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The Rest of the Story

Writers in Canada are getting screwed. Colleges and universities are bypassing royalties paid to writers, either by refusing to use copyrighted works, or by attempts to stretch the legal definition of “fair dealing” and continuing to use copyrighted works without recompense to the authors. Writers are quick to blame the schools. But what most writers do not understand is how recent changes impact schools. I am in the unique position of being both a writer, and the administrator of a distance education program for a private post-secondary institution. Let me be clear that I am not excusing...

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Geno 2.0

It’s here! My testing kit for National Geographic’s Genographic Project. It’s like my birthday and Winter Solstice all bundled together. In the original Genographic Project, participants submitted a cheek swab and received in return information about their deep ancestry going back about 60,000 years. All participants could receive information about their maternal lineage through mitochondrial DNA (mDNA). mDNA is passed intact from mother to child. Mutations in the mDNA tell you where your ancestors originated, and trace their journey out of Africa to their eventual destination, where...

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The Wolves of St. Peter’s, by Gina Buonaguro and Janice Kirk – A Review

Set in 1508, disgraced lawyer Francesco Angeli finds himself the unwilling houseboy of Michelangelo. When the body of a young woman is pulled from the Tiber River, Angeli recognizes her as a whore from his favourite brothel. He starts out simply to inform those who cared about her, but is drawn into a search for the one responsible for her death. The Wolves of St. Peter’s is a compelling mystery, full of twists and turns. Nothing – and no one – is what it seems. In what I consider the mark of a good mystery, the truth did not enter my mind as a possibility until the shortly before...

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I know exactly how this guy feels: 1996 Staples Commercial As much as I love my kids, as much as I’ve enjoyed spending time with them over the summer, I do still have to concern myself with minor details such as earning a living. The bank doesn’t give me time off paying the mortgage because the kids are off school. The kids still expect to eat. And there’s no denying it’s difficult to give full attention to work when my home and my workspace have been invaded by a horde of tiny little dictators. Tiny little LOUD dictators. Who’ve had enough of each other after two weeks. And fight....

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