Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge

Charlie Hodge - HodgepodgeCharlie Hodge is a best-selling author, writer, 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.

Remembering my dear friend Gary Smyth

Remembering my friend Gary Smyth HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge This is all wrong. None of it makes any sense. I was busy packing up some hockey memorabilia...

Father David Bauer had a dream

Father David Bauer had a dream Hodgepodge by Charlie Hodge While the eliminated Canadian men’s hockey team, sans any NHL players, skated off the Olympic ice...

Old Steve – a boyhood hero remembered

Old Steve – a boyhood hero remembered HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge It was akin to finding buried treasure. The first thing my eye spotted opening the old...

So, what’s in a name?

So, what’s in a name? HodgePodge By Charlie Hodge I can comfortably cast credible cause clamming my fixation of connecting names with places was created by...

Hodge shares best food and fun from 2021

Hodge shares best food and fun from 2021 Hodge Podge By Charlie Hodge Good ol' COVID even messes up my annual ‘Best Of’ list where I mention...

Wonderful moments of 2021

Wonderful moments of 2021 Hodge Podge by Charlie Hodge Okay, it’s pretty much a ‘gimme’ for most Canadians that 2021 was a year happily relegated to...

Embracing a new year, a new lifestyle with creativity and relaxation

Embracing a new year, a new lifestyle with creativity and relaxation HodgePodge, by Charlie Hodge I feel pensive about it all. New Year’s Eve launching 2022 was...

My Christmas wish

My Christmas wish HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge There is magic to my Christmas celebration again. I’d let it drain away somehow, slowly losing its luster as life...

Getting into the holiday spirit and celebrating more 2021 angels

Getting into the holiday spirit and celebrating more 2021 angels HodgePodge, By Charlie Hodge It’s looking a lot like Christmas out there. Few effects say ‘festive’ like visually...

Getting into the holiday spirit with 2021 Angel submissions

Getting into the holiday spirit with 2021 Angel submissions HodgePodge, By Charlie Hodge I know I should be miserable and grumbling about the snow and all the havoc...