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“Dirty Dishes” Done – A Short Story Collection

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October 31, 2013
“Dirty Dishes” Done – A Short Story Collection

For 25 years I’ve been writing stories about work life. Many of the story ideas were triggered by my own work experiences and some were based on stories I had heard from other workers. However, all are fiction and any resemblance to persons alive or dead, as they say, is purely coincidental. Late last...
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I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

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February 23, 2011
I was a Burt Reynolds look-a-like

On Friday, April 14, 2004, I finally got my 15 seconds of fame just like Andy Warhol promised. It all started outside Mann’s (formerly Grauman’s) Chinese Theatre along Hollywood Blvd. when a young man came up behind me as I was trying to fit my hands into those of Humphrey Bogart.
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The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

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February 23, 2011
The all-powerful Mr. B. – A memoir

We grew up hearing stories, true and apocryphal, about the larger-than-life CM&S (Cominco) Company president Selwyn G. Blaylock. One of those stories had to do with the world-famous Trail Smoke Eaters and a particular game that almost didn’t get played. But first some remembrances of Mr. Blaylock. Dad would recall the time that one...
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Dirty Dishes and Other Stories

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February 22, 2011
Dirty Dishes and Other Stories

The stories you will read here are my attempt to share some of the bad times and the good times with workers both young and old. They are stories of disappointment and discouragement, but there are also fun stories, stories that play with work situations and invent things that might have happened or perhaps...
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Tea Leaves – Journeys to the Tea Lands

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February 10, 2011
Tea Leaves – Journeys to the Tea Lands

The tea lady woke me with a rap on the door of my clean but tiny room at Dolphin Square, Pimlico, in London. Tea was the last thing on my mind at 7:30 a.m. But this was London, England, where morning tea is a tradition that dates back even before Thomas Twining set...
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Changing Images

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January 24, 2011
Changing Images

This report is based on a three-month study of trade union communications in the United Kingdom conducted from May to July 1990. Funding was provided by the Commonwealth Relations Trust, a London-based organization that sponsors a bursary each year for one Canadian trade unionist to study in the United Kingdom.
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Selling Labour Down Under

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January 23, 2011
Selling Labour Down Under

Reference Verzuh, Ron. Selling Labour Down Under: Australian union communications in a time of peril  (Toronto: Canadian Association of Labour Media, 1996). Synopsis On March 2, 1996, the Australian Labor Party lost the federal election.  After 13 years, it relinquished power to a coalition of right-wing parties led by Thatcherite John Howard. The upset was not entirely...
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Radical Rag

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January 10, 2011
Radical Rag

Canada’s trade unions have long claimed a prominent place in the struggle for social democracy. From the earliest years of that struggle, the labour movement’s press has been on the front lines. Radical Rag tells the colourful story of those pioneer days, recounting the war for social justice fiercely waged through the pages of...
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Feasting with Love

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January 9, 2011
Feasting with Love

Why another cookbook? Why not another cookbook especially one that is infused with so much tenderness, thoughtfulness and a deeply maturing love. We are writing a cookbook for lovers, young and old, but particularly for those of a certain age, a mature age. These recipes will appeal to lovers of good food, good stories...
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Moral support and a 62-lb squash

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January 9, 2011
Moral support and a 62-lb squash

Dad had taken a miss the past two years of the district fall fair vegetable-growing competition – squash category. Always a green thumb and always a solid competitor, he had been discouraged when his 41-pound giant won a blue-ribbon second prize, forfeiting the red-ribbon first prize to a smaller but apparently better squash.
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Books

Radical Rag by Ron Verzuh Underground Times by Ron Verzuh Selling Labour Down Under by Ron Verzuh Changing Images by Ron Verzuh Feasting With Love by Ron Verzuh Tea Leaves by Ron Verzuh Remembering Salt by Ron Verzuh