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Glionna from Italy

My friend John Glionna has been spending the summer in his ancestors’ home town in Italy, working on a book about the people there. One of the joys of this writer is the way he lets us see rough drafts of the book’s chapters emerge on his terrific blog. His “Pomarica Journal” is dazzling, vivid […]

John Glionna

My dear friend is an endlessly creative and resourceful writer. His recently launched website is a treasure.

“Where the Sagebrush Grows”

Brittany Bronson’s review of my friend John Glionna‘s book, “Outback Nevada: Real Stories from the Silver State,” really captures Glionna’s gifts and the heart of his charming, striking feature writing. Most of Nevada’s land — almost 86 percent — is uninhabited by people, covered in sagebrush, and managed by the federal government. That leaves plenty […]

In which yours truly gets written up …

… by dear friend John Glionna on his superb blog. (photo by Lincoln Clarkes, 2002)

“You gave me a D …”

This was on my voicemail this morning, courtesy of a dear old friend: . Visit John Glionna’s wonderful website.

My favourite ‘mindfulness’ activity …

… Counting the container ships in English Bay while walking along the seawall. They hide behind other ships, emerge, recede into a faraway haze, disappear behind Stanley Park or UBC. In one walk there were eight at the start, by the Cactus Club, then thirteen right before I got to the pool on Second Beach. […]

Ellavon shined up

I started up Ellavon: An Ezine of Basic Culture in 1998 so that I could work with writers and artists whose stuff I liked. My plan worked beautifully. Our writers included Kristi Coulter, Robin Plan, Julie Damerell, Kat Kosiancic, Jeanne d’Arc O’Day, Jonathan Mayhew, Joseph Conte, John Glionna, Steven Silbert, and Chris Basil. Our artists: Lincoln Clarkes, Marilyn […]

John Glionna Reporting from Olympia

My old buddy John Glionna was up in the Olympia area recently doing research on a couple of stories for the Los Angeles Times. It was great to see him: John is perhaps the most wide-awake person I have ever known, and he’s been a stalwart friend to me over many years. John’s a brilliant and […]

Robert Basil’s Résumé

Academic Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2003 – present): Prof teaching Applied Communication, Marketing Management, and Entrepreneurial Leadership classes in the School of Business. School of Business Faculty Council (September 2013 – August 2016). Applied Communication Department Chair (September 2010 – February 2013). Entrepreneurial Leadership rep on School of Business Curriculum Committee (2010 – 11). Applied Communication […]