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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.

Charlie recently completed his third novel, Lost Souls of Lakewood – the History and Mystery of Blaylock’s Mansion, a riveting historical fiction factually based on a haunted mansion and acreage in the interior of British Columbia. His biography of 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 book of his memoirs and poems. 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 an effective personal coach. His hobbies include gardening and fly fishing. Charlie shares his Okanagan home with wife Teresa and five spoiled cats.

A true HodgePodge of HodgePodges

A true HodgePodge of HodgePodges By Charlie Hodge Be warned it’s that time of year. Just now, literally, as I went to send in this column...

MERRY HodgePodge 2023

MERRY HodgePodge 2023 HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Boxing Day has arrived early at Hodge lodge – or so it seems. There are so many cardboard boxes and...

Hodge Podge: Eating my way around town

Hodge Podge: Eating my way around town HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Another true Hodge Podge with a smattering of thoughts, updates and whatever’s. A couple of weeks...

HodgePodge: Brothers come in all shapes and sizes

HodgePodge: Brothers come in all shapes and sizes HodgePodge by CHarlie Hodge Brotherhood and brothers come in various shapes and size. This past week is a...

HodgePodge: Remembering Roy

HodgePodge: Remembering Roy HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge Sally says she expects a letter once a week. Mom has said nothing along those lines at all, but that’s...

HodgePodge: Donn concert at Creekside Theatre

HodgePodge: Donn concert at Creekside Theatre HodgePodge by Charlie Hodge What comes around goes around, or, what goes around comes around, or something like that. Something goes...

HodgePodge: Cabs and Halloween

HodgePodge: Cabs and Halloween Hodge Podge By Charlie Hodge Tez and I believe we are in for an interesting set of characters at our front door...

HodgePodge: NHL regular season predictions 2023-24

As promised, a few weeks back, here is my full-fledged ‘let’s laugh at Charlie’ column better known as HodgePodge’s NHL Fridge Predictions. It’s a...

Hodge Podge By Charlie – Healing not happening

Hodge Podge By Charlie - Healing not happening So far it’s not working This whole idea of gardening being a passive participation sport inspiring mellowing moments...

Hodge Podge By Charlie Hodge – Shame on me

Shame on me for momentarily feeling sorry for myself when so many others are suffering horrendous loss. I just finished poking my head out...