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Expressive Writing: EX. 21c: Prepositional Phrase Series

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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

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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.

“On behalf of Oshawa City Council, a sincere thank you to Oshawa residents and to community and advocacy groups for voicing their strong opposition to the construction and operation of a colossal ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour,” says Mayor Henry. “Your opposition letters have been hand delivered to the Federal Government and I am optimistic that your comments will have a huge impact on the Public Consultation Review process.”

The City faced a number of obstacles during the six-week widespread campaign.

City consultants were denied access to the proposed site by the Oshawa Harbour Commission (OHC), which was integral to preparing the City’s EA comment submission.
The OHC refused to share any business cases, leases or data related to the proposed ethanol refinery.


The Federal Government extended the 30-day public consultation period only by two weeks, even though Oshawa Council requested a 60-day public review period extension.
The City of Oshawa is being portrayed as “anti-job creation” by the OHC and FarmTech when in fact the proposed ethanol refinery will have an extremely low employment density per acre (approx. 40 staff employed on the 30.4-acre site).

The City’s comprehensive submission is based on an in-depth review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Screening Report from a legal, land use planning and scientific perspective. The submission emphasizes that the Screening Report does not comply with the legal requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), fails to address serious land-use compatibility issues, and does not provide the data and analysis necessary to evaluate the environmental effects of the ethanol refinery. More specifically, the submission:

Denounces the “develop first, plan later” approach that fails to comply with the July 2010 Settlement Agreement between the OHC, the City, and the federal government. According to the Agreement, future development is to be conducted cooperatively between the City and the OHC until a land use plan is in place.

Stresses that the proposed ethanol refinery represents “a very real danger” to the City, its residents, and nearby ecological features, pointing out that FarmTech has failed to conduct a quantitative analysis of the likelihood of significant adverse environmental effects.

Asserts that CEAA assessment requirements were not met regarding environmental effects on surrounding land uses and ecological features from air emissions, noise, odour, vapour, surface water contamination, groundwater contamination and cumulative effects.

Calls attention to FarmTech’s failure to assess risks to human health posed by the project’s emissions of “fine particulate matter,” a toxic substance listed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and linked to causing premature deaths in Canada.

Emphasizes that the proposed ethanol refinery has been misclassified under Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment Land Use Compatibility Guidelines – a serious and far-reaching deficiency as the classification was used to limit the assessment of adverse environmental effects.

For details, download the Overview of the City’s Comment Submission or read the complete response submission at http://www.oshawa.ca/harbour.

Backgrounder

The City launched its awareness campaign on July 1, 2011, in response to a letter received late June from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada notifying the City that an EA Review was underway for a proposed ethanol refinery to be located on Crown Land at the Oshawa Harbour.

The campaign message is that an ethanol refinery does not belong on the waterfront and is much more suited to an agricultural location. The City quickly spread the word through social media, news releases, local advertisements and the printing of opposition form letters. During the six-week campaign:

Brock Township, also located in Durham Region, announced its interest in hosting the ethanol refinery as it is an agricultural-related use that would be suited to their rural community.
The David Suzuki Foundation, Margaret Atwood, and Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians, sent influential response letters supporting the City’s position.
Oshawa MP Colin Carrie reaffirmed that he is behind the community’s opposition to an ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour.
Approximately 3,300 Durham Region residents signed letters of opposition.
The Canadian Environmental Law Association, Friends of Second Marsh and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper announced their vehement opposition to an ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour.

The enormous facility would include four-grain silos, each standing 125 feet high (equivalent to four 12-storey buildings). In addition, the shipment of raw materials and end product into and out of the ethanol refinery would generate hundreds of daily truck trips near the harbour.

The refinery would be capable of producing 210 million litres of ethanol annually, which would require processing 525,000,000 kilograms of corn each year (approximately 10 per cent of Ontario’s annual corn crop) and would result in approximately 168,000,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) emitted annually as a byproduct of the fermentation process.

This would be the only ethanol refinery located along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario. It would be adjacent to the Waterfront Trail and to the Second Marsh, a Provincially Significant Wetland. The proposed facility would be near the picturesque Lakeview Park, a 46-acre community hotspot with a sandy beach, boardwalk, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and scenic trails.

For updates, follow the campaign on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube by searching “OshawaCity.”

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

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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.

“We were incredibly impressed with the amount of feedback we received. Comments on social media indicated this was a move in the right direction for the City of Calgary” said David Watson, General Manager of Planning, Development, and Assessment and Project Sponsor.

“Microsoft is pleased to be part of Calgary’s long-term strategic vision to deliver innovation to its employees, citizens, and businesses,” said Mike Tremblay, Vice President, Public Sector, Microsoft Canada. “We congratulate The City on the launch of Calgary.ca and are delighted that Microsoft SharePoint 2010 was selected as the unified platform to help streamline its government services and foster collaboration between Calgary and its citizens and local businesses.”

Through a competitive bidding process, The City of Calgary hired Infusion Development to complete development work on the website. “The goal from the onset was to ensure that citizens could find information and services quickly and easily.” said, Bill Baldasti, VP Canadian Sales, Infusion. “For this, a custom feed-engine to enable smart searching was developed. On top of this, we built an extensive mapping suite, a completely optimized mobile experience, and online forms that all together will enable revolutionary new ways for the community to interact with their local government.”

The new website marks a movement towards eGovernment and a shift to providing more services and information online. “Our citizens have said this is how they want to interact with their municipal government,” said Watson. He adds, “The upgrades we’ve made to Calgary.ca have built the foundation for The City to support future advances in technology and will allow us to better serve and communicate with Calgarians for years to come.”

To access the new City of Calgary visit: http://www.calgary.ca
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About Calgary.ca
Calgary.ca was originally developed in 2002 to meet the growing demand of citizens requesting civic information online. Since its inception, The City has increasingly relied on the internet to deliver information to Calgarians.

Even as the population increases, contacting The City in-person or by phone is decreasing. Last year, the website reached over 9 million visitors. The new website now search-base and structured in a way that is easier to find information for both citizens and customers.

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.

Even though the various subjects examined in the book can be faced at almost any age, seniors have a different point of view due to years of experience, in a much less technological world. Reviewing experiences by reading, thinking and writing, can help many people come to terms with the natural changes that come with aging.

Use the evaluating tools included in the book to recognize the inspirational new light that comes from the wisdom of aging. Endings are beginnings! Concentrate on today to create an improved, first-class life for today and tomorrow. Discover the answer to “Who am I?”

How can we acknowledge the good, the bad, and the ugly inherited from the past and still lead a balanced, successful life? Relive them! The last part of the book emphasizes family relationships and their effects. The past is done, it no longer exists. Learning never ends! Now is the time to make peace with your past so you don’t mess up the present!

Read excerpts, writing is healing and more at http://www.agingisafulltimejob.com

Author Biography

Ms. Friedman was a teacher for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Los Angeles School District, and a Cal State University master student teacher.

Writing, sociology, and psychology have always been her passions. She conducted adult training programs in English as a Second Language, created “feelings workshops,” behavior modification classes and was a trainer for various businesses. Her enduring belief is that “learning never ends!”

Buy the book at your local bookstore or

http://www.agingisafulltimejob.com

Purchase the book between 7/11/11 and 11/11/11 to receive a free copy of “Yes you can get there from here”

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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

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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 percent 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.

ABOUT THE PEACOCK PARADE

As Canada’s premier flash sale site, The Peacock Parade enables members to conveniently shop from anywhere they have access to the Internet. Each sales event begins at 11:00 am EST, and lasts for a limited time period. Quantities are limited so when an item sells out, members may never see it again – other than on an enviable friend.

The Peacock Parade is the brainchild of Canadians, Jan Gandhi, and Nancy Sahota. The pair met in 2007 while living and working for several years in New York City — Jan as a lawyer for MTV Networks and Nancy as a senior strategist for a marketing agency.

“While living in New York, Nancy and I had ample access to e-commerce sites that provide designer merchandise at affordable prices – but we realized that the majority of them do not ship to Canada.  With a desire to provide Canadians with the same access and value, Nancy and I moved back to Toronto to create The Peacock Parade” said Jan Gandhi, of her and her co-founder, Nancy Sahota’s, decision to launch the flash sale site.

The two friends-turned-business partners identified an opportunity in the Canadian market and returned home to create The Peacock Parade.

“Canadian women have amazing style and great taste, but are often limited by where they can find the brands they want,” said Nancy Sahota. “We’re giving them an accessible way to find clothes and accessories they want at affordable prices without leaving the country.”

The Peacock Parade’s carefully selected merchandise is intended to impress even the most discerning shopper. Designer goods available for purchase on the Website include shoes, accessories and apparel from, among others:

  • YSL 
  • Gucci 
  • Fendi
  • Prada
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Celine
  • Dior
  • Vivienne Tam
  • Black Halo
  • Cynthia Rowley
  • Nicole Miller
  • Missoni
  • Steve Alan
  • Vintage  Chanel
  •  Tom Ford

The Peacock Parade is also curating an incredible selection of merchandise from globally-recognized and celebrated Canadian designers, such as Greta Constantine. Members are also among the fortunate few to sample designer pieces created exclusively for The Peacock Parade, by renowned Canadian designer brands such as Jenny Bird, Biko Jewellery, C’est Jol! and Claudia Accessories. In addition to designer apparel and accessories, members have access to original fashion content, including style tips and designer profiles.

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

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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.

Highlights include:

  • New shows include Jack, Hippothesis, Small Potatoes, and the first adaptation of the popular children’s book, Guess How Much I Love You
  • Gisèle’s Big Backyard welcomes a new character
  • The Space takes you Inside Tumbletown and introduces The Big Escape series
  • Gets kids moving with the Million Ways to Move campaign
  • Returning favourites include The Jungle Book, Wild Kratts, and Pillars of Freedom
  • The popular Sunday Family Movie returns with new films including a stunning new adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince
  • Great new games that make learning fun at tvokids.com


GISÈLE’S BIG BACKYARD and THE SPACE

On Gisèle’s Big Backyard, TVOKids’ early learning block for kids aged 2 to 6, rock star Wonda Wonder Words is the Backyard’s newest character who will introduce early learners to new words. Gisèle’s puppet friend, Tia, will explore simple elements of science with a new series Explore Galore beginning in October. Gisèle and her many friends will also be learning about healthy eating and science as they cultivate a community shared garden in Community Vegetable Garden: Get Growing. And throughout the block, host Gisele and her friends will show how simple daily activities mean you’re moving. It’s part of TVOKids’ Million Ways To Move campaign encouraging kids to stay active.

The Million Ways to Move campaign continues on TVOKids’ The Space, Ontario’s only live and interactive block for school-aged kids. In hosted breaks from 3:30 pm to 7 pm TVOKids’ Kara, Drew and Dalmar will talk to children live and ask them how they find new ways to move. Tumbleweed, everyone’s favourite hamster, is back with Tumbletown Tale$, learning how to balance his bank account and why money matters. And Inside Tumbetown teaches media literacy by taking kids behind the scenes of how Tumbletown Reads was produced.

And on the last Monday of the month on The Space, TVOKids Hotline will tackle issues kids need to talk about., and TVOKids Homework Zone with Teachers Troy, Aldo, Wynne, and Mark will help kids with their homework questions.

NEW SHOWS

Jack – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday beginning September 5, 2011, at 5:30 pm, Saturday 10 am,
Sunday 9:30 am
52 / 11 minutes
Produced by PVP Productions and TVO
School Age

Co-produced by TVO, this fun and educational 3-D animated series is entertaining with a solid science theme at its core. An adorable blue alien named Jack and his pet dog Rocket befriend a group of Earth kids. Through a series of adventures, Jack teaches the kids concepts in science. Stories include: How does an earthquake happen? What’s a black hole? What causes avalanches?

Hippothesis – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday 11:25 am beginning September 5, 2011; Saturday 7:15 am
52 / 4 minutes
Produced by Yowza Digital in association with TVO
Early Learning

Dawn, a pygmy hippopotamus, and Edward the dog are the stars in this new animated series for kids ages 3 to 7. The pair explores their everyday environments and learn about the natural world around them. Dawn enthusiastically investigates anything, while Edward approaches the world more methodically – wanting to know what the result will be before they even start.

Small Potatoes – North American Premiere
Monday to Friday beginning September 5, 2011, at 8:25 am; 3:25 pm
26 / 3 minutes
Little Airplane Productions
Early Learning

Cute doesn’t begin to describe this animated series about four adorable potatoes who sing to celebrate their imagination! Each episode features a music video with a new song written in an entirely different musical style. No genre is safe from these spuds!

Guess How Much I Love You – North American Premiere
Saturday and Sunday 8:10 am beginning September 10, 2011
52 / 11 minutes
Produced by CCI Entertainment Ltd.
Early Learning

The first adaptation of the much-loved, bestselling children’s book by Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram tells the story of Little Nutbrown Hare who is lovingly led on journeys of discovery about the joys of nature by his caring father, Big Nutbrown Hare.

More new shows this Fall:

Serious Explorers: Livingstone – Coming to TVO in October
This six-part, half-hour series for school-aged kids from CBBC follows seven young explorers who go on an adventure of a lifetime when they attempt to follow in the legendary footsteps of Dr. David Livingstone in Tanzania.

Poppy Cat – Coming to TVO in November
Based on the books by Lara Jones, this animated series for early learners from Coolabi Productions and Rollo Films follows Poppy Cat, a fun-loving orange tabby, and her animal friends who take imaginative play to new heights.

RETURNING FAVOURITES

The Jungle Book (New episodes) Monday and Friday at 5:30 pm, beginning September 5
Mowgli, Baloo, Baghera and Kaa are back with new adventures in the Indian jungle. Look for a one-hour Jungle Book special later this season.

Wild Kratts (New episodes) –  Monday to Friday 6 pm; Saturday at 3 pm; Sunday at 10:30 am beginning September 5, 2011
The Kratt brothers return with new episodes of their immensely popular animated series in which they help animals around the world and foil the plans of villains Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata and Chef Gourmond. Visit tvokids.com to play the Wild Kratts interactive game.

Pillars of Freedom (Series 2) – Mon, Wed, Friday at 5:55 pm beginning September 5, Sunday at 11:55 am
Little dragons Spirit and Imm continue trying to restore freedom to Caveworld in this innovative on-air and online series co-produced by TVO that demonstrates the importance of democracy and the right to vote.

Think Big (series 3) – Mondays 6:30 pm; Saturday 12 pm beginning September 5, 2011
Problem-solving skills are put to the test in this fast-paced series that asks kid inventors to flex their scientific and engineering muscles.

A World of Wonders (series 4) – Tues, Wed, Thurs 6:45 pm; Sunday 12:45 pm
This TVO co-production takes adventurous host Cari to exotic new locales including Indonesia, Singapore, India, Kenya, and Rwanda.

SUNDAY FAMILY MOVIES (Sundays at 2 pm)

TVOKids’ popular weekend movie block has a terrific lineup of films for the whole family this fall. A highlight is a spectacular CGI-animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, presented as an on-going series on the last Sunday of each month. So gather the kids, grab the popcorn and settle in for an afternoon of entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Fall Schedule:
Beauty and the Beast (1987) – September 4, November 6
Heck’s Way Home (1996) – September 11
Doogal (2006) – September 18
The Little Prince (2010) – September 25, October 30, November 27
The Frog Prince (1986) – October 2
Air Bud (1997) – October 9
Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver (1998) – October 16
Puss in Boots (1988) – October 23
Aussie and Ted’s Great Adventure (2009) – November 13
Rumpelstiltskin (1987) – November 20
The Snow Queen (1995) – December 4
Stuart Little (1999) – December 11
The Flight of the Reindeer (2000) – December 18
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001) – December 25

TVOKIDS.COM

TVOKids.com continues to lead the way in teacher-approved, kid-tested excitement by doing one of the things they do best: creating great online games that make learning fun!

In September, be sure to look out for all these cool new games:

Ages 2-5:

Wanda Wonder Words Game
Join Wanda as she uses her rock and roll singing skills to help Gisèle with word definitions.

This and That Shop: Coin Recognition
Can you tell the difference between a quarter and nickel? Collect each coin, drop it in the machine and make Carney the Cat talk!

Ages 11 and under:

Tumbletown: Movie Maker
Fans of the TVO TV series Inside Tumbletown will get a chance to practice their media literacy while creating their very own movie using different settings and being able to see how it affects each scene’s mood.

Space Trek Galaxy
Do you like helping Captain Kent avoid meteors and flying space objects as he speeds around the planets on Space Trek? Do you think you can use your math skills to find the hidden meteorites yourself? Give it a try!

Working Memory Game
Can you remember what you had for breakfast today? What about last Tuesday? Working Memory Game is a fun challenge to see if you can remember to repeat the sequence in the same order.

Stay Healthy Game with the Sci Squad Detectives
The Sci Squad detectives always find a way to solve the case! See if you can find out a fun way to stay healthy and keep the cold virus away from your body.

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About TVO
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.

Where to find TVO
Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

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

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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

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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 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!

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.

Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin

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.

Prepare for the best: With harsh winters taking a toll on Canadian homes, leaving painted surfaces peeling and blistering, surface preparation is the most important part of the exterior painting. For the longest-lasting results, clean the area thoroughly with a phosphate-free cleaning solution, and then rinse with a garden hose or pressure washer. Scrub with a brush to remove any dirt and grime, and use a scraper, putty knife or wire brush to loosen debris from deteriorating surfaces. Fill holes and cracks with acrylic‑based caulking and smooth surfaces with 120 grit sandpaper.

Take it stroke by stroke: Always make a plan or timetable for your job. It’s best to work from the top down, starting with fascia boards, gutters, and eavestroughs, and then moving on to walls and downspouts, leaving the trim for last. If painting boards or siding, focus on one or two boards at a time, going from one end to the other – rather than working in sections – to avoid overlapping. Begin painting on the side of your house that remains in the shade the longest since painting in direct sunlight can cause blisters and lap marks.

Choose tools wisely: When it comes to selecting a brush, a four-inch straight-edged brush is best for broad surfaces like siding, while a two-inch brush is suggested for trim. Rollers work well on porous surfaces such as masonry or stucco and are also useful for covering flat surfaces. When painting large areas, try using a spray gun instead for a uniform, professional finish. Products such as the Graco TrueCoat Pro sprayer, available at Dulux Paints stores nationally, can complete a paint project in half the time of a brush or roller.

Know that less is more: While priming the surface to be painted is a good idea when it comes to painting, never overdo it. There’s a limit to the number of coats a surface can support. As paint ages and thickens over time, it loses its flexibility and ability to expand and contract, causing premature cracking or flaking. For long-lasting results, apply a maximum of two even coats of paint to achieve the desired colour appearance and surface protection. Never paint wood when it is wet as the new paint will rapidly blister and flake off.

Open your door to colour: The front door is one of the most important features of any home, so you can instantly brighten up your property by painting it a more vibrant colour. A freshly-painted front door will also help block the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. When painting the trim, wedge the door open as you work. Begin with the jamb and stop, starting at the top on the inside corner and working your way down. While the jambs are still wet, paint the casings, being sure to mask the outside edges. Paint the threshold only after the jambs and casings have dried.

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.

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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?

Thanks to a breakthrough technological innovation, there’s now a product on the market that allows homeowners to paint outdoors with peace of mind, regardless of a gloomy forecast. Newly-launched Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin is a premium acrylic paint that features early shower resistance – within as little as 30 minutes – providing homeowners with protection against losing a day’s paint job if it starts to rain.

“In Canada, the exterior painting season is short, often with variable forecasts, so there’s only a limited window when we can paint the outside of our homes,” said Brad Elkins, Senior Brand Manager for Dulux Paints, one of the world’s leading paint brands. As a result of the weather and with the average exterior paint job taking two to three days to complete, “people tend to delay their outdoor projects for better conditions, sometimes until the following year, or take several weeks to complete a job, leaving their home looking less than attractive in the interim.”

Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin takes the stress out of the exterior painting, Elkins explained, because its unique chemistry ensures that a little rain shower won’t be “catastrophic.” Traditional exterior paints have longer drying times and therefore aren’t able to withstand the rain to the same extent, sometimes requiring a complete re-do of a project.

“Dulux Paints’ new technology allows people to get out and paint a quality job without having to worry about losing time and money, even if the outlook calls for a chance of a shower later in the day– a forecast that might otherwise scare off painters,” he explained.

Since the launch of Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin this summer, sales have skyrocketed, Elkins said, adding that the product is already Dulux Paints’ number one-selling exterior paint across the country. “People who use this product absolutely love it,” he said.

Other benefits of the paint include its easy application and ability to be used in low temperatures, as well as its delivery of a hard, smooth surface that is highly resistant to dirt, flaking and blistering. Designed to stay cleaner for longer and adhere to even difficult surfaces, the paint also provides a flexible finish that won’t crack or peel even when exposed to extreme changes in weather conditions.

Available in 2,016 colours, with the ability to be matched to any shade, Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin retails for $52.99 per gallon and is available at Dulux Paints’ 230 stores across the country. For a location near you, please visit http://www.dulux.ca or call 1-800-268-0534.

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.

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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 paintbrush to give your walls a lift?

Leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints is betting that giving paint names a masculine label will get men more excited about the painting process.

“Studies show that while a larger percentage of women tend to choose paint colours for their home, it’s often men who give the colours a final nod and then go on to spearhead the project,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL. “In an effort to get men more enthusiastic about painting projects, CIL is launching a campaign to involve them from the get-go.”

To this end, CIL is calling upon Canadian men to rename any existing CIL paint colour according to their preference, and Canadian women to give current colours names that better appeal to their men.

All participants need to do is submit their suggestions on CIL’s Facebook page and get the most votes from the public. The paint names that garner the most votes will be compiled into a special brochure alongside CIL’s existing display of more than 1,200 colours. What’s more, the most popular selection will yield the winner a $10,000 home theatre makeover powered by Klipsch.

“The bottom line is that choosing paint colours isn’t black and white,” says Goldman. “When it comes to painting names, it’s all about the emotional connection and our research shows that men and women tend to relate to paint names differently.”

To participate in the campaign – which runs until September 30 – visit CIL on Facebook or http://www.cil.ca for more details. To watch a video of men’s responses to different paint colour names, go to YouTube and key in “Paint Chip Names for Men.”

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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 in 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.

At the beginning of the book, Jay enters the courtroom wearing hides and horns – traditional clothing of his clan. Jay fights so vehemently for his homeland that he even ends up in prison, coming out ready to fight for his homeland once again with the courts and the authorities. He is a man ruled by his gods – his ancestors that seem to guide him with a strong spiritual hand and help him in his fight. This is why the fight of Jay Setlhare is called The Trial of the Gods (Ontebetse, 2011).

Unlike other books that Nsemia Press has published, such as Till I’m Laid to Rest by Garfield Ellis (2010), where the protagonist of that story, Shirley Temple Brown, has a disconnection from her Jamaican roots and feels no place of home – this book from Khonani Ontebetse has a different twist of a man fighting for his homeland and having a deep connection to his African roots and heritage. Mary Louise McCarthy’s book My Critical Chatter: An Autobiographical Narrative from the Black Diaspora (2011), also helps to round out three books from Nsemia Press that are all a must read, as McCarthy’s book also discusses the real-life story of an African-Canadian woman who does belong by birthright to Canada, however is constantly treated as though she does not. These three books all give a deep understanding of varying situations for Africans both on and off the continent and what their situations are like in modern life.

Main Theme of The Trial of the Gods

One may wonder why a small African reserve in Botswana would
ignite such international attention as the CKGR. Media from around the world were interested in the plight of the Barsawa people, where Jay is from, as well as national human rights groups such as Survival International wanted to help Jay with his fight. Here are some poignant words and words that feed eternal life from the protagonist:
Jay had learned that best-kept secret in CKGR after all, was not the discovery of diamonds by the powerful and corruptible who wanted to come up with a new deadly route in humanity, but his people’s ancient simple lifestyle. That was the secret, that was how humankind used to be. And no matter how civilized the leaders were, even to the extent of using modern courts, they will never win a battle against their own ancestors’ way of life which Jay’s people clung to with a shocking tenacity, even up to this day. The ancestors of the leaders, realizing how their own new generation had betrayed them as far as culture and tradition were concerned, decided to be on the side of Jay’s people and his powerful spiritual gods. It was The Trial of the Gods (Ontebetse, 2011, pg. 218).
Written in the short sentences and reportage style of a journalist, Ontebetse chronicling the fight for the CKGR was also a fight against tradition and modernity. Jay embraced his African ancestral customs and worshipped his homeland – the CKGR. Jay’s struggle is reflective of the battle many people from all over the world, from all different cultures, have the effects of modernity interfering with traditional customs. As government and big business often steal the land of Indigenous peoples all over the world, mainly because of the wealth of natural resources in the earth – they are also stealing the wealth of human resources from the earth. Here are more words from another character in the novel, Qoero, where her words in the story ring with so much eternal truth for so many African people:

“’I agree with Lere,’” she said. “’It could be true that we were moved to this place because of the European farmers’ oppression. Ever since then we have lived happily here. Strange things never touched us. The whole desert is our home. We the Barsawa, own this desert. The story I got from my father who died during the locust swarm when people like Jay were born, is that we were always pushed by stronger groups. First it was the Boers from Sausa Aforika ( the corruption of South Africa). We landed at the then Kgalagadi, what is now called the Kalahari Desert. The word Kgalagadi means thirst and struggle for survival. That explains the harsh conditions we had to endure; climatic conditions and the wounds inflicted upon us by our so-called masters even today. Don’t we carry the scars even today? she asked and then continued.

“’We have tattooed tears. You will never find a happy face borne by even one of our people. It is not that we were wanderers; those who were stronger than us, those who love war, forced us. As a peace-loving people, we had no choice but to find sanctuary in this desert. And now the relocation’” (Ontebetse, 2011, pg. 28-29).

Another highlight of the book is Jay’s friendship with Jamana. It is said in the book that: “Greetings from a friend are like medicine” (Ontebetse, 2011, pg. 99). The relationship between Jay and Jamana is almost akin to the brothers of Moses and Aaron in the Bible. As Jay sees himself called on by the gods to save the CKGR and his Barsawa people, so too goes the original story of the Old Testament of God calling upon Moses, with Aaron’s help, to bring the Hebrews out of Egypt. The book The Trial of the Gods (Ontebetse, 2011) reads just as excitingly as The Book of Exodus in the Bible.

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

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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 Ph.D. 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.

“Am I naïve to think that my words will be sought and read with enthusiasm especially when compared to Nelson Mandela or Oprah Winfrey? Not at all. My hope is that I can illustrate my own life experiences as a woman from the Black Diaspora and minds will shift a small bit.” (McCarthy, 2011, p. 8).

The theme of the book encompasses the stereotypes and misconceptions that are often perpetrated against African-Canadian women. McCarthy skillfully shows how these misconceptions hurt the author, who is also the representative of the voice of many African-Canadian women. The book is like a tapestry of poetry, memorable moments on the part of the author, as well as theory – interwoven into a carpet of words that creates a path of enlightenment.

In a book divided into five chapters, McCarthy begins the dialogue that was often robbed of her. Her hope is achieved. She discusses how she is the single mother of a son whose father from another part of the diaspora was not interested in his child’s upbringing. She scatters the book with her poems and moments from her past. Here is one of her poems on children:

Children of the African Diaspora
We call to our children
Our descendants of mother Africa
Black sisters, how we raise them
Must prepare them for this land
My black brothers stand together
As our children need to see
That as Parents of the Black Diaspora
Our true “Connection” is our “Key.” (McCarthy, 2011, p.12).

Some of McCarthy’s memorable moments from childhood include when she had a white friend and was going to her house. Once she reached the house with her friend, the mother of the white child slammed the door in her face and said people like her were not allowed in her house. Since racism was not discussed in McCarthy’s household, she had nowhere to have her critical chatter on the subject, but inside herself.

Chapter Two is called “Joining the Diaspora – A Place I Call Home.” McCarthy begins the chapter with a poem about privilege:

Is There Privilege in the Black Diaspora?
Which is your Discourse
When we speak of privilege – Who gets to Define
Are you a member of the privileged group
The English language is so excluding
I am not a woman of your privilege; my skin colour is my definition
I am a woman of the Black Diaspora
The colonial powers have designed privilege, as well as designed the constitution
And my history comes from Africa; My history is silent and ever-growing inside of me…(McCarthy, 2011, p. 19)

The first day McCarthy allowed herself to feel the pain of how she had been silenced from the racism she has experienced, was after sharing similar experiences with a South Asian woman while doing her master’s degree. McCarthy has had a myriad of experiences, including dealing with racism on the job, as well as sexism. She ends her book with a call to action to have an end to racism by people picking up books, videos, combating racist jokes and working on it a “moment” at a time. Reading this book is definitely a move in the right direction to hear the valued voice of a woman from the Black Diaspora.

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

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

His weathered, but the 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

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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.

When Greg gets in touch with Meena by Email, the status of her relationship with Will remains unsure at that time. At the same time, the reader is feeling tense about what will happen, the author lays out this tension with Meena doing something as human as cleaning her apartment. Once she has done this, she feels ready to respond to Greg and her reaction seems as orderly, sane and understandable as her newly clean apartment.

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

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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

To Scold: to ridicule, to blame, to chastise, to belittle, to denigrate, to degrade, to get angry with, to criticize, to scrutinize, Dictionary.com: abuse, admonish, asperse, berate, blame, castigate, cavil, censure, chasten, chide, criticize, denounce, disparage, dress down, expostulate, give a talking-to, jump on, keep aft, lay down the law, lecture, light into, nag, objurgate, preach, put down, rail, rake over the coals, rate, ream, rebuke, recriminate, reprimand, reproach, reprobate, reprove, revile, take to task, taunt, tell off, upbraid, vilify, vituperate

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

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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

To Hate: to detest, to dislike, to despise, to want to kill, to murder, to want to bury, anger, racism, violence, rape, terrorism, vigilante, anarchy, Dictionary.com: abhorrence, abomination, anathema, animosity, animus, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, black beast, bother, bugbear, bête noire, detestation, disgust, enmity, execration, frost*, grievance, gripe, hatred, horror, hostility, ill will, irritant, loathing, malevolence, malignity, dislike, nasty look, no love lost, nuisance, objection, odium, pain, rancor, rankling, repugnance, repulsion, resentment, revenge, revulsion, scorn, spite, trouble, venom

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

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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.

I drove the car, shopped for art supplies, bought two large canvases, paint and clay, argued with the police officer over a ticket, sped home and painted for three days.

On the shelf are several pictures of Mom, Dad, sister Lisa and brother Kevin, three pictures of niece Oshun and an elephant piggy bank facing east.

He loves music, art, writing, women and has a hardcore addiction to porn.

She loves makeup, wigs, dresses, upscale cars and chasing her pills with beer.

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

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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.

Unfortunately, it turns out the good luck does not serve the main character well. He receives a test that is difficult to do and his friend sitting beside him during the test already knows that he has failed miserably.

This story works because before the results are in for the test, you already know what the outcome will be for the main character and his friends on the calculus test. Sometimes trying hard does not always pay off.

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

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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 the 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, typewriter, write down, write up.

To Sit: to squat, to rest, to place, to spread out, to present. From Dictionary.com: be seated, bear on, cover, ensconce, give feet a rest, grab a chair, have a place, have a seat, hunker, install, lie, park*, perch*, plop down, pose, posture, put it there, relax, remain, rest, seat, seat oneself, settle, squat, take a load off, take a place, take a seat

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

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This story was actually a mélange of truth and fiction. The reason why I chose to use the first person is that ultimately it was closer to the truth than to fiction. I like the way in the course texts they discuss 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.

In Smooth Operator, the real story was that I dated the man in the character for three years. It was a relationship based far more than on just a sexual one, however, I felt some of our sexual exploits together would make for good reading. There was a time in the relationship when outside forces threatened it on his part and actually, the relationship continued despite this. When I had a “mental affair” with another person, feeling something for someone else, however, there was nothing physical involved, the relationship ended. This short story was my way of expressing those moments in my life and I feel it captures it well for a first draft.

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

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“Bath Time” is a story that appeals to the emotions, to the mind, as well as to the senses.

The author inserts her voice in a subtle way by pointing out the difficult day the mother (narrator) has had with school and with the bank. The author seems to disappear for a while in the exchange between the narrator (mother) and her child.
The narrator is having a hard day giving her daughter a bath. The narrator is at her most powerful in the garbage chute where she is struggling with her emotions in putrid air. Prior to this, the author takes over for a while to give the narrator a break as she writes about the narrator’s life of freedom before having her daughter. The author has the final say at the end where although the narrator has resolved things with her daughter, it is only for today the author reminds us.

The interplay between the author and the narrator adds to two heads are better than one approach to telling the story.

The author’s attitude towards the narrator seems to be one of sympathy and understanding. The author seems to understand and know the difficulties of being a mother.

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

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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.

“Give me more, baby, baby…give it to me hard,” said the sugar daddy.

The sugar daddy is named John Smith and was wooing his mistress Jane Doe at the height of ecstasy night after night for a fortnight. John’s ball-breaking wife Gertrude was painting the town red with her boy-toy. Racking up John’s credit cards buying expensive clothes and jewelry. John had his own surprise for his bundle of joy that needed an unveiling.

“Diamonds are forever,” John said as he knelt down on bended knee before Jane.

“Oh! You shouldn’t have!” she said with tears in her eyes. “I’m getting misty.”

“Just wait until tonight,” John said. “There is a lot more in store.”

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

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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:

1. “Rising shift of consciousness”

2. Way beyond the standard of knowledge”

“Way out of balance”

4. “A field of energy”

5. “Consciousness shift in 2012”

6. “There is a change in the nature of the social system”

7. “Weather systems”

8. “Eco-system to a biological system”

9. “There’s no doubt”

10. “Ringing of the earth like a giant bell”

11. “Oh, my!”

12. “Way to go!”

13. “Start with a visit to ….ca”

14. “Independent owned and operated”

15. “Thick steak”

16. “Apply any time”

17. “Canada’s largest and most experienced”

18. “Be in the know”

19. “Conspiracies, confusions, contradictions”

20. “Coast-to-coast”

21. “At times I see you”

22. “Sometimes your voice is not enough”

23. “Outside forever”

24. “You’d save the world”

25. “Like a child teething”

26. “Poor idea”

27. “Large error”

28. “Fire-bombed”

29. “Harm your person”

30. “Called me frantic”

31. “Put a mask on”

32. “Everybody’s been’s paying a lot of attention to 2012”

33. “A great leap in understanding:

34. “We really are alive electronically”

35. “To bring change”

36. “Is it going to be the end of the world?”

37. “It’s not impossible”

38. “A radical change”

39. “That wouldn’t be good”

40. “Destroy all life on earth”

41. “In the twinkling of an eye”

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

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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.

1. “It’s a hit”

2. “Getting around on two wheels”

3. “The by-law is rarely enforced”

4. “Proper enforcement of the rules”

5. “Dedicated staff”

6. “Detailed report”

7. “Fairweather cyclists”

8. “With the northwesterly winds”

9. “Slam into southern Ontario”

10. “You can get breaking news”

11. “Have a great night”

12. “Stepping up to the next level”

13. “Raising the stakes”

14. “Going to bring that passion”

15. “Truck has jack-knifed”

16. “Traffic is back-upped for miles”

17. “Make it happen”

18. “Gimme your heart”

19. “Ring in the New Year”

20. “Don’t be chicken”

21. “K.O.”

22. “Turn your passion into a career”

23. “Gold is at an all-time high”

24. “Going to be late for work”

25. “Take on the day”

26. “We have the lowest price”

27. “It’s going to a chilly one tonight”

28. “Quell the uprising”

29. “Tanks were rolling though the street”

30. “Spreading fast”

31. “Close confidante”

32. “Watch the unrest”

33. “Get the message out”

34. “Show our solidarity”

35. “Magic moment”

36. “Same amount of hope”

37. “It was an absolute success”

38. “Put up an event on Facebook”

39. “Eyeballing and estimating”

40. “Had a lot of objectives”

41. “Emotions and ties. Some connection with their feelings”

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

Do Not Know

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.

This book was the most difficult one I ever wrote. I started it when I was in therapy after graduating from my Master’s degree at Concordia University in Montréal back in 1999. The psychiatrist I was in therapy with, Dr. Wiviott, even wrote a forward for the book that was under a different title that I do not even remember right now. I was so scared of publishing this book because of the way at times it makes my family looks. I, too, was a hypercritical child as Deborah Dickerson who was difficult to parent in my younger years. I was difficult with my mother and my father. I recall that at the age of 15, I even wished my father died and he said I would regret it. When he had his heart attack in 2007 – yes…I regretted it. At least he is still alive. The book still troubles me sometimes because I know it does not put my family in the best light at all times. It is the difficult thing, to tell the truth, yet sometimes our personal truth can be damaging to others. Especially when it is damaging to those we love, it can weigh extremely heavy on the heart. I cannot even bear to read this assignment over, it hurts so much to just think about it.

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

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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.

The indication that the son is leading up to telling his father about being gay begins with the orange cake he gives him that was made by his boyfriend Anthony. Orange is also the colour that represents the number two in the science of numerology. Gay people are known as Two-Spirited in Aboriginal culture. When the son and his father finally have the conversation about the son being gay, the son declares: “I am gay.” This opens up a dialogue of why it took so long for the twenty-six-year-old son to tell his father, as well as what are the possibilities for the son’s relationship with his boyfriend Anthony.

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