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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 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,...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Is it hot enough? And, local music events

Remember when you said you couldn’t wait for the weather to warm up? Well? Is it hot enough for you yet? Actually as I pen...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – The wasted energy from some folks

I penned most of this column eight years ago, however with all the anger and violence going on of late, it seemed a good...
RIP Noel Barber

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – R.I.P. Noel Barber

My return phone call went nowhere. A caution sign I probably should have picked up on, however perhaps I was too absorbed with me...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – I’m the luckiest person I know

Wow. I often prattle on how I’m the luckiest person I know - or that I am blessed. Saturday was/is proof. What a fabulous...
Lost Souls Of Lakewood by Charlie Hodge

NEW PUBLICATION! Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Lost Souls of Lakewood

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge Lost Souls of Lakewood - The History and Mystery of Blaylock’s Mansion It’s been close to five years in the making. Countless...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – 2021 playoff NHL predictions

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge - 2021 playoff NHL predictions It’s mid May 2021 which means that due to our insane, new world of  Covid19 Calamity...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Happy Birthday to me!

Why didn’t I think of it earlier? It’s taken 66 birthdays for my light bulb to finally come on. I should be giving presents, cards, or...

Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge – Staycation time in the Okanagan

Half empty Half full Dying from Living With Coming from Going to It’s all really about perspective, or attitude. To a large degree life is indeed all about our mind set...