Category Archives: Non-Fiction

The Big Freeze

Hundreds line up along English Bay for the annual Polar Bear Swim, skin smarting from the cold. Ice floes are breaking up along the shore and fat drops of freezing rain crust over the seams of swimsuits and swim caps. … Continue reading

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The ballots are in, the die is cast

In spite of the teeth-wrenching cold, the line up to the polling office snakes around the block. Huddled in faux furs and double-breasted overcoats, fedoras at a rakish angle, the voters stamp their T-strap booties, feverishly waiting to drop their … Continue reading

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The night of the living dead

They creep up from their wooden coffins, creaking and clanking bones, rotten teeth bared in a hideous grin, eye sockets lit up from within their skull in a ghostly blue light. Emerging from below the dank earth, sniffing of maggots … Continue reading

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Treasure island

I was scrambling across the rocks, eyes trained to the ground, looking for sand dollars, when I made out the pale imprint of what looked like a human palm creeping up against the cave wall. Fat drops of water were … Continue reading

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Hit the road jack

I’m terrified of sunrises. The thought of stumbling bleary-eyed and foggy-brained into the cold dampness of early morning dew is enough to make me burrow my nose into my pillowcase and fall back to sleep. So, when the clanking night … Continue reading

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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks: or can you?

In the early 30s, the vast majority of Americans never brushed their teeth. In fact, their mouths were so rotten that poor dental hygiene was turning into a national security risk, according to journalist Charles Duhigg. Today, new moms scrub … Continue reading

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True stories from the Titanic

In the wee hours of April 14, 1912, in the icy blankness of the Atlantic, the cruise liner Titanic crashed into an iceberg. Its hull ripped apart, its engines flooded with water, the vessel foundered near the shores of Nova … Continue reading

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