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Prison: Not Your Average Day Trip

By Erin L / September 10, 2013 / 2 Comments

I have, and now I can say I’m glad it’s a one-off. I once made a trip to Saskatchewan Pennetentiary  to visit an inmate convicted of killing his daughter’s boyfriend. <Aside: it was for a documentary I was working on some time ago for a local company. To my knowledge the film has yet to…

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Food & Drink: Campicurean

By Erin L / August 26, 2013 / 4 Comments

So it may soon be too cold to pound a tent stake through the topsoil, but I’m always thinking about camping season. The best thing about it for me; the food.  I’m not talking hot dogs on a stick or popcorn, no.  Our camping trips are a gourmet showdown of the highest order. Making really,…

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Travel Blog: Taking a Chance in Cuba 2010

By Erin L / August 22, 2013 / 3 Comments

It started with a baseball cap.  And led to a cozy evening in the home of a Cuban family, sharing beer and watching baseball on a vintage black and white TV, before a soldier appeared at the door, dressed for battle.  But I’m ahead of myself.  The ball cap…. Havana’s Artisan Market is a maze…

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Travel Blog: Adventures & Explosions in Egypt and Jordan

By Erin L / August 18, 2013 / 1 Comment

With the situation in Egypt this week, it’s been reminding me of the trip I took there (and to Jordan) many years ago.  I had a great time, met lovely, friendly people and really immersed myself in the history and culture.  I kept a travel journal in the form of e-mails home.  Here they are…

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Travel: Craters of the Moon — on Earth

By Erin L / March 5, 2013 / 1 Comment

With all the billionaires paying millions to rocket into space, it’s too bad they don’t know there’s a way to pay a visit to a lunar surface, without leaving earth, and without the sky-high cost. Buried deep in the middle of Nowhere, Idaho, is a small park; a national park, no less. But hurtling across…

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Journalism: How to Pitch Your Story to the News

By Erin L / February 26, 2013 / 1 Comment

So why does some news get covered and some doesn’t? That’s a whole blog post in and of itself.  But I can say with certainty that getting a story–any story–covered starts with a good pitch. Got a big event happening and want to invite the news?  Grandparents celebrating their 60th Anniversary and you think it…

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Why that package you ordered to Canada costs so much – Saving Yourself Money on Shipping/Brokerage

By Erin L / February 8, 2013 / 6 Comments

If you LIKE paying more than you should for things, stop reading now.  If you think brokerage fees are a terribly blatant overcharge, carry on. For those of you who receive packages from the US particularly:  did you know you can save a lot of money on your shipments relatively easily? Major shipping companies like…

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