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March 6th, 2014  Posted at   About Leslie

I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. A graduate of McGill University, I moved to Kitchener, Ontario in 1979. I worked for the City of Kitchener for twenty-eight years, as an executive assistant, marketing associate and, for the last nine years before retirement, as Coordinator of Volunteers. In 2009, I was named Volunteer Manager of the Year at the Volunteer Impact Awards. I retired in the summer of 2012. I always enjoyed writing letters, term papers, even exams – anything that someone else was going to read. I was forty before I realized this meant I was a writer. Since then, my writing has been recognized locally in literary competitions across multiple genres. I am constantly producing new work, despite various death-defying activities thought up by husband Bob with whom I shared ownership of a 34-foot sailboat for several years. I am currently writing a book about life with Bob on land and sea, a fat feline named Blackberry and my mother’s ghost.

I enjoy teaching writing and have been doing so at community centres and in my home for over a decade.

I have been published in several anthologies in the past ten years.  I am excited to announce that two new stories of mine are being published in 2014 in two different Canadian anthologies.

Our beloved cat, Blackberry, passed away at the age of 18 in late 2011. In February 2013, my husband and I adopted a puppy and life changed forever.  For the better, once potty training in the middle of winter was over. A book about my retirement project (the dog) is currently in the works.

in 2010, I was honoured to receive the Mentor Award from the Arts Awards Waterloo Region for my work mentoring other writers. (more…)

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March 4th, 2014  Posted at   About Leslie

The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. Carl Jung

This website is the fruit of my necessary play-time. Who has time to play? We all do, if we just remember that creativity is food for the soul. As a writer and photographer, finally retired after 43 years in 9-5 jobs, wife to a wacky guy named Bob, stepmom, sister, aunt, creative writing teacher and caretaker of a young dog, I must also create to be happy. Even if it’s a few minutes a day. This includes puttering in my garden, cooking new recipes, playing tennis, walking the dog, writing tanka poetry or playing the piano. Enjoy these essays, short stories and photographs. They are a glimpse into my life. Let them inspire you to create whatever inspires your soul. Comments appreciated. To read the stories, click on writing, select a story, then click on “More” for the full text. For more about me, click on “About Leslie.”

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