Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Archive for May 2014

Laundry Day

When I wrote a post that expanded on my “About Me” page, I borrowed heavily (like, about 95%) from my online dating profile. That profile was rather easy to write. The hard part was trimming it down. There was one paragraph that I agonized over. I deleted it, restored it, then deleted it again. It started thus: “I confess: I get a kick from hanging laundry on the line.” Let’s face it, […]

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May I Recommend an Excellent Colourist?

“Wow,” she said. “I cannot get over how candid you are! Truly, I am honoured that you found the time to speak with me and to share your compelling story.” “The pleasure is mine” I assured her. “I appreciate your interest.” “You are most welcome. Now, let’s see, I think that’s all of the interview questions out of the way. Just a few marketing details and I’ll get out of your […]

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Is this On?

Testing, testing… Check, check… 1,2,3 Hallo? Are you having the same difficulty as I am with WP today? I can only intermittently access your blogs from reader on both my desktop and my tablet. If I am lucky enough to read a post, the moment I click to comment or like, it simply hangs. I was able to check the forums and no one has reported similar issues. Don’t know […]

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Cee’s Share Your World: Week 21

If you could make a 15 second speech to the entire world, what would you say? My speech: The second stanza of the Metta Meditation. Meditation is all about repeating. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. May you be safe May you be happy May you be healthy May you be content May you love yourself completely And with great kindness Just as you are now No […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Glow-in-the-Dark

These two photos are of the same crystal of fluorite under different light sources. It was found at the Flamboro Quarry, near Dundas, Ontario It is  no longer in our collection, but I believe it was about 4 cm on the longest dimension. Inclusions of hydrocarbon lend the golden brown colour to the daytime shot. They are also responsible for the glow-in-the dark effect under long wave ultra violet light. And […]

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Vegetables A to Z

All of this talk of vegetable gardens in general and zucchini in particular have put in mind of my high school theater days. The first role awarded to me was Amish Woman number, oh, pick a number: five? seventeen? in the off-off-off Broadway musical Plain and Fancy. A sophisticated New York couple travel to Pennsylvania. Dan has inherited a farm in the wee Amish town of Bird-in-Hand. He and his girlfriend […]

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I Almost forgot Zucchini!

It’s a gorgeous day today and almost noon, so I’ve decided to take a break from the blazing sun and rest my weary wearies. The garden is half completed. The herb bed is pumping out chives and thyme, the perennial perennials. I planted a couple of backup thyme because the older mama plant took a hit from the severe winter. Parsley plants are transplanted, and I’ve sown assorted leaf lettuce, spinach, […]

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