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Burning Fire Stations

 

A fire truck burns inside a historic Philadelphia fire station. The cause was undetermined.

A fire truck burns inside a historic Philadelphia fire station. The cause was undetermined.

Bloody Words

After a good murder, there's nothing mystery fans like better than a good nosh!

After a good murder, there’s nothing mystery fans like better than a good nosh!

 

That Which Awaits

This is my latest entry in Flash Fiction writing. It’s a tongue in cheek tribute to Edgar Allen Poe. Hope you enjoy it.

 

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He’s waiting.

A Mother’s Day Tribute

Young Olive

Olive Evelyn Cooke
aged 20, 1936

“What, are you stupid?”

Bagpies & the Toronto Beach Easter Parade

 

A gentleman is someone who can play the bagpipes – and doesn’t.” – Ronnie Corbett

Toronto Fire Services Pipes & Drums tune up (if such a word can be applied to the bagpipes) before the parade.

Toronto Fire Services Pipes & Drums tune up (if such a word can be applied to the bagpipes) before the parade.

Tell Your Story – The Insider’s View

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA I’ve lost count of how many times people have said to me, “I’d really like to write a book, but…” A list of reasons, some of them quite valid, follows. It certainly takes time. You need toWriting-is-creative be willing to commit at least a couple of hours a day. It also helps to have a certain facility with language, though to a large degree that can be learned through practice. That’s why there so many creative writing courses. Like any art, genius is a gift, but skill can be learned if you have patience and persistence.

Where I Write (a peak behind the curtain)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been interested in where things come from, the spaces people work in. Often what’s most interesting is how simple those places are.

Do Book Awards Matter to You?

Do book awards and best seller lists influence which books you read? If so how much?  Are you influenced by the recommendations of celebrities like Oprah or programs like Canada Reads?

What to do with an Old Fire Helmet?

My old black helmet. The beaver at the front is supposed to represent relentless hard work, focussed mission and dedication. American firefighters have an eagle.

My old black helmet. The beaver at the top front is supposed to represent relentless hard work, focused mission and dedication. American firefighters have an eagle.

Twenty-five Years as a Firefighter

Last week marked my twenty-fifth anniversary of becoming a firefighter. It passed much like any other day in the station – a routine assortment of false alarms, medical calls and various other minor incidents mixed in with the regular schedule of training, maintenance and cleaning. I put on a meal for the crew to mark the occasion. As I was getting things ready, I looked back over a quarter century of firefighting.

Luck

I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  – Stephen Leacock (1869-1944)

The Christmas Star

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. – Matthew 2:2

 

Skate Away

 
It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

I like this time of year. I still get excited about the first big snowfall. Our place already looks like a Christmas card and for the first time I can remember, the lake has frozen over before the end of November.

Sex in the Fire Hall

I thought that might get your attention.

Vancouver's Firefighter Calendar supports cancer treatment and other charities. Please buy your local firefighter calendar and support these worthy causes.

Vancouver’s Firefighter Calendar supports cancer treatment and other charities. Please buy your local firefighter calendar and support these worthy causes.

Carleton Place Book Launch

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThanks to everyone who braved the cold and rain to come out to the book launch celebration in Carleton Place. It was great to see friends and family from the area, Some from as far away as Kingston. However the real prize for the most distant goes to my cousin Carolyn and her husband Bill who drove all the way from Dansville, New York. Wow, that’s dedication.

Toronto Book Launch

 

 

Liz and Dean Cooke. Dean read each draft of the manuscript and gave me valuable criticism. Without him, the book would not exist.

Liz and Dean Cooke. Dean read each draft of the manuscript and gave me valuable criticism. Without him, the book would not exist.

Confessions of a Late-Life Dog Owner

 

Charlie - 80 lbs of Lab/Border Collie ball obsessed fun.

Charlie – 80 lbs of Lab/Border Collie ball obsessed fun.

I love my dog.

What’s in a Name?

I tried a couple of names for the main character of “The Spark” but nothing really stuck. It finally came to me in one of those precious moments of inspiration.