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Two Scholarship Offers!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on May 13, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

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This life that we call our own
Is neither strong nor free;
A flame in the wind of death,
It trembles ceaselessly.

And this all we can do
To use our little light
Before, in the piercing wind,
It flickers into night:

To yield the heat of the flame,
To grudge not, but to give
Whatever we have of strength,
That one more flame may live.

by Dorothea MacKellar

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Alive and Kicking: A YouthWrite 20th-Anniversary Fundraiser

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on May 5, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

It’s beautiful May, a time when my thoughts turn to the naughty madrigal by Thomas Morely: Now is the Month of Maying Now is the month of maying, When merry lads are playing, fa la, Each with his bonny lass Upon the greeny grass. Fa la. The Spring, clad all in gladness, Doth laugh at […]


Musings Delirious

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on April 24, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

I’ve been abroad. No, not a broad (though some would argue). But visiting the continent.  You know the one.  Over the pond. But not northern Europe.  Kind of east or East, though that should only be admitted in a whisper, so I’ve read. I’ve been to the Balkans, though I shouldn’t call them that anymore.  […]


Spring??? Well, at least it’s World Poetry Day!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 22, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

                          Some music from the wonderful Astrud Gilberto!  It Might as Well be Spring i am poet i write hieroglyphics and Beowulf Wuthering Heights and the Gettysburg Address.   i paint on cave walls on parchment sheepskin subways and bridges.   i dance […]

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Tonight at Stony Plain Library – Let’s Colour!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 11, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

Whether you colour or color, in or outside the lines, please join me tonight @ Stony Plain Public Library for a wonderful evening of words and colours. For further information or to register, visit: http://www.stonyplainlibrary.org/content/adult-coloring-and-author-reading-january-june       Tweet

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“O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,/ That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!”*

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on March 3, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

I’ve just finished Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. I admire her greatly and have also read No Logo and The Shock Doctrine.  Klein is one of my Canadian heroines, along with Maude Barlow, and my heroes Stephen Lewis and his son (Klein’s husband), Avi Lewis. I think Naomi Klein is an exemplary journalist, superb writer […]

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Geras (daimon of old age)

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on February 9, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

it’s true we hate the old what we all will one day come to if luckily we live so long to sport liver spots and parched skin that belie a life within   it was always the way from the banished old wives or those burned at stakes to the ones we lock up and […]

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Ta Da! YouthWrite Winter WordPlay Begins (woot woot)

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on January 29, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

Hurrah!  It’s here!  Tonight begins the wonderful weekend of YouthWrite Winter WordPlay to work with our wonderful instructors: Fred Stenson, Angie Abdou and Moe Clark and runs January 29-31 at Edmonton’s Bennett Centre (Daycamp or Overnight residency). We’re delighted to meet the young writers who are new to us and to welcome our returnees!  Also […]

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Posted by GailSidonieSobat on January 25, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

Abandon January   here in blue cold January toes and fingers numb still my heart blazes despite the rigidity of the season passion flows well enough in my veins reminding me that Florence would be fine for lovers such as we   except that we are only two cold prairie lovers too poor for anything […]

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Winter Meditation & YouthWrite Winter WordPlay

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on January 17, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

stilllife winter   a ball of white fluff jackrabbit dozing on my frozen lawn as the sun sleepily rises through the chill winter day I am stunned at nature’s gift given me this morning huddled slumbering safe from city coyote to be admired from my window as I sip my coffee for a moment looking […]

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