Book blurbs for fun: Tales from Phantom City

I know, it’s been a while, right? Been busy with the new job at Young W and working on the odd freelance editing gig. Patrick Jenkins’ debut graphic novel came across my path, both personally (I know him) and professionally (when he listed the late April book launch event and TCAF book signing with YoungContinue reading “Book blurbs for fun: Tales from Phantom City”

Soldiers in the Arts: I Found My Horn & Tunnel at the End of the Light

Solider in the Arts (SITA) presents two plays, I Found My Horn and Tunnel at the End of the Light, running back-to-back on the Alumnae Theatre Mainstage (70 Berkeley St., Toronto, ON, M5A 2W6), opening Wed, May 3 and on until Sun, May 21, 2023. Details and tickets for each show below. I Found My Horn Continue reading “Soldiers in the Arts: I Found My Horn & Tunnel at the End of the Light”

Mysterious experiments & interspatial portals in Hall of Mirrors

Step into a dream-like sci-fi world of mysterious experiments & interspatial portals with Patrick Jenkins’ short animated film Hall of Mirrors, now available for viewing on CBC Gem as part of its Canadian Reflections series. Jenkins describes the film as: “A whimsical meditation on human foibles and how we struggle to live our lives freeContinue reading “Mysterious experiments & interspatial portals in Hall of Mirrors”

So, where have I been?

Well now, that’s a question. I previously mentioned that I was cooking up some new stuff for the cowbell blog in the new year. And just when I was sorting out what to do, something wonderful happened. In mid-February, I started a new job: a part-time contract position (till mid-Aug) as a content writer forContinue reading “So, where have I been?”

Guild Festival Theatre 2023 Summer Season

Hey all, I know – it’s been a while. More on that in an upcoming post. In case you were wondering if there was more to summer theatre festivals than Shaw and Stratford – yes, there is! And one such fest is right here in the GTA. Guild Festival Theatre (GFT) launches their 2023 SummerContinue reading “Guild Festival Theatre 2023 Summer Season”

Theme song of the year 2023

Image: YouTube video screenshot photo of the band Queen, posing together for a photo. Hey again. So, this week I nailed down my theme song for 2023. At first, I was thinking more in terms of some kind of “fight” song, but I chose instead to go with something that felt more like resilience. Hope.Continue reading “Theme song of the year 2023”

Word of the year 2023

Image: A close-up of sunflowers against a clear sky, with the word: THRIVE, in a paintbrush-like font, in the bottom right corner. Photo by ulleo on Pixabay. Happy New Year! I hope 2023 has been good to you so far. We’re well into the first week of January now, and I found my mind turningContinue reading “Word of the year 2023”


Image: A medical mask. Photo by Ri_ya on Pixabay. Given the current public health and respiratory virus/illness climate, I thought this post, originally titled “People suck & also rock”, was worth a re-post. Sadly, it’s pretty clear that we can’t count on political leaders to #BringBackMasks That doesn’t mean we can’t do it ourselves. ThinkContinue reading “#BringBackMasks”

Top 10 holiday movies (+ a bonus)

Thought this might be worth a re-post. I’ve seen a few of these already this holiday season… Although holiday music, movies and television have been running since November, I like to wait till December 1 before diving into my holiday favourites. Here, in no particular order, are my 10 favourite holiday movies (some are setContinue reading “Top 10 holiday movies (+ a bonus)”

I’m still here

Image: A perspectival view of a wooden footbridge crossing over a ravine at dusk, leaves scattered along the sides of the walkway, and flanked by trees in fall foliage and the glow of vintage street lamps. A few people and their dogs pause in their walks at the other end. Photo by the blogger. HeyContinue reading “I’m still here”