Rona's personal links
FOR MORE ABOUT ME
My literary agent, Beverley Slopen
My publisher, McClelland & Stewart
Chatelaine, the magazine I edited from 1994-2004
BOOKS, AUTHORS & IDEASPassionate reader Kerry Clare has eclectic tastes, lucid style and lots of good reading ideas at Pickle Me This. On bookish matters, I also like Crooked House, home of Stephany Aulenback.
Vancouver journalist Joseph Planta curates online interviews with an eclectic mix of writers, thinkers and power brokers at The Commentary.
The uniquely captivating Sexual Fables bills itself as "an alternative history of Western arts and culture." If you've ever wondered why Eve took the blame for the Fall of Man, check out this witty, iconoclastic site.
BLOGS I LIKE
I've been lazy about noting the engaging personal blogs that catch my attention (bad idea: not only do you miss out, I might never find my way back). So I'll get started with a shout-out to Perfectly Cursed Life, by Kim of the bad luck and the wicked wit.
For parents of teens (and anyone who appreciates funny, insightful dispatches on family life, I recommend A Week in the Life of a Redhead. This divorced mom blogger shares my conviction that the teen years can be the most rewarding.
Tessa Ryan-Lipp claims to be one of the few women in North America whose husband left a younger and prettier woman for her. Her blog, Nuts and Mutton, is full of insights and surprises.
Psych Central is my one-stop destination for all aspects of psychology and mental health, from the latest research to bacgrounders, expert advice and resources. There's a free newsletter, too.
Silken Laumann's inspiring plan for getting kids moving and exploring (and building stronger communities while we're at it). This site brims with practical suggestions and real-life examples. silkensactivekids.ca
Moods magazine offers resources, advice and inspirational stories (including mine) for people dealing with addiction and mental illness, compiled by survivor and advocate Rebecca DiFilippo.
FOOD & LIFESTYLE
Econowhiner.com proves every day that we anxious mortals can face the recession with wit, ingenuity, street smarts and a dash of righteous indignation. Dashingly written and full of useful tips, it covers everything from affordable comfort cooking to advice for the jobless.
Deliciously opinionated writing about restaurants, food fads and culinary trends, served up by the witty and formidably well informed Gina Mallet (food critic for The National Post and winner of the James Beard Award for Last Chance to Eat).
Cookbook author and chef Dana McCauley answers culinary questions from the likes of you and me while blogging with authority and verve.
Fashion journalist Gracey Hitchcock explores the good life for women (everything from beauty tips to recipes and books) in the online newslette Dolce Dolce.
A rich resource for gardeners, full of easy-to-follow tips and inviting photos, is Flower Gardening Made Easy. The resident expert: my old colleague Yvonne Cunnington, who successfully quit journalism for the sensory pleasures of gardening and photography.
THE ART OF LIVING
The Sister Project explores the most haunting and emotionally charged of bonds through linked blogs, an online gallery and a unique "sisterpedia" on sister acts in art, literature and more. Illuminating and smart, with lots of lively online conversation.
Ruth Pennebaker writes with insight and wit about aging, family, feminism and what it's like to be a liberal in Texas at Fabulous Geezersisters Weblog.
MAYNARD FAMILY LINKS
My sister Joyce?s web site has details on her books, online newsletter and writing seminars. Go to http://www.joycemaynard.com/.
Fredelle Maynard?s archive at the University of Manitoba contains letters, family photographs, taped speeches, unpublished manuscripts and other materials.
You can view a selection of Max Maynard?s art work online at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (the archives also have photos of my father and his family).
Winchester Galleries in Victoria, B.C., represents Max Maynard; you can view his work at http://www.winchestergalleriesltd.com/.
My father?s oldest brother, Theodore Maynard, was a widely published author, academic and Catholic theologian (to the horror of my fundamentalist Maynard grandparents). His archive at Georgetown University contains some family papers, as well as manuscripts documenting his career.