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Sammy Story 14: Learning to Play

August 12, 2020 | News | No Comments

M sent two pathetic looking “bunnies” with us when Sammy came to be with us. They were his favourites. The purple one was for sleeping with. The white and turquoise one was to beat on and chew. It had lost most of its stuffing and looked ready to fall apart.It took a long time for…

Sammy Story 13: Return Visit

August 12, 2020 | Sammy Stories | No Comments

There was another weekend we had to both be away, and we weren’t sure what to do. M had offered some help when we got Sammy, but we did not want to impose, or make it a habit. It was too soon for us to leave him with unknown people, so M graciously agreed to…

Final Cover Illustration

August 6, 2020 | News | 2 Comments


I have given final approval for this illustration for the cover of my book: Jake Knight and The Tale of Vindicatum. The title and author will be added by the graphic designer and I will keep you updated. So, what do you think?

Sammy Story 12: Scary Leaves

July 3, 2020 | Sammy Stories | 3 Comments

It is autumn here and our backyard is filled with leaves. Sir Poops-a-lot was doing his thing, happy as a clam. (Why do we say clams are happy? How do we know?) In any case, he was not in spook-mode. After he did his business, he did the next doggie-thing, which is utterly useless, and…

Sammy Story 11: Left with Dad

July 3, 2020 | Sammy Stories | No Comments


There was no help for it. I had a writer’s conference in Calgary to attend for the weekend, and Sammy had to be alone with Daddy. We were not at all sure that this would go well. We suspected there might be a few hiccups.We were right.Theo had closed the bedroom door so he couldn’t…

Broccoli: not a love story

June 1, 2020 | Humour, Short Stories | No Comments

“Amos,” Boris said. “We’ve done this the same way so many times and we are not having the results we want.” “We’ve always done it that way before,” said Amos, being one of the usual spies. “Yes, Comrade, we have. That is my point. And we keep getting the same result: nothing. It’s time to…

Balancing on a ladder

May 11, 2020 | News, Stuff | 1 Comment

Balancing on a ladder between the dirt and sky, the little boy looks up. He sees his father with the men, his smiling, sweating face urging him on.“I’m going to the top,” he cries and takes another rung.He is excited and just a little scared. His eyes are on his father’s arms, stretched out to…

Vampires aren’t real.

April 27, 2020 | Humour | 2 Comments

Who can take vampires seriously? Think about the mechanics of it all for a moment. There they are, with staring intensity, mesmerizing their prey into feverish delight. In moments, the victims are panting to sacrifice their own life-blood.Really?Okay, presumably they can’t resist. The vampire is too powerful–yada, yada, yada.But lets look at the stats. Vampire…

Magi Mistake

March 28, 2020 | News, Quirky, Short Stories | 6 Comments

Magi Mistake © mary lou deridder 2020 David Munro wanted a refund. He’d paid for the “Strong and Successful” elixir to help him get the guts to ask Sanford for a raise but that was not what he got. He knew that right away when he found himself browsing in the Valentine Card and Gift…