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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.

HodgePodge: I’ve never met a Charlie I did not like

HodgePodge: I’ve never met a Charlie I did not like HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge I had the pleasure of watching Barry Mathers singing in Kerry Park...

A ‘Where-to-Spend-Your-Money Guide’ for tourists

A 'Where-to-Spend-Your-Money Guide' for tourists Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge Today’s column is for tourists and not for locals or regular HodgePodge readers. Please pass this over to...

The perfect summer day

The perfect summer day Hodge Podge by Charlie Hodge I (we) did it. After numerous attempts over the past few years I (we) finally experienced it. Yes,...

Let the games begin

Let the Games begin HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Welcome to the end of June and, apparently, the new month for game playing. The summer winds came blowing...

Garden envy

Garden envy HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge All my life I’ve counted on my garden to be my sanctuary. A place to seek some healing, slow me...

Family heirlooms and gifts cause anxiety and guilt

Family heirlooms and gifts cause anxiety and guilt HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Despite the fact I’m male - I can actually multi-task. Perhaps not as well...

Plagued by a pension for procrastination

Plagued by a pension for procrastination HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge I’m a proud prolific passionate professional prose pontificator, plagued by a pension for procrastination. It’s an...

Leafs’ loss need not be a sad thing

Leafs' loss need not be a sad thing HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge So the real questions is this - is my replica mini-Stanley Cup beer stein...

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge A very special happy Mother’s Day to moms throughout our community. As with most ‘senior’ adults our children are long...

Predictions for 2022 playoffs

Predictions for 2022 playoffs HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge It’s spring - which means it’s time for the National Hockey League playoffs. The playoffs begin Monday, May 2. Not...