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Another reader testimonial

I think it’s so cool that you and Pat see the big picture in life! – Steve Slavik, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Retreat engagement

Good news — I’ve been invited to present at a spiritual retreat on the subject of “Living in the Moment” September 18-20, 2009 at beautiful Lake Nakamun. Makes me revisit the lessons learned aboard Cool Breezes! Here’s the brochure for any who may be interested. Women’s Retreat Final Handout 2009-1

Writing Contracts Presentation

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta invited me to present a seminar to its membership on the subject of publishing agreements, based not only upon my personal experience as an author, but also as a lawyer representing other writing professionals. The seminar was held at the downtown branch of the Edmonton Public Library on April 22, [...]

Cool Breezes receives reader endorsement

Your book made taking an impossible trip look easy. Within your excellent story about your family adventure, there is a “how to” manual that other people can use to create a similar dream vacation. You guys were exceptionally smart. Furthermore, the reveiwer who wrote about the lack of pirate invasion, well, she missed the boat! [...]

An invitation to the Carrot Cafe CNF Cabaret

Esteemed creative non-fiction guru Myrna Kostash invited me to join 10 other creative non-fiction authors at this reading and musical event on December 7th. It was an honour to read from “Cuban Companeros”, the piece that was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards, at this standing-room only event. The true stories presented by the other [...]

Greetings from Cool Breezes sails into Riverbend Branch, EPL

Three years after its publication, Greetings from Cool Breezes continues to inspire prairie-bound families to jump off the deep end. When the Riverbend Branch of Edmonton Public Library invited me to speak and present on November 18th, my son Liam and daughter Meara joined me. I’m delighted that the story of our family’s sailing sabbatical [...]

Sign of Hope! 25 Years 25 Stories is launched

CSS_Cover_FINAL_FrontSign of Hope! 25 Years· 25 Stories was launched at Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta, on August 21, 2008. Hundreds of copies of the book have since been distributed. To receive your own complimentary copy of this book, please call the Sign of Hope Office at 780-432-1137 or write to Catholic Charities,8815 – 99 Street, [...]

Vancouver bookstore The Travel Bug features Cool Breezes

An alert reader let me know that the popular independent bookstore The Travel Bug, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, featured Greetings from Cool Breezes as one of its top two volumes for its “Take the Kids!” theme. Yes, we certainly did take the kids (and the dog!) — that was the whole point of our trip. [...]

Jasper Is Away

When Jasper was diagnosed with cancer in late 2007, I encouraged the kids to devote more time to her. “You’ll miss her when she’s gone,” I said. I thought I was helping lay the emotional groundwork for our Labrador retriever’s imminent death, but truly I was preparing myself. Jasper’s health deteriorated over the next seven [...]

Adventure Ink

Adventure Ink – April 17, 2008 Local travel writers talk about their global adventures The Edmonton Public Library organized this author speaker series, and invited me to present the story behind my award-winning title Greetings from Cool Breezes. Dozens of families came to learn how to make their dream journeys come true! Adventure Ink