Category Archives: Mar Preston

Weekend in Quebec City

My new life in another country. Quebec City looms over the St. Lawrence River in the Province of Quebec. From the heights, you can see mile after mile of wooded downtowns and suburbs down below.   Decisive battles took place here … READ MORE »

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Smart Women:  Bad Choices: A Weekend in Quebec City

My friend Judith Cassis and I took an excursion boat out into the mighty St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the inland provinces of Canada to the Atlantic Ocean. The currents in this deep and swift river make it one of the … READ MORE »

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Arrival in a New Country

I’m now living my new life in another country.  The basic set up of a new life in Ontario, Canada requires patience and grim determination.  Stamina as well. A few days have passed since the hellish date of departure, and … READ MORE »

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Price Has No Relationship to Value

Nostalgia is not your friend. Sentiment is your enemy. You must be ruthless. Everyone I know has a story about when they moved into their current home. I recognize the dazed look in the eyes of military or corporate families who … READ MORE »

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A New Life in Another Country

In June of 2019, a moving van will transport my worldly possessions to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My little family of cats and dogs will follow. Ottawa is Canada’s capital, Justin Trudeau’s city. He’s probably the only Canadian politician most non-Canadians … READ MORE »

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Why Bother Writing Anything?

It’s all too easy to fall into the “Why bother?” trap?  There you can have a good wallow in self-doubt, even worse, self-pity. It’s the best time in human history to be a writer aiming for publication.  It’s also the … READ MORE »

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