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HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge

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Charlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, a current Kelowna City Councillor, and a Director on the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board. He spent more than 25 years as a full-time newspaper journalist and has a diverse background in public relations, promotions, personal coaching, and strategic planning. A former managing editor, assistant editor, sports editor, entertainment editor, journalist, and photographer, Hodge also co-hosted a variety of radio talk shows and still writes a regular weekly newspaper column titled Hodge Podge, which he has crafted now for 41 years. His biography on Howie Meeker, titled Golly Gee It’s Me is a Canadian bestseller and his second book, Stop It There, Back It Up – 50 Years of the NHL garnered lots of attention from media and hockey fans alike. Charlie is currently working on a third hockey book, as well as a contracted historical/fiction novel. His creative promotional skills and strategic planning have been utilized for many years in the Canadian music industry, provincial, national, and international environmental fields, and municipal, provincial, and federal politics. Charlie is a skilled facilitator, a dynamic motivational speaker, and effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening, canoeing, playing pool, and writing music. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.
Hodge Podge by Charlie Hodge

An ode to vinyl and my stroll down memory lane

“Music is a vehicle in which one drives around a feeling.” - Valdy Many moons ago my trusted, much loved, high-end record player and stereo system...
Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Danny Boy

I miss you Danny Boy. It’s been awhile since we sat here in my back yard and quaffed a couple of cold ones in the...

Well, now, how much more money can we waste?

Well, now, how much more money can we waste? Seems it’s been a case of how the least can spend the most to do the...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – I’m afraid to die

I’m afraid to die. There, I have said it. Now you can admit it as well, if indeed that’s how you feel. I am afraid to die...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – B.C.’s new vaccination regulations

Well, here we go again. Depending on what your perspective is (and that’s part of the problem I suppose) some naughty kids peed in the...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – I sensed he was there

Here’s a memoir gem I found in the box of ‘junk’ I’m still sorting through It’s from a column written 2007. Seems I have...
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Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Willow Inn memories

Ah yes, legends live on. Sorting through storage boxes this morning I discovered an ancient copy of the Capital News. The front-page headline read End...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Yet again another smattering of thoughts and issues

Yet again another smattering of thoughts and issues - hence a true HodgePodge column. It was touching to see such a large candlelight vigil turnout...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – 101 reasons not to go to Big Cities

HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge Okay, I openly admit to not being a fan of big cities - however on Monday and Tuesday I was reminded...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – We are, after all, only human

Human beings tend to be a tad bit embarrassing, however we are also remarkably resilient and adaptive. When my philosophical brain gets too much beer,...