Larry Verstraete

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At nine years old, there were subtle signs that Larry Verstraete might be a writer some day. While thumbing through a toy catalog just before Christmas, he found, and then later received, the perfect gift - a small toy printing press. The summer after, Larry and a friend started an ambitious publishing project, aiming to become as he puts it, ‘rich and famous’ with the printing press.

Their goal was to publish and sell a newsletter filled with stories gathered around the neighborhood. For a week, the two would-be reporters spied on neighbors, filling notepads with facts and observations. But when they started setting the stories into type on the printing press, the project floundered. The work was too boring, too tedious, and they abandoned
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Like most of the world, I’ve been in semi-isolation for months.  You might think this would be a blessing for a writer, especially an introverted one, wouldn’t you?  Yes and no. According to Health Canada, depression, anxiety, and stress are common side-effects of the pandemic.  The outer signs vary from one individual to another.  In […]


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