Search Results for: Rachel Muenz

Pen to Computer Screen (Originally Published with Digital Eve)

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…

Five child authors who have stayed successful

By Rachel Muenz It’s a common story: An author gets published at a very young age. For a few weeks, she is the centre of media attention, people rave about her talent, her book may sell well, but then she vanishes from the literary…

J.J.

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…

Is the media biased against rural areas?

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…

How safe is the H1N1 vaccine?

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…

Pen to Computer Screen (Originally Published with Digital Eve)

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…

Simple writing is best for everyone

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.

Adoption

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…

Want the best Canadian writing? Read short fiction

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…

The evil alternatives to Site 52: Part five of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher North Comise County politicians are disgusted with recent suggestions for the storage and use of garbage at Site 52. Protestors say a landfill is not the best option for the site and there are other methods that would be better for…

A Good Home

By Rachel Muenz I don’t like cleaning because it’s not something where you use your head and when I don’t use my head, it wanders into things I’d rather forget. But I don’t like living in filth either. I’ve had enough dirt in my…

Abandon

By Rachel Muenz Uneven rows of umbrellas bobbed towards her. Their metal frames frightened her to the edge of the sidewalk and then back into the alley against the cold dumpster. The thin spokes reminded her too much of wing bones. Her fingers dug…

The Discoveries of Columbus

By Rachel Muenz Lorian sat in the sand, his lap cold without the dog. He glared at the black and silver points of the waves. His father had no right to get rid of it. But Lorian figured he should have seen it coming…

Executions

By Rachel Muenz The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen was the blood, spraying from the brick like fireworks. Glorious red. White shards fell among the pinecones, bits of his teeth. His square-jawed face erased. And the shriek had such power, it seemed to…

Rookies

By Rachel Muenz Jo Henday, Sister: I should be proud of you but I’m not. Not of a single shot. Your first goal came off my stick, remember? The puck was pinned to the boards by a couple pairs of skates and there were…

Blue Death: A five-part series by the Teeny Tracer on how protestors are destroying money and lives at Dump Site 52

The plight of North Comise garbage: Part one of a five-part series By Zema Luncher In homes across North Comise County, the garbage bag is kept hidden from sight in cupboards or garages, unable to socialize with the families it lives with and treated…

Financial degradation at Site 52 puts species at risk: Part three of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher Protests at Site 52 are putting a severe strain on the financial ecosystem, damaging the habitats of taxpayers and politicians, says Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon. Blockades at the proposed dump site in Teeny Township are not only harming these species…

Brainwashed by Site 52 protestors: Part four of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher Charlene Rawston used to love garbage. Instead of keeping it in bins or in the garage, she kept the bags in the living room where she could talk to them and share stories. When Site 52 was first proposed she wholeheartedly…

Horrific violence at Site 52 shocks county: Part two of a five-part series

By Zema Luncher Local politicians are starting to fear for their lives as protests to the dump site in Teeny Township heat up. Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon said people have been sending more and more letters of concern about the dump every day….

Bicycle Time

By Rachel Muenz The road unrolls before him, cracked and purple-grey. The pavement is worn but good, better than that behind him, cratered and half-repaired with uneven disks of tar. On either side, trees slide past the corners of his eyes, their branches reaching…

Muttluks to the rescue!

By Rachel Muenz They protect your feet from extreme cold when playing in the snow. Military personnel use them to keep the pads of their feet from burning up on the hot ground of Afghanistan. Broken glass and other hazards won’t hurt you because…

Shoes of mass destruction

By Rachel Muenz It begins with a flash of light just below the windows of the aircraft. Then, the fuselage buckles outward and bursts into thousands of pieces which flutter to the ground like shreds of paper. A cloud of thick smoke engulfs half…

No country for shoe schools

By Rachel Muenz There are no shoe design schools in Canada and you can blame that on our climate. Because of our ever-changing weather, Canadians tend to put function over fashion, according to Sarah Beam-Borg, the assistant curator at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum. “North…

Tabi make ninjas happy

By Rachel Muenz Most people in Toronto put on high-heels, polished oxfords or running shoes when they go to work. Matthew Wright puts on a pair of tabi. Tabi are a traditional type of shoe worn in Japan mainly for festivals and are essentially…

The shoemaker and the “magic box”

By Rachel Muenz I take off my shoes and socks, roll my pants up to my knees, pull on a pair of thin nylon stockings and put my left foot into what Ken Brubacher calls “the magic box.” Brubacher is one of only a…

Need help? Just give me a call with tobacco

By: Rachel Muenz Before I climbed to the third floor of the North Borden Building on Spadina, I thought tobacco was bad. But now I know that it can be good, depending on how you use it. Tobacco can help students like me get…

Canada stuck-up about its writing, but not too much

By Rachel Muenz Canada has often been criticized for being too snobby about its writing. William Deverell recently wrote in the National Post that in Canada “there is a push to reward insipid stuff that will never sell” and Canadian publishing is suffering because…

Harry Potter theme park has company

By Rachel Muenz When the new Harry Potter theme park opens in Orlando in spring 2010, it may end up being the most popular park based on either a single book or series of books. But it won’t be the first. Information on the…

5 video games with the best stories ever

By Rachel Muenz Storytelling in video games seems to be getting bigger and more important year after year. There are now professional video game writers who craft game stories as carefully as any novelist or scriptwriter. While the actions a player can perform are…

Ontario strongest wind power in Canada

By Rachel Muenz Ontario continues to outpace other Canadian provinces and territories in the wind energy sector. The province has eight new wind power projects lined up, some of which are already under construction, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association. Although Ontario doesn’t…

Warm gadgets for a cold winter office

By Rachel Muenz With winter on the way and a colder than normal fall already here, drafty offices can be a frozen Hell for any worker. But there are plenty of gadgets out there to help anyone stuck at a computer all day cope…

‘Healthy’ cereals often just sugar in disguise

By Rachel Muenz You may have seen the Quaker Harvest Crunch commercials. The ones with the middle-aged dad using reverse psychology so his son and father won’t eat his Harvest Crunch. He tells them it’s “bad” for them with its fruit and nuts and…

Author profile: James Valitchka

By Rachel Muenz James Valitchka’s writing has put him on an ambitious road. His ninth book, Superheroes Don’t Have Dads 2, is to be released Nov. 3 and focuses on his link to President Barack Obama. Valitchka got to meet and speak with Obama…

Winter activities that should be brought from country to city

By Rachel Muenz Back in January 2009, an article in the Toronto Star said Toronto should to do more to help its citizens love winter. The city should celebrate the cold and snow instead of complaining about it, the story said. I couldn’t agree…

Torontonians wise to vehicle theft but not auto insurance, sources say

By Rachel Muenz A little education can go a long way. It can vault someone into a higher-paying career, help people understand different cultures and keep them off the streets. It can also help reduce car theft. Auto thefts in Toronto have been dropping…

Book Review: Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance

By Rachel Muenz Mikaya Heart’s My Sweet Wild Dance is not an artistic masterpiece, nor is it meant to be. It is, however, a clear, well-written and honest coming of age story that most readers should find interesting at the very least. Based on…

Book Review: Dennis DesRosiers’ The Best of Observations

By Rachel Muenz Apart from working in auto parts factories for a couple of summers, I have little knowledge or interest in the Canadian automotive industry. But, I found Dennis DesRosiers’ collection of articles on this topic not only informative but also quite fascinating…

Happy New Year!

This year has been a great one for Donna Magazine.The magazine took on an intern, Rachel Muenz, who did a wide variety of fantastic creative writing and non-fiction pieces. We also had the contributions of other writers such as Kirk Verner and Alex Young….

Negative North American media beat by Russia’s?

By Rachel Muenz For some dumb reason, I thought Russia had been hit much harder than Canada in the global recession. On Oct. 13, I happened to be reading the Moscow Times and almost all the front page news was about the recession. Canadian…

Five child authors who have stayed successful

By Rachel Muenz It’s a common story: An author gets published at a very young age. For a few weeks, she is the centre of media attention, people rave about her talent, her book may sell well, but then she vanishes from the literary…

Ontario’s invisible DriveTest strike

By Rachel Muenz Lately, if you search “Toronto garbage strike 2009” on Google you’ll get around 224,000 hits. Even this year’s garbage strike in Windsor generates 109,000 hits on the popular search engine. But if you search “DriveTest strike 2009,” only 97,900 will come…

Fall movie season perfect for seeing the fall of humankind

By Rachel Muenz If you’ve thought there have been a lot of movies about the end of the world coming out lately, you’d be right. Based on data from About.com, September has the highest number of films dealing with apocalyptic themes out of all…

Lack of protection for H1N1 vaccine nothing new in Canada

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.

Canadian content making its mark on U.S. media

By Rachel Muenz There’s been a lot of talks 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…

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