Travelling and writing and travelling some more

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I’m a super lucky girl and visited Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem in Israel last month and then I took off to Monterey, California and arrived back home just last week. I still need to sort through my Cali pics and get writing but in the meantime, check out my articles about eating, staying and playing in Israel. I had a blast getting to know some pretty cool people there and seeing some incredible sights.

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Summer’s writing leads into fall’s upcoming arrival

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Summer’s end makes me a tad sad. I love fall but I’ll miss summer evenings that are warm enough so that I can ditch a sweater and still be comfortable.

So I felt a little longing and a desire to hold on to summer a little longer when I wrote these articles for walmartlivebetter.ca. Now that the kids are back to school and September’s here, I’ll be looking forward to fall’s colourful leaves — but I’ll be savouring any Indian summer days Mother Nature sends our way. Hear that, Mother Nature? Please send more summer weather.

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Marathon runners get ready for the big race

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Five staff members at Metro News have signed up to run the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon and they parked a couch in the middle of Church Street for their first team photo. If risking the wrath of irate Toronto commuters doesn’t show commitment, I don’t know what does. Get to know the team in this, the first article in a series of six updates that’ll lead the way to the big event on Oct. 20.

It takes hard work and determination to run a marathon but the greatest rewards come from the toughest challenges. Five gutsy Metro staffers are out of the gates and on the track to glory, training for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Oct. 20.

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Are today’s GLBT athletes welcome in sports teams?

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In this feature for Metro Canada, I researched, interviewed and wrote about the experiences of gay, lesbian and transgendered athletes in professional sports and in minor leagues. I discovered that while Canada might be hailed as a leader in supporting gay rights, soul-crushing homophobia still exists in our communities. So the conversation must continue if everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, can live happily and freely. Get in on the discussion and find out what today’s gay and lesbian athletes have to say about acceptance, as they share their experiences.

 

The 28-year-old retired from Canada’s national women’s hockey team a month ago, after undergoing years of hip and hernia surgeries from sport-related injuries. Today, Sarah Vaillancourt, from Sherbrooke, Que., continues to follow her heart, coaching teen athletes, pursuing a master’s degree with a goal to becoming an ESL teacher and building a house with her girlfriend.

In this exclusive interview, Vaillancourt shares her thoughts on living proud…

Read more at Metro News (pages 6 & 7)>

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Beautiful Bermuda beaches and hot attractions

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There’s nothing better than an assignment that takes you to some beautiful beaches. Throw in some cool adventures like climbing a limestone formation that delivers breathtaking views or exploring a magnificent underground cave with clear emerald water and it’s easy to forget you’re there to get some work done. Bermuda captivated me with the bluest ocean hues I’ve ever seen. Come along by checking out my articles at johnnyjet.com.

You can spend all your time on Bermuda’s beautiful beaches — and no one could blame you for that — but sightseeing and learning opportunities abound. The following five Bermuda attractions give you options for spending your vacation time somewhere special.

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Pretty Bakes Blog freshly launched

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I launched a blog and you’re invited to the party. Pretty Bakes Blog is where I showcase my latest cake-decorating projects. Birthdays, holidays, bridal showers — you name the occasion — sweet treats are always the starring food items at special events. So stop by today, find out what you can do to make your home-baked goods look a little sweeter and let’s get baking!

Read more and take the tour at prettybakesblog.com >

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Girl talk with Big Sisters of Toronto mentors

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International Women’s Day is a fine time to reveal what things girls and women are doing to support one another. If you ever wished the newspaper wasn’t full of tragic, depressing stuff, you’ll appreciate this good-news story.

Something cool happens after school in Toronto and its inner suburbs. Girls join forces to encourage health, self-esteem, confidence and leadership.

Read more at metronews.ca > (pg. 16)

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