Bradner Flower and Craft Show

It has been such a LONG time since I participated in such a wonderful craft show. I walked briefly through the flower section but no one was around to explain what kind of flowers they were and I’m quite dense when it comes to names and such. It was attractive. It was a 2-day festival and I had trouble finding Bradner the first time around but by the second day I was a pro. It was no big deal but after getting off the highway on Saturday I turned left instead of right and ended up in Aldergrove…..no biggy…..found my way back without a hitch on Sunday. Since the cost of the booth was $30.00 (just like the old days) I made my booth and expense money on Saturday and until closing time a bit more on Sunday but just after I closed a couple of ladies arrived...

Best library find

I was browsing through the cheap and cheerful books the library was selling for 25 cents to $1.00 and picked up the 2012 Writer’s Market guide for $1.00. I (thought) I wanted to check the latest magazines that were still in business but I never got that far. I discovered a wealth of information at the front of book. So far I have ignored “finding work” since I have enough of my own to do. I have, so far, ignored “managing work” however, I am in the process of reading every chapter, every page, every paragraph, every line and every word of “promoting work.” I’m reading chapters like Build a Platform – by Jeff Yeager, On the Road Again: 10 Do’s and Don’t for your Book Tour by Susan Wingate, and Book...

There But for the Grace of God

My new e-book is ready and available on my Smashwords site or in all formats from your favorite retailer.  To go directly into that new e-book just click on (if it works) or copy www.smashwords.com/books/view/423235.   In an effort to give back for my good fortune – all author’s proceeds will be donated to charity to help our veterans.  Retail cost of this e-book is $1.00 so check it out.  Many thanks.  Joei Carlton Hossack

Planes and Boats and Trains

I really thought that this year would be my last as a snow-bird RVer. I was ready to give it up because of the long southward hauls and because I really don’t feel safe on the road alone. People are too crazy – driving with a cell phone in one hand and not remembering that they have a car attached to the back of their motorhome as they slowly change into my lane…..way too stressful. I also got the distinct impression that if I had a problem on the road that no one would stop…..and if they did stop I would wonder if they would help or attack.  Like I said – I thought this would be my last long-haul. In September I took my first cruise and although I wished I had gone with a “friend” that I had lots in common with rather...

Coming to an End

Hi Everyone:  Well, my California adventure is coming to an end. I leave Carlsbad on Friday a little before noon and arrive back at YVR around 6:00 in the evening.  I’ll be taking the skytrain from the airport to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and will get myself onto the skytrain going to Surrey without even having to go outside. Good thing because I have only a sweatshirt and (thankfully) one pair of long pants to survive the weather.  I understand the rain will be stopping sometime on Friday so I hope I won’t arrive home soaked to the skin. It has been a WONDERFUL trip. I got to spend a month with my sister and I haven’t done that in a VERY long time. I chauffeured her around and I’m hoping she gets her licence back before I...

Oceanside, California

Well, according to my sister, I have arrived in God’s country and now that I’ve been chauffeuring her around for about 10 days I can see what she means. Although the weather has not been up to her standards – warm and sunny – it has been perfect for me. A little cooler and yesterday it even sprinkled for a bit. We have spent a part of almost every day at some ukelele event or another. She wants to teach me a few chords and I can play along but I’m perfectly content just to sit and listen. Playing suits Mona. Sitting and listening suits me. Last night the woman sitting beside me said “this was her second time playing the uke and I had already started writing a story about all the events going on down here in Oceanside/Carlsbad...

2014 – Time to Vent

I’m mad as well and I won’t take it any more. Pardon me while I vent……. 2013 ended with the murder of a hockey mom within a five minute walk from my home and a place I pass every few days. From my sister, I also learned about The Knockout Game…..if you haven’t heard about it – go to YouTube and type in Knockout Game. Let me assure you it will scare the hell out of you. I’m only going to speak about Canada because this is where I live but I’m sure it happens everywhere and this is MY opinion and possible solution. I’m sick to death of our government pissing away millions, probably billions of dollars on the scum of the earth. A couple of years ago I vented about an apartment building for single mothers and their...