Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Personal Growth

Wide World of Sports

Dan (the “other” Dan) wrote a great piece about his childhood baseball experience as the team’s bench-warmer and his subsequent “disaffection,” shall we say, toward a prevailing obsession with sports. It’s not that he was poor at the game. Far from it, as you will learn when you read the story. I share a similar cynicism. I, on the other hand, was lousy at sports. I couldn’t run. Good grief, […]

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Share Your World May 29, 2017

Toward the end of my career with Bell Canada, I had racked up considerable vacation privileges. Five weeks vacation, all of the statutory holidays, two “SDO’s” (scheduled days off) in each ten-week period, PLUS a couple of freebies at Christmas. I did the math and it added up to nearly ten weeks off! Man, did we have it good. I wasn’t first in seniority, but close enough to be able […]

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Share Your World May 22, 2017

  Stop the presses! Last week was a big week!  Tons of fun and excitement! I had my hair cut. It’s been exactly a year. Which for me, is unusual. Based on other bloggers’ answers to Cee’s Share Your World, I guess I’m in good company: those who are long of lock and seldom shorn. But I figured that since I am Master (Mistress?) of ceremonies for the Cobalt Historical […]

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Horror Vacui*

      March came in like a lion. Bitterly cold, snowy, and windy. I’ve been camped out on the couch next to the fireplace, reading, and playing on my tablet. Not much to do, no place to go. Safe and sound. Blessings, right? Of course, my mind wanders to what I could (i.e. should) be doing with the vast swaths of time before me. The floors need vacuuming. As […]

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Civil Discourse – Then and Now

  Then In the mid-to-late 1980’s, I ran with a crowd of artsy folk, a very passionate and opinionated assemblage and not one of them was shy about holding forth. At dinner parties, or at the bar following a show, I’d quietly listen while my companions bickered and bantered. I was particularly quiet if the conversation turned to current events or politics. This was partly due to my conversation style. […]

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Weather Warnings Tuesday’s forecast was for heavy snowfall – up to 25 cm. The bulk of the snow would hit around 7:00 in the evening. As early as last weekend, the weather network had issued “special statements” which later upgraded to watches. Tuesday, the warning map was wall-to-wall scarlet. Every Tuesday, I volunteer at the Cobalt library. My job is to cover the circulation desk from four until closing. On […]

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Through Thick or Thin(ner): The Forecast

I subscribe to weekly astrology forecasts by Georgia Nicols. She has a quirky approach to the zodiac that appeals and entertains.  I am happy to read that she confirms my plans to improve my health.  That’s the good news. The bad news is that weight gain is in the forecast, too. Though, honestly, that’s a no-brainer given the number of ice cream cones that have passed my lips these last several weeks. Here […]

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