Here’s my pandemic project – a new book


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This article was published 20/05/2021 (627 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

There’s nothing but positives all around me:

As I write,  the sun is shining warmly to indicate our long-awaited spring season is here, and the mid-April snow that was so annoying has yielded much-needed moisture for nature so that we and our farmers can be happy. And…

My new book, Lance MUSINGS et al & Word Weavers, is ready.

Supplied photo Anne Yanchyshyn with covers for her new book, Lance MUSINGS et al & Word Weavers.

It’s a combination of items: primarily all 100 of my 2013 to 2020 Lance newspaper columns. I did interviews with various people, I wrote about current newsworthy events, and I described my own reaction to past and current experiences. The many pictures, mostly in colour, add another eye-catching dimension. I also made room for reminiscences by a 1990s seniors writers’ group called Word Weavers.

This whole book project has been a blast. It gave me something concrete to busy myself with during the pandemic, with its self-isolation and social distancing. My out-of-province family’s concern was eased to the point where they said the expense I went to in time and money was worth the effort in just keeping my mind occupied and me in safety.

In this COVID-19 year, a book launch now is unfortunately not allowed. So its best for clients to pick up the books, with date and & time arranged beforehand either by phone at 204-237-9056 or by email at Check out the mailing costs. if I’m lucky, some city deliveries might be possible.

The 275-page, 8.5 x 11-inch book is priced at  $20 – a steal, according to one client. Books will also be available at Dakota Community Centre Market on June 17, and perhaps at McNally Robinson Book Store in Grant Park and at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre at 184 Alexander (204-942-0218) after July 1.

I must at this point give special thanks to a few people:

• John Kendle, managing editor at Canstar Community News, which publishes The Lance, for full co-operation in promoting my work;

• Lorri Romanetz, retired teacher, for doing my printing and driving when my own aged printer quit. (My printer, computer and I have aged together.)

• Jennifer Webb of Dave’s Quick Print, for accommodating my many requests for embellishments.

• Ron Koskie, Jack Fraser and John Humphreys, for contacts with retired staff, and/or rides’

• Manitoba Retired Teachers’ KIT magazine for (hopefully) placing my write-up in their magazine.

I look forward to sharing my book with all readers, including those who picked up my former books in the past. Check out the relevance of the 1990s Word Weavers about topics currently in the forefront.

Anne Yanchyshyn is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email her at

Anne Yanchyshyn

Anne Yanchyshyn
St. Vital community correspondent

Anne Yanchyshyn is a community correspondent for St. Vital.

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