Other Stories

A Few Words About My Other Stories

In the late 2000s, I wrote for Orato.com, a citizen journalism site with the motto True Stories from Real People. I then contributed content for Suite101.com, a collaborative digital site with shared revenues from advertising. It was a novel opportunity for freelance writers, who had to maximize the concept of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in their articles. It was very successful until that concept overpowered quality and accuracy. I did my best to write according to my principles—first.

I am republishing a few of these multi-topic 'vintage' articles here. Overall, they have retained their informative value, if only as a perspective. I am also posting relatively recent articles.

 

               

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A Wake: The Journey of An Independent Film

A Wake: The Journey of An Independent Film

Marketing an Independent Film

I meet Penelope Buitenhuis at the 2010 Vancouver Women in Film Festival, before the screening of her film A Wake.
Despite two awards for best feature film, one nomination for editing and another for directing, and releases in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and..

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Mainstreaming of Media for the Advancement of Women

Mainstreaming of Media for the Advancement of Women

The New initiative for better gender parity in the media industry

Statistics talk loud for the non-profit organization Women in View after the results of two studies—commissioned by the BC Institute of Film Professionals with the support of Service Canada—highlighted the gender inequity..

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Designing your Small Garden

Designing your Small Garden

A Clear Plan for Your DIY Landscape Project

Professional landscapers know how to create harmonious and balanced small gardens. If you want to do it yourself, plan as professionals do. Online garden designs and publications are good resources but remember that achieving a valuable impact on..

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Women in View on the Film and Media Industry

Women in View on the Film and Media Industry

Insights on Gender

Film festivals are meant to connect with peers and learn about the industry. The Vancouver event Women in Film and Television Festival features international films with women as the key creators. It also offers workshops and forums organized by Women in View, an association..

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First Impression and Home Sale

First Impression and Home Sale

Lack of Curb Appeal as the Last Showing of the Day

It’s not evident to think of your home as a house, one like any other property for sale. Yet, an objective look is a must. First, address curb appeal before listing the house. Then don’t assume that the ‘potential’ of your house..

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Women Directors and Action Films

Time was running out to book a hotel in Toronto for the 30th Genie Awards held on April 12, 2010, at the Kool Haus Entertainment Complex located on the city waterfront.  

After American Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award, expectations were high that..

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Muhammad Ali, Heavy-Weight Champion

Muhammad Ali, Heavy-Weight Champion

Between Butterfly and Bees

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie arrived secretly in Vancouver, BC, for the October 9th, 2009, private screening of Facing Ali/The Untold Stories of Warriors, at District 319 Theatre. Released by Lions Gate, directed by Pete McCormack (See Grace..

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The Hitchcock Legacy

The Hitchcock Legacy

Dial V for Vineyard

With an impressive filmography and classic blockbusters such as Dial M for Murder, Hitchcock’s legacy goes on. But other than for his creative life, the filmmaker is remembered for lesser-known reasons. Hitchcock was once a grape grower, the revival of his vineyard leading..

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The Revival of Hitchcock’s Vineyard

The Revival of Hitchcock’s Vineyard

A new Pinot Noir in the Santa Cruz Mountains

It’s a mild winter day when I head to the “secretive historic estate cradled in a glen among a deep forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains.” I have left Highway 17 at the Scotts Valley Exit and drive straight up towards the mountain until I get..

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