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Snow

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on January 8, 2016 in General Blabbity Blab |

The snow comes softly Erases your last footprints Shrouds this heart in loss © 2016 Gail Sidonie Sobat   A beautiful song by Harry Nilsson (an artist never to be forgotten):     Tweet

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The Last Post of 2015

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on December 28, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

Hello dear readers: I will be doffing this cap as writer in residence officially at 11:59 pm on Thursday, December 31, 2015. It’s been a grand year.  I thank all of you who trusted me with your words and who took time to visit or attend workshops and special events.  Truly, it was an honour […]

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Wine and Words – You’re Invited!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on December 7, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Gail Sobat Liz Withey and I are delighted to host this evening featuring the words of four of our 2015 clients and the music of ALL(most)JAZZ! Hope you can join us! PLEASE NOTE – I AM NO LONGER ACCEPTING MANUSCRIPTS. This week’s great un-/ undersung CanLit title worth checking […]

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Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet 8 of Edmonton’s 11 WIRs!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on November 27, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

For those of you who may not know it, Edmonton (and area) has an embarrassment of riches in the form of ELEVEN writers in residence.  And so to celebrate and collaborate and to share our words in convivial fashion, Fred Stenson and I invite you to this event featuring eight of the WIRs (presented by […]

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Writers in Residence Event – Monday, November 30th

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on November 19, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

For those of you who may not know it, Edmonton (and area) has an embarrassment of riches in the form of ELEVEN writers in residence.  And so to celebrate and collaborate and to share our words in convivial fashion, Fred Stenson and I invite you to this event featuring eight of the WIRs (presented by […]

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Some thoughts on Remembrance Day

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on November 11, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

Missing in Action  the telegram came I fell to my knees my sister says I don’t remember any of it something bone china in me cracked like the set you sent me for Christmas from England now I can no longer pour hot tea into that translucent cup STOP I bought dresses went to dances […]

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It’s a New Dawn!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on October 23, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

Welcome to the post-election blog.  This lovely fall day welcomes a new chapter in our country.  The coming four years promise to be very interesting. Robert Dahl, Sterling Professor of Political Science emeritus at Yale and the author of many widely cited books on democratic theory, “has always insisted that free elections, the most obvious […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on October 8, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

giving thanks in gold and red glory the mountain ash greeted you this morning as you tripped down the stairs breathless with designs of the day as if all that mattered were your errant heart with its arrhythmic timing and the frantic pace of living through ticking ticking time except that the mountain ash stopped […]

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Bearing Witness

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on October 1, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

Refugee Did you feel thus, Aeneas, when you led your bedraggled fellows, your son your wife’s ghost, trailing and keening at your back, from burning Troy?   Were the sea winds as cruel, the gulls shrill harpies above your parched faces, desiccated bodies, mocking your woeful state of fallen grace?   Did dirty coins change […]

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A Writer’s Education

Posted by GailSidonieSobat on September 24, 2015 in General Blabbity Blab |

There’s an old joke that many of my writer friends know well: A neurosurgeon and a writer are introduced at a party, and the neurosurgeon hovers near the writer, “So what do you do?” “I’m a writer.” Warily, she takes a sip of her wine.  “And you?” “I’m a neurosurgeon, but when I retire I […]

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