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From Calgary, Alberta Canada
Age 44
Joined Thursday, July 04, 2002
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I'm a pretty indiscriminate reader, because I often surprise myself by liking a book more than I expect to, or by looking forward to one with eager anticipation, only to find it disappointing. So, I'll start reading almost anything- but I'll also give up on it pretty quickly if it doesn't hold my attention. Life's too short to read bad books!
My preferred genre is short stories, but I also enjoy literary fiction, humour, essays and most nonfiction.

My favourite writers include:
Douglas Adams
Dave Barry
Lisa Bloom
Bill Bryson
Willa Cather
Timothy Caulfield
Annie Dillard
Nora Ephron
Jean-Henri Fabre
Mavis Gallant
Atul Gawande
Thomas Hardy
Katherine Heiny
James Herriott
John Irving
Jerome K. Jerome
Stephen King
Anne Lamott
Ring Lardner
Stephen Leacock
Peter Mayle
Stuart McLean
Alice Munro
Dorothy Parker
Ann Patchett
Annie Proulx
Simon Rich
Paul Rudnick
Richard Selzer
Lionel Shriver
Jane Smiley
Rebecca Solnit
Wallace Stegner
Lewis Thomas
Henry David Thoreau
Calvin Trillin
Mark Twain
Anne Tyler
Oscar Wilde
Tobias Wolff
Richard Yates

I'm a family doctor with special interests in maternity care and end-of-life care, and my job is one of the great joys of my life. When I'm not working or reading, I like to take long walks with my partner and my dogs (that's Herbie the Border Terrier in the photo with me- Charlotte the Boston Terrier was probably somewhere under a warm blanket that day), make homemade soup, bike, hike, sleep late, play pinball (badly!), paddle kayaks and other little boats, eat, travel (especially by train), bake tasty treats, snowshoe, and play board games with my honey. I wake up happy and I go to bed happy, almost every day. I am so grateful for my sweet life, and books are a big part of the reason.

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