Folk Woman Writing

Genre Lit is Lit

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Genre Lit is Lit

  Hello everyone, I'm refocusing on editing for publication a manuscript titled Citizen Vamp. In a few days I am hoping to submit it for consideration to the Writer's Trust (of Canada) Mentorship program. Not only did I receive a wonderful letter of support from Jess at The Terrace Library, who facilitates programs including the writer's group. She is also the deputy librarian and delivers programming to local youth. Thank you Jess, your support means a lot. I hope I get this mentorship. I also applied for the Pivot Grant from the BC Arts Council. It would enable me to...

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Be Kind. Always.

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Be Kind. Always.

      There's this odd feeling I have about "Kindness" like some folks just don't get it. I really enjoyed this article recently, which I'm about to share on the FolkWoman Facebook page because it's just a great piece about the difference between "kindness" and "niceness." I haven't always been a nice person, but I've always been kind when I have the chance. When someone is being critical or rude, I can reflect their behaviour right back. I call it mirroring. Some might call it parroting. When dealing with their own idiocy, some idiots do shut up. Unkind people...

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February Book Study Announcement!

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February Book Study Announcement!

As my anxiety over the book study I've already committed to reaching a climax, I'm ready to announce that I'll be doing it all over again next month except I've got it a touch more organized for February. Join me to discuss Bob Joseph's book titled 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act. This book takes otherwise abstract concepts of parliamentary legislation and shows you the immediate effects on historical and contemporary First Nations, Metis, and Indigenous peoples in North America, but especially those under the Indian Act in Canada. He doesn't shy away from showing you...

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It's true! New Book Study on January 28th!

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It's true! New Book Study on January 28th!

Hello Folks, I have planned a book analysis of The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. This book changed my life in a number of ways I want to explore and share as it was the first time I had encountered (as a youth) a non-Canadian indigenous theory based on cultural narratives different from our colonial ones.  I found it refreshing and full of bits of wisdom.     While the don and I don't particularly agree on some things like the existence of God, there is wisdom in his teachings that can touch anyone in a unique way. I'd...

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Stress, Procedures, & Living with GERD

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Stress, Procedures, & Living with GERD

I haven't received the full details from the doctor who performed the procedure but he did leave me with some key terms that I don't think he realized I would understand. I took an interest in medicine as a youth. I participated in competitive first aid, not only practising and competing, but also leading and coaching. I took Medical Terminology in Grade Nine by correspondence because I was bored and the Catholic School I was attending thought it was quaint. I thought it might show me what I was "in for" if I decided to go to medical school. I...

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