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‘What’s In a Name?’ published in The Writing Disorder

  In August of 2009, David and I were driving to the seaside town of Largs to scatter the ashes of our late mother, May “Winnie” Wyness Baxter Hunter.  David remarked that he’d been hiking [...]

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‘Thin Air’ published in Queen’s Quarterly

“Our lodge has no running water and the bedrooms are unheated, so guests tend to congregate around the yak-dung stove in the dining room.  I write in my journal: ‘There’s a gompa [...]

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New opera blog launched!

Opera Through the Looking Glass is a new blog that presents alternative versions of the plots of famous operas.  The first post is ‘Four Weddings and No Funerals’ – a mash-up of Rossini’s [...]

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‘Sportin’ Life’ Published in The Writing Disorder

“My father was a Rangers man, and his father before him.  Like me, they had no choice in the matter.  Rangers were the Protestant team in Glasgow, just as Celtic were the Catholic team, and my [...]

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‘A Matter of Fire’ Published in Queen’s Quarterly

“Intrigued by the eruption of Vesuvius, which had been dormant for at least three hundred years, Pliny the Elder scrambled a couple of galleys and went to have a closer look.  When his [...]

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‘Vengeance Is Mine’ published in Talking Soup

“A spider had rapelled down from the ceiling of my office and was dangling right between my head and the computer monitor. Of course I instantly remembered the story of Bruce and the spider [...]

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‘On the Rocks’ published in Queen’s Quarterly

“Beside the Uffizi Gallery is the Loggia della Signoria, where priceless works of art, including Benvenuto Cellini’s ‘Perseus with the Head of Medusa’ and Giambologna’s ‘Rape of the Sabine [...]

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‘Water’ published in Queen’s Quarterly

‘Water’ “It’s sometime said that every glass of present-day tap-water contains molecules that Jesus drank.  Perhaps it’s a way to make believers feel closer to their saviour, [...]

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‘Cancer-In-Law’ published in Riddle Fence

‘Cancer-In-Law’ “The husband goes upstairs to the surgical ward.  He takes a seat by the nursing station, where he can see the service elevators.  Eventually the doors open and [...]

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‘Cat TV’ published in The Globe & Mail

‘Cat TV’ “Sue and I watch Cat TV, too.  On summer evenings, when the setting sun is slanting across the backyard, we’ll sit on the patio and have a glass of wine.  From there we [...]

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