|Contributor since:||June 2009|
Former reporter and feature writer for the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette and the New York Daily News. Winner of a Canadian National Magazine Award (humor) about -- what else -- my divorce. I've been writing frequently for The New York Times since 1990 on almost any subject you can think of -- yup, I'm a generalist. Author of "Blown Away: American Women and Guns" (Pocket Books 2004). Canadian born, raised and formally educated, I've lived in New York since 1989.
I'm Known For...
Eliciting unplanned revelations. Tackling tough and emotionally draining stories.
My Current Project
My Greatest Achievement
Helping a friend turn his new book into a best-seller.
My Biggest Regret
Those knee-high scarlet suede boots I gave away years ago...
I Truly Respect
Kindness, empathy and generosity tempered with wit, savvy and smarts.
Moments I'd Like To Forget
Too much extremely painful-but-necessary physical therapy on both knees and shoulders -- the price of the ageing jock.
How I Pay For This Wardrobe
A la francaise -- buy a few good things and care for them.
Blocks I've Been Around
From living in Mexico, Canada, England, France and the U.S., quite a few; from travel (so far) to 37 countries, a few more. Most of my favorite ones are in Paris.
Things That Really Happened
Met the Queen and had G & Ts aboard Britannia. Sailed on an Australian Tall Ship, climbing 100 feet up the rigging every day. Flew through the middle of an iceberg returning from the Arctic on assignment. Spent eight days with a French trucker traveling, for a story, from Perpignan to Istanbul.
Where I'd Like To Be 10 Years From Now
My Other Website
What I'm Currently Addicted To...
Not an addictive personality.
This Is Annoying Me...
The persistent belief that the free market can accommodate every social policy need.
This Is Making Me Worry...
This is my third recession in 20 years in New York. Can we call it a day after this one?
This Is Bringing Me Joy...
The fat, furry, thriving Alberta spruce on my balcony.
I'm Running From...
second to home, on a good day; I play co-ed softball most warm weekends.
This Is Helping Me Create...
My bank balance.
This Is Making Me Think - Hard...
Where, how and in what form(s) smart, thoughtful, accurate journalism will survive.
Most important, who will pay anyone properly to create it?
This Makes My Teeth Itch
Big Turk cravings.
Can't Do Without
BBC World News every morning.
Almost anyone on Studio 360. Peggy Noonan. Christiane Amanpour. Kate Adie.
My Most Awkward Moment
When Queen Elizabeth snubbed me to my face.
My Secret Ambition
Live to a healthy, solvent 100.