Big Bay The Stone Skipping Capital of Canada

Have you ever skipped stones?  A lazy day spent by the lake tossing stones and watching them skip on the surface of the water is a summer dream.  It takes practice and many summers to perfect the skill. And though I’m not very good at it, I tried my hand at it in the Stone…

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A Walk by the Sea by Krisztina Csiki: Book Review

A Walk by the Sea written by author Krisztina Csiki is a story about relationships and the depth of feeling that comes from both beautiful and difficult ones. If you’re looking for an autobahn speed fast-paced thriller this book isn’t for you, but if you are looking for depth, lyrical prose, and a story that…

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Centennial Lilac Garden Niagara Falls

There was a time when if you were driving along the Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls towards Queenston, you would have driven right by the Centennial Lilac Garden in Niagara Falls, and may have missed it. Thanks to a new road sign by Niagara Parks you will be tempted to pull into the driveway especially…

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Post It Notes and Freedom

Have you ever used a Post-It note?  You know those little colourful squares that you can write on and stick anywhere?  One of man’s greatest inventions. If you’re like me you’ve used these little stickies as reminders to yourself or others, placed them along pages in a file folder, written little instructions and stuck them…

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Into the Dark by Robert Hookey Book Review

If you follow Robert Hookey’s blog, You’ve Been Hooked, then you are already captivated by this author’s writing.  So, when I heard that The Hook had written a book during the pandemic lockdowns, I had to grab it. As a genre I would not have picked up this book, but then I would have missed…

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Riedel Winewings Winged Satisfaction

She moved through the square.  The weight of her bejewelled deep purple gown made lighter by the merriment around her. Each handsewn gem and jewel glittered like the night sky in the Italian countryside. The shimmer compounded by the brilliant February sunshine.   Her feathery wings swayed gently as she stepped through the crowds with…

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The Green Book: Friday Fictioneers

Victor sat in a dark coffee shop mulling over his plan.  Water had flooded the floor making the tiles as slick and shiny as the varnished wooden table he shared with his postal worker friends.  The burst pipe had caused a distraction, and cacophonous chatter filled his ears, but he was not averted from his…

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The Green Book Are We There Yet

“I hope this isn’t a sundown town.” She whispered quietly to him.  Their hands rested together between them on the Caribbean blue vinyl front seat of their brand new 1958 Packard. Her thumb rubbed the back of his hand tensely as she spoke. The road ahead was dark. He lifted his hand away to rub…

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A Celtic Connection: Beronia and John Hemingway

John stood at the big picture window in his living room.  The olive green carpet where he stood had been worn bare by his long and wistful starings out the window.  He looked up and down the street, not a soul in sight.  Shrouded in silence he stood between the orange and pink floral curtains…

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Hernder Estate Winery

Hernder Estate Winery is a generations old family business in the heart of Niagara wine country.  Drive along the back roads of the beautiful Niagara region to experience the countryside that is a stunning precursor to an equally beautiful winery.  The Winery The covered bridge is a magnificent introduction to all that awaits you on…

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Hernder Winery Baco Noir a Triumphant Dance

She danced, twirling in a daze.  Her short chiffon skirt trying to keep up with the energy of her movements as she pirouetted and flew into a perfectly timed jete. She was used to the crowds, the uproarious clapping, and the flashes from cameras, but today it was silent.  Today was a day of practice,…

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Artist Antonio Merino is One in a Million

Antonio Merino sat in the dappled sunlight with his heart open for everyone to see.  Pieces of painted rocks brought together in shapes on the wooded ground under a canopy of trees, and art created from natural elements existed in a symphonic cacophony of Antonio’s love, positivity, and joy.  In my occasional search for Uli,…

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Lola and Pelee Island Ruggles Run

Lola walked along the shoreline, the ferry in the distance had left the dock about 20 minutes before.  She had said her goodbyes and headed back to the cottage with plans to sit in the sunshine with a glass of wine and a good book.  This would be the salve this afternoon.  Goodbyes are always…

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American Dream: Friday Fictioneers

Manuel looked out over the water with thoughts of his father flipping through his head like a rolodex of memories.  Pedro had taken the bold step of courageously sailing across these waters, leaving everything he knew and loved behind.  He did it in hopes of a better life and for one day raising an Americano…

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Chilean Wine: Take the Quiz

Take a free and fun quiz to test your knowledge on Chilean Wines. Just 8 questions will help you learn the basics of the wines from this beautiful country and its amazing wine regions. When you’re done read my story about a Chilean Wine here. To Learn more about Chilean Wine you may choose to…

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