A Surprise Visit by Boris Glikman

Creative Writing

A Surprise Visit by Boris Glikman

An Eastern Water Dragon crawls up close while I sit at a small folding table next to the camping tent.

Billions of years of evolution separate us; I arrived into this world more or less fully formed, while it arrived as a gelatinous mass inside an egg, and its lineage stretches back to the time of the dinosaurs, innumerably many eggs ago.

I see its little chest expanding, the loose, thin skin lifting up and falling down. Despite its bizarreness, it, too, needs to breathe, and that is an intimate connection between us. Despite our unbridgeable, irreconcilable differences, we both are living beings existing at the same time in the same place, and we both need the same air in order to survive. It wants to go on living, and so do I, and so we both keep on breathing.

The imperious look in its eyes, the way it carries itself with such serenity and poise, the way it deliberately slithered up so near to me, the way it just sits there, imperturbably calm, stuck in the same pose like a rock, lost in its own weighty contemplations and haughtily ignoring my presence—all this is so different from the instinctive fear and panicky fleeing that most wild animals exhibit when they find themselves in man’s presence.

This must be how dinosaurs conducted themselves when they ruled the world. Now, this little lizard is mirroring the behaviour of its ancient colossal ancestors, as if millions of years have not passed and this is still the Age of the Reptiles; as if it is this lizard that is towering over me rather than me towering over it. It may be small now, but in its mind, it is still a dinosaur, for one can never forget or let go of one’s glory days, no matter how long ago they were.

After studiously disregarding me for what seems like an eternity, it crawls up a short distance and positions its body so that its head is exactly in line with mine. Slowly it lifts its head and looks directly into my eyes, and as our eyes meet, that inconceivable evolutionary distance between us is erased in an instant.

It stares at me searchingly—how must I appear in its eyes? How strange must my bodily construction seem to it? Perhaps it is trying to get a better look at this curious, grotesque creature which is in front of it? Or maybe it is trying to better show off its alien beauty to me, for it can sense how much in awe of it I am?

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My First Book Signing Event

My First Book Signing Event at Hudson’s Bay Kingston’s Giving Back is Gorgeous Beauty Event

I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the Hudson’s Bay Kingston’s Giving Back is Gorgeous Beauty Event fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, 2022. An employee of The Bay is a long-time Instagram friend, and she, Carole Letourneau, graciously invited me to participate as a local author. It was my first book signing event for the two poetry books I wrote and recently published, Eden Redefined and Eden Refugee, and I had a blast!

It was beautiful to be a part of a community event that raised funds for the Hudson’s Bay Foundation’s Charter for Change, which is working to address racial inequality by investing in education, employment and empowerment opportunities for Indigenous Peoples, Black People, and People of Colour. Over the years, I have worked with and supported fabulously talented people from the BIPOC community. I may have no real idea what it is like to not be a middle-class white woman, but I have dealt with prejudices that fall outside of the colour of my skin, and I believe everyone has the right to education, employment, equality, and empowerment.

As I celebrate the release of my new poetry book, Eden Redefined, I hope that people of all colours and cultures can find something to relate to within its pages.

I’m grateful to my family and friends who came to see me and purchase my book at The Bay, and to local author and friend Angela Stever, for inspiring me through her publishing journey. She wrote a fantastic young adult fantasy fiction novel called Conquering the Divide: The Legend of Barsicon, which I read and appreciated.

Support your local vendors and artisans whenever you can, and if you’re a poetry lover, I hope to see you at a future book signing event.

Christine Bode’s poetry series brings a new sense of honesty that is true to her soul. In her latest publication Eden Redefined, Bode unveils a captivating journey that is mysterious and alluring. In fact, her poetic words cast a magical spell where readers can immediately see themselves in a different light. While many poets apply a literal use of light and darkness, Bode’s metaphorical ways of telling deep, personal stories naturally illuminate the shades and obscurities of life. I can envision her poetry becoming independent films and video stories as her words already have a cinematic quality and contribute to the broader arts community.

~ Dr Samita Nandy, Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies, Actor, American Academy of Dramatic Arts (LA)

Eden Redefined is available on:

Amazon (Paperback) CDN $14.99: https://amzn.to/3T6vbZf
Amazon (Kindle) CDN $8.99: https://amzn.to/3gWMFtH
Contact Christine Bode at her website: https://bodaciouscopy.com

Eden Refugee
is available on:

Amazon (Paperback) CDN $14.99: https://amzn.to/3FEAXhg
Amazon (Kindle) CDN $8.99: https://amzn.to/3TQDd9x

The F Book: 7 Fs to Creating Your Fantastic Future by Lynn Rae

Nonfiction Book Review

Title: The F Book: 7 Fs to Creating Your Fantastic Future
Author:  Lynn Rae
Publisher: Self-published
Released: 2022
Pages: 215
ISBN-13: 978-17782410-0-0
Stars:  5.00

I don’t often write reviews for books I’ve had the pleasure of editing, but I’m making an exception in this case. The F Book: 7 Fs to Creating Your Fantastic Future by Lynn Rae is exceptional and noteworthy, not because I edited it, but because the author has written a guide for reinventing yourself so that you can be happy and abundant in all the significant areas of your life, including Faith, Finances, Fulfillment, Fitness, Fun, Friends and Family—not unlike the work taught by The Oola Guys (whom I hadn’t heard about until I started editing many self-help books).

Lynn Rae managed to apply the principles in this book in her life to overcome bipolar disorder and transform her life. When two psychiatrists told Lynn, at the age of thirty-nine, that she would never work full-time again, she proved them wrong. Instead, Lynn has created a flourishing business as a success coach and inspirational speaker and is now the author of a terrific book. Lynn’s desire to recover and lead by example, her children and anyone who resonates with her story is evidence of the power of positive thinking and implementing the concepts she shares in The F Book. Sometimes the School of Life is the best teacher.

While editing the book earlier this year, along with its companion book, The F Book Workbook, I learned something that directly impacted my life. I literally stopped editing when I came to the section about Finances, something I have struggled with for most of my life. Lynn mentioned that “many credit card companies will lower the interest rate we pay on our credit cards with just a phone call.” I had no idea. I immediately called my credit card companies. I cancelled one credit card I realized I no longer needed and asked the other company if they would be able to lower my interest rate as I have never missed a payment. They did! The interest rate on that credit card went from almost 20 percent to 10 percent with one phone call. Lynn also asks readers to take a test to help us identify where we are with our finances and gives us excellent advice on how to better manage them. She also includes a sample budget worth its weight in gold for those struggling with budgeting. That one chapter alone has made a difference in my life. There is a wealth of riches within its pages, and I will revisit and work towards implementing them.

As Lynn states in the Introduction of The F Book, “There are many books about becoming a millionaire, having a better marriage, raising your children, and getting the best job in the world. In addition, there are books about faith and spirituality, exercise, proper nutrition, how to turn your hobby into your career and how to make friends. I put the best information on these topics into one book.” And she has! The F Book also contains captivating quotes, poems, and well-known relatable prose. In addition, she shares personal stories, anecdotes, and tests so that we know she has been there and we can determine in what areas of our lives we can improve.

Lynn Rae also reminds us that “No one can make you feel less of a person except yourself” and “The only person I can count on to be there for me 100 percent of the time is me,” two truths I have come to learn as well. 

If you read The F Book: 7 Fs to Creating Your Fantastic Future and apply its wisdom to your life, you will undoubtedly be happier, healthier, and more fulfilled.

Connect with Lynn Rae at My Journey Back to Myself.

Kingston Author Releases a New Collection of Audacious Poetry That Breathes Compassion and Rages against What Disconnects Us in Her New Book, Eden Redefined

Press Release


Kingston author releases a new collection of audacious poetry that breathes compassion and rages against what disconnects us in her new book, Eden Redefined.

Kingston, ON – October 31, 2022

In her latest collection of audacious poetry, Eden Redefined, Christine Bode bares her soul, teasing every sense by revealing her life as an existential mud wrestler. Eden Redefinedintimately contemplates grief, human vampires, spiritual growth, love in its many guises, pandemic isolation, and the madness of the 21st century.

Born and raised in Kingston, Ontario, Christine Bode’s first poem, about Shaun Cassidy, was published by Scholastic Book Services in Rock’s Biggest Ten and in 16 Magazine in 1978. Encouraged by a letter from Bob Geldof in 1987, mentored in the 2000s by Companion of the Order of Canada, Patrick Watson, and a review of her first poetry book, Eden Refugee, by Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Tom DiCillo, who said, “…it is blatantly obvious to me that Christine Bode has created an achingly beautiful piece of art here,” she continues to write poems with “the pulse of life in them.”

Bode’s work has been published in The Kingston Whig-Standard, Toronto Sun, and various American poetry presses such as New York Poetry Foundation, Inc., The Poetry Center, and American Poets Society.

I have been writing poetry and prose since I was a teenager as a means of self-expression and self-therapy. I have learned that no matter our life circumstances, we can develop resilience and grow spiritually through the creative process,” says Bode.

An empath and truth seeker, she encourages people to question everything while remaining authentic. Christine has worked for fourteen years as a copy editor and social media manager for musicians and authors through her business, Bodacious Copy. She lives in Kingston with her Goldendoodle, Eloise.

What readers are saying:

“From the ravages of limerence to teaching an alien about the taste of pumpernickel, this little book bears the weight of the world. The poems breathe compassion, for self and others, and rage against what disconnects us…” – Cathrin Hagey, Writer and Editor


Full of passion, vitality, boldness, and inspiration Eden Redefined is as startling and audacious in its themes and concepts as it is beautiful and emotive in its language. Brilliant and brave poet Christine Bode knows how to capture the heart like a butterfly in the palm. This vibrant, courageous, and gripping collection of poetry will remind the reader of the frailty of love, life, and happiness and why that fragility is worth experiencing for all its nebulousness.” –  P.L. Stuart, Author 


Eden Redefined is available on:

Amazon (Paperback) CDN $14.99: https://amzn.to/3T6vbZf

Amazon (Kindle) CDN $8.99: https://amzn.to/3gWMFtH

Contact Christine Bode at her website: https://bodaciouscopy.com

Eden Refugee
is available on:

Amazon (Paperback) CDN $14.99: https://amzn.to/3FEAXhg

Amazon (Kindle) CDN $8.99: https://amzn.to/3TQDd9x