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June 2006

June 28, 2006

New Avonlea interviews

Sullivan Entertainment has posted some new online interviews and fascinating footage of a new movie-in-the-making.  You'll also find televised interviews from the First Official Avonlea Cast Reunion (a fundraiser for the Royal Ontario Museum in May). 

Ohm Photo:  R.H., Mag and Jackie goofing around at the museum.

O baby; The organizing continues

Organizing nanobacteria have infiltrated my brain. 

Witness my vertically recalibrated office wall.  Routers, readers and wireless receivers are on the wall, along with many accessorical (new word, use it often) items that used to clutter my desk.   Office_wall_after_command

Life is good.

June 21, 2006

Calgary ho!

Mag will be in Calgary this week to discuss home organization with like-minded souls at the Home Depot, 1818 16th Avenue NW, 10am-2pm on Saturday the 24th (which happens to be her closest living relative's birthday, so come on by and help Mag give him the royal bumps).  Mag will be revealing before-and-after shots of her most disastrous corners and crannies, and she'll also be handing out free samples of home organisation products.  What's not to love?

Dsc00002_3 Mag on the Vancouver leg of her tour with the charming Mike and Loretta Jackson.

June 20, 2006


I get some of my best ideas playing Tiddlywinks, the rousing parlour game that was spawned in England in 1889 and which then enjoyed 10 years of raging prominence.

Tiddlywinks_from_lee_valley_1Yes, you can relive the glory of the Gay Nineties by buying your own version of the game (only $11.95 at Lee Valley Tools).  Those multi-coloured plastic discs will give you hours of thumb-numbing pleasure.  Tiddlywinks are non-electronic, wholesome, even rustic.  The cure for rainy day boredom.  Or everyday stress.  Or negative emotion of any kind.  Who can be low-spirited with a set of Tiddlywinks in her pocket?  Who can fail to win appreciation in any setting when she knows she's the owner of a regulation edition of winks?  Who cannot manage a wry smile in the worst of home repair emergencies -- such as I am having right now with my septic system -- when she knows that at the end of the day, she'll be fondling her winks with strategic aplomb?

June 08, 2006

A visit to Vancouver

Not_gun_shy_1 Mag will be demonstrating the sheer exuberance of home organization (no tools required!) on Saturday June 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at The Real Canadian Superstore in Pitt Meadows, B.C. - 19800 Lougheed Hwy. - Come by for free samples of great new products (i.e. 3M's new Command Adhesive designer hooks) and say hi, or bring your mounting questions. Hope to see you there!

Wild Gardening

Dsc00031_1 A lawn is too big when it takes a day to cut it.  So we're exploring the art of transforming a lawn into a meadow.  The hard part was waiting for the dandelions to complete their cycle.  It looked bad.  It looked like we'd given up on our pride.  The neighbours thought we'd turned our place into a drug haven or lost all our money in cheese futures.


It's looking a little more intentional now.  Sort of.


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Mag's Books

  • : We're All In This Together

    We're All In This Together
    Based on four years of interviews with Steve Smith, Mag's unconventional biography reveals the personal stories, sorrows and joys that continue to inspire the man behind the Red Green legacy.

  • : How Hard Can It Be?

    How Hard Can It Be?
    Mag's quirky and entertaining book of home improvement projects for beginners.

Nota Bene

  • It’s never too late to be who you might have been. - George Eliot (1819-1880)
  • Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought. - My fortune cookie