Hi Everyone – Winter arrived with a wallop in southern Ontario this year with a massive snowstorm that had us buried within 24 hours – in the middle of November! Now, I’m a sturdy, old-fashioned kind of Canadian and love my four seasons in Canada, but WTF, that dump was a bit much!
Still, as always, there is ‘calm-after-the-storm’. After the fact, it was a beautiful day here on the Lake Ontario waterfront with everything glistening in sun diamonds on a bright white ground. – Lovely!
I did want to get a Seasonal Message out to you all and did that recently with my ‘Winter Update’ newsletter. Therein, I was thrilled to announce that my third novel, TRILLIUM, has been short-listed for the 26th Annual Hamilton Literary Awards. (It would be super grand to win again, after a 20 year hiatus!)
I’ve also heard from some far-flung CJC chums over this past year: John H. is stuck in the middle of the Hong Kong melt-down. His harrowing reports from the ‘front lines’ of that civil unrest is eye-opening and terrifying. In Canada, we really MUST protect our hard-won freedoms as authoritarian rule surges in other regions of the world. Chris L. has been busy with a new feature film about cultural guru from London, Ross Goodman, as well as playing with his band. It’s heartening to see the old boy still ‘rockin’ & rollin’!
Hope you are ALL doing well. We’ll recover from that wallop. Winter really is a magical time of year across Canada. Once we are ready for it, it’s a blessing. … Enjoy.
Keep in touch!
With Season’s Best and a Merry Christmas to you all. mlh 🙂