Eat it up!” the gold-digger said to her sugar daddy.

Caught up in the raptures of love, the gold-digger and her sugar daddy were enjoying the lap of luxury in a high-style luxury loft condo in the heart of downtown Toronto. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: Day Two of Clichés

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 4, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Day Two: On the second day, I listened to the radio news’s AM 640 starting at 2:26 a.m. and ending at 2:43 a.m. I was able to find 41 clichés again. Setting: Lying in bed at home: Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 11: Three Day Cliché Journal

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 3, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Day One: On the first day, I started watching CP24 at 6:47 p.m. and found 41 clichés I could write down by 7:03 p.m. Setting: on my brown couch in my living room at home. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: EX. 10: Ethics in Personal Writing

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on August 2, 2011 at 3:00 AM

I could completely relate to Debra Dickerson’s situation. I self-published a book called Do Not Know that talks about my mental illness of bipolar disorder. Former Toronto Mayor hopeful George Smitherman even bought the book when I was showcasing it at an Abilities Festival in the summer of 2010 at Nathan Philips Square. Read the rest of this entry »

Expressive Writing: Ex.9: My Father’s Birthday Analysis

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on August 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The main action of this story is carried forward through dialogue, as noted in Tool #26 in Writing Tools. From the beginning, the story opens with dialogue between the son and his mother about his boyfriend Anthony. It is not clearly stated the son is gay. This leads to some suspense as the reader is left to discover later what exactly will happen at the father’s birthday party. Read the rest of this entry »

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