Author Archives: Ellen

About Ellen

I am a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, and CANSCAIP. I have received grants from the Ontario Arts Council for both writing and teaching. I currently work with Learning Through the Arts and Living through the Arts, programmes run by the Royal Conservatory of Music that enable artists to work in schools and community organizations. I have also taught in many other school and community programs, and have been a judge for various writing contests for both young people and adults.

Written on the Body, #29: December 24, 2020: Light Returns

So it is Christmas Eve, just past Winter Solstice, Chanukah has come and gone (Dec. 10-17), and the new year is coming.

Beginning again — I started this on Christmas Eve, then got a case of fatigue — surprising, since … continue reading

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Written On the Body, #28, November 24, 2020: November Highs and Lows

As Thomas Hood wrote in an often-quoted poem,

No sun — no moon!
No morn — no noon —
No dawn — no dusk — no proper time of day.
 

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member —
No shade, no shine, no
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Written On the Body #27, October 28, 2020 — The Uncertainty Principle

In physics, the uncertainty principle — articulated by Werner Heisenberg — states that we can know how fast something is going OR its exact location now, but NOT both at the same time. mataphorically, the uncertainty principle applies to all … continue reading

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Written on the Body, #26, October 6, 2020 — Another Poem

I’m writing this soon after the previous post, but I want to share a wonderful reason to be thankful this (Canadian) Thanksgiving. I saw my oncologist this morning, and he is very pleased with the progress I am making with … continue reading

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Written on the Body #25, October 2, 2020 — Poem for the Times

We have passed Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and two harvest festivals are approaching: Sukkot, the Jewish festival, on Oct. 2-4, and Thanksgiving in Canada on Oct. 12. With the planet in such chaos from wildfires, hurricanes, extinctions of … continue reading

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Written on the Body, #24 — September 10, 2020: Anniversaries and Changes

September already! The summer has “hurried slowly” (in Margaret Laurence’s words) past.

But I want to talk about anniversaries of events that happened right at the end of August — August 31 — and a few other times throughout the … continue reading

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Written on the Body #23 August 10, 2020: The Incredible Shrinking….

A few weeks ago, I might have said this phrase applies to me: “The incredible shrinking woman.” Despite eating well, I was losing a few pounds that I didn’t want to lose, and, as I noted, was dealing with some … continue reading

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Written on the Body #22, July 18, 2020 — Corona Blues and Chemo-Therapy

The last post took a while to write because of so much happening in the world. This took a while because of internal events and changes.

First of all, today is my father’s birthday: born in 1907, he would have … continue reading

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Written on the Body #21: June 15, 2020 — Pandemic of Racism and Police Violence

Note: I started this on May 29, but only completed it on June 15 — for reasons mentioned below.

It’s been a critical few weeks for the U.S., since the police killing of George Floyd, but the epidemic of racial … continue reading

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Written on the Body, #20. May 13, 2020. Mother’s Day and Beyond

Hello — I know it’s been about a month since I’ve written; the days seem to slide by — as someone said, “day, day, day, day.” On the other hand, I am feeling well, and the time at home would … continue reading

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