Visiting the Anne Frank House

A few months ago, in preparation for a trip to Amsterdam and a planned visit to the Anne Frank House, I read Anne’s The Diary of a Young Girl.  I blogged about my reactions to the book then.  I noted too, that my wife, Jo, and I had tried to visit the Anne Frank House on a previous visit to … Continue reading

Off to the Weiner Dog Races

In my middle grade novel, Coop the Great, my protagonist is an elderly, cynical dachshund named Cooper. Coop’s a down-and-out dog, adopted and rejected many times. When he meets Mike, a different kind of owner, Coop’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ever since I started writing the novel, … Continue reading

A Bookstore Like No Other

Wherever I go, I hunt for bookstores.  Not so much the chains like Barnes & Noble or Chapters.  They serve a purpose, but one is almost like the other no matter where you go.  My favourite bookstores are those one-of-a-kind independent types that reek of flavour and individuality. I … Continue reading