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Something old, something new, something borrowed and some loot

When I was assigned this story yesterday, I expected to get a few phone calls from people who thought the brides were rude and a handful of emails from people who were upset that The Spec considered the story front-page news.

Boy, was I wrong. Comments are going wild on, and Fark, and Kathy Mason was on KLiteFM this morning.

What the what?


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Weekend warrior

Warning – iPhone quality photos ahead. Sorry, I barely had time for a beer this past weekend. Forget about carrying multiple cameras.

First off, I spent all day Friday writing for a contract I’m working on right now. Saturday morning, I woke up before the actual crack of dawn so I could drive, through the rain, to Rockwood to pick up this year’s deer hide at Rebel Tanning.

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It’s butter-soft and a beautiful light tan colour and I am paralyzed with indecision over how I’ll ration it out.

As soon as I got back to Hamilton I stopped by the Vintage Marketplace to check out a couple booths in search of a dress for the Ontario Newspaper Awards and found one at at Girl on the Wing (which, by the way, is opening downtown at King and Walnut next month).

From there I ran to Tundra, then home to get ready for Oprah. Did you know Oprah was in Hamilton on Saturday night? She was. I was initially just supposed to cover the event for The Spec but I ended up part of the VIP reception  that took place beforehand and it was wild.  People love that lady like a religious figure.

Anywhooooo, Here’s the story I wrote.

Next! Sunday morning Sean and I drove to Toronto to meet up with these guys.


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They’re doing a pretty fantastic project you can read about here and see in-person here. I was surprised and psyched to be asked to participate.

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Bonus? At the end of the day Sean and Memphis and I had our picture taken.


After that, we went home and had an impromptu kitchen party/BBQ.

IMG_0890 (Medium)Finally, just yesterday Sean and I stacked the books on our new shelves. Sections include fiction, Canadiana, how-to, non-fiction, poetry, plays, art and art history, graphic novels, awesome-kids-books-that-never-get-old-even-when-you-are-technically-an-adult, and writing/grammar.

If anyone knows where I can get those little envelopes and sign-in/out cards they have at the actual library, that would be awesome. I’m seriously running this room like a municipal branch. Bring in photo ID for your library card. Three-week loans. Computer database. If you are late returning shit, you’ll get an automated phone message and then the fines start accruing.

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Aaaaaand lastly, just because I think this is an amazing story, check out Tomboy Style right now.



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Happy Friday

Two things today. Number one, I just found out I’m up for another Ontario Newspaper Award. This time in novice reporting along with fellow Spec reporter/pal o’ mine, Molly Hayes. Congrats to Molly who is the Spec vet of the two of us and who showed me many, many, many of the ropes when I started working there last spring.

Secondly, I made a new necklace. I knew I wanted a little Citadel Hill homage, but was thinking mostly of the town clock. It only hit me in the face at the last minute that the star-shaped outline of the site would be a little more subtle and (I thought) awesome.

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I think I’m going to make a couple more of these. One with the inside cut out so it’s just an outline, and one with a donair soldered in the centre. I just need to come up with a donair design that doesn’t look like a non-descript lump.

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Summer Job

Over the course of this summer, Spec writer Rhiannon Russell and I put together an arts series aimed at introducing readers to some of amazing artists in Hamilton.

It took lot of our time these last two months (not to mention photographers’ time – every one of the more than 100 artists featured had a quite excellent portrait taken) and it’s super-satisfying to see everything together on paper pages after so much digital stockpiling of photos and text. Just look at this layout!

Exciting! You can read my intro essay here and Rhiannon’s series-starting profiles on theatre here, here and here.  You can check out photos and videos of all the included artists on The Spec’s Pinterest page here.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do something non-arts-related (go running in this perfect September weather) before tonight’s final Supercrawl meeting!

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