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Making Time

Making Time

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Fog gives an ethereal shield
to what, I know, is there.
It outlines trees in the foreground
as if the background is bare.

Fog creates the sound of silence,
very good for my soul.
It deadens noise I sometimes hear
from commuters on the roll.

Those driving to work>
will not like the fog,
it adds time to their drive
as each minute they log.

It makes them slow down.
Is that really so bad?
When the fog burns off
I’ll be a bit sad.

The sun has risen
but not broken through.
There’s enough light to give glow
to a thick morning dew.

I feel very blessed
when I take time to see
all beauty of nature
which calls out to me.

Jean Kay



2015 Oct 11 s


On this Thanksgiving Sunday
I gaze out to the east
at another lovely sunrise,
to my eyes and soul, a feast.

I’d like the peace and quiet
I’m experiencing right now
to be felt worldwide in others
as we all connect somehow.

I’m grateful I’m alive and well
in my spirit and my soul.
I can overcome aches and pains
that make me feel less than whole.

Today we’ll cook a turkey
to share with family and a friend.
It will be a fun and happy time
as our personalities blend.

Some of us have challenges
that are difficult to face,
but we’ll be guided through them
with loving support and Grace.

Happy Thanksgiving

Jean Kay


2015 Oct 9


As greens change to yellow and red
and daylight succumbs more to night,
I appreciate all that autumn provides,
scenery becomes a delight.

Sunrise into a striped cloudy sky,
outlining trees with pink, gold and blue,
made me take some photographs
of that spectacular view.

I enjoy early morning quiet time
before busyness starts once more.
Time to energize and prioritize,
so I enjoy tasks, not make them a chore.

We’re starting a long weekend,
it’s Canadian Thanksgiving.
Stay safe and travel well my friends.
Be kind, loving and forgiving.

Be grateful for all around you—
people, places and things.
Don’t forget to say “Thank you”
and return the smile that brings.

Happy Thanksgiving

Jean Kay

Exciting news from Canadian Authors Vancouver

British Columbia author wins Canadian Authors Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest

For Release Friday, October 2, 2015

VANCOUVER – Winners of the Canadian Authors – Vancouver 2015 Short Story Contest were announced this week by Jean Kay, the Branch Treasurer, and Contest Coordinator.

First place went to Edythe Anstey Hanen, a Canadian Authors member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’ Barb Howard from Calgary placed second, and Erin MacNair from North Vancouver placed third.


1st Place – Edythe Anstey Hanen – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Lonesome.’

2nd Place – Barb Howard – CAA member from the Alberta Branch for her story, ‘MVP.’

3rd Place – Erin MacNair – CAA member from the Vancouver Branch for her story, ‘Left Standing.’

The judges commented that all the winners’ works are so powerful that it steals your breath away. Each story resonates with an intense focus on life’s tenuousness, life’s wonders and human understanding.


Cash prizes for winners are First $300, Second $200, and Third $100. Winner’s works will be published in the National Voices 2016 Anthology, which includes the 2015 and 2016 contest winners, along with submissions from members of Canadian Authors Vancouver. Winners receive a complimentary copy of National Voices 2016 Anthology, and they’ll read their stories at the Canadian Authors Vancouver Annual General Meeting and Social in December 2015. The winning stories will be posted for one year on the Vancouver Branch website after they are presented in December.


Canadian Authors – Vancouver holds meetings on a variety of topics, all to do with aspects of writing. The public is welcome to attend. They meet monthly on the second Wednesday, September through June, with socials for members and their guests at other locations in August and December. There are no meetings during July. Meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, 100 – 938 Howe Street, Vancouver.  Members attend at no charge; guests are $10, students with ID pay $5.

Canadian Authors Vancouver belongs to a national organization dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers that encourage works of literary and artistic merit. We offer aspiring, emerging, and professional writers opportunities and resources to hone their writing and business skills, network with others, and thrive in a community of like-minded professionals.

For more information, visit www.canadianauthors.org/vancouver.

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Media Contact: For more details or to arrange an interview with the contest winners, contact Margo Bates, President | Publicity & Programs Committee Chair
Phone or email at 604-788-9501 | VANpublicity@canadianauthors.org


Short Story Contest Queries: For further information about the annual Short Story Contest, please email VANJeanKay@canadianauthors.org and mark SHORT STORY CONTEST in the subject line

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