Next Meeting of fitness professionals: June 1 @ 7 pm Chapters Pinecrest

All independent fitness professionals are welcome to join us. There is no membership fee. It is fun, short (over by 8:30) and very helpful to us all.

See you there!


Next AFPO Meeting: One month away!

AFPO  (Association of Fitness Professionals of Ottawa) is a networking group for anyone who is in the fitness business, either working on your own or contracting. Our next meeting is:

Monday, January 9, 2017

Time: 6:45 to a 7 pm start. Meeting ends at 8:30

Venue: Carlingwood Public Library, 281 Woodroffe Ave. (new location)


See you there!




The biology of story: Pick up, listen, restore

This was one of my favourite sessions at the Canadian Writers’ Summit: The Biology of Story. Arlene Somerton Smith does a great job at pulling out three amazing short clips in this blog. Enjoy!

Science and Story

I spent the weekend in Toronto, Canada at the Canadian Writers’ Summit. Hundreds of writers from across the country gathered at the Harbourfront Centre to share ideas, learn from each other and evolve as writers.

Are you surprised I chose to attend a session entitled “The Biology of Story”? 

At the session, Amnon Buchbinder,associate professor of screenwriting at York University, talked about the “interactive documentary” he created to explore the idea of stories as living things.

Buchbinder’s documentary, found at, outlines three principles.

1. A story is a living thing

“A story will choose to be with you, but you have to choose to pick up the story.” —Nigaan James Sinclair

If you want to drive a writer crazy, ask them, “Where do you get your ideas?” You might hear something like “Out of the clear blue sky.” Perhaps it’s a matter of writers choosing to pick up…

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