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Randall Sawka, Continuing Travels in Asia

Nancy and I have kimchied and sushied (so tasty) our way through Korea and Japan. It was awesome. We made some new friends and met a handful of friends from years gone by. Our flight from Osaka to Taipei seemed simple enough. We had our train ticket to the airport in plenty of time for the 2:40 flight. Oh, how I wish I had checked whether the flight I booked was AM or PM. As I said, our flight from Osaka to Taipei was a Randallesque disaster. We slightly messed up our budget, but collected a few more air miles. The wife didn't find that amusing. During the quiet flight I was able to get work done on my next novel.

From Taipei we took the short bus ride to our home for the next three months, Taichung. The city is vibrant and loaded with some of the kindest people you can imagine. I suppose it's main claim to fame is that it is where Life of Pi was filmed.
We live up there, seven stories up in a modest but comfy apartment lent to us by our friend Michael. He will be in Canada fo…

Can Nonviolence Stop the Killing? By Sandy Semerad

I’ve been thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King lately, and wondering what the slain civil rights leader and champion of nonviolence would say about the deadly mass shootings in our country.
I started thinking about King as I listened to the song, People Get Ready. I’d heard the song before, but I’d never paid attention to the words until Larry, my piano-playing husband, wanted me to sing it. I had forgotten Curtis Mayfield had written the song. According to Mayfield, the lyric and tune germinated as he waited at a Chicago train station for King to arrive.
Although he wrote other gospel songs, this particular one became an enormous hit. It has been recorded by Rod Stewart, the Neville Brothers, and others, including Mayfield himself. Mayfield would have been 74, June 3, had he lived:         “People get ready                                               There’s a train a-coming          You don’t need no baggage          You just get on board          All you need is faith          To…

The Weight of Words by Victoria Chatham

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All authors know that writing can be a lonely occupation. They also know that sitting for hours with a computer is not good for them. It’s easy to get lost in the flow of writing. The upside is – the book gets finished. The downside? All that sitting may add a few extra pounds. It is so easy to forget about taking the exercise we all need in favor of just adding a few more words to the work-in-progress, and those words can weigh heavy.
I have a love hate relationship with weight. Photographs show that I was a child of average build and size, but all that changed when I was eight years old and had a three month long bout with pneumonia with much of that time being spent in bed.
I apparently did not have much of an appetite and the doctor advised my mother to not worry about what I ate as long as I drank plenty of milk which, in the early 1950s, was whole milk. Consequently, by the time I got out of bed, I was almost as round as I was high and so began my life long battle wit…

The Song Her Paddle Sang

The Song Her Paddle Sang

For nearly two decades Emily Pauline Johnson, known by her stage name as Tekahionwake, thrilled audiences at the turn of the century across Canada and Europe with her recitals. Born half native Mohawk and Caucasian in Brantford Ontario. Although more white than native, by Canadian law she was classed as a native. Her father was head chief of the six nations tribes and her mother of pure English bloodlines. Their marriage shocked Canadian society, at the time in the late 1800’s. Pauline went on to continue that wave of awe during her stage performances with many of her plays and poetry stood up for native beliefs, unheard of in her time.            Her health, precarious as a child, led to her early death in Vancouver where she died of breast cancer at an early middle age in 1913. Pauline grew up devouring poetry and read most of Shakespeare, Longfellow and Byron, among others. One night her lucky break occurred when she was part of a Canadian authors reading ni…

Owl Card by Cheryl Wright

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I have four granddaughters. Three of them go crazy over anything owl. My now fourteen year old twin grandchildren had a birthday recently, so I decided to make each of them an owl card.
Today I'm sharing my granddaughter's card. 

This was a very simple card.  I sponged around all the edges, then stamped the top section with leaves, using the same ink. 
I made an owl using the Stampin' Up! Owl Punch, which I love, and decorated it up. I wanted the owl to look like it was on a swing hanging from a tree, hence the leaves, but didn't have a swing stamp. 
So... I took some twine, cut a small piece of brown cardboard, which I distressed to make it look like wood, and added the twine as thought it was attached to the wood. 
Last but not least, I stamped Happy Birthday. The stamp was again from Stampin' Up! 
Next month I'll showcase the card I made for my grandson. 

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