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“Telling Our Stories” at Powassan Library, September 13

Posted On: August 29, 2018

Author Talk in Powassan, Ontario I will be hitting the road to the Powassan and District Union Library in two weeks for an author talk. Powassan is a town of about 3,500 people located a half hour south of North Bay. When I visited the library in July to donate a copy of Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace,…

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North Bay’s Butterfly Release Times Two

Posted On: July 5, 2018

Butterfly Release 2018   We’re going back for a second time — to the Near North Palliative Care Network (NNPCN)’s Live Butterfly Release, that is. With the generous assistance from our good neighbors, Christine and Rick, Tom will have a book table again on Saturday, July 14, at the North Bay waterfront. This 9th annual event runs from 11 a.m.…

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The Interview – “Life Is” with Peter Handley

Posted On: May 31, 2018

“Life Is” with Peter Handley interview   My conversation with Peter Handley was broadcast on Cogeco TV here in the North Bay area on Wednesday, May 16, as well as Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. As I mentioned in the previous post, we have no television at home, but our friends, Rick and Christine, did record the program…

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Television! – “Life Is with Peter Handley”

Posted On: May 10, 2018

Invitation I was pleasantly surprised when Peter Handley called last week and invited me to be a guest on “Life Is with Peter Handley,” a local cable television program in North Bay. Peter had recently read Seasoned and wanted to talk with me about various aspects of my life that attracted his interest: my childhood in a German Lutheran family,…

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Enough Hibernation Already!

Posted On: March 23, 2018

Child of Winter? The last sentence in my book reads like this: “I am a child of winter no more.” All through my life, ever since the Cleveland blizzard in 1947 six days after I was born, winter has been my favorite season. My intent with that final sentence, however, was metaphorical: the “permafrost of grief” that clung to me…

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Springtime Events 2018

Posted On: March 23, 2018

Springtime Events Three events are planned in April and May where Tom will be reading from and discussing his book . . . and bringing his guitar to lead his original song, “Good Enough for Me.”   April 5: St. John the Divine Anglican Church, North Bay, Ontario What: Monthly meeting of Anglican Church Women (ACW). Who: Women from the…

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Janice Beetle’s Blog and “Seasoned”

Posted On: December 4, 2017

Janice Beetle was the editor of Seasoned. Her gifts of skill, sensitivity, and professionalism helped to sharpen, shorten, and sweeten the narrative. I am deeply grateful to Janice for guiding me and supporting me to go deeper into my memories of my brother. New understandings of central themes in my life emerged from the back-and-forth process with Janice. We worked…

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Tom’s Witness Talk, St. John the Divine, North Bay

Posted On: December 4, 2017

A week ago, I did my “witness talk” about Seasoned during the November 26th Sunday service at St. John the Divine Church in North Bay, Ontario, where I live. In two past witness talks (Christ Church, North Bay in May and St. Simon’s church, Temagami, in November), I did a condensed summary of the story to keep the presentation under…

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Witness Talk at St. Simon’s Church, Temagami, ON, Nov 2017

Posted On: November 12, 2017

A three-inch overnight snowfall covered North Bay this morning. Our 65-mile drive north to Temagami took us through a very scenic northern boreal forest landscape of snow-draped evergreens. The fifteen worshipers filled the tiny sanctuary of St. Simon’s Anglican Church where Tom’s wife, Rev. Beth Hewson, is the priest. Here is what Tom said in his “witness talk:”   Growing…

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Witness Talk at St. John the Divine, North Bay, ON, Nov 26, 2017

Posted On: November 3, 2017

Witness Talk in North Bay, Ontario   Tom Zink will present a “witness talk” about his memoir, Seasoned: A Memoir of Grief and Grace, at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in North Bay, Ontario, on Sunday morning, November 26, 2017. Tom’s talk is a brief tour of the narrative of his book. He relates the steps in his journey…

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