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June 7, 2016 — Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness and social exile will soon be available in e-book format through Signature Editions. Stayed tuned for more details in the next few weeks.Finding Home cover_HR

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May 13 Reading Event

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I will be sharing insights and reading from Finding Home in the Promised Land, a personal history of homelessness at the Lethbridge Public Library, May 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm.

NOTICE BOARD: SEPTEMBER RELEASE UPDATE

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Finding Home cover_HRSEPTEMBER RELEASE UPDATE: Finding Home in the Promised Land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile is the fruit of Jane Harris’s journey through the wilderness of social exile after a violent crime left her injured and tumbling down the social ladder toward homelessness –for the second time in her life—in 2013. Her Scottish great-great grandmother Barbara`s portrait opens the door into pre-Confederation Canada. Her own story lights our journey through 21st Century Canada.

She asks why Canadians fell into accepting diminished dreams, and ignoring the obvious—that trauma and poverty are inextricably linked, and it is social exiles who fall through the cracks. She asks why Canada, a nation of exiles driven to create their own Promised Land came to accept first poor houses; then soup kitchens, food banks, shelters, and silent suffering class of working poor? Why did charity, another word for love, become cold bureaucracy? She uncovers that sad truth, that the taxes and charitable gifts the prosperous among us pay as tolls to avoid looking at the poor, fix nothing. Instead, they fund a poverty industry that keeps the dispossessed in an exile thornier than any back bush squatter’s camp. But she also uncovers a path out of the bureaucratic wilderness that could eliminate social exile in Canada.

Jane Harris turns complex research into engaging scenes and easily understood messages.Finding Home in the Promised Land is her second book to be published by J. Gordon Shillingford Publishing. The first Eugenics and the Firewall: Canada’s Nasty Little Secret was published in 2010.
Jane has also contributed to two Canadian anthologies. Her articles about business, personal finance, history, faith, politics and social issues have appeared in more than a dozen publications including the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Capital, The National Post, Alberta Views, Alberta Venture, Lethbridge Herald, and The Anglican Planet.
She is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.Finding Home cover_HR

Creative Writing Workshop Starts October 22nd.

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Creative Writing Workshop Starts October 22nd.

It’s a go. Creative Writing I starts October 22nd at Lethbridge College. You can register for this workshop (six Tuesday evenings) online, in-person, or by telephone.

Writers of all ages, genres, both non-fiction & fiction, and writing levels welcome.

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October 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Make Online Shopping Your Cutting Corners Tool

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Make Online Shopping Your Cutting Corners Tool

It’s neither the best thing since sliced bread, nor the worst thing to happen to our finances since easy credit. It is a tool. Use Online Shopping wisely. You will save money.

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October 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Cutting Corners doesn’t mean cutting your dreams: Face What’s real, revise, and revamp instead!

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September 11, 2013 at 5:01 pm

This week’s column on Troy Media

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More financial advice for the real world. Cutting corners at the library. Here: http://www.troymedia.com/2013/09/04/how-the-library-helps-you-cut-corners/

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September 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm