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You never know where the inspiration will strike.

This is something that North Kildonan writer and producer Laurie Fischer came to learn.

“There is so much to write about, inspiration comes from everywhere,” said Fischer, whose book of poetry Reflections on a Life Lived Well is now available. “It’s all around us. It happens at the strangest times.”

Musings is the second collection of poems by Fischer to be published via Friesen Press in as many years. When the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, Fischer, who has long been active as a producer for drama group North Kildonan Community Players, set out to write poetry to cope with the isolation. caused by public health measures. In 2020, he published the collection Poetry of the pandemic.

“My poetry is always aimed at helping to motivate and raise people’s morale, to look with hope towards the future,” said Fischer.

Fischer added that the reaction to his first collection encouraged him to continue writing. Musings is the second book in a planned trilogy of poetry collections, thematically organized around the past, present and future.

“The poetry of the pandemic was the present, we were living it,” Fischer explained. “Thoughts on a life well lived, it is I who write about the past. I am still writing, and I hope that in a year or two I will have the last volume.”

Without being able to put on the big stage shows that he used to produce, direct and often perform with the North Kildonan Community Players, Fischer enthusiastically embarked on writing.

“It keeps me sane,” he said. “I write a lot about the world around us.”

While his first collection focused a lot on how people dealt with the pandemic in its early days, Musings also finds Fischer looking back on his life and many historical and cultural events that have come to define his generation.

“It’s about reliving the past, and not just my past, but everyone’s past,” he said.

He also writes about his two passions, music and sport, as well as his two dogs.

“I love writing on my two puppies,” he said. “I had a lot of fun with that.”

An avid cyclist since being diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Fischer said the seeds for many of his poems are planted on his rides and then fleshed out in the wee hours of the morning when he writes.

“It’s become easy to write, because here we’re heading into the future, and people are a lot more positive than they were just under two years ago,” Fischer said.

As with Poetry of the Pandemic, Fischer also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to the Never Alone Cancer Foundation.

Those looking to purchase a copy of Musings on a Life Well Lived, which costs $ 25, can contact Fischer at 204-890-8999.

You never know where the inspiration will strike.

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Laurie Fischer of North Kildonan recently celebrated the release of her second book of poetry, Reflections on a Life Well Lived.

This is something that North Kildonan writer and producer Laurie Fischer came to learn.

“There is so much to write, inspiration comes from everywhere,” said Fischer, whose book of poetry Thoughts on a life well lived is now available. “It’s all around us. It happens at the strangest times.”

Dreams is the second collection of poems by Fischer to be published via Friesen Press in as many years. When the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic struck in March 2020, Fischer, who has long been active as a producer for drama group North Kildonan Community Players, set out to write poetry to cope with the isolation. caused by public health measures. In 2020, he publishes the collection Pandemic poetry.

“My poetry is always aimed at helping to motivate and raise people’s morale, to look with hope towards the future,” said Fischer.

Fischer added that the reaction to his first collection encouraged him to continue writing. Dreams is the second book in a planned trilogy of poetry collections, thematically organized around the past, present and future.

Pandemic poetry was the present, we were living it, “Fischer explained.”Thoughts on a life well lived am I writing about the past. I am still writing, and I hope that in a year or two I will have the last volume. ”

Without being able to put on the big stage shows that he used to produce, direct and often perform with the North Kildonan Community Players, Fischer enthusiastically embarked on writing.

“It keeps me sane,” he said. “I write a lot about the world around us.”

While her first collection focused a lot on how people dealt with the pandemic in its early days, Dreams also finds Fischer revisiting his life and many historical and cultural events that defined his generation.

“It’s about reliving the past, and not just my past, but everyone’s past,” he said.

He also writes about his two passions, music and sport, as well as his two dogs.

“I love writing on my two puppies,” he said. “I had a lot of fun with that.”

An avid cyclist since being diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Fischer said the seeds for many of his poems are planted on his rides and then fleshed out in the wee hours of the morning when he writes.

“It’s become easy to write, because here we’re heading into the future, and people are a lot more positive than they were just under two years ago,” Fischer said.

Like with Pandemic poetry, Fischer also plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Dreams at the Never Alone Cancer Foundation.

Those looking to buy a copy of Thoughts on a life well lived, which costs $ 25, can contact Fischer at 204-890-8999.

Sheldon birnie

Sheldon birnie
Community journalist

Sheldon Birnie is the Herald reporter / photographer. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writings have been published in journals and online platforms across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom Mari and a father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and recreational hockey when he can find the time. Email him at [email protected] Call him at 204-697-7112

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