Wednesday, December 30, 2009


<-- Here is what the Grandmothers' Necklace cover looks like.

The first launch is at the Petawawa Public Library, on Saturday, February 20th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

You won’t hear all sixty-one contributors, but several local writers will present excerpts from their pieces in the book, as will a couple of guest contributors from other areas, weather permitting.

Look for the following area contributors:
Eileen Barber,
Chantal Bigras,
Heather Campbell,
Cheryl Coates,
Dianne Collier,
Patricia Elford,
Gillian Federico,
Erma Johnson,
Charlotte McWilliam,
Jean Ostrom,
Jacinthe Payant,
Marcia Perryman,

and our two guest contributors.

All those who are able, please join us for

Readings – Book Buying - Signings –
Light Refreshments – Door Prize

Remember: ALL profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation

Friday, November 13, 2009


Why is the apostrophe after the “s”? Because that’s where it belongs when there is more than one grandmother involved and this is the necklace of many grandmothers.
A sparkling anthology of prose and poetry containing the humour, empathy, sentiment, irony and drama of many professional and some talented non-professional writers, about grandmothers, by grandmothers and for grandmothers.
ALL profits go to Grandmothers to Grandmothers of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
RELEASE DATE: Due to be released in by the week of February 7th, during the month of hearts. HOORAY! February 15th, apparently now called family day, could be a very appropriate launch date.
PRE-ORDERS POSSIBLE? When the cover appears on the Essence website under the Epic Imprint, and elsewhere, pre-orders will be possible.
EARLIEST LAUNCHES: Expected to take place in Petawawa [location of the Petawawa Grannies, this project’s home base], Deep River, Pembroke, Ottawa, Toronto, followed by Belleville/Kingston and Kitchener/Waterloo and in other locations across Canada and the United States.
Our Irish contributor, Dianna Robin Dennis, will be in the U.S. during launch month, so is hoping to join us there or hop across to Canada. Also in the plans is a preview reading by Canadian author and poet, Kathryn MacDonald, at the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
Specific Launch and Reading Nights information will follow.
A FEW CONTRIBUTORS: Gillian Federico, Dianne Collier, Dr. David C. Schwartz, Judy Maddren, Phil Callaway, Kathleen Gibson. Interested? More names to come in a future blog. It is a valuable necklace, indeed.

I'm very grateful to our contributors for the level of writing which is between the covers of this book. It is a quality product, in addition to its financial value for the Grandmothers of Africa needs. People will want to read it and talk about it, not just buy it for themselves and others to support the cause.

Now, occasional browsers of this blogged blog, you know what I've been doing. The blog has remained static because I haven't.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Brief Update


At present, I am very busy preparing for our son's wedding to his highschool sweetheart on August 8th. I am the clergyperson conducting the service and my husband, also clergy, is playing the organ for the service. Fortunately, the mother of the bride has all responsibility for the reception!

Concurrent with this is my editing work on "Grandmothers' Necklace", the anthology that is being published to raise funds for Grandmothers to Grandmothers, [Stephen Lewis Foundation] which provides assistance to grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because the parents, their own children, have died as a result of Aids. There are marvellous contributions from men and women from varying backgrounds and ages and nationalities, speaking from the viewpoint of being grandmothers, or about grandmothers. There are serious, amusing and sentimental pieces, a good mix of poetry and prose. Most are written by people with amazing credentials. Not one is boring. It is an exciting project! Nore news about it later.

A third stream of Elford activity is the preparations of my husband, Robert, and myself for a trip to, and around, Newfoundland, with side trips to Labrador and to Lunenburg, NS. Robert's state of health has indicated that sooner is better than later for this long delayed trip. Newfoundland-Labrador is the only Canadian province in which we haven't either travelled and/or lived. Our youngest son and his new wife will be house- and kitty-sitting for the month that we are away.

Successful submissions of my own writing in various genres in response to a variety of calls, have continued. Most recently, book review, poetry selections, essay, monologue, and a fun acrostic story. Soon, I hope to give a more detailed outline of my writing and editing areas, for "shoppers".

As a professional member of The Word Guild, I will have some of them posted in their materials. However, we, the free-lance writers, particularly if we are also editors, are limited to too small a selection of categories for it to accurately reflect the writing areas in which I and some others are active.

As a free-lance writer and editor, it is important to me that people do not do a search and miss my credentials/experience because our posts have to be limited in number to meet publication needs. It is my intention, therefore, to refer people to this somewhat inert "blog" via The Word Guild materials as a way of expanding upon that information while keeping within their guidelines. I certainly hope that this will be a successful move. Why? As soon as the main editing of the GN anthology is completed, I will be available and EAGER for more writing and editing work!

Now, I'm back to preparing for the wedding service. Thank you for checking in. I regret that I've been so busy with teaching, writing,editing, and personal matters that you may have wasted time checking in for new messages. No, I don't regret that I've been busy in those ways. What I regret is that you may have wasted your time!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Anyone who has checked into this site hoping for inspiration and conversation will have been disappointed. It is more of an ill-used bulletin board than a blog so far.

I have been busy with recovering from cancer (ALL CLEAR) editing, writing, submitting, planning for a son's wedding, preparing for teaching a new course, preparing for some supply preaching and worship leadership, practising for a drama that will welcome the CFB military back from Afghanistan and . . . you have the picture; I've been too busy doing to also be busy blogging about it or my ideas. Sorry.

Now that the dust has cleared and I can find my computer and much of the study floor, I have some good news:


People have responded to both the topic and the cause. Some top-drawer pieces of poetry and prose have already been received.

Are you a grandmother? Have you had/do you have, a grandmother? This, then, is for you.

What is it? An anthology of poetry and prose — gems written by and about grandmothers (hence, the plural title) including some from those in the sub-Saharan African countries. This title stems from the beautiful Emerald Necklace Trail system in Petawawa, Ontario, Canada.

Wanted: A variety of pieces from men and women of diverse ethnic and experiential backgrounds — amusing, touching, encouraging, up-lifting anecdotes, short stories, letters and poetry.

: Patricia (Anne) Elford, B.A., M.Div., editor of various genres of books for adults and children, of newsletters, individual pieces and articles, an award-winning professional poet and writer, frequently published in periodicals (e.g. The Presbyterian Record, Artspaper, Glad Tidings, Esprit, The Link), newspapers and anthologies, as well as on line.

e-mail attachment preferred. Submit to, after March 15, 2009, with “MY GEM” in the subject line. For answers to questions as yet unanswered, please use the same address and “QUESTIONS” subject line.

√Microsoft Word or Word Perfect √12-pt Times New Roman √ one-inch margins
If hard copy: One side only, Address: “The Pines”, 614 Airport Rd., Pembroke, ON, K8A 6W7, Attention: My Gem

Prose: Short fiction, creative non-fiction or brief opinion piece, double-spaced
Word Count: 500 to 650 words maximum (excluding title)

POETRY: (non-rhymed preferred but not required), single-spaced
Limit of Lines per poem: 40

PHOTOS: If submitting related photos (e.g. the grandmother, a special item which belongs/ed to the grandmother), use the camera as an external device and cut-and-paste images to a folder. When e-mailing, attach the image directly from its folder to the email; the way you would a Word document. Preference: digital photographs, 300 dpi minimum, high quality uncompressed JPEGs.
Please do not send originals through surface mail.

A brief bio and photo will be requested from all whose work is accepted for publication