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CreativeSpider
Canada (for the Interim)
Fiction & Script Writer and Editor
Interests: Film & Television, Books, Travel, Food, Challenges/Learning
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“Beautiful Day” by Jamie Grace Harper is a bubbly and bright song that makes you think sunshine and summer, picnics and playtime. It’s from her second album, “Ready to Fly” (which received considerable critical acclaim). We’re talking happy beat for happy feet. I heard it for the first time three... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Creative Spider 3
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Last year I posted about (and praised) the worthy and honorable Honey Nut Cheerios “save the bees” campaign. This year, they’ve returned to remind us of how important these hard-working insects are. Per Josh Hafner, USA Today: “Several species of bees have experienced dramatic declines in recent decades, with a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Cuteness break. Remember last year, when the High Park capybaras hightailed it outta there as soon as an opportunity presented itself? During those exciting few weeks, it seemed everyone had an attentive eye open in hopes of sighting the missing couple. The escapade was entertaining, a distraction from the everyday... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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I choose to smudge—with fragrant sage. In fact, for many years, I’ve smudged (purified) to release negativity that can collect, float, and linger at home. Last week, a large circle of work colleagues collected in a parkette to partake in a smudging ceremony. Simple, informative and inspiring, it was an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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You know you’re getting old(er) when: young people on the bus offer you their seat . . . regularly flesh jiggles and wiggles, no matter how much and often you work out that perpetual deep-in-thought groove between the eyebrows is now just one perpetual deep groove you wonder how young... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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We play the hand we’re dealt. I’d recently heard the line on TV (Murdoch Mysteries, in case you’re interested) and couldn’t get it out of my head. For those who live life with a perpetual glass half-empty perspective, it would prove negative above all else. We’re granted a certain lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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I’m having a “duh” day—in fact, it seems I’m experiencing a “duh” week. I’ve misplaced my keys, papers, lists, tops . . . and mind. Is brrrrr-brisk, chilling weather freezing the ol’ gray matter? Is the daily devastating/senseless news prompting me to retreat emotionally and mentally? Maybe it’s sugar overload... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Performance evaluation and objective-setting time has arrived at work. The optimism of youth (which, to me, is now anyone under 45, LOL) is awesome. I’m fairly sure I was that way once: any task or goal was achievable, retirement was merely a word, and working 24/7 was totally doable. Now,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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You’ve heard the saying, “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure”, or variations thereof. Same holds true for art. What one individual finds stunning or beautiful, another may find hideous or offensive. I love all types of art, but I’m particularly drawn to murals, be they on garages or bridges,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Flames and fire are great at a campfire, in a fireplace, for toasting marshmallows and roasting hot dogs (sorry, my vegan friends), and warming fingers and toes. They’re not good when they’re licking walls, gnawing roofs, clouding up streets, fouling lungs, and causing havoc. The midtown six-alarm blaze this past... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Meant to mention one more thing . . . yes, about l'il ol' me (anything else going forward will be included on the future blog and FB page). . . just wanted to share this . . . https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-connecticut-corpse-caper-by-tyler-colins.html. Thank you all. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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These days, it’s not uncommon to hear a company tout their “excellent” customer service (the one I work for included). That’s great—if delivered. Often, sadly, it’s more hype than anything else. So when I come across someone who provides amazing service, I’m knocked for six (who’d have thought I’d actually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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I’ve made a decision: I’m going to give it my all to promote/market myself as a writer. Given [huge] time constraints, I’ll pick my way through bit by bit, like a worker ant might a giant gumball. But at least I have a plan, thanks in great part to Derek... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Today's a new day, and there is no sunshine / Nothing but clouds, and it's dark in my heart . . . Kirk Franklin sings it well. I’m feelin’ it – the darkness. Been feelin’ it for a wee while now. In past, I might have denied it, swept it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Never have I witnessed live chat flow like lava from an active, angry volcano. I’m talking about that which is viewable while the inauguration is live-streaming. Some comments are supportive, short and sweet; others are angry, bitter and ugly. We live on an awesome continent where we can enfold free... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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Trece. Dreizehn. Treize. Trzynaście. Dertien. . . . Triskaidekaphobia. The first Friday the 13th of 2017. Are you scared, worried? On this continent, it’s been said that millions fear this “unlucky” day in one shape or from. As Spock would have said, “Fascinating.” This appears to date back to the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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This week, I’m still caught up in seasons. It’s hard not to when you live up north and they’re all so marvellously distinct. Winter is upon us, but as is par for the course in this vast metropolis, it’s cold but not white. And then, of course, there’s that old... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2017 at Creative Spider 3
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It’s been an odd year. For me, it’s been one of realizations but no attainments. I’ve aspired but fallen short. It’s all good. There’s always next year. Many people have passed this year—some prominent, some not. It’s never easy losing a loved one or someone revered or admired outside the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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The holidays are almost here. The positive energy and kindness this time of year are wonderful; the extensive advertising and vast spending not so much. But Scrooge I’m not (though I may have “humbug” moments). So, on a lighter note, here’s to the fun and frivolous side of the holidays,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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I did it, I did it! After ignoring the plethora of ever-evolving bells and whistles that technology has had to offer off the last few years (I’m technically challenged, as you know), I’ve leapt into the fancy-dancy gadgets void! Yours truly is the proud owner of a brand spankin’ new... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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I’ve been a very good girl this year. Okay, I lieth. But I haven’t been a bad girl this year—well, not too much. Here’s my wish list: a trip to Hawaii and/or permanent residency a winning lottery ticket (2 million is fine) some spa time a dog, cat, and pot-bellied... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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At this time of year, you can’t help but get caught up in the festive energy: colorful holiday ornaments and lights shine bright, the jolly man in red is in every mall, eager kids start behaving, and people appear more cheerful and giving. We may not possess Trump’s wealth, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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I readily confess: I have succeeded in tumbling into the quagmire of debt. It’s no one’s fault but my own and, as such, I freely accept blame. At this stage of life, I earn a Comedy-Central salary (i.e. laughable). In a quest to succeed as a writer, I accepted some... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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As an aspiring writer, one of the many must-dos of self-promotion is setting up an author profile. Among other things, from a drop-down list, you select the genres you write. Easy-peasy. For moi, it’s mystery. But what the <bleep> is this—steampunk? Surely they jest. Surely it’s a typo. Surely .... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Creative Spider 3
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Today is about remembering the family, friends, strangers who fought for our freedom, safety, and ideologies. So why is it so difficult for some to respect PA announcements requesting we take one or two minutes of silence to honor those who served? A few will even complain that their work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Creative Spider 3