Doctors Without Borders / Medécins Sans Frontières is the beneficiary of a recently published anthology of 51 short stories and poems. All proceeds from the sale of Voices From The Valleys will go toward supporting their hugely important work around the world helping those in urgent need of medical attention.


This exciting anthology was compiled and edited by Jodie Renner from Penticton, BC, a talented author and editor, and wonderful teacher whose caring heart is as big as they come.

Allow me to tell you a little bit more about Jodie:

As evidence of her commitment to this project and to MSF, Jodie has devoted countless hours of her time and thousands of dollars of her own money (she won’t say), to see this project through to completion and to steer it along on its journey helping MSF. Here’s the link: http://amzn.com/B016C8YLFS

Jodie did me the great honor of choosing to include in this anthology one of my favorite short stories. Dragonflies and The Great Blue Heron is a personal love story. It traces the loss to cancer of my first love, Judi, and the miraculous chain of events that led to finding and falling in love with Sharolie, who agreed to marry this aging scribe… and that is no small miracle!

Dragonflies and The Great Blue Heron is also the signature story for my collection of short stories.  Version 2Encounters With Life – Tales of Living, Loving & Laughter won the award for Best Short Story Collection of 2015 (open) in an international poll of readers conducted by the non-profit website Preditors&Editors.org. Just in case you can’t resist a look, or even a buy (insert ‘happy face’), here’s that link: http://amzn.com/162526271X

All of us authors whose stories were chosen by Jodie for inclusion in Voices From The Valleys have also agreed to donate our stories for this worthwhile purpose.

Here’s a quote from the blurb on the book:

“This high-quality anthology features entertaining short fiction, fascinating memoirs and articles, and thought-provoking poetry by 51 talented BC writers depicting experiences, real and fictional, from the ‘50s to today, throughout the interior of British Columbia, Canada.”

I do hope you will check out Voices From The Valleys and consider supporting Medécins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders. The worthy causes don’t get much better.



A thought:

I’ve come to understand the merits of measuring who I am not by what I own but by how I treat myself and others — always a work in progress.



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