About Me

My name is Andrea Freedman. I am 51 years old and live in Toronto with my husband.

After working in the corporate world for more than half my life, something was increasingly gnawing away at me.  I knew I could not go on like this for another twenty years.  I felt anxious, because I had so much writing to get out and not enough time to do it. I finally have an opportunity to do something about that.

My articles have been widely published in various print and on-line media. You can find some of them under Past Publications/See Some of My Published Articles.

Since this new phase of my life has begun, I have written two short stories (Bingo and The Wedding Speech Writer) each published in a collection of Canadian short stories (The Sun Shall Rise and That Golden Summer, respectively). Both stories are now available in the Canadian Library archives.

I have recently completed writing my first novel, and have begun the long process of trying to find an agent to help me have it published and turn my dream into a reality.

Please join me on my continued quest to hopefully becoming a successful, full-time writer. Check under What’s New? for updates on my writing progress and upcoming publications.

Check weekly under Weekly Thoughts and Observations, where I will share articles and observations on various topics.  I welcome your comments and suggestions.

  1. Andrea, I just received a LinkedIn update about you. Naturally, I began reading through your columns and I must tell you what a delicious read you are! Of course, as one who clearly remembers your penchant for writing way back in junior high, I am in no way surprised. Much continued success to you with your short story, novel, and column efforts. You exemplify what is true of all fine writers. They write because they must.

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  2. Ciao Andrea, sono sicuro al 100% che quella ragazza sei tu…
    Mi dispiace che tu non voglia parlare con me.
    Pazienza, ciao.

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  3. This is totally awesome!! Love the write up!! ❤️Xoxox

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  4. Arlene Markle

    Andrea, You certainly got to the heart of losing a close friend. Arlene

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  5. Ciao Jill, sei la ragazza che ho conosciuto a Verona nel 1987 e che poi ho accompagnato a Venezia , Bologna e Firenze? Ti prego rispondimi…Questa e’ la mia mail mauman62@gmail.com Ciao, Maurizio.

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  6. Ciao Andrea, sei mai stata in Italia?

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  7. Hi Andrea,
    I found the URL for the Toronto meditation centre (Transcendental Meditation Program). Once you properly learn the technique, you can make it an integral part of your daily routine. It does cost $$ (I only paid $25 back in 1970) but I think that it’s possible, if you show that you really want to learn, to get either a discounted price or be able to pay in installments.

    It’s not the only meditation technique out there (you’ll get a mantra — and I can vouch for its effectiveness) but I worry about how other techniques are taught (are they effortless? natural? or is there some element of straining, trying, involved?). Once you’ve “got it” you’ll find that meditations involving mindfulness on the breath (Tibetan Buddhism technique) will “work”, (even, one day, listening to classical music, repeating positive affirmations, etc.) whereas without proper instruction, it’s just hit and miss (or could be).

    Anyway, good luck. I’d teach you myself but we’re hundreds of kilometers apart. I’ve taught a few here but it hasn’t caught on with them in a big way. Is it because it was free or because I didn’t structure enough classes, or both?

    Here’s the URL: http://www.maharishi.ca/toronto.php

    cheers,
    Ron

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  8. Hi its Nigel at Baycrest

    was just reading some of your articles

    Great stuff.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your info. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your next
    write ups thanks once again.

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  10. Teresa Dattilo

    Hi Andrea, don’t know what technical error I made before but hopefully everything is fixed now and I am following you again! Always LOvE your articles!!

    Teresa 😄

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  11. Hello Andrea,
    The article you wrote for St. Columba & All Hallows Church in the Local Paper was written in clear and easy English to read. The Picture you reveal was place in the right space which explain and describe the content of the article. The members of the church collected a copy of the article as a memorial poster. Thank you Yvette.

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  12. Great job! The article you wrote on our behalf was excellent and very helpful in promoting our company. We loved it!

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  13. Aimee Elise lapedus

    Amazing

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  14. Appreciating the dedication you put into your
    site and detailed information you offer. It’s awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the
    same unwanted rehashed material. Great read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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  15. Michael Gerlock

    Andrea, It has been a long time since I have seen or spoken to you and just happen to fall into your writtings. I think its wonderful that you have broken free of the corporate world and have mayde the choice to follow your dreams. You were always extremely passsionate and funny, and to finally have the form to express your inner thoughts is terriffic.I quickly read a few of your acticles and its easy to see through your writtings how much freer and happy you appear to be. Michael Gerlock

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  16. Hi there I am so happy I found your blog, I really found you by accident,
    while I was looking on Bing for something else, Nonetheless I am here now and would just like to say cheers for a marvelous post and a all round entertaining blog (I also
    love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read through it all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read much more, Please do keep up the superb work.

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  17. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I’m quite sure I will learn lots of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

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  18. We have always known what a talented writer you are and know that your true passion and gift to write will be fulfilled every time you create something new. We enjoy your style of writing and are always encouraged by the sincerity you have as a true journalist. Wonderful website! Good luck! Jan and Mark Lapedus

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  19. Phil and Gloria Freedman

    Hi Andrea:
    It’s wonderful to see how very talented you are. You have wonderful ideas and you will probably your dreams the more you write about the things that give you fulfillment in your future years as a freelance write. Keep it up. You’ll be famous one day.

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  20. I think it is wonderful and inspriational that you took this opportunity to pursue your passion!
    I have enjoyed your articles and I look forward to more. I also look forward to one day (hopefully soon) reading your novel. Great Blog Site! Teresa D.

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  21. Fantastic! Good luck. Great site! xoxo

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  22. James (John) Milner
      Good for you for pursuing your dreams. I left the corporate world to pursue debauchary. Did you have a nice cubicle at your old office? You know the walls lower as you get promoted. We had special lighting to keep the plants alive.

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  23. Good luck!! What a great opportunity for the world to see your stories!!

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  24. Having followed your various writings for the past few years I am happy to see this website. It will keep me up to date on your current work and allow me to respond to the provocative nature of your past work. Happy to hear you’ve made the break and are able to follow your heart. I look forward to new writings and the publication of your novel.

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  25. I think its a fantastic,well organized blog full of entetaining and enlightning stories and articles. keep up the good work

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