Spotlight On Writers
- Where, do you hail from?
- What is the greatest thing about the place you call home?
I call Canada my home, all of it. Manitoba has my family relatives. I moved to Alberta to start and raise my own family. I got to draw from two great climates and cultures, with new places and adventures in the Rocky Mountains. I would tease the Manitoba relatives, “you will love it here, but the mountains ruin the view in all four directions.” Then for my retirement years, my wife and I decided to live the last 12 years in the Gulf Islands on the west coast of British Columbia. My home always grows.
- What turns you on creatively?
Everything! All the people, places, music, books, landscapes, hamlets, villages, towns, and cities. Plus all the empty places like mountains, oceans, with their wildlife and history. I am an empty vessel; I need to refill.
- What is your favorite word, and can you use it in a poetic sentence?
This is a conundrum, as I love all words and weave them continually into my life. My moniker as “The Wordbutcher” is due to scheming to use vowels for nouns and visa versa. Example: Chuck Berry’s lyric “motorvating” in the song Mabeleen to mean motoring up a highway, was brilliant. Hence, I composed a poem about penicalating a note (to register a thought) to inkalating it, leading to keyilating as keyboarding it for publishing. Today’s word is fortunate as in keyilating “I am the fortunate one”.
- What is your pet peeve?
First, I would never have a peeve as a pet. I have a delightful Golden Retriever as a pet. Peeves are offensive nasty things – like documents, forms, and mundane requirements like what font is acceptable. Hmmm!
- What defines Gerry Stefanson?
Surprisingly, I like most everything and everyone, and I am grateful for that. But, as my lovely lady does advise that I do require a filter (on occasion).
- Lifeboats / Jackets - May 5, 2023
- First Light - March 30, 2023
- A Year in Kyiv - February 24, 2023